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.

Situated on Paradise Island, 3.6 miles north of Nassau, Colonial Beach is on the North East coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. The beaches in the Bahamas aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but you'll find Colonial Beach to be a little calmer than most, making it a good choice for travelers who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Be mindful that Colonial Beach's immediate surroundings are highly urbanized, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Set on the North East coast of New Providence; this area boasts other attractions such as Paradise Island Lighthouse, which is a quarter mile away.

If you're intrigued by The Bahamas' history, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Cloisters, which is two and a half miles to the east.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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

Colonial Beach is very close to Paradise Island, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Paradise Island is nearby and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Guests will find a pretty good range of resort and hotel options to choose from close to the beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the nearest restaurants is Starbucks Coral Towers. The restaurant offers a menu of American food. They are also known for their coffee. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Vacationers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Colonial Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Casuarina Beach, located within a mile or so. Others might prefer Pirates Cove Beach, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. You'll find it a mile and a half to the east.

You might also want to visit Paradise Beach, which is located a mile away.

The Bahamas has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by Colonial Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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