NASSAU/PARADISE ISLAND

Attractions:

Fort Charlotte
Built in the late 18th century to guard the western entrance to Nassau Harbour. Tours every half hour from 9 00 a.m. to 4:30p. m.

Fort Fincastle
Built m 1793 by Governor Lord Dunmore. At the top of the Fort is the Water Tower and Lighthouse, which is 126 feet tall and provides a panoramic view of Nassau Tours are available from 8:00 a m to 5: 00 p m every day except Thursdays. Queens Staircase. This steep staircase is believed to have been cut from solid limestone by slaves in the 1790's to provide an escape route from Fort Fincastle to town.

Pompey Museum
This museum was once an auction site for slaves in the 18th century. It now displays artifacts, historical documents and drawings which recount the history of slavery and emancipation in The Bahamas. Museum hours 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Ardastra Gardens & Zoo
Home of the famous marching flamingos and hundreds of animals and birds on five and a half acres of tropical tranquility. Show times are 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Open every day from 9:00 a m to 5:00 p.m.

Crystal Cay Park
The greatest show of natural marine life in the Caribbean. Descend 20 feet below the surface in the underwater marine observatory to see tons of fish, coral and sponges in their natural environment. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m daily. Daily bus and boat transportation is available between Crystal Cay and Cable Beach, Paradise Island and downtown Nassau.

Cloisters
A 14th century, Augustinian Monastery was transported here to Paradise Island from France in 1968. It overlooks the harbour.

Parliament Square
Site of the Queen Victoria Statue and Chambers of Parliament - House of Assembly and the Senate. It is located on Bay Street. Loyalist influence is evident in these buildings which are based on Governor Tyron's Palace in New- Bern, the ancient capital of North Carolina.

Straw Market
A lively market offers local handicraft straw goods, T-shirts, souvenirs and wood carvings. The Market is located downtown Nassau.

Botanical Gardens
Eighteen acres of tropical flowers, trees and plants as well as a recreated Lucayan Village. It is located on West Bay Street.

Government House
The official residence of The Bahamas Governor General, the Queen's representative.

Junkanoo Museum
Some of the winning costumes which formed part of the Annual Junkanoo Festival held in the early morning hours of Boxing Day, (the day after Christmas) and New Year's Eve are displayed. Located on Prince George Dock. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except holidays.

The Caves
Located on the western end of the island. The Lucayans sheltered here.

Balcony House
An 18th century restored house, the furnishings and design of Balcony House recapture the elegance and glory of a bygone era. Opening hours are 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m and 2:00 p.m. - 4 00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Marinas

  • Browns Boat Basin: East Bay Street...........................................242-393-3331
  • Claridge Marina: South Nassau...................................................242-364-2218
  • East Bay Yacht Basin: East Bay Street......................................242-322-3754
  • Lyford Cay Club: (private): Lyford Cay..........................................242-362-4131
  • Nassau Harbour Club: East Bay Street........................................242-393-0771
  • Nassau Yacht Haven: East Bay Street........................................242-393-8173
  • Hurricane Marina - Paradise Island..............................................242-363-3600
  • Getting Around

    CAR RENTAL:

  • Dollar Rent A Car: Nassau International Airport...........................242-377-7231
  • Avis Rent A Car: Nassau International Airport..............................242-326-6380
  • Budget Rent A Car: Nassau International Airport.........................242-377-7405
  • Hertz Rent A Car.....................................................................242-377-8684
  • TAXICABS are located at the international airports, major hotels and downtown Nassau. However, a taxicab can be summoned by calling one of the following numbers:
  • Meter Cabs: Davis Street, Nassau.............................................242-323-5111
  • Bahamas Taxi Cab Union: Nassau Street..................................242-323-4555
  • JITNEYS/BUSES run throughout the day normally until dusk. Bus fares for adults are $0.75 and children $0.50. Buses run at half hour intervals. Buses to the Cable beach area leave from Navy Lion Road North depot. Buses to the Eastern area leave from Frederick Street North depot. Buses to the malls leave from Marlbourgh Street East.

    SCOOTER RENTAL. Scooters are available from most hotels.

    Medical Services

  • Princess Margaret Hospital - Acute Care: Shirley Street.............. 242-322-2861
  • Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre - Long-Term Care: Fox Hill........ 242-324-6881
  • Doctor's Hospital - Acute Care: Shirley Street............................ 242-322-8411
  • Acute Care..............................................................................242-328-5596
  • Clinics available throughout New Providence

    Nightlife
    Discotheques are quite popular in Nassau and Paradise Island

    Polka Dot Lounge: Sheraton Grand, Paradise Island, is open Friday and Saturday night 9 p.m to 2 a.m Tel.363-2011

    Jokers Wild Comedy Club: Beach Tower, Atlantis, Paradise Island. Tel.363-3000

    Casinos: The Crystal Palace Casino and Paradise Island Casino, are open daily 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. They feature slot machines, roulette, craps, and blackjack.

    The Palace Theatre: Nassau Marriot Resort & The Crystal Palace Casino's Jubilation show nightly except Thursdays. Both dinner and cocktail performances available. Tel.327-6200

    Atlantis Showroom: adjoining the Paradise Island Casino, dazzles viewers with an intense dramatic cabaret show - Sunsation. Dinner and cocktail shows nightly except Sunday. Tel. 363-3000 for reservations

    The King & Knights Club: Forte Nassau Beach Hotel, recreates the native dance styles and intertwines them with a native show and dancing that is bound to make your night most enjoyable. Show times at 8:30 pm. and 10 30 pm. nightly except Monday Admission: $16 per person - incudes one drink. Tel. 327-7711

    Dining

    Bahamian cuisine is vast and versatile. It meets the requirements of every taste bud and every budget. So be prepared to enjoy the gourmet dishes of international or Bahamian origin as well as some of the dishes native only to The Islands of The Bahamas.

    The Shoal Restaurant and Lounge: Nassau Street, serves both Bahamian and American cuisine, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tel. 323-4400

    The Geeen Shutters Inn: 48 Parliament Street, is an authentic English Pub built into a 190-year-old Bahamian home offering Bahamian and English dishes. Lunch is served 11:30 am. to 4 p.m. and dinner is served 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Open Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel.325-5702

    Double Dragon Chinese cuisine, is located on Mackey Street Open Monday thru Thursday 12 noon to 10 p.m. Saturday 4-11 p.m. and Sunday and holidays 4-10 p.m. Tel. 393-5718

    Traveller's Rest: West Bay Street, is the place to delight in sumptuous Bahamian dishes and tropical drinks in a beautiful setting by the sea. Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tel. 327-7633

    Tony Roma's: Saunder's Beach West Bay Street & Paradise Island Bridge, East Bay Street, serving ribs and many other fine foods. West Bay Street. Tel.325-2020. East Bay Street. Tel.393-2077

    The Poop Deck - East Bay Street, serves Bahamian seafood daily.Tel. 393-8175

    How To Get Here

    Just have your Travel Agent call any of the wholesalers listed below.

  • Delta Dream Vacations............................................................800-233-7260
  • Fly Away Vacations................................................................800-832-8383
  • GoGo Tours............................................................................800-821-3731
  • Nassau Paradise Island Express .......................................800-7-BAHAMAS
  • Paradise Island Vacations ......................................................800-733-7466
  • Travel Impressions..................................................................800-284-0044
  • Air Fun Tours.......................................................................800-441-4-FUN
  • Apple Vacations (East)...........................................................800-727-3550
  • Apple Vacations (West)..........................................................800-365-2775
  • Friendly Holidays....................................................................800-221-9740
  • Fun Jet Vacations .................................................................800-559-9467
  • Club Bahamas........................................................................800-447-9467
  • USAir Vacations.....................................................................800-455-0123
  • IN CANADA AlbaTours .........................................................800-665-ALBA
  • Canadian Holidays .................................................................800-661-8881
  • Conquest Tours .....................................................................800-268-1205
  • Sunquest Tours......................................................................800-268-8899
  • Adventure Tours......................................................................800-268-7063
  • Panic Button
  • Police .........................................................................919 or 242-322-4444
  • Fire.......................................................................................................9I9
  • Ambulance.............................................................................242-322-2221
  • Aircraft Rescue.......................................................................242-377-7077
  • Long Distance Operator.............................................................................0
  • Directory Assistance..............................................................................916
  • Telegrams..............................................................................................9I0
  • Ministry of Transport................................................................242-322-1112
  • Chamber of Commerce............................................................242-322-2145
  • Post Office..............................................................................242-322-3025