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.
Located on the outskirts of Nassau, a quarter mile west-northwest of the "downtown" area, Western Esplanade Beach is on the North East coast of New Providence. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will probably enjoy this beach because of its busy, urban location. In fact, Western Esplanade Beach is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.
The beach runs along West Bay Street, stretching westward from the British Colonial Hilton. There are a number of parking areas to choose from.
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, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.
Be mindful that the immediate vicinity around Western Esplanade Beach is visited by quite a number of tourists, so make sure to get a spot!
Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of New Providence; the area is home to other attractions such as Vincent D'Aguilar Art Foundation, which is one of the closest attractions.
Historical attractions such as Gregory Arch provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Western Esplanade Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about The Bahamas' past, without having to leave the coast.
With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.
|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|
|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|
Western Esplanade Beach is in the Nassau area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Guests visiting Western Esplanade Beach who are hoping to find other interesting places to see should consider heading to Nassau, because it's not far away and is an especially active area of the Bahamas. From Western Esplanade Beach, Nassau is just up the road, roughly three miles (five kilometers).
How many other people you encounter at Western Esplanade Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.
There is a fairly wide range of lodging options to choose from near the beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the table that follows.
|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||2.6 mi.||ESE||Hotel|
|The Corner Hotel||4.3 mi.||SSW||Hotel|
If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby.is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.
Nearby restaurant options are listed below.
|(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) 322-2796||Caribbean, Continental, French||Fine Dining||0.3 mi.||SE|
|Humidor Brazilian Steakhouse||(242) 302-9150||Brazilian||Informal||0.3 mi.||SE|
|(242) 322-8450||Caribbean||Informal||0.4 mi.||ESE|
|(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|
Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Western Esplanade Beach.
Another location you may want to try is Goodman Beach, located within a couple of miles.
Western Esplanade Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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