Nassau/Paradise Island Fact Sheet

Nassau/Paradise Island is the tourism hub of The Bahamas booming with luxury resorts, casinos, dining, shopping, and a vibrant nightlife yet still holds true to the authentic Bahamian culture. This ideal destination has easy access to The Out Islands and Grand Bahama Island.

History – Nassau was first discovered by British colonists, and has a long-standing history of pirates, dating all the way back to 1696 when Privateer Henry Every landed in Nassau Harbour with a ship loaded with loot. After bribing the Governor of The Bahamas, Nicholas Trott with silver and gold, the city of Nassau was established as a safe haven for pirates’ operations and became.

About Nassau/Paradise Island

  • Town/Settlement: Nassau
  • Size: Stretches over 21miles
  • Population: Approximately 248,948


Atlantis, Paradise Island – Atlantis Paradise Island is considered to be one of the most treasured vacation resorts to many around the world. The all-inclusive resort is a grand experience in itself, boasting six amazing accommodations to choose from, the world's largest open-air marine habitat, a 141-acre waterpark, 11 incredible pools, four miles of breathtaking beaches, an 18-hole oceanfront golf course, the Atlantis Casino and much, much more.

Baha Mar – In April 2017, Baha Mar opened its doors on Cable Beach with the debut of the luxurious Grand Hyatt, a posh and contemporary addition to the world renowned brand. With addition of two more hotels still to come – SLS (Fall 2017) and Rosewood Hotel (Spring 2018) – Baha Mar will offer three uniquely designed resorts with amenities including the Caribbean’s largest casino, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, ESPA flagship 30,000-square-foot spa, convention center and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges.

British Colonial Hilton Nassau – As it sits downtown on the shores of Nassau Harbour, British Colonial Hilton Nassau is the embodiment of regal elegance mixed with contemporary style. The historic hotel features an exclusive private white-sand beach, a freshwater pool, and stunning views of the cruise ship harbor.


From dining, shopping, historical museums and food tours, to fishing, diving, snorkeling and boating, the activities in Nassau/Paradise Island are endless,


Arawak Cay/The Fish Fry – This popular community is home to a variety of authentic Bahamian restaurants that specialize in seafood delicacies, and serves up the famous refreshing Bahama Mama drink, and Kalik, “The Beer of the Bahamas”.

The Beaches of Nassau Paradise Island – The dazzling beaches of Nassau Paradise Island include includes Cable Beach, Montagu Beach, Paradise Beach, Sandyport Beach, Western Esplanade and Junkanoo Beach.

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre – Caribbean flamingos, extravagant peafowls, Lory parrots, native iguanas, and Madagascar Lemurs - all of these exotic animals can be found at the only zoo in The Bahamas.

Queen’s Staircase – Located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau, this awe-inspiring stairway is a major landmark prominent for its historic significance and captivating beauty.

Nassau Botanical Garden – This alluring garden is brimming with more than 600 flora species, perfect for nature-loving tourists.

Festival Place –Bahamian artists and artisans offer hand-made crafts, quirky souvenirs, and sweet Bahamian treats at this colorful market.


  • Nassau is home to three historic forts, including Fort Montagu, Fort Charlotte and Fort Fincastle


Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) serves as the main airport for Nassau/Paradise Island departures and arrivals.

(888) 247-2262

  • Atlantic Blue Charters:

(242) 557-0758

(954) 359-0320

(800) 433-7300

(242) 377-800; (800) 433-7300

  • Atlantic Blue Charters:

(242) 557-0758

(954) 351-9313

(242) 377-2338; (800) 247-9297

(242) 702-7234

(242) 377-7035

(800) 221-1212

(954) 772-3363; (954) 295-068

(242) 377-0354; (954) 839-8688

(242) 377-0039

(242) 377-1174; (800) 538-2583

(561) 483-5070; (888) 271-0502

  • Performance Air Limited:

(242) 341-3281

(242) 702-7133

(242) 362-1224

  • Shore Charter Services:

(242) 524-8721

(242) 352-6447; (844) 674-5837; (801) 401-9100

(242) 377-8993

(242) 377-2014

(242) 702-7355

(305) 741-0489

(954) 210-5569; (800) 767-0897

(480) 693-0800

(954) 771-0330

(242) 377-2222

(242) 377-7035; (866) 884-9188


  • U.S. currency is accepted and is interchangeable with the Bahamian dollar.
  • Temperatures, year-round, range from 68 to 86 degrees during the day and 62-70 degrees at night. 
  • Sea water temperature ranges from 73 degrees in February to 82 degrees in August. 
  • The entry requirement for U.S. and Canadian residents is proof of citizenship, in the form of a passport.  ALL U.S. citizens and foreign nationals traveling to the United States from The Bahamas, are required to present a valid passport or another secure document accepted by United States Customs and Border Protection. 


Anita Johnson-Patty General Manager, Global Communications | Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation | 

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