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Welcome to New Providence Island

The Bahamas' most populous island and home to the capital Nassau, New Providence Island pairs cosmopolitan flair with the soft beaches and laid-back vibes associated with the Bahamian lifestyle. Travelers can soak up Caribbean culture at downtown art galleries and museums, then lounge by the pool at an all-inclusive resort or boutique beach cottage. Just across a bridge is Paradise Island, home to the world-famous Atlantis resort and Aquaventure water park—one of the top things to do for both kids and the young at heart.

Top 10 attractions in New Providence Island

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Rose Island

Rose Island

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Rose Island is an idyllic private getaway off the coast of Nassau. Home to a coral reef and a lone beach bar, this tiny, tropical islet offers an exclusive setting for snorkeling and sunbathing on an 11-mile (18-kilometer) stretch of uninhabited, privately owned Bahamian beach.More
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Government House

Government House

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Built in 1801 on an estate on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House is often considered the best example of Georgian Colonial architecture in all of the West Indies. The mansion is painted a vibrant pink with a bright white trim (a nod to Nassau’s famous conch shells) and is the residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas.More
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Queen's Staircase

Queen's Staircase

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The Queen’s Staircase, one of Nassau’s most visited attractions, holds an important place in Bahamian cultural history. Around 1793, slaves carved this 102-foot (31-meter) staircase, comprised of 65 steps, out of solid limestone. Later it was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s 65-year reign and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.More
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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is British-colonial era Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Built in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views of Paradise Island, Nassau, and the harbor. You can also see hidden underground passages, a dry moat, remote dungeons; and even canons, which have never been fired in battle.More
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Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle

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Overlooking the city of Nassau from its vantage point atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 to protect the island of New Providence from outside invaders. Much of the imposing building remains intact today. Visitors come to explore the fortifications and enjoy the view from the highest point in Nassau.More
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Arawak Cay

Arawak Cay

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The evening fish fry is a much-loved tradition across many Caribbean islands, and Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas, brings the custom to life. Find colorful huts selling fresh fish dishes, such as conch salad and lobster, along with vendors making tropical cocktails, and there’s often live music, too.More
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Cable Beach

Cable Beach

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Famous for its golden sands, the Bahamas' Cable Beach is a popular water sports and lolling destination for visitors to New Providence Island. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of idyllic beach is home to several massive resorts—including the Atlantis on nearby Paradise Island—each with their own claim staked in the sand.More
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Blue Lagoon Island

Blue Lagoon Island

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With its stretch of white sands fringed by coconut palm trees and a lush rain forest, Blue Lagoon Island—or Salt Cay—offers an idyllic escape from the crowds of Nassau and has everything you'd expect from a tropical island. Bring the whole family along for some fun in the sun, or take it easy for a day of pure beachy bliss on Blue Lagoon Island Beach.More
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National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

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For a real taste of Bahamian culture, head to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) in Nassau. Housed in a classic 19th-century colonial-style building known as Villa Doyle in the center of town, the gallery displays paintings, sculptures, and other pieces by local artists from the 1850s to the present day.More
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Pirates of Nassau

Pirates of Nassau

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Grab your eye patch and peg leg to delve into one of the most infamous aspects of Caribbean history. At the Pirates of Nassau museum, you can discover Nassau’s history as an 18th-century pirate base through replica ships and exhibits. The city was once considered home to the world's largest concentration of swashbuckling seafarers.More

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Top activities in New Providence Island

Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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Exuma Full-day Experience
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Exuma Full-day Experience

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Pearl Island Escape with Snorkeling Experience and Lunch
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Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

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Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
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Full-Day Small-Group Tour to Pig Beach in the Bahamas by Powerboat
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Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch from Nassau
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Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

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All-Inclusive Private Ocean View Cabana at Pearl Island (from Nassau)
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Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

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Private Half Day Charter

Private Half Day Charter

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