Nassau is one of the biggest hot spots for locals and travelers alike. As the metropolitan hub of the Bahamas, the city of Nassau is packed with modern culture, cool places to meet locals, and even fascinating pirate history. Visitors can enjoy Atlantis, the island's huge Vegas-style resort and casino, as well as world-class shopping and spas, great nightlife, numerous championship-level golf courses, and delectable, authentic cuisines from around the globe.
Must See: Many who fly by private jet charter to Nassau visit Fort Fincastle, which resides on top of a small hill with gorgeous panoramic views of the city below. Built in 1793, this fort features several original cannons, and offers tours and historical context to this enchanting city.
Another popular attraction on the island is Dolphin Encounters, where guests are shuttled via large high-speed boats through Nassau Harbor to a picturesque private island, appropriately named Blue Lagoon. Upon arrival, visitors are invited to swim and interact with over a dozen Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, including stars of the film, Flipper! This program features 30-minute up-close sessions with dolphins in their natural habitat. After a brief lecture on the marine life of the Bahamas, hop in the water and let the dolphins give you nothing but smiles, hugs, kisses, and the exhilarating foot push.
Lodging: Much of the area's lodging is located outside of the city in nearby Paradise Island or Cable Beach. However, Nassau's own British Colonial Hilton Nassau is as luxurious as any, featuring a private beach and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. Situated on historical Fort Nassau, this hotel caters to all of those seeking a pure Bahama-beachside experience.
Ground Transportation: Because Nassau offers many of the same car rental services that the United States does, this is often the preferred method of transportation. It is, however, important to note to American travelers that Nassau roads operate as left hand drive, and apply European road signs as well as confusing roundabouts. If lodging in Nassau, walking and scooter rental is a convenient way to enjoy the small city.
Packing Tips: Nassau offers quintessential Bahamian weather, so beach attire is ideal. Sandals, summer clothing, and of course, bathing suits will be all the clothing required for daytime activities. If you're planning to have dinner in town, more formal attire is also suggested.
Recommended Books: Visitor's Guide to the Bahamas, Blair Howard (2013) -- Howard's popular guide features invaluable insight into taking full advantage of not only Nassau, but also the Bahamas as a whole, as well as the outer islands.
Currency: The Bahamian dollar is the local currency.
Calling Code Bahamas: 242
Best Travel Dates: Because hurricane season in the Bahamas runs from June through October, it is recommended that you plan your private jet charter to Nassau between November and May. May is ideal, with high temperatures, only mild humidity, and less insects.