Nassau is the capital of the island of New Providence, which is one of the many islands of the Bahaman archipelago that extends for almost 1000 kilometers between Cuba and Florida in the Atlantic Ocean. New Providence is the commercial and political centre and is more commonly known as the Bahamas.
Nassau is a city without skyscrapers. The historic city centre contains several buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the city has around 150,000 inhabitants, it looks like a gold diggerís town that has prospered at great speed. And in a way, thatís exactly what it is!
In 1492, Christopher Columbus lay anchor on the Bahaman island of San Salvador and in front of Government House, a statue duly commemorates the famous adventurer. The next to arrive were pirates, smugglers, settlers and tradesmen. Every kind of fortune hunter was keen to exploit the islands of the Caribbean.
Two bridges connect Nassau with Paradise Island and the most modern and spectacular resort in the Bahamas - Atlantis! This, the largest entertainment oasis in the world, has a unique aquarium landscape. In addition to mantas, dolphins and huge turtles, it contains more than 200 species with no less than 50,000 sea creatures. The South African hotel tycoon, Sol Kerzner, created this fantastic resort. Lagoons surrounded by jungle, relaxing bays, waterfalls, chain link bridges and channels for swimming with rubber hoses create a sensation of excitement and adventure.
Channel Cay is one of more than 365 sunny islands of the Exuma Cay, where thereís a mouth-watering selection of fresh fish and seafood available.
The Bahamas, the very name conjures up remote sandy beaches and turquoise blue water, romantic sunsets and tropical nights. It is a place where fantastic dreams become wonderful reality.