With over 2,000 islands & cays in the Bahamas, it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to visit. Some get too crowded, while others are littered with trash from tourists.
So the question is, what Bahamas beaches should you visit?
Here are the best & most pristine beaches you need to visit above all others.
Location: Great Abocay Island, Bahamas
Great for: Relaxing, Seashell & Sea Glass Hunting, Swimming
Tahiti Beach is located on the point of Elbow Cay. Contrary to many’s belief, it’s a private beach, however, the owners allow tourists to access it. One of the most secluded beaches in the Bahamas, you’ll be sure to find a section for yourself. Visit it at low tide and you’ll experience a gorgeous, long sandbar that stretches ¼ out into the ocean. They even have a food/drink barge that shows up, so you can spend your whole day there without leaving.
Three Sisters Beach
Location: Mt. Thompson, Great Exuma
Great for: Sightseeing & Relaxing
A pristine stretch of white-sand, with three rock formations that have a myth attached to them. The myth is that there were three sisters who were in love with an Englishman, yet they had no idea it was the same person. When he was departing, all the sisters found out and swam out to his ship to confront him. The seas were rough and they all drowned. And so, the rocks are said to have grown there as a symbol of the three sisters. It is often noted that this beach has rougher waves than most in Exuma.
Location: The Exuma Cays
Great for: Sightseeing & Adventuring
Possibly one of the most famous beaches of the Bahamas, thanks to Instagram. You might’ve already seen those pigs that live on an island and live a better life than you and I combined. Yup, they live on, you guessed it… Pig Beach. To access, you’re going to have to book a private charter, but it’s well worth it. There are several myths about how the pigs got on the island, but the most common is that a group of sailors dropped them off on the island and planned to return to cook them. Another is that there was a nearby shipwreck and the pigs swam ashore. If you’re looking for that classic Instagram photo that will make all your friends jealous – this is the beach.
Pink Sands Beach
Location: Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Great for: Relaxing, Snorkeling, Swimming & Horseback Riding
Regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches of the Bahamas (by the travel channel), this pink sanded beach stretches just over three miles. Outer reefs break up the waves, making it a great spot for snorkeling and swimming. The pink color comes from microscopic coral insects, called Foraminifera. Once these insects die, their remains are washed ashore and mixed in with the plush white sand. Another really neat thing about the sand is that, regardless of how hot it is outside, the sand stays cool. This allows you to walk on barefoot and not be bothered by the scorching sun.
Location: Nassau, New Providence Island
Great for: Snorkeling & Sightseeing
A secluded beach, away from all the noise of cruise ships & shoppers. It got its name because the movie, ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ was filmed here. Compared to other beaches, this one has a rocky terrain – making it great for snorkeling, but a bit hard to exit the water. There’s little to none vendors trying to sell you anything, which is a pretty rare thing. There aren’t any places to shop or grab food around this beach, so make sure to bring your own stuff.
Coco Plum Beach
Location: Rolleville, Great Exuma
Great for: Relaxing, Picnicking & Seashell/ Sand dollar / Starfish Hunting
Located at the northern end of Great Exuma – this beach is a must for anyone looking for a secluded beach. If you walk to the right, you’ll come across sandbars that are out of this world. Because of its shallow water, it’s a great place to hunt for sand dollar and starfish. Recommend going during low tide for best results. There’s even a swing located in the water, which is a neat touch.
Hoopers Bay Beach
Location: Great Exuma
Great for: Sea Turtles, Snorkeling & Swimming
The big attraction for Hoopers Bay is the sea turtles. There’s a big chance you’ll see them any day of the week. It’s a great place to snorkel and watch these magnificent creatures. If you visit, make sure never to feed them because it could kill them. They’re herbivores and feed off of the seagrass – so it’s noted that when people feed them squid, etc, it’ll make them grow faster than their shell. If you want to increase your chances of seeing turtles, head over to the dock area.
Gold Rock Beach
Location: Lucayan National Park
Great for: Sightseeing & Sandbars
Often referred to as Grand Bahama Island’s ‘Welcome Mat’ because of the expansive sandbars that stretch as far as the eye can see during low tide. On most days there will be a small number of others roaming this beach, making it a nice, secluded beach. There’s even an underground cave, called Ben’s Cave. If you’re driving yourself, you’re going to want to park in the cave’s parking lot & then walk to the beach from there. Gold Rock Beach was even used by ‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ for a few of the scenes.
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Location: Fortune Bay Drive, Freeport
Great for: Relaxing, Jet Skiing, Swimming
Fortune Beach gets its name because of a shipwreck that occurred. The ship that went down was worth a ‘fortune’ – estimated to be around $2 million. The restaurant, Banana Bay is located right here – making it easy to grab a drink and enjoy the beauty of this beach. It’s noted that it can quickly get crowded, so make sure you find out if you’re visiting during a peak month or not. It may be a better choice to find another beach if you’re looking for seclusion.
Dean’s Blue Hole
Location: Clarence Town, Long Island
Great for: Diving, Snorkeling & Relaxing
Dean’s Blue Hole is a perfect location for anyone that’s adventurous. It’s the second-largest blue hole in the world (663ft depth), right behind the Dragon Hole (987ft depth), located in the South China Sea. Blue holes are a term for sinkholes that have filled with water. It’s uniquely surrounded by three sides of rock walls, making for an amphitheater effect. The third side stretches into a white sanded beach, perfect to hang out and admire the beauty of the deep hole. It can be pretty daunting to brave the thought of swimming over (what seems like) a bottomless pit, however, it’s totally worth it once you see all the beautiful sea life.
Tropic of Cancer Beach
Location: William’s Town, Little Exuma
Great for: Swimming & Relaxing
Tropic of Cancer Beach is also referred to as Pelican Beach. It’s the largest beach on Little Exuma and most of the time, there will be a limited amount of people. This is a perfect beach for anyone that wants stunning tropical views, but like most of the beaches in Exuma – there’s no food or restrooms. Accessing the beach can be a little annoying due to the bumpy road, but it’s doable. It’s also worthy to note that the first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ was filmed here. Sometimes the waves here can get a little rough, which is why we recommend the next beach on our list – “Forbes Hill Beach” if you’re looking for a more sheltered & calm beach.
Forbes Hill Beach
Location: Forbe’s Hill, Little Exuma
Great for: Snorkeling, Sea Glass Hunting & Relaxing
Forbe’s Hill is a great place if you’re looking for weaker currents and more protection from the wind. Most of the time you’ll have this beach to yourself, or only be sharing it with a few others. The bottom line, it’s rare to see this one crowded. It’s also a great beach to search for sea glass. There’s limited shade, so make sure to bring an umbrella and lots of sunscreen.