Fort Charlotte, Nassau, Bahamas

Fort Charlotte, Nassau, BahamasFort Charlotte, Nassau, located just off West Bay Street, overlooks the harbor and is the largest of the island’s three forts. It’s an imposing structure of massive stone blocks, moats, and bridges.

Built in 1788, Fort Charlotte guards the entrance to the harbor. Within this massive stone structure, you can wander a maze of passageways and tiny rooms, dungeons and barracks, speculating as to how the garrison could have survived in the damp atmosphere. If you're even a little interested in the history of the islands, you must go see Fort Charlotte.

Official guides in colorful uniforms will take you on a tour of the old fort, barking their commentaries like old-time drill sergeants on the parade ground. At the end of it all you’ll leave, a little awed, and find yourself looking backward over your shoulder at the immense edifice rising behind you. No admission charge. Open daily, 8-4.  242-325-9186.

 

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For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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