The Bahamian island of New Providence is home to the country’s capital city, Nassau. The island also draws visitors to Cable Beach, just west of Nassau, and Paradise Island, just north of Nassau and linked to it via the Paradise Island Bridges. New Providence is an upscale sun-worshipper’s sandy dream. Paradise Island is pulsing with resorts, restaurants and beaches. One can drop a few bucks at a casino, or shake some serious booty at a number of hopping nightclubs. An evening stroll or midnight cruise along the sand and sea of Cable Beach or Paradise Island provides a touch of romance at the end of a sun-soaked day.
Venturing into the city of Nassau itself, the visitor is treated to an array of shopping opportunities, as well as the island’s greatest concentration of historical sites. Perched at the peak of Mt. Fitzwilliam, the Government House was home to Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor. He became the governor general here after abdicating the throne to marry American Wallis Simpson. At the Pirates of Nassau interactive museum, one can walk the plank to explore the island’s wilder past. The Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Park display a lush, leafy world of colorful beasties, including a flock of trained flamingos.