Best Beaches for Sunny Days in Nassau

Nassau and Paradise Island have no shortage of sand, although their beaches are not quite as impressive as the long, deserted stretches you find in the Bahamas' Out Island. If you are planning your Bahamas vacation strictly for quality beach bumming, consider Grand Bahama Island, Abaco or Exuma.

That is not to say you will not find worthwhile beaches around Nassau. Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is one of the most beautiful soft, white sand beaches in the world. Away from downtown Nassau's popular, but often crowded and rowdy Junkanoo Beach and the resort strip along Cable Beach, you can find quiet, thinly inhabited, locals beaches that offer everything from caves, historic sites and snorkeling to horse back riding and experiencing a true Bahamian village - as close as you can get to the Out Islands on New Providence Island. For the best seclusion, head to New Providence Island's West End and southern shoreline.

Aside from Junkanoo Beach, the beaches of Nassau and Paradise Island are totally suitable for families with fine white sand, incredibly clear gem-toned waters and typically gentle sea waves. Few have restroom and shower facilities, but most are within walking distance of a bar or restaurant. This list takes you to the best of both urban and out-of-town beach strands. 



Montagu Beach lies east of downtown Nassau, and is the site of the historic Fort Montagu - Nassau's oldest fort, circa 1741. It is a popular beach and generally busy, though not quite to the extent of Cable, Junkanoo and Cabbage beaches. Locals...  Read More



Situated on the north shore of New Providence Island, this beach lies west of Cable Beach and is therefore considerably less crowded. It is an appealing little beach with a narrow spread of white sand that does not get a lot of tourist traffic,...  Read More

Paradise Island
Junkanoo Beach
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Junkanoo Beach, also known as "Spring Break Beach" for obvious reasons, is not as sprawling as some of the other Bahamas beaches. Nor is it as pretty as the postcard beaches. Its proximity to Nassau's lively downtown and the cruise ship docks...  Read More



Adelaide Beach is not on most tourists' radar, which is either a bonus or a drawback, depending on your point of view. On the south side of New Providence Island within the small village of Adelaide, the beach here is long and virtually empty...  Read More

West End


Do not be put off by the name. You probably will never see a shark here, but it was the filming site for the final installment in the "Jaws" movie series. As part of the Clifton Heritage Park acreage, the beach is protected above and below the...  Read More



On the north shore past Gambier Village, Love Beach is the site of the famous Compass Point resort owned by the man who made Bob Marley a household word - recording mogul Chris Blackwell. It also happens to be a prime destination for snorkeling,...  Read More

Cable Beach


Widely considered one of the best beaches in the Bahamas, Cable Beach is Nassau's sexy, playful resort strip holding hotels from all-inclusive chains to boutique properties. In December 2014, Baha Mar, one of the largest ever resort developments...  Read More



Sheltered by Coral Island, the water off Saunders Beach near Goodman's Bay is calm and ideal for family swimming. Restroom facilities and a playground further its popularity with families. Just east of Cable Beach, Saunders Beach sees its share...  Read More

Coral Harbour Beach
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On the southern shore of New Providence Island in a quiet, unpretentious development called Coral Harbour, you will find access to the beach at the Coral Harbour resort. You are most welcome if you buy a Kalik or Bahama Mama or lunch from the...  Read More



Named one of the best in the world, Paradise Island's Cabbage Beach fronts several of the big hotels including Atlantis, Hotel Riu Palace and One&Only Ocean Club. Public access is on Casino Drive next to Riu Palace. The beach itself is a...  Read More


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