Holidays in Rawson Square

Holiday Travel Guide
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One of Nassau’s most important crossroads, this shady square is a bustling hub traversed by government workers, vendors, musicians and tourists.

Rawson Square is the heart of Nassau and an ideal starting point for exploring the city. This small cobblestone square is lined with colonial-style government buildings and serves as the site for numerous events and festivities. Check out the interesting monuments dotted around the square or have your hair braided at the open-air pavilion.

Look for a bronze bust depicting Sir Milo Butler in the center of the square. The former shopkeeper became a prominent politician in the years leading up to Bahamian independence and went on to become the first native Bahamian governor general of the independent nation.

View the unassuming Churchill Building on the south side of the square. This building was used by controversial Prime Minister Lynden Pindling for more than 25 years until he was ousted in 1992 and is now used by the current prime minister and other government agencies.

Stroll to the west side of the square to find horse-drawn surreys, which will take you on a half-hour ride through Nassau’s streets for a fee. You’ll also see an open-air hair-braiding pavilion between the square and Festival Place, where you can have your hair styled. Note the life-sized bronze statue of a woman holding a small child, which honors the role of Bahamian women in society.

The north end of the square connects to the Woodes Rodgers Walk. Stroll here and browse the market stalls selling fresh fish and produce along the harbor. Stop for a drink at one of the cute cafés and watch tourists from cruise boats searching for souvenirs.

Plan your visit to coincide with the annual Junkanoo festivities, which are held on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and in the summer. During this time, the square is particularly colorful as thousands of locals and tourists crowd here to watch an elaborate parade that runs from after midnight until the following morning.

Find Rawson Square on the south side of Bay Street, where it connects to Prince George Wharf. The wharf is the docking point for many large cruise ships. Reach the square on foot from most other areas of town.

891 Cheap Hotels Near Rawson Square

Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
4 out of 5
Harbour Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is AU$427 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Situated on the waterfront, this all-inclusive resort is within a 15-minute walk of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and Blue ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,091 reviews)
"not everything including restaurants weren't open"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
4 out of 5
2 Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$451 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Located in Downtown Nassau, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Junkanoo Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (67 reviews)
"Beautiful resort, with friendly staff, and in the perfect location. We were able to walk to "Fish Fry" to enjoy local food and entertainment, and into the downtown to do some shopping."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Lagoon Beach South and Cabbage Beach. Paradise ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,698 reviews)
"The aquarium ,marina village, the water park and rapid river so much fun!"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

The Royal at Atlantis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holidays in Rawson Square

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Top Rawson Square Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach
Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach
3.5 out of 5
West Bay Street, Nassau
The price is AU$342 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
4 out of 5
2 Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence
The price is AU$673 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The Royal at Atlantis
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
4 out of 5
Harbour Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is AU$430 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
4 out of 5
Number One Bay St, Nassau
The price is AU$374 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
The Reef at Atlantis
The Reef at Atlantis
4.5 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The Reef at Atlantis
The Cove at Atlantis
The Cove at Atlantis
5 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is AU$1,068 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
The Cove at Atlantis
New Listing -  Lovely 2 Bedroom Loft located Downtown Nassau!
New Listing - Lovely 2 Bedroom Loft located Downtown Nassau!
Downtown Bay St, Nassau, New Providence Island
New Listing - Lovely 2 Bedroom Loft located Downtown Nassau!
Luxury Apt
Luxury Apt
35 Honeyburn Lane, Danottage Estates, Nassau, New Providence Island
Luxury Apt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.