Queen's Staircase (New Providence Island)#8 in Best Things To Do in Bahamas
Occasionally referred to as the 66 steps (though only 65 are visible), this historic staircase spans 102 feet. It was carved out of limestone by roughly 600 slaves in the late 1700s as a way for the British (who colonized the Bahamas) to connect Bennet Hill's Fort Fincastle to the capital city of Nassau. The staircase took more than 16 years to complete and was named for Queen Victoria, who ruled over the region for 64 years and is responsible for abolishing slavery in the country.
Whether you plan on stopping here or stumble upon it while exploring Nassau, travelers say this limestone staircase is well worth a visit. To get its complete history, several travelers suggest touring the attraction with the local gentleman that sits by the lower entrance. Many describe his tours as "amazing" and "interesting." Also, if you're not keen on walking up the entire staircase, some recommend starting at the top and working your way down.
The Queen's Staircase, which is accessible 24 hours a day, resides in downtown Nassau within a few miles of other can't-miss attractions like Atlantis, Paradise Island and John Watling's Distillery. Lot and street parking can be found by the staircase's upper and lower entrances. Public restrooms, a gift shop and souvenir stalls are also available at the top entrance by the fort. There are no entrance fees for this attraction, but should you decide to take the local who gives tours up on his offer, leaving a tip of a few dollars is customary. Check out The Islands of the Bahamas' Queen's Staircase page to find out more.
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#1 Bahamas Beaches
The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.
Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.
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