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Best Nassau and Freeport Beaches

Paradise Island beach
Paradise Island beach; credit: Wikimedia
The most important Bahamas beaches are located on New Providence Island, which is home to Nassau.

That doesn't mean they are the best Bahamas beaches. They are important because Nassau gets by far the most tourism traffic from cruise ships and resort stays.

But some of them do rank among the best.

Nassau / New Providence Island

Cruise visitors will arrive at the Nassau port on the northeastern side of the island near Atlantis. If the cruise line offers any beach excursion, it is likely a visit to the five-mile long Atlantis beach.

The Atlantis towers are visible from the docks. Note the bridge to the east that crosses from New Providence Island to Paradise Island.

Junkanoo Beach, also known as the Western Esplanade, is within walking distance of the cruise docks. This area joins the beaches at Arawak Cay and Long Wharf. Take a right as you walk out of the cruise terminal.

The beaches here are popular with both tourists and locals. It has benches for sitting and viewing the ships that arrive or leave the harbor. Horseback and pony rides also are available.

The other nearby beaches are not within walking distance like other cruise ports in the Caribbean such as Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Visitors will need a taxi, rental car or other means of getting to them.

Saunders Beach, lined with tropical trees, is the closest option at about two miles from the docks.

Cable Beach near Nassau
Cable Beach near Nassau is popular and lined with hotels. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Cable Beach, about six miles from the docks, is the most well-known beach on the island because of its high concentration of hotels and resorts.

This 2.5-mile beach has five first-class or luxury resorts, nightlife, golf course and the largest casino in the Bahamas.

The nearby Paradise Island has multiple beaches -- Paradise, Cabbage, Colonial, Arawak, Casuarina and Smugglers. Cabbage is popular for its beauty.

Montague Beach, east of the Paradise Island Bridge mentioned above, is home to an historic fort built in the 18th century to guard the eastern entrance to Nassau Harbor.

The promenade is a popular with tourists and locals. Vendors sell a variety of local food and drinks. Nearby, other vendors sell fruits, vegetables and fresh seafood year-round. The beach is also a favorite spot for wading and picnicking.

Freeport / Grand Bahama Island

Several popular Freeport beaches lie on the southern coast of the island to the east of the cruise docks.

Cruise visitors to Freeport often will visit the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which is one of the most popular attractions on the island.

Mather Town Beach is about three miles from Port Lucaya. It is popular for swimming, eating and hanging out with the locals. Club Caribe restaurant and Margaritaville Sandbar are located here.

Fortune Beach is located five miles from Port Lucaya Marketplace. The beach is named after a shipwreck worth $2 million discovered there. Banana Bay restaurant is located at the beach.

Other choices include Bahamia Beach, a popular tourist beach with watersports, straw goods, food and beverages.

Taino Beach has restroom facilities, playground equipment and sitting areas. Visitors can follow a trail through the nature preserve and bird sanctuary. Major events here include the annual Junkanoo Summer Festival.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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May 23, 2018
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