Top things to do

Top Choice Garden in Nassau

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center

This sunny mini-zoo is home to nearly 200 species of animals. Crowd-pleasers include the Madagascan lemurs, a pair of jaguar siblings, and a small herd of African pygmy goats. The undisputed highlight, however, is t…
Top Choice Museum in Nassau

Pirates of Nassau

Don’t even try to ignore the pirate pacing outside the museum. Like any seafaring ruffian worth his parrot and peg leg, he had you in his sights the moment you turned the corner. But that’s OK – with its partial re-…
Top Choice Italian in Nassau

Café Matisse

Tucked in the shadows of historic buildings and leafy palms, this casually elegant bistro just off Parliament Sq is a delightful escape from the cruise-ship-and-Bay-St mob scene. Savor top-notch pastas, pizzas and s…
Top Choice Museum in Nassau

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Inside the stately 1860s-era Villa Doyle, this grand art museum is one of the gems in the Bahamas’ crown. The permanent collection focuses on modern and contemporary Bahamian artists, from renowned sculptor Antonius…
Top Choice Factory in Nassau

Graycliff Cigar Co

Wandering into the back room of the Humidor Churrascaria steak house, on the grounds of the Graycliff Hotel, is like falling from 2010s Bahamas into 1920s Cuba. In a narrow, smoke-yellowed room with old-fashioned mo…
Top Choice Bahamian in Nassau

Arawak Cay

There’s always a party on at this colorful village of seafood shacks, known to locals as ‘the fish fry’. No trip to Nassau is complete without a pilgrimage here – it’s a mile or so west of downtown. Come for conch f…
Top Choice Japanese in Nassau


Dot-com bubble? Recession? What? The heady days of the go-go 1990s are still alive and sipping saketinis at Nobu Atlantis, one of celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s many international outposts. Choose from a range of d…
Top Choice Bar in Nassau

Compass Point Bar

A stylish crowd sips potent cocktails on the pool deck with the deep blue sea as a backdrop. Monthly house parties are major events.
Top Choice Gardens in Freeport & Lucaya

Garden of the Groves

This 12-acre botanical garden is a lush tropical refuge on an island that’s otherwise mostly scrub pine and asphalt. A walking trail meanders through groves of tamarind and java plum trees, past cascading (man-made)…
Top Choice Factory in Freeport & Lucaya

Perfume Factory

Have you ever wanted a perfume named after you, à la J Lo? Now’s your chance. Inside this pink-and-white mock-colonial mansion, labcoat-wearing technicians mix, strain and bottle perfumes and colognes for Fragrances…