Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is located on New Providence, in the northwestern Bahamas.
Though one of the country’s smallest islands, it is home to more than two-thirds of the population and is the bustling centre of its resort and financial services activities.
The island is 21 miles long by seven miles wide at its broadest with most of the marinas, boating supply stores and boating activity lining its northern coast. It was because of its well-protected harbour that Nassau became the centre of activity in the days before air travel when everything arrived by boat or ship, people and supplies.
Nassau harbour continues to be the most identifiable feature on the New Providence map, stretching nearly from one end of the island to the other and opening into the wider bays or ocean beyond. Because it was dredged to make way for mega cruise ships — and was the first in the region to be so prepared — parts of the harbour can accommodate vessels of any depth with the greatest challenge to navigation being the westernmost bridge to Paradise Island which has a maximum height of 57 feet at high tide. It is advisable to enter the harbour by light of day, particularly if entering through the western end.
Nassau/Paradise Island is home to great resorts, including Atlantis, shopping, night life, restaurants, recreation, entertainment, schools, medical providers and facilities and marine suppliers and expert mechanics.
Nassau begs to be photographed. Its historic architecture, arches, porches, mature fruit trees, brilliant bougainvillea and hibiscus, the purple sunrises and orange sunsets, the rich texture of people’s faces create a thousand Kodak moments a day.