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 might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Although the area isn't crowded with buildings, tourists frequently choose this beach since it's removed from certain noisier areas.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Junkanoo Beach happens to be located inside an active, busy area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Junkanoo Beach on the North East coast of New Providence; the area hosts attractions such as Fort Charlotte, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like National Art Galley of The Bahamas (found a half mile away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side of the Bahamas.

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

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 visitors seeking additional places to explore might want to consider going to Nassau, since it's nearby and is an especially active area of the Bahamas. From the shore, Nassau is just up the road, about three miles (five kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of hotel rooms within driving distance. A few of the more convenient 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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Junkanoo Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Twin Brothers Arawak Cay is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. Many guests rave about their seafood and steak.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them on New Providence will have lots of options besides Junkanoo Beach.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Cable Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Long Point is just right. 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 away.

The Bahamas has so much to offer, so visiting Junkanoo Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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