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Bahamas Beaches Guide

The 10 Best Beaches in The Bahamas

Last Updated on July 17, 2024 ⋅ Written by Vanessa Howard ⋅ Edited by Laura Schulthies

Bahamas Beach Guide: The Best Beaches In The Bahamas
Bahamas Beach Guide: The Best Beaches In The Bahamas

Welcome to The Bahamas

Bahamas beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. The gorgeous turquoise waters and warm ivory sand can even be seen from space. With numerous islands and beaches to choose from, The Bahamas has a relaxation spot for everyone. Gentle waves, powdery white sand, palapas and cocktails. Here is our guide to the best beaches in The Bahamas to enjoy the tropical sunshine in paradise.

Bahamas beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. The gorgeous turquoise waters and warm ivory sand can even be seen from space. With numerous islands and beaches to choose from, The Bahamas has a relaxation spot for everyone. Gentle waves, powdery white sand, palapas and cocktails. Here is our guide to the best beaches in The Bahamas to enjoy the tropical sunshine in paradise.

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Bahamas Beach Guide: The Best Beaches In The Bahamas

The Best Bahamas Beaches

Cable Beach

Nassau

As one of the most popular beaches in Nassau, Cable Beach offers amazing views, clear turquoise waters, and vibrant nightlife and entertainment options. These 2.5 curving miles of shoreline are just west of Nassau and lined with bars, restaurants, resorts and casinos. You can rent beach chairs, surfboards, and water scooters or just relax in the powdery white sands. If you’re looking for seclusion, then this isn’t the beach for you, as it’s famous for constantly having cruise ships docked.

Beach Amenities: Parking Available At Goodman’s Bay, No Additional Amenities.

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Pink Sand Beach Bahamas
Pink Sand Beach Bahamas

Pink Sands Beach

Harbour Island

Those looking for a unique experience in The Bahamas will love Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island. It’s true, the sand here shimmers with a pink glow where the water meets the shore. The pink sand color on these 3 miles of sand comes from crushed seashells. You’ll need to walk a short path to get to this stunning beach, but it’s worth the trek. For an even more magical experience, head to Pink Sands Beach during sunrise or sunset. You will see the faint blush colored sand by sunrise transforms into a rosy red when fired by the orange hues of a beautiful sunset.

Beach Amenities: Only Accessible By Boat, Public Restrooms, Chairs and Umbrellas for rent, and Restaurants/Bars

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Gold Rock Beach

Grand Bahama

You can find Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park in Grand Bahama. Those looking for seclusion will find it here, thanks to the beach being accessible via a mangrove trail. The area is protected by the Bahamas National Trust, making it pristine and one of the best beaches in the Bahamas. Make sure to stay for low tide as the beach extends for miles during this time and is often referred to as the ‘Bahamas welcome mat.’ Amenities at this secluded piece of paradise include BBQ grills, fire pits, benches and picnic tables.

Beach Amenities: Entrance Fee, Ample Public Parking, Public Restrooms at Parking Lot, Beach Vendors, Rentable Chairs and Umbrellas, Food and Drinks, and Dog Friendly.

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Tropic Of Cancer Beach Bahamas
Tropic Of Cancer Beach Bahamas

Tropic of Cancer Beach

Exuma

Looking to escape it all in paradise? Tropic of Cancer Beach, also known as Pelican Beach, is the longest on Little Exuma.  With stunning landscapes, beautiful crystal clear waters, and endless stretches of gorgeous sand, Tropic of Cancer is known as the prettiest beach in the Exuma chain. The sand here is blindingly white, against turquoise waters it’s like a dream come true. At this quiet and secluded beach you won’t find many shops or restaurants, so make sure to pack everything you need.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Ample Public Parking, and Rentable Water Sports Equipment.

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French Leave Beach Bahamas
French Leave Beach Bahamas

French Leave Beach

Eleuthera

Another of the Bahamas famous pink sand beaches, located in Eleuthera French Leave Beach provides secluded access to a seemingly endless horizon of turquoise water. As a bit of a hidden gem, there are very few amenities available here. Also known as Club Med Beach, this stretch of soft pink sand goes on for over a mile making it perfect for beachcombing, swimming and snorkeling. Keep in mind that due to its secluded nature there is no shade on the beach and nowhere to rent umbrellas.

Beach Amenities: Public Parking, No Additional Amenities.

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Love Beach Bahamas
Love Beach Bahamas

Love Beach

Nassau

This convenient yet beautiful beach is located close to downtown Nassau hotels. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, this long stretch of ivory sand with a coastline of turquoise waters is a Bahamian icon. You might even get to see low-flying airplanes buzzing by while lounging in the sand or splashing in the water. Snorkeling is great at Love Beach where between the shore and the reef, the colorful tropical fish make themselves known. This is also one of the least crowded beaches on New Providence Island, but keep in mind that there is no public parking, no amenities, and little to no shade on the beach.

Beach Amenities: Entrance Fee, Entrance Through Nirvana Beach Bar, Public Restrooms and Showers Available At Nirvana Beach Bar ($5 Fee), Beach Vendors, and Rentable Chairs and Umbrellas.

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Cabbage Beach

Paradise Island

This popular spot on Paradise Island offers long stretches of golden sands next to beautifully clear turquoise water. Cabbage Beach is a great place to swim, snorkel, or lounge in the Bahamian sunshine. There are many options for shopping and dining right off the beach. Due to its close proximity to resorts, Cabbage Beach can become crowded, particularly during high season.  At this classic Bahamas beach water sports abound including banana boats, Jet Ski rental, parasailing and more.  Make sure to keep an eye out for flags that tell you where it’s safe to swim due to rough surf.

Beach Amenities: Minimal Parking, Part Of Beach Is Resort Guests Only, Nearest Restrooms At Marina Village, Rentable Beach Chairs and Umbrellas.

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Treasure Cay Beach Bahamas
Treasure Cay Beach Bahamas

Treasure Cay Beach

Abacos

Located in the Abacos, Treasure Cay Beach lands on the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches list often. It’s not hard to see why with its picturesque ivory sand and sparkling turquoise shallows. You’ll find this beach about 25 miles northwest of Marsh Harbour. There is a nearby village, marina, playground, and golf course to keep the whole family busy. Very few travelers head out to the Abacos, so you may get your own private tropical oasis at Treasure Cay Beach.

Beach Amenities: Ample Public Parking, Public Restrooms, and Public Palapas Near Restrooms.

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Best Bahamas Beaches
Best Bahamas Beaches

Big Major Cay (Pig Beach)

Exuma

Chances are you’ve heard of Big Major Cay, also known as Pig Beach. Located in Exuma, the pigs of the island offer an amazing experience. That’s right you’re allowed to swim, pet, and even feed the pigs of Big Major Cay. They range in size from tiny piglets to Big Momma, the largest and oldest pig on the island. The island of Exuma is small, but due to the pigs the island gets more annual visitors then the majority of the Bahamas. You’ll need to take a power boat, ferry, or private plane to Big Major Cay as it lies about 100 miles south of Nassau.

Beach Amenities: Only Reachable By Boat, No Additional Amenities Available.

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Tahiti Beach

Abacos

Tahiti Beach, located in Elbow Cay in the Abacos, will have you feeling like you’ve landed in a tropical paradise. This small island sandbar disappears at high tide, but the waters are always warm, shallow, and inviting. The beach is only accessible by foot, bicycle or boat. If you continue walking down Tahiti Beach, thanks to the seclusion, you’ll feel like you’re in a private cay. For amazing views you can hike around the entire peninsula. This beach is perfect for seclusion but it has no amenities.

Beach Amenities: Best Way To Reach Beach Is By Boat or Bicycle. Park Golf Carts and Walk to Peninsula Via Dorros Cove S Road. Floating Bar – The Thirsty Cuda offers Drinks and Food.

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