Colonial Beach

A quieter area than some of the nearby beaches, Colonial Beach is a great spot catch some rays and watch the many boats coming in and out as they make their way around Paradise Island and into Nassau Harbor. There's also an interesting lighthouse - the Nassau Port Lighthouse - you'll want to check out a stone's thrown to the west.

Located near the heart of Paradise Island, 3.6 miles north of Nassau, Colonial Beach is on the North East edge of the island, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The beaches in the Bahamas aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Colonial Beach is less exposed than the others, making it just the right spot for vacationers who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

How to Access The Beach
There are multiple bridges taking you onto Paradise Island, and of course a boat will get you there. Once on the island, park and start walking in the direction of the lighthouse. It'll be on your right just before you get all the way there.

Amenities and Ambiance

This pearly white stretch of sand runs along the eastern peninsula of Paradise Island, across the harbor from downtown Nassau. Rather than looking back over the harbor, though, the beach is buffered from the city by a forested area, and instead looks out over the vast Atlantic.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Don't forget that Colonial Beach is in an area which is an urban area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North East coast of New Providence. It is close to Paradise Island Lighthouse, which is located a quarter mile away, and it is among the popular spots in the area.

History-focused attractions such as Cloisters are a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Colonial Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about the Bahamas, without straying too far from the coastline. As a matter of fact, this site can be found two and a half miles to the east of this site of historical interest.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Bahamas. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Colonial Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Paradise Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.3 mi. W New Providence
Atlantis Casino Casino 1.2 mi. E New Providence
The Dig Aquarium Aquarium 1.4 mi. E New Providence
Doongalik Art Gallery 1.7 mi. E New Providence
Cloisters Historical Site 2.3 mi. E New Providence
Paradise Island Golf Course Golf Course 3.0 mi. E New Providence

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Paradise Island is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.


How many other people you encounter at Colonial Beach will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a decent amount of hotels a car ride away. A list of the closest choices are seen in the list below.

Accommodations near Colonial Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat 0.8 mi. E Resort
Atlantis The Reef 1.1 mi. E Resort
Atlantis The Cove 1.2 mi. E Resort
Atlantis Royal Towers 1.4 mi. E Resort
Atlantis Coral Towers 1.7 mi. E Hotel
Atlantis Beach Tower 1.8 mi. E Resort
Comfort Suites Paradise Island 1.8 mi. E Resort
Riu Palace Paradise Island 1.9 mi. E Hotel
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas 1.9 mi. E Hotel
Best Western Bay View Suites 1.9 mi. E Hotel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Starbucks Coral Towers. The restaurant serves delicious American cuisine. Many guests rave about their coffee. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Colonial Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Starbucks Coral Towers (242) 363-2000 ext. 64666 American Very Casual 1.1 mi. E
Mosaic (242) 363-3000 Mediterranean Informal 1.2 mi. E
Dive Inn (242) 363-3000 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.5 mi. E
Shark Bites (242) 363-3000 Eclectic Very Casual 1.5 mi. E
Blue Lagoon (242) 363-2400 International Fine Dining -- --
Nobu (242) 363-3000 ext. 29 Japanese Fine Dining 1.6 mi. E
The Point Restaurant & Bar (242) 363-6800 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. E
Lagoon Bar & Grill (242) 363-3000 Eclectic Informal 1.6 mi. E
Murray's Deli (242) 363-3000 American Informal 1.6 mi. E
Cafe Martinique (242) 363-3000 French Fine Dining 1.6 mi. E
Marina Pizzeria (242) 363-3000 Italian Very Casual 1.6 mi. E
Mia's Gourmet Pizzeria (242) 356-5633 Italian Very Casual 1.6 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

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

You might also enjoy Casuarina Beach, located only a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Pirates Cove Beach. You'll find it a mile and a half to the east.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Paradise Beach, located only a short distance away.

The Bahamas has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Colonial Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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