Miles of impeccable beaches. Crystalline seas. Wreck dives. And the best nightlife in the Bahamas. You either have it all in Nassau – or do nothing at all

The Pirate of the Caribbean

The Bahamian wild child. Rebellious Nassau has a rich history of pirates and smugglers. But today, all the capital steals is hearts. It still parties hard – the beachside rum shacks and roulette wheels make sure of that – but expect more jet skis than Jolly Rogers. Fine dining restaurants, too. And even finer colonial architecture. All besides that tantalising turquoise sea.

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Reasons to Visit Nassau

Fire. Spirit. Soul.

From the calm of your luxury Y.CO yacht, you won't notice the undercurrent that buoys the Bahamas. But step ashore and you can feel its pulse. This is Nassau's natural rhythm. You'll find it in the island’s flamingos. In the local rum, too. It's in the island’s fire dancers. And in its food – the fritters and the fried chicken. This is Nassau's spirit. And you can’t help but be whisked away by it. Still want more? Here are three more reasons to visit Nassau by yacht.

James Bond Wreck Dives

Your big screen moment. Take a tender to Clifton Pier and backroll your way into movie history. A few frog kicks beneath the surface lie two wrecks with starring roles in the James Bond flicks, Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. Rejuvenated as part of the island’s artificial reef programme, divers will likely see moray eels, sea turtles and reef sharks. Much more relaxing than diving into a harpoon battle.

Chill at Junkanoo Beach

Talk to a local about Junkanoo and they'll think of the annual carnival, a riot of rhythms and bright one-of-a-kind costumes. Chat to your Y.CO yacht captain about it and they'll position off Junkanoo Beach, where hammocks sway under palm trees, pastel-coloured wooden huts serve fresh coconuts and the Bahamas' infamous Sky Juice (gin, coconut water and condensed milk). Now this is living.

Snorkel at Cable Beach

For a remedy to Nassau’s revelry, head west of the harbour. Charter a course for calm at Cable Beach where you can snooze under the shade of a seagrass parasol, or enjoy a spot of shore snorkelling. The Daiquiri Shack is on standby should you need to unwind further. Unfurling for 5km, you'll always find a spot. But for more seclusion, take the rib west to peaceful Goodman’s Bay