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.

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Types of Beaches

Top 10

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.

Secluded

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.

Active

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.

Exclusive

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.

Family Friendly

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.

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Beaches

The Abacos

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.

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The Exumas

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.

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Acklins & Crooked Island

Acklins & Crooked Island offer miles of deserted sandy beaches with crystal-clear water. They are perfect for beachcombing, swimming, snorkeling or simply sitting in the sun and doing nothing at all. You'll find a number of beautiful stretches in all areas of Crooked Island; the best ones on Acklins Island are on the eastern side, facing the Atlantic Ocean; and the entire north coast of Long Cay has good secluded beaches.

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Andros

Quiet stretches of pristine gold and pink powder-soft sand beaches line the eastern shore of Andros. The sand usually doesn’t get too hot, so you can walk on it for miles. Beaches have coconut trees with hammocks, nature-based and water-sports activities, or are fringed with casuarinas and palm trees. Of note is the seashell covering on Somerset Creek Beach in Central Andros, which is reminiscent of the setting sun; the nine-mile-long white sandy beach that stretches from Long Bay to The Bluff in South Andros; and the Blue Hole Beach in Mars Bay, South Andros, famous for having a blue hole in the sea, more visible at low tide.

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Bimini

Bimini might be small, but it’s big on beaches, most of which have fine white sand and are found on the west side of North Bimini. The most popular is a long section of three continuous beaches, stretching from Alice Town to Bailey Town, referred to as Radio Beach, Blister Beach and Spook Hill Beach. There is also Tiki Hut Beach on South Bimini and a selection of secluded beaches on the Cays to the south. Fine white-sand beaches with calm water line almost the entire western side of private Cat Cay Island. While beachcombing, you will likely find exquisite treasures like whole seashells and colorful sea glass.

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Cat Island

The beaches of Cat Island are just as glorious and secluded as the island itself, with an eight-mile stretch of pink-sand beach and numerous others with white sand. You can always find a quiet spot for picnicking, shelling, swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and kayaking.

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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.

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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.

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Inagua

There are beautiful secluded beaches all over Inagua simply waiting to be found, several on the eastern and southern shores and at Northwest Point. They are perfect for sunbathing or picnicking, searching for shells or driftwood, just relaxing in a hammock or on the sand. Not far from Matthew Town is Devil's Point, and right off the main street in the middle of town is Iron Badge Beach, the main public beach used by the locals during holidays. Coconut Grove Beach is good for snorkeling; green and hawksbill turtles are often seen in the area.

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Long Island

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.

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Mayaguana

Mayaguana has some of the most picturesque beaches in The Bahamas, with unbelievable aquamarine water. Northwest Point Beach has honeycomb-like rocks that act like stepping stones to the water. It offers great shelling and snorkeling, nature trails, picnicking in the sandy cove, and bonefishing in the nearby flats. Beaches in the south are good for sunning, shelling or throwing a line out to fish. Those in the three settlements are equally as nice and each has its own attributes: Betsy Bay Beach has a large, wide sandy expanse, with lots of shells; Horse Pond Bay Beach in Abraham’s Bay is known for the land crabs that walk at night; and at Pirate’s Well Beach you can see locals soaking up the salt and sun in the mornings and evenings.

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Nassau & Paradise Island

The beaches that surround Nassau & Paradise Island are not only beautiful, they also offer as much or as little activity as you would like to have. At local hot spots you can purchase Bahamian delicacies; spring break destinations provide entertainment, fun and games; plus some have recreational facilities for kids and jogging tracks for adults to work out.

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Ragged Island

White-sand beaches along the chain each have their own special coves that compete for title of “best.” Passing boaters have their favorites and return to bask on them yearly. On Ragged Island, Drain Bay Beach is on the northeast side, Lover's Leap is on the east end, and Airport Bay is on the south. Blackbeard’s Bay and Johan Bay are accessible more easily by boat.

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Rum Cay

Rum Cay offers miles of soft, stunning pink and white sandy beaches that are virtually unexplored, and you are likely to have one all to yourself even within Port Nelson. Popular ones around the town are Sir Milo Butler Park Beach, named in honor of the first Bahamian Governor-General; Flamingo Beach on the west side, which has pink sand and one of the best caves on the island, with Indian writings; and Picnic Bay near Sumner Point Marina which is used by locals for picnics on public holidays and celebrating special occasions. Numerous outlying beaches, including Munroe Beach, Port Boyd Beach, Nancy Flat Beach and Sandy Point, are easily accessed by boat or while on an island tour. They are great for sunbathing or picnicking, and while beachcombing you can find treasures like colorful sea glass, old bottles, seashells, messages in a bottle, driftwood, glass balls and more.

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San Salvador

The beaches of San Salvador are secluded and expansive, with clear emerald-blue seas and provocative names. Bonefish Bay is a beautiful sandy beach known for its abundance of bonefish, Dim Bay is located near the original Columbus Monument, Grotto Beach has a nice little grotto, Long Bay is at the Columbus Monument site and at Snow Bay the sand is fine like snow. Not to be outdone, the unique beach at Sandy Point features water of several different hues, and the sand shifts from one side to the other with the change of season between summer and winter.

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The Berry Islands

Great Harbour Cay has seven continuous miles of beautiful beaches: The Beach Club Beach, Dannenberg Beach, Sugar Beach, Shelling Beach, Shark Creek Beach and the historical Ship Yard Beach, site of the first settlement in Great Harbour Cay. Queen's Beach on Chub Cay offers three miles of white powdered sand. On Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line's private island, part of a half-mile strip of beach was named Bertram’s Cove after a cook who died of fever on July 24, 1834. There is an unidentified ship whose wreck lies just offshore. Coco Cay Beach on Little Stirrup Cay is reserved exclusively for guests of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. And, on Little Whale Cay, you will get the entire island with the beach.

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Things To Know
Average Water Temps

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.

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Travel

Travel

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.

Weather

Weather

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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