Gain insight into the history of Nassau and how the capital city has changed over the centuries by visiting key landmarks, beginning with Fort Fincastle. Built to resemble a paddle-wheel steamboat with a huge wedge-shaped bow, the fort has perched on a hilltop since 1793, although it was never attacked. As a defense, the only access to the fort is the Queen's Staircase, whose 66 steps were hand-cut through solid limestone. Other historical highlights include the Governor's House and the Governor General's official residence since 1801. But there is much more to Nassau than history as you will see by passing the lively Straw Market on the way to the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, where you will sample the namesake cake, which may be flavored with banana, cinnamon or piña colada. In time, you will cross Sidney Poitier Bridge, named for the first Bahamian to win an Oscar, and pause for photos of the luxurious and iconic Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
• Delve into the history of Nassau at the 18th-century Fort Fincastle.
• See other historical landmarks and fine shopping areas such as the Straw Market.
• Sample an iconic Bahamian dessert at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory.
• Pause for photos of luxurious and iconic Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.