Once you arrive at Atlantis, on the right hand side looking from the bridge, find a path leading to one of the best beaches I've ever seen. It faces the sunrise beach club and villas and is fully public. The turquoise waters and white sand are wonderful.
Nassau is the capital and also the commercial and cultural center of the Bahamas. It's the largest city in the archipelago and has approximately 70% of the country's population. The proximity of the city to the United States (it's just 290 kms southeast of Miami) has contributed to its popularity as a holiday destination, especially after the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba. It's an important stop for cruisers coming from the US. In Nassau there is the famous Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. Among the many attractions and places to visit are the property of the Government, the Parliament, the Court and the Cathedral marine gardens. To the east of the port you can find the eighteenth century colonial forts. Among the most famous and beautiful coastal gardens are the Ardastra, with numerous rare tropical plants, and Jumbey Village, a community that recreates a Behamian community from the eighteenth century; Coral Island Marine Park.
It is the main port in the Bahamas, where the transatlantic ships arrive, cruise ships and all kinds of luxury private boats. It is a very important cruise destination. There's enough space for several cruise ships while in the port of Nassau. All the dock leads to the customs to access the island. In the same building you can get tourist info. At the exit you have taxis with fixed prices mainly to visit the Atlantis.
Blue Lagoon Island is one of the many islands in the Bahamas. We went there with the idea that we'd be able to spend a few minutes with the dolphins, but the truth is that we got a pleasant surprise when we found out that we would be spending more than just a few minutes with them. After the experience you can spend the rest of the day on the beaches of the island or complete the visit with sea lions, snorkeling, water parks, etc.
Nassau's port was once one of the favourite places for pirates. The Spanish fleet was attacked from there while returning to Europe with large shipments of precious metals. They worked for the British Crown and created the Republic of The Corsairs there. So this reason, the Museum of Pirates is located in Nassau, at the end of Bay Street, at the crossroad between King and George streets. The museum, along with the ancient fortress of Fort Charlotte, is one of the city's major tourist attractions and allows an interactive way of exploring what the bay was like during the time of the Corsairs and to learn more about their lifestyle and their influence on the Bahamian history and culture.
Rawson Square, near the harbor, is in the main square of Nassau, a favorite of photographers for its pink Parliament and Senate buildings and the statue of Queen Victoria. All of these buildings face a memorial to Sir Milo Boughton Butler, the first governor of the Bahamas. From the plaza you can find Bay Street, the main shopping street. There are shops and boutiques selling watches, jewelry, cameras, imported fashions and other goods. The Straw Market in Nassau has all kinds of articles made with straw including bags, slippers, dolls and hats, all of which are local crafts.
Watch where you walking in the back gardens of Parliament, I found, besides a pair of RayBan glasses, this monument to the fallen soldiers of WWI and WWII. I'm not sure why I always stop at these commemorations, either in squares or churches, because I feel a deep sense of rejection toward war when I read the names and ages of those who once lost their lives in such conflicts. These anonymous and forgotten men who fought and died to settle arguments are sometime remembered and sometimes admired. I was shocked to find out where the tentacles of the Great War reached, as far as this Caribbean paradise.
Just leaving the port of Nassau I found this house where they taught or competed for braiding hair to these cruise tourists or anyone else who strolls around the streets of Nassau. Be careful when letting someone braiding your hair, because sometimes they say they do it for a small fee and then it turns out that these were not $ 2 per hairstyle but for each braid.
The Bahamas is a constitutional hereditary monarchy within the British Commonwealth. Legislative power is vested in a two chamber parliamentary system. This is composed of 16 Members of the Senate (appointed by the Governor General) and 40 Members of the House of Representatives, who are elected directly by the people. It is located in Rawson Square, which is Nassau's main square, and the buildings are pink like the Senate. In front of the building stands a statue of Queen Victoria.
At the end of the street the harbor's on, there's a good place to have fun, have a drink or eat something. From the best in the area, there are excellent views of the harbor at night. All the boats are lit up while you listen to some salsa.
Cuban House Mojitos is the ideal place for getting some beers or mojitos on the seafront, next to the harbor with the sea breeze and the general Cuban atmosphere. And, if you dare, at your disposal there are cigars to accompany your drinks.