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    BAHAMAS BEACHES

    New Providence has some spectacular beaches. If you’re visiting the island by cruise ship, don't think that all there is to do is walk around the dock area and visit the casinos.  Check out some of the beautiful beaches.

     

    British Colonial Hilton Beach:  Completed in 1922, the British Colonial Hotel was built on the original site of Fort Nassau (circa 1695). For several decades it was considered Nassau's premier resort before falling into neglect. Fortunes turned for the better when Hilton purchased the property in the late '90s. Today, guests can still see evidence of the old fort on the hotel grounds. This hotel is situated downtown Nassau and is the only private beach within walking distance of your cruise ship terminal, The British Colonial Hilton Nassau’s Day Pass offers cruise ship clients an ideal location for a relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Enjoy all the comforts of this first class and historical property. Relax on a sandy white beach and enjoy the beautiful view, the turquoise waters and the gentle tropical breezes. Enjoy a dip in Nassau’s beautiful waters, or relax by the beautiful seaside pool. Due to the laid back nature of this excursion it is recommended for adults only.

    An exclusive Nassau Beach Day Pass to the British Colonial Hilton will provide you with beach towels, pool and beach chairs, and a special voucher to enjoy some tasty tropical drinks or some delicious local or international dishes at the Patio Bar and Grille or Blackbeard’s Cove Lobby Bar.   ADULTS: $40.00US  

     Your Exclusive Day Pass Package Includes:
    -Use of beach chairs/pool chairs/ umbrellas
    -One beach towel per customer
    -Use of Kayaks and Floats
    -$30usd Voucher for Food and Beverage

    Website: HERE

    Western Esplanade:   This is one of the best free beaches in Bahamas located near Nassau.  The Western Esplanade is the local beach for Nassau. You can walk to Western Esplanade (also known as Junkanoo Beach) as it is close by -- stretching westward from the British Colonial Hotel.

      

    From downtown Nassau it is about 10 minutes away.  It's fine soft sand is often littered.  However, tourists will be happy to find public restrooms, changing areas, and restaurants serving snack-type food and drinks. This beach is not as wide and sandy as some of the other beaches, and consequently not as crowded, but it's close enough to town to still be an easy option for vacationers without their own transportation. A relatively quiet spot most of the year -- but during spring break, watch out!  

    Paradise Beach:    On Paradise Island, separated from Nassau by a channel just 600 feet wide, is perhaps the nicest beach in the Bahamas but it can be difficult to access if you don’t live on the island year round or are a hotel guest. Guests of the Atlantis Hotel (or the Comfort Suites next door) have unlimited access to the beach, but portions are 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.

     

    Cabbage Beach:    Named one of the best in the world, Paradise Island's Cabbage Beach hosts several of the big hotels so it's likely to be crowded most of the time also. Public access is on Casino Drive.

           The beach itself is a beautiful, wide stretch of white sand spanning about two miles of coastline. There are several places to rent water sports equipment, from jet skis to floats. 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.

    Caves Beach:  

     

         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.  Across the street from the beach are the Caves said to once have been the homes of the original inhabitants of the Bahamas. Now, they are home to hundreds of bats.  The caves are right on West Bay street with a small parking area. A chair made of shells sits in front than the caves. The caves are somewhat dirty with litter and other junk and not worth a special trip.

    Cable Beach:    Just a short taxi or jitney ride to the west of Nassau, the four-mile long curve of Cable Beach attracts every variety of sun seeker. You can rent snorkeling equipment, windsurf gear, Hobie cats, and jet skis. or just relax in the sand, take a dunk in the brilliant water, or stroll this marvelous walking beach

            

         Several resort hotels with restaurants and stand-alone eateries are lined up along the shoreline to satisfy your need for a meal, libation, or a break from the sun. Vendors offer a wide variety of snacks, ice cream, and all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs; the ladies can even get their hair braided.  You can rent a chairs and umbrellas here. This beach is very nice with white sand and beautiful clear turquoise waters. If you like to snorkel, there are three sets of rocks about 100ft off shore that are visible in low tide. The rocks have formed the beginnings of a reef. Swim out to these rocks for some incredible views of tropical fish/marine life. Snorkel equipment is available from the hotel.  The taxi ride there will be around $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20. und $20.

    There are also some very bad rip tides along the public areas of Cable Beach, so it is not recommended  for those who don't know the waters well.
         For more information ask your taxi driver about the beaches in and around Nassau and Paradise Island and how much it would cost to get there.