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.

Located on the northern coast of the island of Elbow Cay, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity.

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 so many dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in the Bahamas, but dining at the beach can be a particularly memorable one. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of Elbow Cay; the area is home to other attractions such as Hopetown Lighthouse, which is less than a mile away.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Wyannie Malone Museum, a lovely museum found only a walk or a short cab ride away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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

Nathan’s Bay Beach is very close to Hopetown, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Hopetown, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Nathan’s Bay Beach, Hopetown is a fairly short distance away, about one and a quarter miles (a kilometer and a half).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers will find a fairly wide selection of lodging options to choose from in the area around the beach. The most accessible of which are listed in the table that follows.

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
Turtle Hill Vacation Villas 1.9 mi. S Villa complex
Firefly Sunset Resort 2.2 mi. SSW Villa complex
Abaco Inn 2.8 mi. S Hotel
Sea Spray Resort & Marina 3.2 mi. S Hotel
Crystal Villas 3.6 mi. SSW Villa complex


When you're starving for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Hope Town Coffee House. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They are also known for their coffee and desserts. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Nathan’s Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
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
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 (242) 366-0396 Caribbean 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) 333-2142 Caribbean 3.2 mi. S Harbour Island
Dock & Dine Restaurant (242) 365-6139 Bahamian, Caribbean 4.0 mi. NW Man of War Cay
Cracker P's Bar & Grill (242) 577-3139 American, Caribbean 4.0 mi. SW Lubbers Quarters Cay
Lubbers Landing Bar and Grill (242) 577-2000 Caribbean 4.4 mi. SSW Lubbers Quarters Cay

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Nathan’s Bay Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers may also want to consider Elbow Cay Beach, which is located two miles away.

The Bahamas offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Nathan’s Bay Beach is just one of the many options.


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