Nassau beaches, with powder-soft white sand, towering palm trees, and crystal-clear waters, truly are a slice of paradise. The capital of the island nation, this city is a popular choice with both visitors and residents who come to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas, welcoming resorts, and the thriving nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a beach with lots of activities or a quiet stretch of sun or sand, you’ll find the perfect place in the sun while visiting Nassau Bahamas.
Just a short distance from the cruise ship terminal and some excellent shopping, the Western Esplanade is the first beach many Nassau travelers find—but it’s rarely the last. Like the others, you can expect to find soft white sand that feels cool beneath your toes and water that is warm year-round.
The most popular of the Nassau beaches has especially soft sand—snow white—and especially clear waters. For many years, this was a beach without a name, until a trans-Atlantic cable was laid to provide communication between two continents. A century later, Cable Beach is one of the most popular of all the Bahamas beaches. Many of Nassau’s resorts are located within steps of this stretch of sand and surf, including one of the island’s few casinos, Crystal Palace. Watersport rentals are readily available here.
In the past, Paradise Beach was known as Cabbage Beach. Like its neighbor, this beach has super-soft white sand and clear waters. This mile-long beach feels secluded, but it does not mean there’s nothing to do. Besides beachcombing, guests enjoy parasailing and jet-skiing. Beneath the ocean waters, snorkeling and diving are excellent ways to discover a colorful submarine world. Guests of the Cove Atlantis Resort can reserve rooms overlooking this beautiful choice for Nassau beaches and enjoy activities both on and off the water. Day trippers and other visitors are welcome to visit this beautiful beach as well.
At the western edge of Nassau Harbor lies another white-sand beach just steps away from Paradise Beach. Montagu Beach is close to an eighteenth-century fort and the Paradise Island Bridge, too. Besides wading and beachcombing, visitors enjoy shopping—many of the vendors line up along the edge of the beach or the promenade, which is a popular place to visit as the sun is setting.
When the locals of Nassau Bahamas pick a beach, many of them choose to enjoy Saunders Beach. Just a short jaunt east of Cable Beach, Saunders is quieter and more secluded than some of the other Nassau beaches. Lush casuarinas trees provide a backdrop to the beach, which also offers spectacular ocean views and calm waters. This beach is an excellent place to go for a stroll or enjoy a swim—children also enjoy playing in the surf of Saunders Beach, as this is a popular destination for families.
Not far from the activities along Cable Beach and the colonial charm of Nassau, Sandyport Beach offers relaxed charm and plenty of natural beauty. Both private residences and a resort line the beach, and both of the developments share a name with the beach. The resort’s luxury pastel-colored condos are just a few steps away from this beach which is as quiet as it is beautiful.