The Bahamas

Fort Fincastle
Fort Fincastle, Nassau Bahamas, overlooking the town from Bennet's Hill was built by Lord Dunmore, about 1793 who named it after his second title, Viscount Fincastle.

In a letter to the Secretary of State of February 17, 1794, he describes it as "a battery upon a hill in this island to the Eastwards of the Government House mounting two 24 pounders, two 32 pounder Carronades, two 12 pounders, and one Howitzer, which not only covers the Battery in Hog Island (Paradise Island) but all the Town and Road to the Eastward where the enemy might probably have effected a landing."

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Cloisters
Stroll about the remains of a 14th century French Monastery that was imported, stone by stone, to the United States by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s; 40 years later the Cloisters were bought by Huntington Hartford and installed at the top of a hill on Paradise Island overlooking Nassau Harbour. The Cloisters are a popular site for weddings.

Call (242)-363-3000 on Cloister Road Paradise Island.


Government House
The official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas.

The official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas since 1801, this imposing pink and white building on Duke Street is an excellent example of the mingling of Bahamian-British and American Colonial architecture. The graceful columns and broad, circular drive recall the styles of Virginia or the Carolinas, but the pink colour, distinctive cross-laid cornerstones, and louvered wooden shutters are typically Bahamian. Government House is also undoubtedly the most secure building in The Bahamas. It is patrolled and manned by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.


Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino
The Atlantis Paradise Island is a resort and waterpark located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. Officially opened in 1998, the resort was created by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner and Kerzner International Limited. Paradise Island first opened its Coral and Beach Towers as the Trump Plaza, then changed its name to Atlantis when the Royal Towers were built. The Coral and Beach Towers were later refurbished to match the theme of the Royal Towers. On 28 March 2007 a 600-suite luxury hotel named The Cove Atlantis opened on Paradise Island. Another tower, the 497-room Reef Atlantis, opened 19 December 2007.

Love Beach
If you're looking for great snorkeling and some privacy, drive about 20 minutes west of town. White sand shimmers in the sun and the azure waves gently roll ashore. About a mile offshore is 40 acres of coral reef known as the Sea Gardens. Access is not marked, just look for a vacant lot

Arawak Cay
Arawak Cay offers the authentic atmosphere of the Bahamian "Fish Fry" with vendors selling "made to order" conch salad, fried fish and other Bahamian dishes.

Arawak Cay was artificially built from the sand when the harbor was dredged in 1969.

There is a Police Station, a storytelling porch for special events, an old Bahamian rock oven, an open stage and an open grassy area with seating for the audience where concerts and other productions are held. Sunday nights is when the majority of locals can be seen at Arawak Cay or "Fish Fry" as the locals would say.


Pompey Museum
This very interesting museum is located on Bay Street near the British Colonial Hotel in Nassau. It is a short walk from the harbor and water taxis. It is a permanent exhibit which illustrates the history of slavery, abolition and emancipation in the Bahamas.

Built sometime before 1796 and named for the slave, Pompey, who lived at Steventon on Exuma Island; functioned as a marketplace until the late 1800's; "Vendue" is French for sold.

Unfortunately, enslaved people were among the commodities sold in a two-story building; the permanent exhibit is dedicated to the African experience in The Bahamas; see artifacts excavated from former plantations; museum also acquires objects of African origin; the good news is descendants of the Rolle slaves remain on the land today as owners of the former plantations.


The Straw Market
What is regarded as the birth of straw vending in the Bahamas as an industry began following the death of the sponge industry in the 1940's. Searching for another means of income, Bahamian women started plaiting and decorating dried palm and sisal plant leaves to create items such as baskets, bags and dolls. Soon large numbers of women were making straw souvenirs that were sought after by visitors.

After World War II, many Americans began vacationing in the Bahamas and straw craft souvenirs grew in popularity. Straw vending is considered one of the country's oldest industry with organized markets in Nassau, Cable Beach, Paradise Island and a number of The Family Islands. Stroll down to the famous native Straw Market where you can find bustling activity with vendors who are willing to bargain with buyers.