A Day in Nassau with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Today we left our resort, Melia Nassau Beach Resort, rode a public bus to the town of Nassau and did some exploring.   Nassua, in The Bahamas, is a popular cruise port.

A Carnival cruise ship in port today.

Today this Carnival cruise ship was in port.   Near a cruise port, we often find Señor Frog’s.

Señor Frog’s for food and fun

Here it is.   People can sit on this deck, looking to the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy a meal and great entertainment.

Let’s go to Señor Frog’s

This is the entrance to the restaurant and the gift shop.   We love Señor Frog’s.   In a square near Señor Frog’s, facing the ocean, handicraft vendors offer items to all, locals and tourists.

Shopping available here

Nassau is famous for the Straw Market.

Famous Straw Market in Nassau

Let’s look inside.

Looking into Straw Market

Booths are at the entrances, tempting tourists.   Inside the large building, we wandered along some long aisles.

Explore long aisles of Straw Market

One side of the straw market opens to Bay Street.   The other side opens to the cruise port.   When in Nassau, take some time to wander through the Straw Market.   It has everything.   Bay Street is the main shopping street in Nassau.

Bay Street

Here are some of the shops catering to cruise passengers and all tourists.   Many of these shops have stores in several cruise ports.   The horse drawn carts are always fun on vacations.

Horse drawn carts

If you have time, take a ride in Nassau.   We strolled the streets and approached Fort Fincastle.

Fort Fincastle

Constructed of cut limestone around 1793 an strategically located atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle protects historic Nassau town and the harbor.   Of course, any place tourists gather is an opportunity to shop.

Shopping at Fort Fincastle

Behind Fort Fincastle is the Queen’s Staircase.

Queen’s Staircase

These 66 steps were carved from solid limestone rock by slaves in 1793-1794.   It is believed that these stairs were carved to create a direct route from Fort Fincastle to Nassau City.    Later asphalt was used at the bottom of the stairs and one of the steps was buried.   This staircase was renamed for Queen Victoria who reigned in Britain for 64 years from 1837-1901.  These chairs, also carved from limestone, make a convenient, if not soft, resting place.

Chairs

We can see that creating this staircase was a huge, difficult job.

Tall, steep limestone walls

The steep walls of limestone on either side of the staircase are impressive and intimidating.  Heading back to Bay Street, we passed the Bahamas Historical Society.

Bahamas Historical Society

When in Nassau you can pass the time shopping, or explore much of the history of Nassau and the entire area.   Back on Bay Street we stopped at Parliament Square.   The pink buildings were constructed in 1815 by Loyalists.

Senate Building in Parliament Square

Donations from the public, in 1905, paid for the statue of Queen Victoria.   Many citizens held the Queen in high esteem.   Today, the senate still meets in the Senate building, which is behind the statue.

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