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Nassau Lighthouse

Updated on June 11, 2014

Lighthouses in the Bahamas

On a cruise to the Bahamas, I was delighted when our ship sailed by three lighthouses. Two of these lighthouses were in Nassau Harbor. The first was a very different looking white lighthouse that I could see through my telephoto lens when we pulled into the harbor.

The second lighthouse was white with a red top, and I was pleasantly surprised when it was clearly visible from the deck of the cruise ship when we docked. This gave me the opportunity to photograph it at various times of the day.

In this lens I will share my photographs of the lighthouses, along with some shots of Nassau.

Long View of Nassau Lighthouse - Bahamas Lighthouse

I took this photo from the top deck of the cruise ship when we were docked.

This is the oldest lighthouse in the Bahamas and probably the oldest in the West Indies.It is located at the western end of Paradise Island (formerly Hog Island) and marks northwest entrance to Nassau Harbor. The lighthouse was constructed around 1817.

It has a light that still flashes today to guide ships into the harbor. A white light flashes every 5 seconds and when the conditions are dangerous for entry the light changes to red.

This lighthouse is a welcoming site to cruise ships entering the harbor.

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Closeup of Nassau Lighthouse - taken from top of cruise ship

Tugboat - leads cruise ship ashore

This photo shows the tugboat guiding the cruise ship into Nassau harbor. A cruise is a wonderful way to see the Bahamas. The ship we were on was the Carnival Sensation. It stopped one day in Freeport, Bahamas and a second day and night in Nassau Harbor. The Nassau stop gave you time to enjoy a daytime tour of Nassau and also experience the nightlife in Nassau.

Nassau Marketplace

This photo shows the marketplace that you enter when you first exit the cruise ship.

Nassau is home to over half of the Bahamian population and has a very active downtown area.

The busiest portion is on Bay Street right after you exit the port. This area has a wonderful old straw market place where locals sell their wares. In this area you can bargain for items like handmade dolls and baskets, along with a wide range of souvenir items. I bought my granddaughter a cute little Bahamian doll while we were there.

The Bay street area is also home to many restaurant, clubs and boutiques.

A great way to see the downtown area is on a horse drawn carriage ride. These are available right at the edge of the port leading onto Bay street.

The Bahamas

Independent-English Speaking Country

consist of 29 Islands located in the Atlantic just southeast of the United States

Population is estimated to be 330,000


Cruise Ship Dock

This photograph was taken as the cruise ship was entering the dock. You can see the docks and the hotels in the background.

The large hotel in the background is the Atlantis hotel and casino. It looks like a wonderful place to stay. Along with the casino and beaches it features live entertainment, a lazy river ride, multiple pools including a childrens pool, a theatre, a library and a marine habitat.

In the marine habitat you can walk through tunnels and observe sharks, stingrays, moon jellies and more. You can also watch daily fish feedings..

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Nassau Hotel

Photo of Nassau Hotel.

Crystal Cay Lighthouse - Unusual appearance

The Crystal Cay lighthouse is off Long Cay near the entrance to Nassau. This lighthouse has an Art Deco type appearance.

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This photo was taken as we were approaching Nassau harbor on the cruise ship.

Nassau Lighthouse- photo taken from our cruise ship - Nassau Harbor

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      4 years ago

      I did not get as far as to Nassau, but I did get to Freeport on the Grand Bahama Island. It was lovely like your photos. I loved the cruise ship and all was fine. I will have to look at my photos to see if I remember any lighthouses. I did tour the whole Island, I am sure I saw one or two! Great lens!

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      Brians Secretary 

      6 years ago

      Nice lighthouse pics, Think of all the lives that they have saved over the years

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      Brians Secretary 

      6 years ago

      When I see a lighthouse I think of all the lives they have saved..Oh and bad Scooby Doo Cartoons

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      7 years ago

      A beautiful lighthouse page, I love it.

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      7 years ago

      I know that lighthouse well, I have past it on my cruises. It also makes for some good pictures with the Atlantis in the background.

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      7 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens. I too love lighthouses. If you like the Caribbean, I invite you to check out my 30+ Caribbean lenses!

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      You know, I gotta think that that lighthouse at the end of Paradise Island has got to be one of the most photographed lighthouses of all time. It really IS an irresistible subject,isn't it?

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      Oh, I am putting this at the top of my need to visit list. Your photos are amazing. What a great lens.

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      9 years ago

      such pretty pictures. my aunt lived next to the hatteras lighthouse and thinking about this makes me miss her so much...

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It was nice that you covered more of the Bahamas than just the lighthouse. Now I'm more open to a cruise there than I used to be.

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      9 years ago

      Love Light Houses, thanks for the lens.

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      Laraine Sims 

      9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you for taking us on your journey to the Bahamas. It looks like a wonderful place to travel to. Our next trip. Maybe. Hubby says, 'Not Yet.' Have to have our Staycation this year. Maybe next year. 5*s for another great lens.

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      9 years ago

      Lovely just lovely!

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      9 years ago

      Pack my bags I'm headed to paradise! What a fabulous idea for a lens. Lighthouses are so popular, sort of a national beacon per say. Great niche. Love it! **5**

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      9 years ago

      I like the way your lighthouse acts as an introduction to the Bahamas! Great lens. 5*

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      9 years ago

      I love lighthouses too! Have traveled to Nassau twice and did not notice the lighthouses, thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Looks great! I've never been to the Bahamas, I'd love to be there right now. Great photos, too. All of your lighthouses lenses are fantastic.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens Mary Beth! My grandparents travel to Nassau several times each year; it's a beautiful place. High fives!

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      9 years ago

      Hi! Lighthouses are indeed a great topic. There's something about them that makes them so... fascinating. Great images too. 5*

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      MikeMoore LM 

      9 years ago

      Very nice pics!

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, love the topic as well. Growing up near the ocean I've always been a fan of lighthouses. Have you tried our new photo gallery module yet? I bet that would work great on this lens. :)


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