New Providence

New Providence

New Providence houses the capital city of the Bahamas, Nassau. It currently holds approximately 70% of the entire Bahamian population. The island is a major tourist attraction with a rich history spanning over 300 years. The native forests that remain are just remnants of a biologically rich island. New Providence has blue holes, caves and lakes but the remaining forests are fragmented and mostly scheduled for development. At one time there was a five foot long iguana that roamed the island; now extinct, like the many other possible species from a once diverse island.

Geography
Only 21 miles long and 7 miles wide, New Providence sits in the central part of the archipelago and is part of the Great Bahama bank.

History
After the native Indians were removed, the island was largely abandoned until the hay days of the pirates. Being strategically close to the Florida straits made Nassau a favorite hide out for people wishing to take advantage of the merchant ships passing through. New Providence was eventually taken under control by the British. During this time, much of the original forests on the island were cut down.


The Retreat - Hidden from view on Village Road is an internationally famous garden of palms and rare tropical plants. Formerly a private home, the estate was the first national park on New Providence. Visitors can explore a Bahamian hardwood forest and learn about native plants and animals in a child-friendly environment. The property, including a small wooden […]
Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park - Located in South Central New Providence, Harrold and Wilson Ponds provides natural wetland habitat for more than 100 bird species, including the island’s highest concentration of waterbirds (herons, egrets, ibises and cormorants). Public access features include interpretive signs, boardwalks, a nature trail and observation decks. This exceptional ecotourism site is just a short drive from […]
Primeval Forest National Park - Remarkably undisturbed, this old-growth woodland is representative of the early evergreen tropical hardwood forests of the Bahamas. Located in southwestern New Providence, the area is easily accessible by car. It features dramatic sinkholes – unique limestone caverns up to 50 feet long, 30 feet wide, and in some cases 30 feet deep. The most notable […]
Bonefish Pond National Park - Bonefish Pond is 1235 acres of coastal wetland area. This is a park where teachers and students alike can see and learn about the different marine life that call Bonefish pond home. Established: Size: 1,235 Acres