Nassau

The capital of the most-visited island in the Bahamas chain, this cruise ship darling is beloved by couples and families alike. Take the children to nearby Atlantis, Paradise Island’s outstanding water park and the biggest open-air marine habitat on the planet, or seek fortune’s favor in the massive casino. 

For a taste of tradition, attend a People-to-People Tea Party—complete with bush teas, live music, and a fashion show, as well as local snacks—at the Government House on the last Friday of every January through May, and October and November. Nassau’s pink Parliament house and court are fun to see via horse-drawn carriage; Fort Charlotte is even older, dating back to the days when pirates like Blackbeard were the law of the land. The similarly equally historic Bay Street is ideal for leisurely strolls together, extended by stops in its many shops, pubs, and cafés. For uninterrupted walks, head to famous Cable Beach. Just one of the many amazing powdery white shores on the island, lovers of sun and sand will find no end of either from tip to tail of 21-mile-long New Providence Island.

Good to Know

  • Under-the-radar gay scene
  • Couples of all make-ups are welcome but discretion is advised
  • Look for pop-up gay bars during cruise season
  • The Bahamas are becoming an increasingly gay-friendly, with much public support for equality
  • A small gay population is scattered throughout its islands, helping to modernize attitudes quickly

Featured Resorts:

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant

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Graycliff is a picture-perfect, palm-fringed inn nestled in the heart of Old Nassau overlooking Government House. Surrounded by tropical gardens and the azure Caribbean just beyond, it is the perfect setting, both restful and resplendent, befitting a mansion that has one of the only five-star restaurants in the Caribbean.

Riu Palace Paradise Island

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Riu Palace Paradise Island is located on a picture-perfect, white-sand beach just a short walk from the Atlantis Casino, the Riu Palace Paradise Island is a true oasis of fun and excitement with a distinct Bahamian flair. Featuring the All Inclusive by RIU concept, this breathtaking 379-room resort offers unmatched service, world-class activities, nightly entertainment and a property complete with a picturesque swimming pool, gourmet restaurants, inspiring ocean views and one ...

Additional Resorts:

One&Only Ocean Club
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Once a private estate, One&Only Ocean Club rests between miles of pristine beach and exquisite gardens inspired by the romantic grandeur of Versailles. Fragrant blossoms of hibiscus and bougainvillea, along with hand-laid rock ridges and stone steps, ascend the terraced garden decorated with bronze and marble statues from Europe. At its apex stands the dramatic arches of a twelfth-century Augustinian cloister that boasts a spectacular view of the sunset over Nassau Harbor ...

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