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.

Located in the outer region of Nassau, less than a hundred yards west of the downtown area, Junkanoo Beach is on the North East coast of New Providence. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in the Bahamas may find that Junkanoo Beach is just the right spot. It's a little bit removed from The Bahamas' urban areas, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Keep in mind that Junkanoo Beach's location is rather congested, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Junkanoo Beach on the North East coast of New Providence; this area boasts other attractions such as Fort Charlotte, which is a quarter mile away.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like National Art Galley of The Bahamas (located a half mile away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view The Bahamas' traditions and culture.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. 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 is close to Nassau, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Junkanoo Beach guests seeking a little additional excitement might think about heading over to Nassau, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of the Bahamas. From the coast, Nassau is a quick trip away, maybe three miles (five kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Junkanoo Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotel rooms which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest options can be viewed 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 2.9 mi. E Hotel
The Corner Hotel 4.2 mi. SSW Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to dine at a local restaurant, where you can dive into The Bahamas' specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Twin Brothers Arawak Cay. The restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood and steak.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

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) 302-9150 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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of New Providence, and Junkanoo Beach is just one option.

Another location you might enjoy is Cable Beach, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Long Point. It's located five and a half miles to the south-southeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Western Esplanade Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

The Bahamas has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Junkanoo Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Bahamas even more memorable.


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