The Bahamas is the perfect place to escape the monotony of everyday life. Just a short flight away from the majority of east coast airports, this tropical paradise is home to pristine beaches, sunny weather and incredibly friendly people. Nassau is also home to some of the area’s best hotels, such as British Colonial Hilton Nassau – the only hotel in downtown Nassau that boasts a private beach and easy access to some of the best attractions the city has to offer. Whether spending all day at the beach or exploring the sights and scenes, Nassau offers plenty of plans that appeal to the whole family. We’ve curated a list of some of the best activities this island has to offer, so you don’t have to!

Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase

Fort Fincastle offers panoramic views of the ocean, standing 126 feet tall. With its soaring views and distinct boat shape, it’s the perfect location to capture some photos of the family. Along the fort you’ll find guides eager to tell you all about the historical wonders of the fort, and you’ll even get to see some of its original cannons. Walking distance from the fort you’ll arrive at the Queen’s Staircase, a limestone staircase originally built to honor Queen Victoria’s efforts toward slavery abolition on the island. Aside from being a free site, it’s a stunning location perfect for taking pictures. And if you’re brave enough to climb the 66 stairs, you’ll get to see the most amazing view on the island. Definitely an experience you don’t want to miss!

Arawak Cay

If you’re looking to try authentic Bahamian food, visiting Arawak Cay is a must. There, you’ll find an abundance of bright and colorful restaurants offering genuine Bahamian food. Be sure to try the conch fritters and fry fish, and drink some coconut water to get fully immersed in the culture. You’ll see plenty of others exploring all the different food joints and bars, making it a great spot for people watching!. This restaurant strip not only has a great environment and delicious food, but comes with a view of the water.

John Watling’s Distillery

Learn about your spirits and drink them too. At the distillery, you’ll embark on an educational tour, learning everything about John Watling, the seventeenth century pirate whose name was adopted by the famous Bahamian rum brand. You’ll be taken through all there is to know about the rum making process, from the aging to distilling and even bottling. Following your tour, be sure to pick up some of the namesake rums at the on-site shop. Oh, and did we mention you’ll get free piña colada samples as soon as you walk through the door?

National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

For the art enthusiast in you, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is a destination that will not disappoint. You’ll get a chance to capture the essence of Bahamian culture through beautiful artworks and learn about the unique culture and people of the islands. The gallery is situated inside a stunning historic home, making the visit a completely authentic experience. And the best part? It is only a 3 minute walk from the British Colonial Hilton Nassau and the rest of downtown.

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