Elbow Cay Beach

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This beach hugs the coast of the 6-mile-long Elbow Cay on its Atlantic side. Dotted with residences but no gaudy resorts, this beach gives you the serenity you're looking for without having to travel away from civilization altogether.

Located in the heart of the island of Elbow Cay, this beach is on the South East edge of the island, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. While the Bahamas has beaches that are more secluded than Elbow Cay Beach, it has the right combination of city atmosphere and natural beauty to attract visitors who need a place to relax.

How to Access The Beach
There's no airport on Elbow Cay so you'll need to take a boat. A popular thing for tourists to do is to fly into Marsh Harbor and take the ferry over to Hope Town Harbor in the north or White Sound in the middle of the island. The beach can be accessed from anywhere on the western coast.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach stretches on for miles making it a perfect place for long, slow walks, particularly as the sun is setting over the never-ending ocean.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Elbow Cay Beach happens to be located inside an area popular among tourist, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of Elbow Cay; the area hosts attractions such as Cetacean Museum, which is a mile to the northeast.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Elbow Cay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cetacean Museum Museum 1.0 mi. NE Elbow Cay
Hummingbird Cottage Art Center & Gallery Art Gallery 1.1 mi. NE Elbow Cay
Wyannie Malone Museum Museum 1.1 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Hopetown Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.1 mi. N Elbow Cay

Cities and Towns

Elbow Cay Beach is very close to Hopetown, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Hopetown is the closest city and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Hopetown is a fairly short distance away, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though vacationers won't find that many places to stay nearby, those accommodation options closest to the beach can be seen in the list below.

Accommodations near Elbow Cay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tomato Paste 0.8 mi. N Cottages
Abaco Inn 0.8 mi. SSW Hotel
Hope Town Harbour Lodge 0.9 mi. NNE Hotel
Hope Town Inn & Marina 1.0 mi. N Resort
Sea Spray Resort & Marina 1.2 mi. SSW Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. Mackey's Takeout is one of the closest eateries. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Elbow Cay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Mackey's Takeout -- -- 0.5 mi. SW Elbow Cay
Firefly Bar & Grill (242) 225-8635 International 0.6 mi. W Elbow Cay
Abaco Inn Restaurant (800) 468-8799 Caribbean, International, Vegetarian 0.8 mi. SSW Elbow Cay
Hope Town Harbour Lodge (242) 366-0134 Caribbean 0.9 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Harbour's Edge (242) 366-0087 Caribbean 1.1 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Cap' N Jacks Restaurant & Bar (242) 366-0247 Eclectic 1.1 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Hope Town Coffee House (242) 366-0760 Caribbean 1.1 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Munchies Restaurant (242) 366-0434 Caribbean 1.2 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Munchie's Take Out -- -- 1.2 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Boat House Restaurant (242) 366-0065 Caribbean 1.2 mi. SSW Elbow Cay
Cracker P's Bar & Grill (242) 577-3139 American, Caribbean 2.3 mi. SW Lubbers Quarters Cay
Lubbers Landing Bar and Grill (242) 577-2000 Caribbean 2.6 mi. SW Lubbers Quarters Cay

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Elbow Cay Beach.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Garabonzo Beach, located within a couple of miles.

You may find that Elbow Cay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Bahamas you might like.


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