Old Fort Bay

The soft white sandy beach of Old Fort Bay curves gently alongside its private, ultra-exclusive gated community.

Located in Lyford Cay, 2.5 miles west-southwest of Old Fort Bay, this beach is on the West edge of New Providence. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Although the Bahamas has more secluded beaches than Old Fort Bay, it retains the right amount of intimacy and natural beauty to attract vacationers.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is located north of Lyford Cay's golf course, across Lyford Cay Drive. You'll need to have access inside Old Fort Bay's gated community in order to use this beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The ocean views here on the the western portion of New Providence are simply stunning, and the calm, crystalline waters make for great water sport opportunities. Lined with palm trees, it's easy to carve out your own quiet, shady spot on this gorgeous beach.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of New Providence; it will be near other attractions like Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to National Art Galley of The Bahamas. This museum is located just a cab ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Old Fort Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome Monument 1.6 mi. SW New Providence
Blue Shark Golf Course Golf Course 1.8 mi. SSE New Providence
Commonwealth Brewery Brewery 1.9 mi. S New Providence
US Navy Squadron 1 Monument Monument 2.1 mi. S New Providence
Albany Golf Course Golf Course 2.4 mi. ESE New Providence
The Caves Historical Site 6.7 mi. ENE New Providence
Crystal Palace Casino Casino 9.2 mi. ENE New Providence
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium Other Sports and Recreation 11.2 mi. E New Providence
Ardastra Gardens Zoo 11.4 mi. E New Providence
Fort Charlotte Historical Site 11.6 mi. E New Providence
Vincent D'Aguilar Art Foundation Art Gallery 12.2 mi. E New Providence
National Art Galley of The Bahamas Art Museum 12.3 mi. E New Providence

Cities and Towns

Old Fort Bay is close to Cable Beach, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Old Fort Bay guests seeking some additional excitement should consider heading to Cable Beach, which is in the vicinity and is an area full of activity.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may see guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient possibilities can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Old Fort Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Compass Point 4.3 NE Hotel
A Stones Throw Away 4.6 NE Hotel
Orange Hill Beach Inn 5.6 ENE Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. Beach Shack is one of the closest eateries. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Old Fort Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beach Shack -- -- -- 0.0 mi. SE
Mahogany House (242) 362-6669 International, Italian Informal -- --
The News Cafe (242) 362-4585 Café -- 1.5 mi. E
Old Fort Bay Club 362-6434 -- -- -- --
Clubhouse Grill (888) 909-7001 American, Contemporary Informal 2.4 mi. ESE
Aviva (888) 909-7001 Grill Fine Dining 2.5 mi. SE
Azul (888) 909-7001 Bar and grill Very Casual 2.5 mi. SE
Footprints (888) 909-7001 Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 2.5 mi. SE
Avery's Restaurant & Bar Nassau (242) 362-1547 -- -- 3.7 mi. SE
Compass Point Restaurant (242) 327-4500 Caribbean, International Informal 3.8 mi. NE
Travellers' Rest (242) 327-7633 American, Caribbean Very Casual 4.7 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Old Fort Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng on New Providence.

Another location you might enjoy is Gaulding Cay Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located two miles to the west. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, you might find what you want at Lyford Cay Beach. You'll find it just a little ways away.

You might also want to visit Old Fort Marina Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Old Fort Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, the Bahamas offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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