APCA 2023 Convention

On the northern shore of New Providence Island, you’ll find Baha Mar and the beautifully secluded Cable Beach, widely regarded as one of the most breathtaking beaches in The Bahamas. The island is located in the sparkling waters just 180 miles southeast of Florida, centrally placed among the 700 unique and beautiful islands of The Bahamas. The island is home to the capital city of Nassau and recognized as the heart of Bahamian culture and commerce. Nassau is a bustling metropolitan hub full of culture and modern amenities. Nassau’s main harbor is protected by Paradise Island. The harbor attracted settlers in the early days, particularly pirates. In fact, Nassau’s population consisted mainly of pirates until 1718, when the first Royal Governor expelled them, restored order, and built Fort Nassau. Shopping. When you’re in Nassau, a different shopping adventure awaits you every day: luxury boutiques, small shops on quaint streets, the bustle and Bahamian charm of local straw markets, and more. You are sure to be enthralled by the unique shops and products. Culture. Despite the booming tourism industry, Nassau is still steeped in colonial charm. Visitors can witness this oldworld elegance in the city’s candy-colored colonial buildings, old forts, and grand hotels. Nassau highlights include: • When you explore the forts around Nassau, Fort Charlotte, Fincastle, and Montagu—all built in the 1700s—you’ll be taken on a magical history tour. And with the forts’ spectacular seaside locations and stunning views, you’ll get some fantastic photos too! • Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, & Conservation Center is best known as the home of the marching flamingos who march in formation to commands. The zoo specializes in the conservation of Caribbean species, including the endangered Bahama Parrot and several species of iguanas. • The Straw Market in Nassau is a downtown institution where shoppers can buy uniquely woven items as well as fine wooden carvings, colorful fabrics, and many other souvenirs. • The Pirates of Nassau Museum is an interactive pirate experience in the heart of Olde Towne Nassau where the whole family can explore a replica of the pirate ship Revenge and the shanty town of Nassau, see pirate paraphernalia, and interact with pirate hosts. • The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, housed in a historic neoclassical mansion, is the most important art institution in the country. The impressive collection includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and textiles from Bahamian artists, spanning the early 20th century to the present day. • The Government House, a magnificent conch-pink mansion on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, is the official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas. Built in 1801 and renovated after a 1929 hurricane, the structure is an impressive example of Georgian Colonial architecture. A statue of Christopher Columbus, dating from 1830, stands at the entrance. Explore New Providence Island & Nassau