Situated on the island of New Providence and attached by a bridge to legendary Paradise Island, Nassau brims with tropical sun, colonial history, and natural beauty. Beaches are close enough for bumming, but as the capital city of the Bahamas, Nassau itself is buzzing with cultural and culinary energy that begs to be explored.

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 Snorkeling with rays at Stingray City, Bahamas EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER / Getty Images

Getting up close and personal with stingrays is a nature lover's dream. Sting-free Southern Rays, which frequent the warm shallow waters around New Providence Island, are especially gentle. At Stingray City, a marine park just off-shore from Nassau at Stirrup Cay, you can snorkel and swim with rays during an hour-long encounter that includes feeding and photographing them.