Ba­hamas

Old and New

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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.

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