Best Things to Do in Nassau

Tips and activities for your next visit to Nassau. - Photo by Canva

Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas, and among one of the most visited cruise ports in all of the Caribbean. It’s close to East Coast departure points, and an easy first stop on many sailings. There’s so much to do and see in Nassau, we recommend planning ahead if your next cruise includes a stop in this beautiful port. We’ve rounded up our top Member Tips and suggested excursions to help you plan your next vacation. 

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Member Tip: We had a tour of the city, did some shopping and chilled at Junkanoo beach. The locals were nice and friendly. We enjoyed every bit of our visit. We plan to visit again. - SeaOutlook

Member Tip: Nassau was a blast. We went to the Blue Lagoon and on the way back we got off the boat at Margaritaville. We walked a huge bridge back to the boat, about three miles. Sightseeing and shopping all the way. Found rum cake and even got caught in a tropical downpour. It was truly one of the best days, ever. - BostonPierce 

Discover Nassau Tour: Experience the best of Nassau on this 2.5 hour tour of the island. Highlighted destinations include a visit to Fort Fincastle, the Queen Victoria Staircase, the Straw Market, and a stop at the famed Atlantis.  

Member Tip: We had a pretty good time here. We took a taxi to the Fish Fry and OMG the food and drinks were amazing! There was so much food on the plate that my husband, two of our daughters and I shared the plate. Next, we took a taxi to John Wahling's rum distillery and had the best Pina Coladas! - parnellmo 

Member Tip: Had an overnight in Nassau. Found that if you want to visit the Atlantis aquarium that it is free after 5 p.m. You will have a lot less people and you can also enjoy Atlantis beach in the evening at no charge. - rere76

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Member Tip: We reserved a day at the Hilton's private beach. No crowds, excellent service, good food and drinks, spotless sand and clear water. Relaxing under the grass umbrellas beats any shore excursion you could get. Just a 10-minute walk from the ship. - WhitzMix

Member Tip: Amazing, I can’t wait to go to The Bahamas again!! This is where I proposed to my fiancé. Next time we come back we will definitely go back to Cabbage Beach. We made great friends there! - MelAndJai

Nassau Rum Tasting: Experience a sample of Nassau’s nightlife on this rum-tasting excursion. On this tour, you will visit the Bistro Underground Bar (just blocks from the pier) to sample five different Bahamian rums. 

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Member Tip: My family booked an excursion with the Graycliff Chocolatier Factory. We toured the factory, received interesting information and facts about the chocolate-making process, then were escorted to a room where we were able to make our own chocolate bars, chocolate candies, and chocolate lollipops. They provided the chocolate, the fillings, and the molds. The entire family, from the seniors to the kids, loved this excursion. - IslandGirl25

Nassau Walking Food Tour: Come hungry on this filling Nassau food excursion where you will get to experience some of the best local flavors on the island. Not only will you taste these foods but you'll also learn about them from your friendly, local guide and get a peek behind the scenes of Nassau’s dining scene.

Member Tip: Nassau is awesome. Cool locals, plenty of bars and restaurants. The Straw Market is fun, never pay the asking price. Junkanoo Beach (free and in walking distance) was a blast, there is a crazy side and a family side, both are great! Awesome snorkeling. - ItsMeChrisB

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Member Tip: We rented a four-wheeler and traveled the whole outskirt of Nassau. Beautiful place, beautiful homes, stopped at a few beaches and went to the Queen's Staircase. - ladybella76

Nassau by Open Air Buggy: Hop in an open-air buggy and let an experienced driver-guide bring you to several island landmarks and eateries around town. You will visit Historic Downtown Nassau, Fort Fincastle, the Straw Market, the Graycliff Hotel, and Arawak Cay.

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Member Tip: Junkanoo Beach was definitely the way to go! Be sure to visit the Tiki Bikini Hut, they will take care of you all the way! - SunnyD

Member Tip: There is a beach within walking distance of the port. Nice place to settle in for the day while in port if you don't want to pay for a beach excursion. Seagulls bar is right there on the beach, killer drink deals for those that are into that. - AlexandraMarie 

Visit to Bob Marley Resort: This day experience will bring you to the Bob Marley Resort, a destination commissioned by Rita Marley to preserve the history of the Marley family. During your visit, swim in the warm Caribbean waters or lounge by the free-form pools. Note: Participants must be ages 18+.

Member Tip: Blue Lagoon Island is a great excursion. The weather was perfect and the water is all different colors of blue and green. Encountered Dolphins there before. Everything is perfect about this place. - KdubsCrusin

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