One of the most visited attractions in Nassau is the Queen’s Staircase. It was carved out of the local limestone (coral-based calcareous sandstone) and was built between 1793 and 1794 by the local slaves. It is reported that all the cutting was done with hand tools and axes. Today it still stands as a remarkable part of Nassau History You can climb this beautiful 102′ solid limestone staircase with 65 steps in all which will lead you to Fort Fincastle that lies at the top of the staircase. This beautiful staircase was built with each step to honor every year of Queen Victoria’s 65 year Reign. It is also said to hold the emergency evacuation route from Fort Fincastle in the event of an attack on the Fort, although this is not confirmed just a local tale. Be sure to visit this amazing site on your next trip to Nassau. It is only a short walk from the cruise ship terminal area and downtown Nassau.
Cenotaph is located near the city center and behind the parliament center. This concrete memorial pays tribute to Bahamas’ veterans who fought in World WarI and World WarII. It is a great showing of the Bahamian Soldiers that gave their lives for their country. Today local Bahamians pay tribute during Remembrance Day celebrations and Festivals, gathering around the Cenotaph for a service.
Arawak Cay is located just behind the Fish Fry area off West Bay Street. It is also located just across the street from the Historic Fort Charlotte and The National Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The Fish Fry is the high light of the islands great fish supply that they have, allowing both locals and tourists alike to get a sample of the amazing sea life that Nassau has to offer. There is not a lot of Ruins left in the Arawak Cay area, but the Fort Charlotte across the street had been preserved beautifully!
Clifton Heritage Nations Park and Sea
Clifton Heritage Nations Park and Sea area is a hidden treasure that most tourists miss out on this beautiful park because it is not located within walking distance from the downtown Nassau area. If you are looking for a place that combines both History and old ruins with the beautiful white sand private beaches, then this is the place for you! At Clifton Heritage National Park they even offer guided tours for a little more money, or you can choose to do a self-guided tour on your own time. Either way, there is plenty to see for the whole family.
Black Beards Tower
Black Beards Tower is the crumbling remains of a watchtower that is said to have been used by the infamous pirate Edward Teach in the 17th Century. With the amazing sea views, you can almost step back in time and imagine the look though Black Beards’ eyes. The tower itself is now located in a nice neighborhood and is open to the public with no charge. So if you are up for a short walk and want to see a piece of history then this is a great stop for you.