New Providence is home to the capital city of the Bahamas…Nassau.
New Providence has always provided one of the best natural harbors for small vessels in the Caribbean. This fact along with the island’s close proximity to the Florida Straight are the main reasons the island attracted hoardes of notorious pirate gangs in the late 1700′s. This is also why Nassau later became a British military outpost.
Nassau’s accessibility is also why most people who vacation in the Bahamas vacation in Nassau. There is an international airport there with daily direct flights to and from the United States, the UK, and the Caribbean. There is also a huge cruise ship dock that unloads passengers right onto the Bay Street shopping area. Add to that all the nearby attractions like Paradise Island Resort and Casino and several others, and you’ve got more than enough to keep you busy in this tropical paradise!
Over the centuries, our protected harbor, hidden among a tangle of islands poised between the Atlantic and Caribbean, and only a few hundred miles from the United States southern coast has sheltered religious dissenters, ship wreckers, pirates, freed slaves, blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers. Times are peaceful now, but we still cherish a tradition of people making their own rules under sunny skies.
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