Old Fort Bay

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

Set in Lyford Cay, 2.5 miles west-southwest of Old Fort Bay, this beach is on the West edge of New Providence. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. You'll find the region surrounding the beach to be rather congested, but as is occasionally the case, this should not suggest that the beach itself will be found too congested. Instead, you will usually find the beach to be rather roomy.

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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of New Providence. It's located near Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome, which is among the favorite local destinations.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like National Art Galley of The Bahamas (found 12 and a half miles away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of The Bahamas' history.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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
Royal Blue Golf Course 9.1 mi. E 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 visitors looking for some additional excitement should consider heading over to Cable Beach, which is nearby and is an especially active area of the Bahamas.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Old Fort Bay is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good number of hotel rooms a car ride away. A list of the closest options have been displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Old Fort Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Island House 1.6 E Hotel
Compass Point 4.3 NE Hotel
A Stones Throw Away 4.6 NE Hotel


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest restaurants is Beach Shack. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Old Fort Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beach Shack -- -- -- 0.0 mi. SE
The News Cafe (242) 362-4585 Café -- 1.5 mi. E
Mahogany House (242) 362-6669 International, Italian Informal 1.6 mi. E
Shima (242) 698-6300 Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese -- 1.6 mi. E
The Coffee Bar (242) 698-6300 -- -- 1.6 mi. E
Old Fort Bay Club 362-6434 -- -- -- --
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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on New Providence, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

If the active mood at Old Fort Bay has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider also visiting Gaulding Cay Beach, another destination with a good amount of excitement. It is located two miles to the west. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Lyford Cay Beach. It is located only a short distance away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Old Fort Marina Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Perhaps Old Fort Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Bahamas you might like.


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