Major Landmarks
in Nassau Cruise Port

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Photo of NAME in Nassau
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Most Interesting Landmarks for Cruise Travelers to Nassau
- Churches, Monuments, Buildings, Streets and Squares.

By: Editor-in-Chief   |  Date - December 20, 2017


For the cruise passenger that enjoys sightseeing and exploring on your own, Nassau is a very easy place to do it and has very interesting landmarks not to be missed such as the Parliament Square, the Garden of Remembrance, the Public Library and Museum, the Government House and the Christ Church Cathedral, all at walking distance from the cruise terminal.

Landmarks - A to Z

Christ Church Cathedral

Editor Points: Christ Church is the "Mother Church" of all of the Anglican churches in The Bahamas. Three previous churches in wood existed in this spot but two of them where destroyed by the Spaniards (in 1684 and 1703) and the third one (built it 1724) was replaced in 1754 by a solid cut stone church with a square tower. However, it was only in 1841 that a fifth church (the present one) incorporating the tower opened for services.

Photo of Christ Church Cathedral Interior in Nassau.

Christ Church Interior - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown
Address: George Street and King Street
When: Everyday - Morning and Afternoon
Sunday Service: 7:30am, 9:00am, 11:15am and 6:00pm
Look For: Baptismal font. East windows. Memorial plaques and engravings.
Nearby: Bay Street and the Pirates of the Caribbean Museum.

Garden of Remembrance

Editor Points: Located on Parliament Street next to the Supreme Court, the Garden of Remembrance is a quite, beautiful and well kept spot in the heart of Nassau. At the centre of the garden a Cenotaph serves as a memorial to the Bahamians killed in both World War I and II.

Photo of the Garden of Remembrance in Nassau.

Garden of Remembrance - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown
What: Garden
When: Everyday - Morning and Afternoon
Look For: Official Buildings and Cenotaph.
Nearby: Nassau Public Library and Museum, Parliament Square and Bay Street. Cafe Matisse.

Government House

Editor Points: The pink and white building standing on Mount Fitzwilliam just off Duke Street is the official residence of the Governor General of The Bahamas and a testament to both British and American architectural heritages of the islands. Although an original building existed on the 10-acre estate dating back to 1801 the present house was built in 1932. In front of the building, on a regal staircase, stands a statue of Christopher Columbus.

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Government House - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown
Address: Duke Street and Blue Hill Road
When: Everyday - Morning and Afternoon
Look For: Changing of the Guard on Saturday at 10:00am
Nearby: Graycliff Hotel, Balcony House and the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk.

Nassau Public Library and Museum

Editor Points: In 1797 the first edifice ever built in Parliament Square was a jail with an unusual octagonal shape. A century later it was transformed into a museum, library and reading room where the cruise ship traveler can appreciate displays of historic documents, charts and Arawak artifacts.

Photo of Public Library and Museum in Nassau.

Public Library - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown
Address: Parliament Square and Shirley Street
What: Library and Museum
Open: Monday to Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm | Friday: 10:00am to 5:00pm | Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed: Sundays and Holidays
Entrance: FREE
Nearby: Garden of Remembrance, Parliament Square, Bay Street and the Bahamas Historical Society. Cafe Matisse.

Parliament Square

Editor Points: Built in 1815 the Parliament Square has a number of very interesting government buildings that are a testimony to the British and American colonial architecture heritage. The Senate occupies the central building, whilst the House of Assembly (on the right) is the Parliament and the one of the left houses the Opposition offices. Right in front of the Senate stands a statue of Queen Victoria's (1905) and behind the central building you will find the Supreme Court, the Garden of Remembrance and the Public Library.

Photo of Parliament Square in Nassau.

Parliament Square - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown
What: Historical buildings
When: Everyday - Morning and Afternoon
Nearby: Bay Street, Rawson Square, Garden of Remembrance and the Nassau Public Library and Museum. Cafe Matisse.

Straw Market

Editor Points: Close to the West end of Bay Street and Woodes Rogers Walk, the Straw Market is a large building housing a good number of stall and shops with handcrafts by artisans from all over the The Bahamas. This is the place to go if looking for local souvenirs; but be prepared for pushy almost harassing vendors ready for lots of haggling.

Photo of the Straw Market in Nassau.

Straw Market - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown
What: Craft Market
When: Everyday - Morning and Afternoon
Be aware: Not everyone's taste. Can be crowded.
Nearby: Pompey Square, Pompey Museum, Bay Street Shops and the Woodes Roger Walk.

Off Track

Fort Charlotte

Editor Points: Known as Fort Charlotte in honor of King George III's wife, this military structure is in reality a complex with 2 other forts (Fort Stanley in the middle and Fort D’Arcy in the west). Built with solid rock on top a ridge, the construction of the forts started in 1787 and was completed in 1819. The impressive military complex as dissuaded any and all potential adversaries - not one single gunshot has ever been fired in battle.

Photo of the Fort Charlotte in Nassau.

Fort Charlotte - Nassau

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WHERE 1.5 mile from Downtown - 15 to 20-minute walk
What Military complex
Entrance $5.00 (adults); $2.00 (Children 6-12); FREE (Children 5 and Under)
When: Sunday to Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm and Holidays except Christmas Day
Nearby: Adastra Gardens and Arawak Cay

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Streets and Squares

Charlotte Street

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Connecting the Woodes Rogers Walk and Bay Street, this is the street where you will find Starbuck's, Hard Rock Cafe, Sophia Fiory Jewelry. It crosses the Bay Street southwards.

King Street

Photo of King Street in Nassau.

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This is a quaint pedestrian street parallel to Bay Street where the Christ Church Cathedral and the Pirates of the Caribbean Museum are located.

Marlborough Street

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At the end of Bay Street a curb to the left, followed by one to the right takes you to Marlborough Street where the British Colonial Hotel is located. At the end of the Marlborough Street the cruise ship passenger will find Fat Tuesday's Beach Club and Junkanoo Beach.

Pompey Square

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This large square connects the western ends of both Bay Street and Woodes Rogers Walk. Besides Senor Frogs (on the waterfront), the Pompey Museum and the Conch N'Kalik grill are places to look for.

Rawson Square

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Just outside the eastern exit of the cruise ship terminal, the Rawson Square is right in front of the Parliament Square - in fact, both squares are separated by Bay Street. The bronze at the center of the square is a bust of Sir Milo Butler (first Governor of the Independent Bahamas).

Woodes Roger Walk

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As the cruise ship passenger exits the gated area of the terminal, you will be straight on the Woodes Roger Walk that many are lead to think to be the main street of Nassau. In fact, this street is parallel to Bay Street (the shopping heart and main street of the city) and has a few side streets that connect both. This is where you will find the Ferry Boats to Paradise Island.

Off Track

Bahamas Craft Center

Photo of the Bahamas Craft Center in Nassau.

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At walking distance from the Ferry Boat dock in Paradise Island, the Bahamas Craft Centre features dozens of stalls with handmade crafts like straw work, pine seed dolls, blown glass, conch shell handicrafts, rum cakes and steel drums. This the place in the Paradise Island to look for handicrafts. It’s open everyday between 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Greek Orthodox Church

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Nassau (and The Bahamas) has a significant Greek community that fist moved to the Caribbean in the late 1800's. Therefore it shouldn't be surprising to find the well-kept Greek Orthodox Church in Nassau.
Address: 11 West Street
Website: Official Site


Photo of the Princess Island Lighthouse in Nassau.

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Located at the tip of the Paradise Island, it will be impossible for the cruise passenger to miss the Lighthouse when sailing in or away from Nassau, as the ship will pass very close to it. Dating back to 1817, this is the oldest lighthouse in The Bahamas.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral

Photo of the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Nassau.

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The cornerstone of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral was laid in 1885 when only a small community of 60 to 80 Catholics resided in The Bahamas but, amazingly, this is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. Since them many other buildings have been added as the congregation grew. Today, the Cathedral is an imposing building close to the National Gallery.
Address: West Hill Street

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