Then we headed towards Fort Fincastle. Along the way we made a quick stop at a local straw market. We were able to grab some water and sodas for a $1 each. I grabbed a local favorite soda, Ginger Beer. When shopping at these markets you will be approached by locals to buy their wares, but not harassed. Locals set their prices higher than they will sell them for so be prepared to haggle. You can approach different vendors and get a different price, so walk away if you do not think it is a good deal, they will most likely make you a better offer. If you are not interested, just offer a polite "No, thank you" to them and they will let you be.
After some shopping we were at Fort Fincastle. The Queen's Stairway, Straw Market and Fort are right next to each other. There are tour guides at the Fort that work for tips. The tour is just a few minutes and the information provided changes each time. You are free to explore the Fort on your own and since it is the highest point of Nassau, it gives you a great view of the island. My son loved pretending he was shooting the canons at the cruise ship as they are aimed at them perfectly.
Next we headed to the Pirates of Nassau Museum wish is an interactive pirate attraction. I was hesitant to go as I knew my son was afraid of pirates, but with our group he was ready to try it. When we went to enter the museum it was dark as it a moonlit dock, thankfully we had an iPod Touch with us that had a flashlight on it, and we went in. The museum was fantastic and everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed it. This was his favorite part of the cruise so I am really glad we went.
Then we went and had lunch at a local place. We do not eat at the big chains found in the ports as we want to experience the real culture and atmosphere. A must try is conch fritters, they are delicious. I also tried a Goombay Punch as I love local sodas.