Old and New
The 700-island chain known as the Bahamas has always been a favorite destination for travelers. But despite its geographical closeness to the United States, it is culturally worlds away.
Nassau, its capital, combines the Old World charms of the former British Empire with 21st-century amenities, including casinos, ne restaurants and themepark resorts. Nassau’s history dates back to the swashbuckling days of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard. Fort Charlotte is the largest fort in the Bahamas, boasting moats, dungeons and a stunning view from the fort’s ramparts. A great spot for pictures on Paradise Island is the Cloister, the remnants of a 14thcentury French monastery, transported there by
William Randolph Hearst.
Nature lovers will appreciate Ardastra
Gardens Zoo & Conservation Center, where more than
300 birds, mammals and reptiles from the Caribbean and Latin America are on display among acres of lush tropical gardens.
Shoppers will nd plenty of temptation on Nassau’s
Bay Street, home to highend boutiques purveying the world’s nest luxury brands of jewelry and fragrances. At the other end of the spectrum, the straw market and small art galleries o er colorful art and distinctive local crafts that reflect Bahamian heritage and the skill and dexterity of the artists.
Nassau’s history dates back to the swashbuckling days of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard.
Taste of the Bahamas
For dessert, try a delectable Bahamian Guava u . These soft pastries are lled with sweet guava pulp and topped with a butter-rum sauce.