New Providence / NassauThe Bahamas
New Providence is the most populous island in The Bahamas, making it an oasis of activity, culture and history in its remote tropical surroundings. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is located here - a lively metropolitan hub brimming with a rich heritage and modern amenities.
New Providence is the 11th largest island in The Bahamas at 21 miles long. For yacht charterers and owners, the island is often their first port of call thanks to its excellent links to the US mainland (just a 30-minute scheduled or private charter flight away) and the presence of state-of-the-art marinas at The Albany Resort and Atlantis Paradise Island. It is also a convenient gateway to many of the Bahamas’ highly popular Out Islands.
New Providence boasts a heritage quite unlike any other; from folkloric myths to the role of the legendary Blackbeard in Nassau’s city history, the tale of New Providence is alive with twists and turns. There is a sober side to this too, evidenced in Pompey Museum which was built for courageous slave Pompey from the Exumas and features a permanent exhibit on the African experience. The colonial presence is tangible everywhere and inextricably intertwined with New Providence’s history; from its picturesque English gardens to pristine Victorian homes.
To the north of Nassau lies Paradise Island, who lives up to its name in every imaginable way. Paradise Island is a hub of activity and popular with travellers from near and far, boasting luxury resorts, hotels, restaurants and boutiques as well as a bustling nightlife. Unwind with a poolside cocktail at Paradise Island Beach Club, or sample the exotic eateries down on Cable Beach. For travellers looking for a Bahamian escape without straying too far from the hustle and bustle, Paradise Island is the perfect in-between.
Alongside shopping, golfing and fine dining, New Providence is perhaps the most developed destination in The Bahamas for luxury resorts. The world famous Baha Mar is a sprawling 1,000 acre resort complex comprising three outstanding hotels, 200,000 square feet of convention space, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and a casino. The Four Seasons Ocean Club on Paradise Island, meanwhile, is an alluring beachfront hideaway and a playground for golf, tennis, spa treatments, water sports and fine dining.
For adventurous visitors, Nassau is one of the world’s best locations for shark diving. The tropical waters were even used as the setting for the film “Jaws: The Revenge”. Unlike the massive monsters featured in the movie however, Nassau is home to smaller, less aggressive sharks including tigers, hammerheads and most predominantly, reef sharks.
Indeed, across the island watersports abound particularly brilliant windsurfing and parasailing, while deserted beaches are easily found along the southwest coast for a spot of respite.