New Providence is a slice of paradise in the Caribbean, where shimmering white-sand beaches meet turquoise-blue water. Once under British rule, the island still has many of its traditional pastel-colored colonial buildings dotting the landscape, especially in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. One of the must-see points of interest is the pink-hued Government House dating back to 1801.
Just west of Nassau lies Cable Beach, world-famous for its two and one-half-miles of crystalline waters. It's beyond perfect for a fun-in-the-sun getaway, plus it boasts great nightlife, casino action (it's home to 10 casinos offering great gaming action), golf and more. Diving is a big activity here, as are parasailing, banana boat rides, jet skiing and kayaking. Anglers will be eager to cast out for game fish like tuna, wahoo, kingfish and mahi-mahi. Try bargaining for deals and discounts with the street vendors selling goods. Fittingly, there is a pirate museum here, too, plus gardens, a zoo and conservation center.
Bahamian Rum DistilleryLearn about Nassau’s history in the production of rum throughout the centuries. Tour an estate featuring a museum-like experience and tasting with an opportunity to shop for keepsakes in the gift shop.
Sea Lion EncounterGet up close and personal with sea lions at Blue Lagoon. After a short safety orientation, interaction takes place in the natural habit of the marine mammals while visitors stand on platforms in waist-deep water.
Straw MarketExperience the tradition of shopping and haggling at this iconic market. Handmade Bahamian crafts and souvenirs like hand-woven straw bags, conch shell jewelry, wood carvings and dolls can be found at reasonable prices.