Western Esplanade Beach

Photo Credit: © Hugh Millward CC BY

A tremendously popular beach mainly due to its close proximity to and easy access from Nassau's busy downtown, this has become a favorite stop for many spring breakers. With snack bars and restaurants close by, and reggae music booming from the speakers, this can be a fun place to hang out for a few hours, particularly if you're already in the area.

Situated on the outskirts of Nassau, a quarter mile west-northwest of the downtown area, Western Esplanade Beach is on the North East edge of New Providence. You might want regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of the other beaches in the Bahamas are known for being secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, busy vacationers may prefer something a little less out-of-the-way, like Western Esplanade Beach.

How to Access The Beach
The beach runs along West Bay Street, stretching westward from the British Colonial Hilton. There are a number of parking areas to choose from.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach itself is what you picture when you think "beach in the Bahamas" - spectacularly white, powdery sand, clear blue-green water, and tropical trees to sit under for a little respite from the hot sun.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Be mindful that the area surrounding Western Esplanade Beach is highly urbanized, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Western Esplanade Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North East coast of New Providence. It is close to Vincent D'Aguilar Art Foundation, which is one of a few area's attractions.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting National Art Galley of The Bahamas, a lovely museum found a quarter mile away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Western Esplanade Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Vincent D'Aguilar Art Foundation Art Gallery 0.1 mi. SE New Providence
National Art Galley of The Bahamas Art Museum 0.3 mi. SE New Providence
Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery Art Gallery 0.3 mi. ESE New Providence
Pirates of Nassau Museum 0.4 mi. E New Providence
Pompey Museum Museum 0.4 mi. E New Providence
Balcony House Museum Museum 0.4 mi. ESE New Providence
Gregory Arch Historical Site 0.5 mi. ESE New Providence
Fort Charlotte Historical Site 0.5 mi. W New Providence
Junkanoo Expo Museum 0.6 mi. E New Providence
Ardastra Gardens Zoo 0.8 mi. W New Providence
Bahamas Historical Society Museum Museum 0.8 mi. E New Providence
Fort Fincastle Historical Site 0.8 mi. ESE New Providence

Cities and Towns

Western Esplanade Beach is near Nassau, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Those visiting Western Esplanade Beach who are seeking additional places to explore should consider making the trip to Nassau, which is not far away and is a particularly bustling part of the Bahamas. From the beach, Nassau isn't far off, roughly three miles (five kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

There is a pretty good selection of lodging options to pick from in the area surrounding Western Esplanade Beach. The most accessible of which can be seen below.

Accommodations near Western Esplanade Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Nassau Junkanoo Resort 0.1 mi. S Resort
Nassau Palm Hotel 0.1 mi. SW Hotel
British Colonial Hilton 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Graycliff Hotel And Restaurant 0.3 mi. SE Hotel
Towne Hotel 0.4 mi. ESE Hotel
Red Carpet Inn Nassau 2.4 mi. E Hotel
Orchard Garden Hotel 2.7 mi. ESE Hotel
The Corner Hotel 4.3 mi. SSW Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to visit a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is Junkanoo Beach Resort Restaurant and Bar. This restaurant has Caribbean cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Western Esplanade Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Junkanoo Beach Resort Restaurant and Bar (242) 322-1515 Caribbean -- 0.1 mi. S
Aqua Restaurant (242) 322-3301 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.3 mi. E
Senor Frog's (242) 323-1777 International Very Casual 0.3 mi. E
Graycliff (242) 302-9150 Caribbean, Continental, French Fine Dining 0.3 mi. SE
Humidor Brazilian Steakhouse (242) 302-9150 Brazilian Informal 0.3 mi. SE
Talking Stick (242) 322-8450 Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. ESE
Sharkees Island Pizza (242) 367-3535 Italian -- 0.5 mi. E
Brussels Bistro (242) 326-4523 Belgian, French -- 0.5 mi. E
Twin Brothers Arawak Cay (242) 328-5033 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
Double Dragon Charlotte Street (242) 326-7268 Chinese Informal 0.5 mi. E
Hard Rock Nassau (242) 325-7625 American, International Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
Frankie Gone Bananas Restaurant (242) 323-0259 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

New Providence has many nice beaches, so if Western Esplanade Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also want to visit Goodman Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in the Bahamas, and Western Esplanade Beach is just one of the many options.


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