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 make their way around Paradise Island and into Nassau Harbor. There's also an interesting lighthouse, the Nassau Port Lighthouse, which you'll want to check out a stone's throw to the west.

Situated on Paradise Island, 0.7 miles north-northwest of downtown Nassau, Colonial Beach is on the North West edge of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. The Bahamas' beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but Colonial Beach is less exposed than the others, making it a good choice for travelers who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

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.

Remember to take into account that Colonial Beach's location is a bustling area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of New Providence. It is near some interesting sites like Paradise Island Lighthouse, which is seen a quarter mile to the west, and it is among the attractions in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Bahamas, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Cloisters, which is two and a half miles to the east.

If a visit to the Colonial Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Paradise Island, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a good assortment of rooming options to choose from in the area that surrounds Colonial Beach. The closest of which are listed in the table 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
Comfort Suites Paradise Island 1.8 mi. E Resort
Atlantis Beach Tower 1.8 mi. E Resort
Riu Palace Paradise Island 1.8 mi. E Hotel
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas 1.9 mi. E Hotel
Best Western Bay View Suites 1.9 mi. E Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is Starbucks Coral Towers. The restaurant serves American cuisine. They also specialize in coffee. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

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
Virgil's Real BBQ (242) 363-300 ext. 29 American Informal 1.7 mi. E
Starbucks The Reef (242) 363-6900 American Very Casual 1.7 mi. E

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Colonial Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Casuarina Beach, found just a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Pirates Cove Beach is just right. It's found a mile and a half to the east.

Another location you may want to try is Paradise Beach, located within a short distance.

You may find that Colonial Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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