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The Many Colors of Nassau

The city of Nassau is blooming with beautiful color from the buildings, water and people. The Lucayans were the original inhabitants of the island of New Providence. The island remained largely uninhabited until around 1666, when it was settled by people from Bermuda and English who were seeking refuge from religious disputes. In 1695, the settlement was named Nassau in honor of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau. Spain, Britain and the U.S. laid claim to the Bahamas, until the islands were officially assigned to Great Britain by treaty in 1783. Blockade running during the Civil War and rum-running during Prohibition in the U.S. brought periods of prosperity to Nassau. By the early 20th century, the pineapple, sponge, sisal and salt industries—mainstays of the island's economy—were in decline. Tourism quickly saved the city: In the 1950s, the Tourism Board began actively promoting the Bahamas as a tourist destination. The development of Paradise Island started in the 1960s.

Nassau and Tourisum

Tourism and the banking industry are the main staples of the economy. Nassau attracts tourists and businesses with its favorable climate and laid-back way of life, and there seems to be no limit to new development. Nassau is situated on the northern end of New Providence, dominating the bay between the main island and Paradise Island.

Buildings and Palms

The City of Nassau is landscaped in a beautiful tropical setting. Yet it is a city. If you are looking for a deserted Island you will have to go farther south on one of the more private Islands. So people are disappointed when they expect to see nothing but palms and flowers. Still it’s a very nice city.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Trees and Buildings, Super nice people.
  • Cons:Not much of a tropical paradise. But still nice.
  • In a nutshell:Great place to visit but not for a long vacation, maybe one of your stops though.
  • Last visit to Nassau: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2005 at 8:30 AM

    Nassau has some interesting things to see and do, but I thought it was a little too "touristy" for my tastes.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2005 at 1:09 PM

    Excellent page! You make me wanna go to the Bahamas right now. Actually, Karen and I are taking a Caribbean cruise, coming up in three weeks. It will be our first, and I can hardly wait.


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