Attractions on New Providence Island

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For any people, New Providence is the epitome of the ideal Caribbean getaway destination.  The island itself ranges from bustling resort properties to more quiet neighborhoods where you can rent a local home and blend in with a typical island family.  Fortunately, there are a variety of attractions spread out throughout the island, ranging from swimming with dolphins, to some of the world's best beaches, and even a couple of museums.  


Paradise Beach

You'll find a large selection of beaches to consider on the island. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed guide to that specific beach.

Paradise Beach: The beach is fairly easy to access, and parking areas exist close to the beach for those driving onto the island. Once you cross the bridge onto the island, take Paradise Beach Dr west (to the left), cross another small bridge, and you'll find a parking area on the left not far after the bridge.

Another alternative to consider is Nirvana Beach. It costs $5(USD) to be permitted entrance to Nirvana, but the price includes all day access. Visitors have noted that Nirvana Beach has the best snorkeling on the island, where you'll be able to view not only brain coral and fish by spiny sea urchins as well.

Love Beach: Surrounded by extravagant beach homes, Love Beach is popular amongst lovers of all things upscale and high class, yet it remains as unpretentious and natural as any beach can.

The island has several additional beaches to choose from. To read more about beaches, follow this link.

Landmark Attractions

Pirates of Nassau

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Pirates of Nassau. It is located within downtown Nassau. Pirates of Nassau is open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, except Sunday, when they close at noon.

Many travelers also choose to visit Bahamas Historical Society Museum. It is located in downtown Nassau. Exhibits at the museum feature collections of historic relics including a coat of arms, the islands' Declaration of Independence, stone slabs featuring petroglyphs, and scale models of historic ships.

National Art Galley of The Bahamas: The Gallery is open to the public on Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

These examples are only some of what you can find. To read more about other sites worth seeing on the island, navigate to this page.

Natural Attractions

Ardastra Gardens

One of the better known local attractions is Ardastra Gardens. Despite its name, Ardastra Gardens is actually a full-fledged zoo and conservation area. Guests can explore the jungle habitats of many wild animals, and are even encouraged to bring quarters for the feed stations.

Another site you might like is The Dig Aquarium. While "The Dig" may bring images of sand and dirt, that is not what you'll find here. The Dig at Atlantis is a stellar aquarium full of exotic exhibits themed to the sunk city of Atlantis. You will feel humbled by the sheer size of the tanks and variety of the animals.

These examples are just some of the options that are available. Follow this link to read our page concerning natural attractions on New Providence Island.


Feeling lucky? Travelers hoping to test their luck in some gaming action have a few opportunities to do so on the island.

Atlantis Casino, which is on the premises of Atlantis The Cove, is Paradise Island, in northeastern New Providence Island. With the bright lights, loud noises, and elegant architecture, this mega casino is actually quite pretty. Even if you do not enjoy gambling, it may be a nice place just to walk through.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, consider heading to Crystal Palace Casino. Deep blue walls and a printed carpet fail to stand out against the neon colored slot machines, blinking, and drawing guests in for just one more pull.

Take a look at the following chart for a list of gaming choices on New Providence Island.

Gambling On New Providence Island
Name Located At Phone Location
Atlantis Casino Atlantis The Cove (242) 363-3000 1.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Nassau
Crystal Palace Casino Wyndham Nassau & Crystal Palace Casino (800) 222-7466 0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cable Beach

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