Walking around a new city is one of my favorite things to do. It's the best way to explore, find the unexpected, and meet new people. Plus it's free! Our dinghy dock is about a mile from downtown/West Bay street. Between the dock and downtown is a mile stretch of colorful empty buildings for sale or lease.
West Bay street is where Nassau caters to tourists with restaurants, souvenir shops, beach shops, and luxury retailers. Nassau hosts up to five cruise-ships at once, which means a few thousand people are dumped on West Bay street daily.
It doesn't take long to notice that business hours are linked to when cruise ships are in port. On the rare occasion that all ships have left the harbor before regular closing time, you will suddenly find yourself in a ghost town.
The Straw Market is a large open air market where locals sell touristy goods. Some are locally hand made (wood carvings, seashell jewelry/decor) and other goods are from China (hats, clothes etc..). Here you can haggle over prices.
Government buildings are also downtown.
There are many historical churches in Nassau. Mostly, their grand facades face narrow heavily trafficked streets, so I didn't get pictures of most of them. Nassau closes for Easter. Not just Easter Sunday, but for a full four day weekend. Easter trumps cruise ships. It's a paid holiday.
St. Mathew's Anglican Churh
Do not put your feet on this wall. Please.
If the bus won't do and you need a taxi, they are everywhere and will hail you via a honk and a wave. If that doesn't happen, just stand on a sidewalk with your arm out and one will find you shortly. However, each taxi is independent. There is no meter or set rates so it's best to settle on a price before getting in. On our walks we were hailed by multiple taxis, but waved them on because you can't smell roses (or take pictures) from a moving taxi.