A historic city that is still part of the British Commonwealth, Nassau is the largest in the Bahamas and its center of tourism as well. This is a hugely popular stop for cruise ships, with spaces for 7 at a time, so at any given moment the crowd in town is likely to be cruise passengers.
English is the official and dominant language so the Nassau area is very popular with Americans, Canadians, and Brits. There is diving, snorkeling, sailing and other water sports available, but Nassau is just as well known for shopping and active nightlife. This is a major Spring Break party spot during March and April since it’s so easy to reach from so many cities.
There are a few cheaper places in the Nassau area, but mostly this is a mid-range destination for the Caribbean, with some notable high-end resorts and restaurants mixed in.
Where to stay
There are around 50 hotels and resorts in the Nassau area, with most of them located in the Cable Beach area or on Paradise Island. Most prices are in the mid-range for the Caribbean, but there are several very luxurious resorts as well, most notably the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. The all-inclusive resorts aren’t nearly as cheap as they are in the Dominican Republic or Jamaica, but you can get some great packages for long weekends.
Unless you are one of the thousands of cruise passengers who stop in Nassau daily, you’ll likely be landing at Lynden Pindling International Airport. It’s one of the largest and busiest airports in all of the Caribbean and it is served by nonstop flights from many cities in North America and Europe.
Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-National, Baltimore, New York-JFK, Houston, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, London