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.