Beaches In The Bahamas
The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches. With over 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays, and the clearest water on Earth, it’s no wonder visitors come from all around to sink their toes into miles of pure white, and in some places pink, sand. Many of our beaches have been voted “best in the world” by numerous publications, and it’s not uncommon to find a celebrity or two strolling along our shores. In short, the beaches you’ll find here are the very definition of paradise. Have you heard about our #BahamasBestBeaches contest? Submissions end August 24. Click here to learn more.
With calm, turquoise waters and soft, powdery sand, it’s no surprise when our beaches are recognized as some of the best in the world. Perhaps the most famous is Treasure Cay Beach in The Abacos. It was recently voted as one of the best in the region by Caribbean Travel & Life. Others receiving recognition are Gold Rock Beach on Grand Bahama Island, Cape Santa Maria Beach on Long Island and Harbour Island Beach. Our shores are so beautiful, that most of the time pictures don’t do them any justice. You have to visit to witness just how stunning they actually are.
Imagine miles and miles of pristine white and pink sand beaches where the only footprints you’ll see are your own. That’s the beauty of The Bahamas. Where all it takes is a simple stroll to get away from it all. We have hundreds of secluded beaches that are ideal for picnics, sunsets and relaxation. The sand is untouched, the water is crystal clear and the experience is unforgettable.
For those choosing to go the more active route, The Bahamas is full of beaches with plenty to do. There’s always a volleyball, beach soccer or basketball game nearby. And many of our vendors set up shop right near the shore. If you’re wanting to try parasailing for example, you can walk right up to the water and sign up. Our active beaches are also great for meeting new people and even hanging out with the locals. No matter what, there’s always something going on.
Many resorts and hotels offer access to private beaches that are reserved exclusively for guests. And amenities usually come with the territory. It’s not uncommon for a private beach to have servers who bring you refreshments. In some places, you can even reserve cabanas to keep you in the shade. Some cruise lines make stopovers on private island beaches as well. If you’re staying in The Bahamas and want to spend a day on a private beach, many charter boat companies will bring you to outlying cays so you can relax in peace with your friends and family.
If you’re looking for a beach that has something for everyone, family-friendly beaches are easy to come by. A few steps to the left and you’re inches from calm, crystal clear waters. A few steps to the right and you’re sitting on a restaurant patio, watching your kids on a beachside playground or browsing through markets that offer authentic Bahamian souvenirs for the whole family. Some beaches even offer licensed day care services for little ones.
There are many spectacular stretches of sand here, most notably Treasure Cay Beach, which was voted one of the 10 best beaches in the region. Ocean Beach has sugary sand, Tahiti Beach has soft white sand and seven-mile-long Guana Cay Beach has a tall dune.
There are thousands of miles of invitingly soft, white-sand beaches stretching along the length of the chain, cays and inlets, for relaxing or exploring by foot and by boat. The shallow, crystal-clear waters provide one of the prettiest settings for snorkeling in the entire Bahamas.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Everyone’s list of the world’s top 10 beaches includes Harbour Island’s famed Pink Sands Beach. Few know that pink sand also spreads over 35 miles on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea sides of Eleuthera Island.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island's sprawling reef-protected shoreline and cays are covered with powdery white-sand beaches. Some 90 miles of the southern shore is white-sand beach, punctuated by a number of waterways and more than 50 miles of that is secluded.
Long Island's beaches are dramatic, serene and scenic, stretching as far as the eye can see. The most beautiful—Cape Santa Maria Beach—has been ranked among the best in the world. Some beaches have water that is deep shades of blue and turquoise, separated by cliffs to hike over and reefs you can walk on when the tide is low.
Average Water Temps
The temperature of our crystal-blue water averages an amazing 80°F year-round. Which means it’s perfect for all kinds of beach activities and water sports.
The Islands Of The Bahamas are very easy to get to by plane, cruise ship or private boat. Most major airlines fly directly from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Nassau International Airport (NAS). Cruise ships and private boats arrive at any one of our many Ports of Call.
Your local travel agent will be able to provide specific information for your trip.
Thanks to the trade winds that blow throughout our islands, we're fortunate to have warm weather year-round. Our coldest winters average 70°F. The coolest time is from September to May, when temperatures average 70-75°F. And during the rest of the year there’s high humidity, with temperatures ranging from 80-90°F.
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