Cruise ships dock at Prince George Wharf, which is located just steps from the heart of downtown Nassau. Festival Place, designed by award-winning Bahamian architect Jackson Burnside, sits right on the wharf. It provides a glimpse into some of the cultural delights of the island with artisans’ crafts, the sounds of Junkanoo, and more than 40 local vendors selling authentic Bahamian crafts, original paintings, jewelry, and treats in the form of teas, sweets, and spices.
The terminal itself has all the amenities expected in a modern day cruise facility, including a new welcome center, a communications center, a post office, and transportation services. Taxis are readily available outside the terminal; however walking is the easiest way to get to most points of interest in Nassau if you’re not on an organized tour.
Nassau’s allure is its harmonious blend of old and new. Wall-to-wall pastel-colored boutiques, restaurants, and bars are offset by the Parliament, the Supreme Court, and other government offices, resulting in Nassau’s distinctive colonial-meets-cosmopolitan flair. With lavish locales for the jet-set crowd and water parks and wildlife habitats for families, the progressive city appeals to everyone.
Begin exploring Nassau’s treasures in Rawson Square, located a block from Price George Wharf. It marks the start of Bay Street, Nassau’s main shopping thoroughfare, which is always bustling with activity. It’s the best place to shop for duty-free luxury jewelry, watches, crystal, and fragrances. Continue down Bay Street to the well-known Straw Market—the go-to spot for authentic Bahamian handicrafts. The market sells everything from straw hats, baskets, and mats, to costume jewelry, wood carvings, and jams.
Swim in the lagoon, relax on the beach, check out the Dolphin Encounter, or do nothing but watch the coconut palms sway as you lounge in a double hammock.
Fly down an enormous waterslide or take the scenic route along the mile-long river ride, filled with active rapids. Be sure to catch a tour of the archaeological “ruins” of Atlantis and excavations known as The Dig.
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