New Providence Island

Things to do in New Providence Island

They may not have the same cachet as Cubans, but the Bahamian cigars hand-rolled at this 18th-century downtown compound (which includes a formal restaurant, wine cellar, and hotel) are every bit as good.

The Bahamian answer to Lilly Pulitzer, this locally owned company (which began, like Lilly, in the mid-1960’s) stocks clothing, handbags, and home accessories all made from its signature hand-printed fabrics.

The only zoo in the Bahamas, Ardastra relies on donations to keep its operation running. It has a surprising variety of animals, from a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig to a jaguar.

This tiny white-and-green joint on a quiet stretch of coastal road just west of crowded Cable Beach hasn't changed much in 30 years. It feels like sitting on your own back porch—except this one is steps from the ocean. Cocktail hour is the best time to come for a fresh banana daiquiri—or two.

Over the years, Nassau's many protected shoals and islets have provided the ideal base for the most notorious Caribbean pirates, including Blackbeard and Calico Jack, who destroyed the entire town in 1695.

On an island where so many venues feel like they just sprang up yesterday (they did!), the Waterloo, in an old colonial mansion on a saltwater estuary, is an institution, with a sports bar, open-air pool bar, and a bar dedicated to Bacardi.

Just outside the security-gated mansions of Lyford Cay is a tiny shop full of crisp Tory Burch caftans, romantic Calypso Christiane Celle dresses, and an eclectic mix of other designers, from Graham Kandiah to Roberta Freymann. If the combination of hip St.