What To Do In Nassau

How to make the most of a day in Nassau 

Located on the palm-covered island of New Providence in the Bahamas, Nassau is a popular destination for Canadians wanting a dose of tropical sunshine. From a tasting tour of local cuisine to finding the perfect spot to toast the sunset, there are plenty of ways to make the most of this welcoming town. 

7:30 to 10 a.m.

Start the day in a meditative atmosphere at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. For US$10, visitors are welcome to join the 8 a.m. yoga class that will slowly stretch the body and mind into vacation mode. To get there, take a taxi to the Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina and catch the free water taxi to the yoga ashram, located on Paradise Island. 

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Catch the ferry back to the Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina, then take the 10-minute walk to George Street to meet up with your guide for the Tru Bahamiam Bites of Nassau Food Tour. You’ll visit seven local eateries, learning about the island’s cultural and historical influences while strolling the downtown and tasting a variety of unique dishes. 

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Visit the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (on the corner of West Hill and West Street), which showcases Bahamian history through its permanent collection of local artists. 

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Stop at the Nassau Straw Market to do some souvenir shopping. The market features a variety of local crafts, including hand-woven straw bags and totes, conch shell jewelry and colourful textiles.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Take a short taxi ride to The Poop Deck East Bay for cocktail hour, joining locals for a rum punch or a cold Kalik beer while hearing the latest fishing tale.

7:30 to 10 p.m.

For dinner, grab another taxi and head to lively Arawak Cay. Known locally as the Fish Fry, this spot features colourful food shacks offering tasty Bahamian cuisine such as conch fritters, cracked conch and, of course, fried fish—all served in a laid-back family atmosphere. 

Getting There: WestJet flies to Nassau daily from Toronto and Saturday from Calgary.