There's plenty to do without spending a ton of money. First thing to do once you're downtown, is grab one of the free visitor guides and maps from the Visitor Centre, some shops may also carry these. Bay Street in downtown Nassau, there is an abundance of shopping and dining available. From the straw bags, hats and t-shirts at the straw market to jewelry, perfume, clothing and luxury item shops. Rawson Square houses the pink colonial buildings including the Capitol building, Parliament building, and the Government House (which is where foreign heads of state are received). The Pirates of Nassau Museum is a great attraction for kids, located almost opposite of the Christ Church cathedral, which is the Bahamas national cathedral. Just west of downtown is Fort Charlotte, an interesting place to visit, with it's canons and dungeons!  For about $10 you can take a guided walking tour of downtown Nassau. The tour begins at Festival Place near the cruise ship dock. Or, you can use your map and take the tour yourself. For trip ideas and information on the self-walking tour check the ministry of tourism website at . 

For a drink or a bite to eat, there's Senor Frogs next to the straw market which is very popular with the cruise ship crowd, plus many other great places to eat. If you're adventurous, you can take one of the fabulouas food tours and taste authentic local food and get a history and cultural tour at the same time.  There are several food tours, rum tours, chocolate tours and club crawls. You be sure to find one that suits you.

Take the local jitney/bus a few minutes west to the Arawak Cay fish fry. A local spot of about two dozen very casual restaurants that serve local dishes. Try the conch, a national dish, the baked macaroni and a Bahama Mama. The #10 bus leaves from the corner across from the straw market ($1.50 pp each way, exact change required) and passes the fort and fish fry. Just let the driver know where you want to go. The trip takes just a few minutes. The #10 also goes further west past the Cable Beach area just in case you want to see other areas of the island. And if you go the opposite direction there is famous Paradise Island and Atlantis. The jitney does not go over the Paradise Island bridge, you will have to take a taxi or ferry. A $10 - $15 cab from downtown will have you there in about 20 minutes. Or you can take the local bus to the bridge then hop on the water taxi ($4 pp each way) they leave every 30 minutes starting at 9am - 6pm , nice to do as you get to see some of the private homes on the island and other points of interest. You can walk around Marina Village near Atlantis, look at the mega yachts, and dine at one of several restaurants to get a cocktail or a meal. There are areas of Atlantis that do not require a day pass. Marina Village, restaurants, Shops at Crystal Court shopping arcade, and the Atlantis Casino. But you must purchase a day pass, if you want to visit Aquaventure water park, pools, beaches, or marine exhibits. They have different packages that allow you to use the various amenities at Atlantis. Other resorts also offer day passes to use their beach and pool facilities, some offer lunch as part of the day pass.

For information about hotel day passes, go to  Nassau Day Passes