One of the most popular cruise ports where resort vacationers never feel crowded out.
Although most of the larger hotels are located outside of Nassau itself, at Cable Beach and on Paradise Island, Nassau remains the Bahamas' heart and soul. Nassau also is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Caribbean redgion.
Nassau stays at the center of it all partly because the grand old city offers good shopping and excellent sightseeing. But its closeness to the States (less than 200 miles from Miami) and frequent air service from numerous gateways in North America and Europe are equally as important. The year-round Florida-like weather is also appealing. See Best Time to Visit Nassau and Paradise Island.
In terms of sightseeing, Nassau has more historic monuments than all the other Bahamas islands combined. For instance, although many islands claim a link with the legendary Blackbeard the pirate, Nassau served as his headquarters until his death in 1717. See Nassau Things To Do.
Nassau's huge Straw Market on Bay Street is one of the Bahamas' most famous landmarks. It offers an endless supply of straw hats (great for protection from the sun), baskets, purses embroidered or plain, and carved wooden sculptures.
Many of the big items, particularly baskets, look tempting but consider how you will have to transport the item home, less of a problem if you're on a cruise.
Junkanoo Parade photo gallery featues the Bahamas' biggest celebration of the year, held on Nassau's Bay Street.
Incidentally, Bay Street near the cruise ships is the best place to start a tour of Nassau in the most pleasant way possible, by horse drawn carriage.