The Bahamas
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Exploring

New Providence Island
Nassau
The Changing of the Guard at Government House is quite a show, especially when accompanied by the pageantry of the Royal Bahamas Police Band, whose musicians are decked out in leopard skin tunics and colonial helmets.

Right off Rawson Square, stretching alongside Woodes Rogers Walk, you will find Nassau's famous Straw Market, where artisans sell their handmade straw baskets, hats, dolls, bags and mats.

The Junkanoo Expo (Prince George Wharf) provides visitors with a year-round taste of the Junkanoo Festival, which is officially held from December 26th to January 1st.

Set in a superb colonial-style building, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (Villa Doyle, West and West Hill Street, tel.242-328-5800, www.nagb.org.bs) presents works by renowned local artists.

On Bay Street, Parliament Square is surrounded by charming government buildings that were constructed in the early 19th century. Their pink colour and impressive colonnades make these buildings well worth a visit.

Fort Fincastle extends from the market area toward the inland. It is shaped like the bow of a ship and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding area. You can enter the fort via the Queen's Staircase, a stone staircase that was constructed at the same time as the fort itself, in 1793.

Paradise Island
Besides its spectacular beaches, Paradise Island prides itself on the Versailles Gardens and the French Cloister, an authentic French monastery dating back to the 14th century and rebuilt stone by stone in this tropical setting. Truly amazing!

Grand Bahama Island
Freeport
The Dolphin Experience (on the UNEXSO pier, across from the Lucayan Beach Resort & Casino) offers divers and marine life enthusiasts an opportunity to interact directly with the dolphins. You can even swim right next to these extraordinary creatures.