Welcome to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas! Nassau is well – known to be connected to Paradise Island, where the Atlantis resort exists. While hopping on over to Atlantis may be one of the top things to do, there’s a local beach located right in the center of Nassau that is quite the Bahamian party!
Junkanoo Beach is where the beach party is in downtown Nassau. I kept wanting to dance when I was there and it was a party in my head even when I was tanning in the sand. It is located approximately a 2 minute walk west from the center of town, where the British Colonial Hilton and US Embassy are located. Junkanoo Beach follows the main road, so it’s super easy to find.
It has everything local you can ask for (and some touristy aspects as well). Junkanoo Beach is the place to go for fresh catch, local food shacks, and tiki huts. You can get cheap deals for drinks (3 shots for $10) or fresh juices for $5 from Khyla’s Island Philosophy! I’ve seen smoothies go for $9-$10 elsewhere. Bahamian music plays everywhere – it sets the mood.
To the east of the beach, you can see the harbor where all the cruise ships dock. To the middle, you can see out into the ocean and the end of Paradise Island where the lighthouse stands. To the west, you see endless sand and Fish Fry – where many local food stands and restaurants wait for you to grab some yummy conch.
There is free WIFI on the beach as well as restrooms. Bring your own towel but if you like, you can rent a beach chair and other beach equipment, such as snorkels. There isn’t much marine life to see underwater except for schools of tiny fish circling by the dock. The water is super clear though and calm for dipping! Paddle boarding and kayaking is available at this beach.
It seems like everyone is always having a blast there too. I chatted with a bunch of locals and tourists and ate some huge ass crawfish (spiny lobster in Bahamian terms) ! The vibe was one of the best I ever experienced, I’d actually rather come here than Atlantis any day.