Shirley Street is a high traffic area and a major thoroughfare to the Palmdale area, Paradise Island, Downtown Nassau and Cable Beach. Properties located on Shirley St. range from established law firms, major commercial banks, the Bahamas registrar general office, established churches, commercial business (car dealerships retail, restaurant, floral), 2 major hospitals (Doctors and Princess Margaret) commercial plazas, (Shirley St. Plaza, Harbour Bay Shopping Centre) Offshore banks, real estate offices, and consulates (Chinese consulate, Brazil consulate etc.) There are a few residential properties as well. Shirley St. offers prime property here in the Bahamas.
Top of Elizabeth Avenue, off Shirley Street, Nassau
This 102-foot staircase was created to commemorate the 65 years of Queen Victoria's reign. The staircase was carved from coral-based sandstone by slaves at the end of the 18th century. It is the most-visited and famous architectural sight in Nassau, the Queen's Staircase is a flight of 66 steps linking Fort Fincastle to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Top of Elizabeth Avenue Hill, south of Shirley Street, Nassau
The Fort is a military site shaped like a paddle-wheel steamer, located near the top of the Queen's Staircase. Fort Fincastle was completed in 1793 as a lookout point to prevent pirates from sneaking into the harbor. Its 126-foot water tower, which is more than 200 feet above sea level, is the highest point on the island. From here, the panoramic view of Nassau and its harbor is simply breathtaking.
Royal Victoria Gardens:
Shirley Street, Nassau, Paradise Island
The Royal Victoria Hotel was once the grand damme of the Bahamas. The hotel and its gardens were built during the American Civil War, finally closing in 1971. Shortly thereafter, a fire consumed the building. All that remained were the gardens and a sprawling, empty shell of pillars and stone. The resulting landscape is a stunning cross between a botanical garden and something resembling Roman ruins.
The Bahamas Historical Society Museum:
Elizabeth Avenue and Shirley Street, Nassau
The Bahamas Historical Society Museum showcases exhibits depicting the history of the Bahamas from pre-Columbus time to the present. In the museum there are many Lucayan-Taino-Arawak artifacts on display. Open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Closed holidays.