Nassau is one of the most beautiful island cities in the world. Nassau is the largest city and the capital of the island nation of Bahamas. The city was founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England. However, in 1694, it was named Nassau in honor of King William III. The city is located on New Providence Island. The city was once the stronghold of pirates and the majority of people were pirates. Since, the city’s foundation, it has been ruled by different countries like the Spanish, English, and Dutch.
New Providence Island has over the years faced many military raids and had been used as a safe port for exports. However, since the country of Bahamas has an excellent relationship with the USA it has helped in the growth of the city as well as the country of Bahamas. At present, Nassau is the most famous city in the Bahamas and also one of the most popular cities for international tourists.
The city of Nassau is a port city and has a very big port that has been used since the foundation of the city. The history of Nassau’s harbor is visible from the old architecture alongside the new architecture. As New Providence Island in which the city is located, is relatively flat, it has become a favorable place for people to settle down. The current population of Nassau is about 3,00,000.
The climate of Nassau is like any other Caribbean city with the temperature being about 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
Nassau is the main city of the Bahamas as its center of administration, commerce, education, law, and media. However, the growth of the city actually happened in the 19th century when people started to move here from the rural area. Moreover, during the 1950s the city started to expand rapidly. Although the city first expanded in an unplanned way, in the last 4 decades every expansion is planned properly.
The city center of Nassau is the most lively place as one will find shops, restaurants, and tourist spots near it. One of the most popular areas of the city is the Bay Street thoroughfare. This is the area where one will find amazing beaches as well as hotels and resorts. Some of the other tourist spots in Nassau are the Pirates of Nassau Museum, Queen’s Staircase, Christ Church Cathedral, Nassau Public Library, etc. The Cable Beach area of Nassau is said to be the hotel district of the city because of the large number of resorts and hotels which are found here.
The city of Nassau is a very well-connected city and has excellent transportation. On the western side of the city is located the Lynden Pindling International Airport for international tourists to arrive in the city. As the city is based on an island the water transportation is also very good which helps in connecting other cities and island resorts to the capital city. Moreover, the roadway is also very good as one can travel all over the city using buses or taxis.
The country of Bahamas has a unique culture this is why the capital of Bahamas, Nassau is recognised by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The famous Junkanoo festival is the main festival in the country and it is a colorful, energetic gathering of people in colorful clothes dancing together.