Nathan’s Bay Beach

The tiny Nathan's Bay Beach does not offer much room for people looking to play on the beach. However, if you plan on simply laying out in the sand or enjoying the cool water, Nathan's Bay will suffice.

Situated on the island of Elbow Cay, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close.

How to Access The Beach

You will need a boat if you want to visit this beach. While it is accesible by car, you will still need to get onto Elbow Cay first, and that will need to be by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

There is a line of trees that back the beach, offering guests plenty of shade from the hot sun. However, there is not much sand between the trees and the water, so be careful of the tides or you might get wet. With that said, if you are planning to get wet then this is a great beach. The water here is as clear as it comes in the Bahamas.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Nathan’s Bay Beach, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are various types of dining experiences in the Bahamas that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be especially fun. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of Elbow Cay. It is near some interesting sites like Hopetown Lighthouse, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Wyannie Malone Museum (positioned one and an eighth miles to the south) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new way to view The Bahamas' traditions and culture.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Nathan’s Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hopetown Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. S Elbow Cay
Wyannie Malone Museum Museum 1.1 mi. S Elbow Cay
Hummingbird Cottage Art Center & Gallery Art Gallery 1.1 mi. S Elbow Cay
Cetacean Museum Museum 1.2 mi. S Elbow Cay

Cities and Towns

Hopetown is the closest town and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Hopetown isn't far off, about one and a quarter miles (a kilometer and a half).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

While you will find few accommodations in the immediate vicinity, those options closest to Nathan’s Bay Beach can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Nathan’s Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hope Town Inn & Marina 1.1 mi. S Resort
Hope Town Harbour Lodge 1.2 mi. S Hotel
Tomato Paste 1.3 mi. S Cottages
Abaco Inn 2.8 mi. S Hotel
Sea Spray Resort & Marina 3.2 mi. S Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Munchie's Take Out. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Nathan’s Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Munchie's Take Out -- -- 0.9 mi. S Elbow Cay
Munchies Restaurant (242) 366-0434 Caribbean 0.9 mi. S Elbow Cay
Hope Town Coffee House (242) 366-0760 Caribbean 1.0 mi. S Elbow Cay
Cap' N Jacks Restaurant & Bar (242) 366-0247 Eclectic 1.1 mi. S Elbow Cay
Harbour's Edge (242) 366-0087 Caribbean 1.1 mi. S Elbow Cay
Sugar Shack -- Eclectic 1.2 mi. S Elbow Cay
Hope Town Harbour Lodge (242) 366-0134 Caribbean 1.2 mi. S Elbow Cay
Firefly Bar & Grill (242) 225-8635 International 2.2 mi. SSW Elbow Cay
Mackey's Takeout -- -- 2.5 mi. S Elbow Cay
Abaco Inn Restaurant (800) 468-8799 Caribbean, International, Vegetarian 2.8 mi. S Elbow Cay
Boat House Restaurant (242) 366-0065 Caribbean 3.2 mi. S Elbow Cay
Dock & Dine Restaurant (242) 365-6139 Eclectic 4.0 mi. NW Man of War Cay

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Nathan’s Bay Beach on Elbow Cay.

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

Maybe Nathan’s Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, the Bahamas offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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