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Nassau Bahamas Bay Street features some of the best elements of the country. From gorgeous beaches and vistas to shopping and history, the area offers some of the top attractions in the capital.
Nassau Bahamas Bay Street is the main street that runs through the capital. While some destinations on the island cater to specific crowds, Bay Street Nassau has something to offer everyone. From shopping and history to cultural sites and more, the bustling street is a fantastic destination to explore.
Because it stretches across much of New Providence, Nassau Bahamas Bay Street is one of the easiest places on the island to visit. Its length can be intimidating, however, so it’s worth knowing which attractions you’re hoping to visit.
Travelers arriving in Nassau at the cruise terminal hoping for beach time can take a right and head west. There you’ll find Junkanoo Beach, which you can walk to, and Cable Beach, which you’ll need to taxi to.
The stretch of road directly in front of the cruise terminal is where you’ll find all of the Bay Street shopping Nassau opportunities. This includes the Nassau Straw Market, luxury shopping, and everything in between.
Taking a left outside of the cruise terminal and heading east will take you past many different restaurants. You could also walk east to Potter’s Cay, which is the local’s fish fry.
Nassau Bahamas Bay Street stretches across the busiest northern parts of New Providence. From Fort Montagu in the east to Love Beach in the west, it stretches for around 14 miles (23 km).
While there are sites to see at both the eastern and westernmost parts of the island, a walking tour of the Downtown area lets you see some of the highlights. After shopping in Nassau Bahamas Bay Street, you can then head further into New Providence to see some of the other, less frequented attractions.
The Balcony House Museum is the oldest residential building on New Providence. Located on Market Street, one of the many streets that branch off of Nassau Bahamas Bay Street, it provides travelers with a detailed look into Nassau’s past.
Built more than 200 years ago, the house’s name comes from its original wooden balcony. The structure’s interior offers insight into what colonial life was like centuries ago.
Travelers looking to go shopping on Bay Street have upscale options, bargain options, and everything in between.
If you’re looking to splurge, head to John Bull, at 284 Bay Street. There you can buy jewelry, luxury bags, Starbucks, and more.
On the opposite end of the Bay Street shopping Nassau spectrum is the Nassau Straw Market. Featuring stalls selling hats, bags, dolls, and more, the experience can be fun, but somewhat overwhelming.
If you do decide to buy something, make sure you try to haggle a bit first.
As one of the island’s many historic attractions, Parliament Square features buildings from the 18th and 19th Century. However, these structures also serve a modern purpose – they house the different branches of the modern-day Bahamian government.
Parliament Square is right on Nassau Bahamas Bay Street.
Great Britain practiced slavery in the Bahamas until abolishing slavery in 1834. The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation being one seeks to shed light on the practice and, specifically, what slave auctions looked like in 18th-century Nassau.
Nassau Bahamas Bay Street is a menagerie of sights and sounds. Whether you’re hoping to go shopping or learn about the island’s past, Bay Street Nassau is an excellent area to add to your Bahamas itinerary.
If you’re looking to learn more about the top Nassau attractions, make sure to check out our other travel guides and our interactive map of Nassau & Paradise Island.
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