Garabonzo Beach

While not one of the most popular beaches in the Bahamas, Garabonzo Beach is known as a great surfing spot for surfers who find themselves on Elbow Cay.

Located on the island of Elbow Cay, Garabonzo Beach is on the South edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify The Bahamas' beaches, but Garabonzo 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
Garabonoz Beach happens to be on a lesser developed , but populated island. This means you will be able to find plenty of places dock your boat and drive, but you will not be able to fly directly onto Elbow Cay. Once on the island though, you will be able to easily drive to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Visitors who come to the beach should not be expecting very many amenities. Save the occasional villa, there are no buildings on the beach, and you will only have the palm trees to give you shade. However, the rougher and deeper waters here make it a great place for anyone who wants to ride the waves.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Don't forget that the area right around Garabonzo Beach is is a much-visited area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Garabonzo Beach on the South coast of Elbow Cay. It is close to Cetacean Museum, which is located two miles to the north-northeast, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Garabonzo Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cetacean Museum Museum 2.0 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Hummingbird Cottage Art Center & Gallery Art Gallery 2.0 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Wyannie Malone Museum Museum 2.0 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Hopetown Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.0 mi. NNE Elbow Cay

Cities and Towns

Garabonzo Beach is near Hopetown, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Hopetown, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Hopetown is not far away, roughly two miles (three kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Guests will find a fairly good assortment of hotel options to pick from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most convenient of which are shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Garabonzo Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Abaco Inn 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Sea Spray Resort & Marina 0.3 mi. SW Hotel
Crystal Villas 0.8 mi. SW Villa complex
Firefly Sunset Resort 0.8 mi. N Villa complex
Turtle Hill Vacation Villas 1.1 mi. NNE Villa complex
Tomato Paste 1.6 mi. N Cottages
Hope Town Harbour Lodge 1.8 mi. NNE Hotel
Hope Town Inn & Marina 1.9 mi. NNE Resort


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Garabonzo Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Abaco Inn Restaurant. This restaurant has both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Garabonzo Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Abaco Inn Restaurant (800) 468-8799 Caribbean, International, Vegetarian 0.1 mi. N Elbow Cay
Boat House Restaurant (242) 333-2142 Caribbean 0.3 mi. SW Harbour Island
Mackey's Takeout (242) 366-0396 Caribbean 0.4 mi. N Elbow Cay
Firefly Bar & Grill (242) 225-8635 International 0.8 mi. N Elbow Cay
Cracker P's Bar & Grill (242) 577-3139 American, Caribbean 1.5 mi. WSW Lubbers Quarters Cay
Lubbers Landing Bar and Grill (242) 577-2000 Caribbean 1.8 mi. SW Lubbers Quarters Cay
Hope Town Harbour Lodge (242) 366-0134 Caribbean 1.8 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Harbour's Edge (242) 366-0087 Caribbean 2.0 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Cap' N Jacks Restaurant & Bar (242) 366-0247 Eclectic 2.0 mi. NNE Elbow Cay
Hope Town Coffee House (242) 366-0760 Caribbean 2.1 mi. NNE Elbow Cay

Other Beaches

Garabonzo Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on Elbow Cay.

You may also enjoy Elbow Cay Beach, located within a short distance.

Perhaps Garabonzo Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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