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Experience perfect island holidays in Nassau vacation rentals

Colonial charm meets urban excitement in Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas. Once the stronghold of pirates like the infamous Blackbeard, today it's a tropical paradise that draws sun worshippers from all over the world. Choose from seaside villas, posh condos, beautiful houses, and other Nassau vacation rentals and you'll be all set to experience the best the city has to offer. Work on your tan on the secluded beaches of Paradise Island, have a splashing good time with the kids at the water park, or pick up Bahamanian crafts at Lyford Cay.

History

Established in 1670 as Charles Town by British nobility, Nassau was briefly occupied by the Spanish and French in the early 1700s. By 1713, the town had become overrun with pirates, including Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Anne Bonny, and Mary Read. The Pirates of Nassau Museum holds pirate paraphernalia including cutlasses and flintlock pistols, and exhibits about marooning and pirate trials. Vacation rentals in Downtown Nassau will also put you close to the 18th-century Queen's Staircase, a series of steps carved out of solid limestone by African slaves in the 1790s, and to Pompey Square, the site of slave auctions.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Nassau

Are you looking for attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Nassau a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Stingray City (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Paradise Island Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Ocean Club Golf Course (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Nassau

Travelers enjoy Nassau for its snorkeling. If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 88°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Nassau

Travelers enjoy Nassau for its island views, tropical locale and seaside. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Nassau is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Cabbage Beach (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Royal Victoria Garden (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Junkanoo Beach (1 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Nassau Botanical Gardens (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Versailles Gardens (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Saunders Beach (2 mi / 3.2 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Nassau

Fly into Nassau (NAS-Nassau Intl.), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city center.

How to get around

Getting around Nassau from vacation home rentals

Walking around Downtown Nassau is a pleasant way to discover the area's myriad attractions, but there are other ways to get around if you want to take in more sights faster or go further afield. The cheapest and most popular mode of public transit is the jitney, a minibus that can seat up to 32 passengers. However, jitneys aren't allowed on Paradise Island, which is only a 30-minute walk from Downtown Nassau. You could also rent a car or a scooter, or take a water taxi instead. Ferry boats run between Nassau and Paradise Island daily.

Food & drink 

Dive head-first into Nassau's flavourful foodie scene

Great eats are never far away from Nassau vacation rentals. In the Arawak Cay area – also called the Fish Fry – you'll find restaurants whipping up mollusc meat into mouthwatering dishes like conch salad, conch chowder, and scorched conch. Rock lobster is another seafood delicacy, usually served broiled or chopped into tiny pieces for salads. You'll also find rum not only in cocktails, but in local delicacies as well. For dessert, try guava duff. It's a boiled or steamed sweet dough that contains guava and comes with a drizzling of butter rum sauce.

Essential info

All you need to know for your Nassau vacation rental stay

Located on the island of New Providence, Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas. It covers a total area of 207 sq km, including the historic harbour that's protected by Paradise Island. Roughly 274,000 people live in Nassau, speaking English and the Bahamian Dialect. The Bahamian dollar is the official currency, though the U.S. dollar is accepted throughout the city too. Hotels and restaurants typically add a 15% service charge to food and beverage checks, though you can certainly tip more if you like. If you need the police, firefighters, or an ambulance, just dial 911 or 919.

How many vacation rentals are available around Nassau?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 677 house rentals around Nassau. From 102 Houses to 138 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Nassau is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Nassau?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nassau:

  • Palm Cay: 35 vacation rentals
  • Cable Beach: 215 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Nassau: 254 vacation rentals
  • The Grove: 33 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Road: 54 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Nassau?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Nassau. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pirates of Nassau Museum: 677 home rentals
  • Cabbage Beach: 676 home rentals
  • Balcony House: 677 home rentals
  • Nassau Botanical Gardens: 676 home rentals
  • Paradise Island Golf Club: 677 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nassau listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nassau?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 102 Houses in Nassau. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nassau include:

  • Villas: 138 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 263 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 21 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nassau?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 436 vacation homes with pool available in Nassau.