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9 Things to do in Nassau for Travelers Who Love History and Culture

The culture and history of a destination are factors that shape what you will experience while you are there. For many people, getting to know the history and experiencing the culture is one of the things they most enjoy about visiting new places. Whether you've been twenty times or if this is your first visit to Nassau, here are nine places and experiences you should be sure to include on your next trip.


  1. Visit the Queen’s Staircase – This limestone staircase was built by slaves to honor Queen Victoria’s role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas. The beautiful staircase is free to visit and is a great place to learn about hard part of the island’s history.

  2. Visit Old Fort Nassau - (where the British Colonial Hilton Nassau is now located) to see a replica of Blackbeard's home. Nassau has a rich pirate history, and there are many ways to learn about how pirates shaped the island.

  3. Visit the Nassau Heritage Museum - This museum shows how the Bahamas has progressed throughout the years and how many historical events have shaped Nassau into the island she is today.

  4. Visit the Straw Market - This is a great place to pick up some souvenirs to bring back home. You will find many handmade items for purchase, and bargaining is encouraged.

  5. Visit the Versailles Garden of the Bahamas - Be sure to bring your phone or camera and wear some Instagram-worthy clothes, because these gardens are absolutely gorgeous. The colonial style garden is peppered with statues honoring many of the world's most influential men.

  6. Visit Lucayan National Park - This national park was established to preserve the rich history of the Bahamian people. You will also find dunes, trails, water sports and fishing along with fragments and infrastructure from plantations where slaves once labored.

  7. Visit Old Town - Get a great pictur – Nassau sits in the land of cacao beans, so what better place to learn the intricacies of chocolate, learn to craft bespoke chocolate bars using unique, local ingredients and even learn which spirits best pair with the different types of chocolate on their chocolate and spirits course. If chocolate isn’t your thing, don’t worry. They also have a cigar rolling course for you to learn how to roll your own cigarsvernment House, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, John Watling's Distillery, Christchurch Cathedral, and Pompey Museum and Pompey Square where slave auctions were once held.

  8. Visit the Rum Cake Factory - This stop will show you how the original rum cakes are made, mass-produced, packaged, and then you get to sample some of them. You won't leave with the recipe, but you can leave with a few cakes!

  9. Visit Graycliff Chocolatier Factory – Nassau sits in the land of cacao beans, so what better place to learn the intricacies of chocolate, learn to craft bespoke chocolate bars using unique, local ingredients, and even learn which spirits best pair with the different types of chocolate on their chocolate and spirits course. If chocolate isn’t your thing, don’t worry. They also have a cigar rolling course for you to learn how to roll your own cigars

Which of these sounds like something you would love to do? I'd love to help you plan your trip, so when you're ready, give me a call!

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