Nassau is great for a relaxing retreat spent lounging on the island’s sandy stretches or a chance to party all night at one of the island’s famed locales.
Nassau is particularly popular during the months of December to February, when visitors from Europe and North America flock to the island to escape the snow and bask in the sun. The city is home to the biggest Junkanoo celebrations come Boxing Day, so flights to Nassau tend to fill up fast for the weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day. Junkanoo has been argued to be one of the most entertaining and extravagant street carnivals in the world with its energetic parades of dancers, music and colour.
Hurricane season lasts from the early June through to the end of November, which is the best time to find a cheap flight to Nassau due to the lull in tourism. Nassau still appeals to tourists despite the bad weather conditions, as it plays host to a variety of performances and events. The Bahamas National Trust Wine & Art Festival, for instance, draws quite a crowd in late October.
Nassau, located on the island of New Providence, is the capital of the Bahamas and home to 70 percent of the islands’ population. Nassau is a lively port city that’s frequented by cruise lines throughout the year, and it’s often the first port of call for several cruises departing from Florida due to the island’s close proximity to the southeastern tip of the United States.
If you’re looking for an island getaway but are stuck trying to decide where to go, look no further than Nassau: You don’t want to miss the festivities that take place in this Caribbean capital throughout the year. If you visit Nassau after the winter holidays, take part in Junkanoo – the rowdy parades filled with boisterous music and colourful costumes that hit the streets after the Christmas holidays.
Whether you’re snagging a seat on a flight to Nassau or sailing in style on the high seas, a bustling Caribbean city awaits you complete with exceptional beaches, vibrant nightlife and plenty of galleries, museums and historical points of interest to keep you busy on and off the sand.
Regardless of when you visit Nassau, you’ll find yourself in a steamy tropical paradise. The temperature in Nassau doesn’t vary much throughout the year; highs top out around an average of 30 degrees during the summertime (May to September). Hurricane season is something to consider when you’re planning a holiday to Nassau– though airfares tend to be cheaper from June to November; the fierce rains can wreak havoc on the islands and cause severe life-threatening damage to beaches and property.
Central Nassau can be managed on foot or aboard one of the popular and affordable local buses, called jitneys. The most popular jitney is the one that will take you to Cable Beach. You can board the bus daily for a short trip to arrive at the best resorts, beaches and golf courses.
Flights to Nassau land at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), formerly known as Nassau International Airport. The airport is located just 10 miles (16 km) west of the city. The easiest way to get to the centre after you land in Nassau is to make arrangements with your hotel. Many hotels have shuttles running to and from the airport, but you’ll have to set it up in advance. If you don’t feel like searching for your shuttle, it might be more convenient to hop in a taxi or rent a car. Just make sure your taxi’s meter is running or settle on a price before you leave the airport. Nassau is a major port for cruise ships, so you can always set sail on clear Caribbean waters.