While there are certainly a number of historical attractions and fun things to do in the Bahamas, the main reason so many tourists make their way to the islands each year is for those famous white sand Bahamas beaches. Beaches in the Bahamas are numerous, and while they are all excellent, we've included information about some of the most popular Bahamas beaches below.
While this is perhaps the nicest Bahamas beach on Paradise Island, it can be difficult to access if you don't live on the island year round. Guests of the Atlantis Hotel have unlimited access to the beach, and portions are of course always open to locals. Little huts can be found all over the beach, which provide a place to change, eat, and get out of the sun here and there. If you are traveling to Paradise Island for the day, you may try one of the other beaches after attempting Paradise Beach.
Among Bahamas beaches on Paradise Island, Cabbage beach sees the most traffic throughout the year. Travelers will find it to be one of the most crowded beaches in the Bahamas, but still a very nice beach. Unfortunately, the beach does not have any public restrooms or changing facilities, but a customer of one of the restaurants or businesses located on the beach can use the bathroom. If you will be traveling to this Bahamas beach with children, you will likely want to plan to have lunch in one of the cafes rather than bringing a picnic, so you can take advantage of the chance to freshen up in the restaurant bathroom.
This is one of the best beaches in Bahamas located near Nassau. You can walk to Western Esplanade from downtown Nassau in about 10 minutes, so if you are staying at a Nassau hotel this is a great choice. This Bahamas beach is also sometimes referred to as Junkanoo Beach by the locals, and tourists will be happy to find public restrooms, changing areas, and restaurants serving snack-type food and drinks.
Caves Beach is also located near Nassau, and is one of the best beaches in Bahamas for escaping the huge crowds. As a lesser known beach located a little further from town (about 7 miles from Nassau), fewer tourists frequent it. There are no public facilities, so be sure to plan ahead.
Located on New Providence Island, this is one of the best beaches in Bahamas for travelers who want to stay near the shops, bars, and gambling outlets found on the island. Cable Beach is also a popular choice for families with children, due to its handy access to restrooms, hotels, and restaurants. The beach is about 4 miles long.
Xanadu Beach is one of the better beaches in the Bahamas located on Grand Bahamas Island. This is a great place for families, as the water is more calm then some of the other areas and has convenient access to restaurants and facilities in nearby Freeport. Note that this is also one of the more crowded beaches on the island.
You'll find this to be one of the quietest beaches in Abacos. This is one of the more popular beaches for couples and those who love to sail. Abacos is a popular sailing port and the beach is quite nice. To get there, you'll either have to sail in from the sea or walk or bike along a gravel road. Cars can't drive on the road, which is one of the reasons the beach remains quiet. Be sure to bring your own food and water, as there are limited facilities on the beach.
Although the previous list of Bahamas beaches is not a comprehensive list, travelers should find that some of the most popular beaches are mentioned. For travelers really looking to get lost on the beaches of Bahamas, walk north or south from any of the more populated areas to locate your own little spot.
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