Nassau Points of Interest/Attractions Overview

Most points of interest, or local attractions in Nassau are reachable by foot from the Cruise Ship terminal.


There are three standing forts in Nassau and a few batteries. These were built to defend against foreign invaders which would have included the Spanish, French navies and Pirates who made Nassau their base of operation for a time. These attractions are found interesting by those interested in history and photography. The views of Nassau and the harbour from the forts are really good. I suppose this was why they were built in these locations.

Fort Montagu

The only existing fort in Nassau to have seen action. Fort Montagu was constructed between 1741 and 1742.

Fort Montagu was constructed to defend the eastern end of Nassau Harbour.

Fort Fincastle

Built on Bennett’s Hill in 1793 with the purpose of defending Nassau from foreign invaders. The fort overlooks the Harbour and is within a 5 minute walk from the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Admission to the fort is free. There are knowledgeable guides on location. Fort Fincastle is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.m daily.

The Queen’s Staircase

Built to make quick access to Fort Fincastle. The Queen’s Staircase was renamed to honour Queen Victoria. There are 65 steps each said to represent a year of her reign.

Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte was built as a military complex and actually consists of three forts. Construction began in 1787 and the complex was completed in 1819.

Fort Charlotte stands today as a museum. The fort is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. There are guides on site.

Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors $3.00, Children 6-12 $ 2.00, Children 5 and Under Free

Fort Charlotte is a 10 – 15 minute walk from downtown Nassau.

Ardastra Gardens

Ardastra Gardens is the only zoo in the Bahamas. The zoo’s main focus is on the national bird of the Bahamas, the Flamingo. The Ardastra Gardens is always a great hit with the young ones. There is a Flamingo show each day.

The Ardastra Gardens is open daily.

There is an admission charged at the gate.

Ardastra Gardens is about a mile from the port.


Download our free Guide. It is an epub file. The guide includes much more information including a map and restaurants all in comfortable walking distance of the port.

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Nassau Guide (zipped)

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