The Bahamas is the textbook definition of a Caribbean paradise, with hundreds of islands to explore, and miles of white-sand beaches fringed with glittering waters and swaying palm trees. Here are some options for island-hopping tours from Nassau.
Nassau Cruise Port
Arakwak Cay, Nassau
Downtown Nassau is a colorful mix of historic architecture and tropical gardens. Tour the city by horse-drawn carriage, catch a boat to Paradise Island, or opt for a guided excursion which showcases Nassau’s colonial highlights and typically includes stops at Ardastra Gardens, the Queen's Staircase, and Fort Charlotte.
However, aquatic adventures remain the most popular shore activity in Nassau. Snorkel or scuba dive to the surrounding coral reefs, head out in search of the island's resident dolphins, or leave on shore excursions to the beach—popular destinations include Blue Lagoon Island, Cable Beach, Junkanoo Beach, and Rose Island.
Things to Know Before You Go
Nassua Cruise Port can handle up to seven cruise liners at any one time.
Many Nassau tours include pickup and drop-off at the cruise port, allowing visitors to make the most of their time on the island.
Those with mobility issues might prefer to take a glass-bottom boat ride in the waters off Nassau.
If you’ve got limited time, consider a private tour to escape the crowds and catch all the can't-miss attractions without a large group.
How to Get to Nassau from the Nassau Cruise Port
Getting into town is easy from Prince George Wharf on the island’s north coast where cruise ships dock. Either grab a taxi at the wharf or walk 10 minutes south to Bay Street, the main shopping hub. Visitor information booths are located at the port’s Festival Place Welcome Center, where you can find maps and other useful resources.
Nassau is a popular point of entry for the Bahamas, and most major cruise ships dock here. The Bahamian and US dollars are used interchangeably throughout the island, but other currencies must be exchanged. The local language is English.
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