Karen Burshtein

From above, the Bahamas' 700 islands and thousands of cays look like pieces of a floating puzzle. Together they make up a vacation paradise of palm-fringed, soft-sand beaches and seawater of an almost impossible aquamarine. Even Nassau, the capital city, which is on New Providence Island, offers beautiful and sometimes secluded beaches. But beyond the sand and water sports (and the casinos and cruise ships), Nassau is a cosmopolitan city with a wealth of cultural, historical and culinary offerings to explore — all in a place where getting around by foot or ferry is easy.