The beaches of the Bahamas are indisputably the primary reason people visit these islands, as they offer endless stretches of white sand, turquoise waters, and a true tropical paradise. Whether you choose a serene private beach in a full-featured resort or you go for a public beach teeming with other visitors, you're sure to find the ideal coastal vacation just waiting on the ocean shores here.

    The Bahamas has, quite literally, dozens of beaches from which to choose, and any one can be a superb option depending on what options you want or need, from free parking to showers, shopping, and dining. Discover some of the best beaches in the Bahamas to get your relaxation on.

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    Love Beach

    Hit a convenient beach near downtown Nassau

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    Love Beach offers crystal-clear turquoise waters, long stretches of soft, white sands, and the opportunity to see low-flying airplanes buzzing right overhead. It's a convenient beach close to the Nassau downtown area that you can get to by bus, and it's a favorite among visitors and locals alike. If you get hungry after a hard day of relaxation, you can head for the local beach bar to grab a cocktail or some snacks.

    Whether you take a cab or bus or drive yourself, it's just about 18 minutes from the center of town. This public beach is a great choice for anyone looking to get the iconic Bahamas beach experience.

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    Pink Sands Beach

    Have a unique, secluded experience with photo ops

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    Pink Sands Beach offers a truly unique beach experience because the sand is actually pink where the surf laps ashore. The pink color of this 3-mile stretch comes from crushed seashells, and it truly looks magical. This is something of a hidden gem among Bahamas beaches that's become very popular among honeymooners looking for that picturesque, romantic getaway. Regular vacationers looking for something convenient and relaxed also love this one.

    Reaching this beach requires navigating a short walking trail formed of a tree-lined dirt path. Along the shores, you'll find snack shops selling light fare and drinks for whenever you get hungry as you relax on the beach all day.

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    Tropic Of Cancer Beach

    Experience stunning landscapes and serene surroundings

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    Tropic of Cancer Beach offers a getaway that's among the most iconic in the Bahamas, with gorgeous landscapes, clear waters, endless stretches of sand, and quiet surroundings. This beach is about 20 minutes by car from Great Exuma and is a secluded stretch of sand and surf that tends to be a quiet and serene place even when crowded. You won't find many shops or restaurants around here, so be sure to pack your snacks, food, and other requirements.

    Tropic of Cancer Beach is just about 9 minutes from William's Town to the northeast along the Queen's Highway. It's an ideal option for those who want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of local attractions and just chill out.

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    Cable Beach

    Go surfing, shopping, dining, and swimming

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    Cable Beach is among the most popular beaches in Nassau, offering great views, clear-blue waters, watersport adventures, nearby resorts, shopping, dining, and excitement. This is one of the more expansive beaches in Nassau, so you'll find a lot to do here before or after your time building sandcastles, laying out in the sun, going surfing, or renting a water scooter to get out on the waters. You can also find plenty of beach bars, restaurants, and snack stands to grab a cocktail and some food.

    If you stay at the all-inclusive resort on the beach, you'll have everything you need right there. Otherwise, it's just a 13-minute drive from the center of downtown Nassau.

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    Junkanoo Beach

    Discover a vibrant beachfront nightlife scene

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    Junkanoo Beach is named for the Junkanoo celebrations between December and January and offers a party atmosphere with restaurants, bars, music, dancing, and a hip vibe. If you're looking for a place in Nassau that combines a tropical paradise, white sands, and clear turquoise waters with a truly vibrant nightlife, this is it. You'll hear loud music thumping from the clubs almost any time of day. It's an ideal place for grabbing a cocktail, having a meal, people-watching, or getting into the scene. You can also just watch the nearby port where cruise ships dock and depart.

    Junkanoo Beach is just 10 minutes from central Nassau. It's a vibrant beach that can draw big crowds during the high season.

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    Arawak Beach

    Have a full-featured resort experience

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    Arawak Beach is a resort beach offering a full-featured experience where you'll have all of your needs met while relaxing on a picturesque stretch of white sand and blue waters. The beach is located in Pointe de la Verdure and offers a wide range of activities. You can go sailing or surfing, play golf, take a boat tour, go windsurfing, shop at the market, or game at the casino. This is a beach resort that is focused on a fun vacation experience where everything you want to do is all in one place.

    The beach is easy to access if you're on Paradise Island. It's just a 7-minute drive from the central downtown area.

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    Cabbage Beach

    Enjoy nearby shopping, dining, and scenery

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    Cabbage Beach is a popular spot on Paradise Island and offers a long stretch of gold-sand shores with tons of resorts, restaurants, shops, and stunning scenery. The beach can get crowded, especially during the high season, but it's possible to find a secluded and quiet spot to just relax and look out over the clear turquoise waters. Keep an eye out for flags that tell you where it's safe to swim, as the surf and current can get rough. You can also rent a water scooter here and tear across the waves.

    Cabbage Beach, in many ways, is an iconic and classic Bahamas beach. It's located just a 4-minute drive northeast of central downtown.

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    Taino Beach

    Choose from a variety of watersport entertainment

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    Taino Beach is about as lovely a beach as you can want, offering clear azure waters, endless stretches of soft sand, and a range of activities from swimming to parasailing. You can rent a water scooter, get out on the waters in a boat, go surfing, or take a swim in the warm Caribbean waters. You can also, of course, just relax on the beach and catch some rays to work on your tan. Whatever your ideal beach vacation is, Taino Beach likely has it to offer.

    Taino Beach is on Grand Bahama Island, about a 35-minute drive to the southeast of the island's center. It's also just about 5 minutes away from central Freeport.

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    Paradise Beach

    Enjoy full-featured, ultramodern amenities

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    Paradise Beach offers a mile of powder-soft sand, crystal-clear waters, and a secluded beach area not far from ultramodern amenities, viewpoints, and historic sites. Within walking distance, you can climb Fort Fincastle for outstanding island views. You can head 10 minutes away to visit a 12th-century French monastery. A nearby Ocean Club allows for fine dining and activities, and just minutes away, you can game at a casino or head for a 24-acre water park. This is a beach with something to offer the entire family.

    Paradise Beach is easy to access, as it's on the northwestern tip of Paradise Island. It offers a true tropical island fantasy experience, all within minutes of the beach.

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    French Leave Beach

    Relax on a secluded pink-sand beach

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    French Leave Beach is one of several famed pink-sand beaches offering a refreshing Atlantic breeze, quiet surroundings, and secluded access to an endless horizon of azure waters. This tucked-away beach is something of a hidden gem, but it's important to note that it offers no shaded areas, so sunscreen and a beach umbrella are essential when spending a day here. Since there are few amenities, bring your drinks, food, and other necessities along for the ride.

    French Leave Beach is on Eleuthera, about a 36-minute drive to the north of central downtown. It's also just 7 minutes from the North Palmetto Point downtown area.

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