South Beach

Between Cay Point and Long Point, this quiet strip of white sand is usually deserted, and makes for a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nassau. This well-kept secret is worth a visit if you have a rental car.

Located four and a half miles south of downtown Nassau, South Beach is on the South East coast of New Providence. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. The Bahamas' beaches are hardly known for being secluded, however, South Beach is tamer than most, which offers some middle ground to those who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
From downtown Nassau, take Baillou Hill Rd south. Staying on this, you'll reach meeting point of Zion Blvd and Cowpen Rd, but continuing straight will put you on S Beach Rd, which, as the name implies, will take you directly to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Frequented almost exclusively by locals, this somewhat narrow beach is blessed with lots of natural shade from the the mangroves which line the coast here. The water is calm, clear and mostly shallow - perfect for casual swimming and wading.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

South Beach brings visitors an idyllic and peaceful retreat, especially since the location that surrounds the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South East coast of New Providence. It is near Airbrush Junkies, which is found three and a half miles to the north-northeast, and it is one of the area's attractions.

Historical attractions such as Queen's Staircase provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at South Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about The Bahamas' past, without having to venture too far from the coast. Actually, this coastline is located five miles to the north of this destination of historical interest.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near South Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Airbrush Junkies Art Gallery 3.5 NNE New Providence
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium Other Sports and Recreation 3.6 N New Providence
Aitken Imaging: Photography, Sign Shop and Frame Art Art Gallery 4.5 N New Providence
Nassau Water Tower Observation Tower 4.9 N New Providence
Queen's Staircase Historical Site 4.9 N New Providence

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting South Beach who are looking for other interesting places to see might consider going to Nassau, because it's nearby and is an especially active area of the Bahamas. From the coast, Nassau is a fairly short distance away, about two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Visitors hoping to find a place to stay not far from South Beach shouldn't find it that tough, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from in the vicinity. You can find the closest booking options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near South Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Corner Hotel 2.1 NW Hotel
Graycliff Hotel And Restaurant 5.0 N Hotel
Orchard Garden Hotel 5.0 NNE Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is Bennigan's Nassau. The restaurant has a menu featuring Irish food. Visitors often rave about their appetizers and hamburgers. The restaurant is pretty nearby, so a brief car or taxi trip will get you there hassle-free.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near South Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bennigan's Nassau 394-4880 Irish Informal 3.5 mi. NNE
Bennigans Nassau (242) 394-4880 American, Irish Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
Dairy Queen (242) 393-7072 Eclectic -- 3.5 mi. NNE
Domino's Nassau (242) 394-8080 Italian Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
Double Dragon Marathon (242) 393-0943 Chinese Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
KFC Nassau (242) 393-5700 American Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
Sbarro Nassau (242) 356-0800 Italian Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
Starbucks Marathon (242) 394-5733 International Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
Subway Marathon (242) 601-0111 American Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
The Cheesesteak Grille (242) 394-7455 -- -- 3.5 mi. NNE
The Imperial Takeaway -- Chinese Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE
Twin Brothers Coconut Avenue (242) 326-6771 Caribbean Very Casual 3.5 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides South Beach.

You may also enjoy Goodman Beach, located five miles away.

There's plenty to see and do in the Bahamas, and paying a visit to South Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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