Junkanoo Beach

The beach is right next to Western Esplanade Beach in the north of Nassau and is not as sprawling as some other nearby beaches you may find. Thus, it stays relatively quiet except for certain part of the year - Spring Break, for example. It's a great place for families, though, with its easy access from downtown Nassau and good restroom and changing facilities.

Situated on the outskirts of Nassau, less than a hundred yards west of downtown, Junkanoo Beach is on the North East coast of New Providence. You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying very close. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— might enjoy stopping by Junkanoo Beach for a few hours. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's not dead and empty either.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is accessible by car, running right along West Bay Street in northern Nassau. You'll find it curving away from Arawak Cay.

Amenities and Ambiance

The waters in between downtown Nassau and Paradise Island - upon which Junkanoo Beach look out onto - are constantly busy, often ushering cruise ships in and out. And with downtown Nassau to the rear, it may not be the quietest beach in the Bahamas, but it's nevertheless a quiet, relaxing place to spend an afternoon, particularly when you've tired of shopping and sight-seeing.

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.

Be mindful that the region in which Junkanoo Beach is located is visited by quite a number of tourists, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Junkanoo Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of New Providence. It is near some interesting sites like Fort Charlotte, which is located a quarter mile to the west-southwest, and it is one of a few local attractions.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to National Art Galley of The Bahamas, a lovely museum found just a short distance away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Junkanoo Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Charlotte Historical Site 0.3 mi. WSW New Providence
Vincent D'Aguilar Art Foundation Art Gallery 0.3 mi. E New Providence
National Art Galley of The Bahamas Art Museum 0.5 mi. ESE New Providence
Ardastra Gardens Zoo 0.5 mi. WSW New Providence
Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery Art Gallery 0.6 mi. E New Providence
Pirates of Nassau Museum 0.6 mi. E New Providence
Pompey Museum Museum 0.7 mi. E New Providence
Balcony House Museum Museum 0.7 mi. E New Providence
Gregory Arch Historical Site 0.7 mi. ESE New Providence
Junkanoo Expo Museum 0.9 mi. E New Providence
Bahamas Historical Society Museum Museum 1.0 mi. E New Providence
Fort Fincastle Historical Site 1.1 mi. ESE New Providence

Cities and Towns

Junkanoo Beach tourists hoping to find further attractions should think about heading to Nassau, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of the Bahamas. From Junkanoo Beach, Nassau is not far away, roughly three miles (five kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers will find a decent assortment of resort and hotel options to pick from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Junkanoo Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Nassau Palm Hotel 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Nassau Junkanoo Resort 0.3 mi. E Resort
British Colonial Hilton 0.5 mi. E Hotel
Graycliff Hotel And Restaurant 0.6 mi. ESE Hotel
Towne Hotel 0.6 mi. E Hotel
Red Carpet Inn Nassau 2.7 mi. E Hotel
Orchard Garden Hotel 2.8 mi. ESE Hotel
The Corner Hotel 4.2 mi. SSW Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest restaurants is Twin Brothers Arawak Cay. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. They're also renowned for their seafood and steak.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Junkanoo Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Twin Brothers Arawak Cay (242) 328-5033 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. WNW
Junkanoo Beach Resort Restaurant and Bar (242) 322-1515 Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. E
Frankie Gone Bananas Restaurant (242) 323-0259 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. W
Aqua Restaurant (242) 322-3301 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
Graycliff (242) 322-2796 Caribbean, Continental, French Fine Dining 0.6 mi. ESE
Humidor Brazilian Steakhouse (242) 302-9150 Brazilian Informal 0.6 mi. ESE
Senor Frog's (242) 323-1777 International Very Casual 0.6 mi. E
Talking Stick (242) 322-8450 Caribbean Informal 0.6 mi. E
Sharkees Island Pizza (242) 367-3535 Italian -- 0.7 mi. E
Shoal Restaurant and Lounge (242) 323-4400 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. S
Brussels Bistro (242) 326-4523 Belgian, French -- 0.7 mi. E
Double Dragon Charlotte Street (242) 326-7268 Chinese Informal 0.8 mi. E

Other Beaches

Junkanoo Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on New Providence.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cable Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Long Point. You'll find it five and a half miles to the south-southeast.

Another option worth considering is Western Esplanade Beach, located a quarter mile to the east.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Bahamas; then again, a trip to Junkanoo Beach could end up a family favorite.


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