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 near 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're staying very close. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify The Bahamas' beaches, but Elbow Cay Beach is a little different. You'll still find it has a calm, serene mood, but you can visit without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Don't forget that Elbow Cay Beach's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Elbow Cay Beach is on the South East coast of Elbow Cay. It's located near Cetacean Museum, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a number of area's attractions.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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 close to Hopetown, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Hopetown is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Elbow Cay Beach, Hopetown is just up the road, maybe a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Elbow Cay Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels within driving distance, the ones found closest to the shore have been listed in the following table.

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 feeling hungry for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Mackey's Takeout. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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
Sugar Shack -- Eclectic 1.0 mi. NE 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

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Elbow Cay, and Elbow Cay Beach is just one option.

Another location you may want to try is Garabonzo Beach, located less than a mile away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Elbow Cay Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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