There’s something romantic about pirate places and their stories (although sometimes a little brutal too – we have to remember why they’re called pirates). Some places associated with pirates are the stuff of legend and visiting them can bring those legends alive and you can tread in the footsteps of the buccaneers who ruled the high seas. With the golden age of piracy being the 17th and 18th centuries there’s plenty of history associated with pirate places around the world.
1. Nassau, Bahamas
One of the most well-known pirate places, Nassau was a favorite of buccaneers because it was so close to the trade routes usually taken by Spanish merchant ships. This tropical paradise was at the heart of the Golden Age of Piracy, attracting the greatest concentration of buccaneers the New World had ever seen, including Blackbeard and other (in)famous names. It is hard to tell history from myth in Nassau – and maybe we don't really want to – but there are incredible fortresses and historical buildings, as well as a museum dedicated to piracy, that can help you understand how buccaneers lived back then.