Fun Things to do off the ship in Nassau, Bahamas

4 Feb


Just off the ship in Nassau?  Maybe you planned some excursions.  Maybe you didn’t.  Sometimes when you cruise you just don’t want to have plans at port. In Nassau, Bahamas you don’t have to have plans to enjoy yourself.  Check out our top suggestions from our recent trip on great ways to spend your day.

1.  Walking Tour

If you love colorful buildings, interesting signs and flavorful history, you may just want to take a stroll around town.  You’ll get a map of a small block of streets that are an easy walk and you just never know what you may find.

The Police are quite dapper and well dressed.

While on the walking tour, you can view amazing buildings.  Some very old and colorful.


Nassau Library
Nassau Library
Spooky Old Building


Maybe you’re into old pay phones?

You don’t see these much anymore
Old Pay Phone

Sometimes you even find cool signs, with your name on them. Check out this cool snack shack.

Journey Signs
Snack Stand
Snack Stand, Nassau Bahamas


They might be having a celebration, like the Golden Jubilee of the Majority Rule 50th Anniversary Celebration

Golden Jubilee Nassau

Or you might see some funky little  Jeeps, like this one:

Cool Jeep, Nassau

Whatever you enjoy, you may just find it wandering around Nassau.  Have a look yourself and see what you can find.


2.   Queen’s Staircase

A small stroll down Elizabeth Street and you will come to one of the coolest things to see on the island, the Queen’s Stairs.  You have to search for it almost as it goes behind a gray barricade and you almost miss it.   The stairs were made out of limestone rock and built by slaves in the late 1700’s.  There are 66 steps to the top (only 65 are visible).

Queens Staircase
Queens Staircase

You can view more about the staircase here.

Once at the top, take a right and you will be at another picturesque spot, Fort Fincastle.


3. Fort Fincastle


This for was built in 1793 and you can pay $5 to go up top.  It has some of the best views of the island whether you stand on the fort or just simply next to it.  There are usually a row of tents with local vendors selling trinkets.  We didn’t look too closely, but I’m sure there might be some interesting souvenirs along with some haggling.



Next to Fort Fincastle is the Water Tower.


4. The Water Tower



After all of that sightseeing, it’s time for a beer, don’t you think?  Head back down to the seafront and check out Pirate’s Republic Brewing.

5.  Pirate Republic Brewing

All that walking around just makes you thirsty.  When you get off the ship, you’ll be shuffled onto Woodes Rogers Walk.  Just a few blocks down you will come across Pirate Republic Brewing, you can find our post about it here.


I love a good Kolsch and they only have it in a can.  Be sure to ask for can options as well as what’s on draft.  There’s a gift shop is the back you should check out.  They also have the skinniest fries you’ll ever see.


Needless to say this was my favorite stop that day.

The key is to do a little research on Tripadvisor ,etc of places to eat and things to see.   Sometimes you just have to explore and be spontaneous.

Here’s to your next adventure. -The Journeys

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