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The capital city of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, on New Providence Island, Nassau is enhanced by its rough edges rather than being diminished by its gritty nonchalance. Its miles of pristine beaches are inundated by endless troupes of cruise-ship passengers while Bay Street is the domain of seasoned shoppers scouring the shops for the best duty-free merchandise. Nassau is a characterful city with a vibrant past as an 18th-century hub for pirates and a former British colony, still embellished with Georgian mansions and stately government buildings that speak of the ruling class' wherewithal. This is also the home of the National Art Gallery, the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas and the Pirates of Nassau Museum. When its time to party, Nassau brings heaps of enthusiasm to the plate, the annual Junkanoo the most anticipated of its many fetes with its high-energy parade sweeping the city up in a flurry of dazzling sights and sounds. On an island edged by colorful coral reefs and packed with the perks of a big city, Nassau brings the best of both worlds.

Location:  Nassau