Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. Commercial and cultural center of the country, it is the largest city with 210,832 inhabitants (2000 census), the extent of which is such that it occupies almost all of the island of New Providence and merges with it.
However, downtown is rather on the northeast coast of the island, opposite Paradise Island on which stands the Atlantis Paradise Island, a resort become the main attraction of the archipelago and employing more than 6 000 Bahamians, becoming the second country after employer in the state.
Nassau has an important port, Nassau Harbour and Prince George Wharf, the main terminal for cruise ships.
The city has a specific architecture, colorful mix of colonial and European styles.
The tropical climate and proximity to the city with the United States, has made it a tourist destination of the first order, especially since the ban against Americans traveling to Cuba.
Every year, December 26 and January 1, a grand parade is held in the city, and many residents costumed parade to the sound of cowbells, drums and whistles.