Caught in the Jaw of Nassau, The Island of New Providence – The Bahamas

Nassau is also known as the Island of New Providence, and is the capital of the archipelagic state of the Bahamas.  While it functions as the business and commerce center of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, chances are, you’re more interested in its beautiful beaches, and there are plenty of those.

With colorful architecture, and rich history, this cultural melting pot makes for an easy paradise getaway, as it lies not far off the coast of Florida.  Flights run daily from major U.S. cities right to Nassau. Whether you’re looking for a top-notch resort, affordable spring beach lodging, or something more quaint and colonial for your beach sojourn, Nassau has it all.

Since The Island of New Providence is relatively bustling, compared to the outlying islands of the Bahamas, we’ll start with the tranquil Adelaide Beach.

Adelaide-Beach

Located on the south shore of the island, this is a popular beach among the locals, especially on weekends, but it remains very calm, if not nearly deserted, during the week.  That can come as a nice change of pace to all the action on resort row, or downtown, depending on what the rest of your stay looks like.

It’s always nice to switch it up from buckwild to slow and mild, especially if you hit the clubs extra hard the night before.  That Kalik beer goes down smooth in the sunshine, don’t we know it.  You’ll be able to stretch out in the white sand, and catch a bit of shade under the palms on this beautiful stretch of shore.  There’s something rejuvenating about that turquoise water that’s hard to deny.

Cable Beach bahamasCable Beach is widely heralded as one of the best beaches in the Bahamas.  It’s a long strip of resorts, casinos, and all kinds of fun action, located on the north shore of the Island of New Providence. The sand is smooth white, the water is calm and swimmable, and it’s only a few miles away from downtown Nassau.

bahama cable beach casino

There are resorts, casinos, golf courses, restaurants, and nightlife nearby, making it a perfect spot to stay for your vacation.  That said, it doesn’t particularly make a worthy day trip, if you’re staying elsewhere on the island.  A few of the resorts are private, and the island has many more interesting, authentically Bahamian beaches to explore, if you’re setting out on a journey, but it’s a perfect one-stop for the all-inclusive traveler or family.

There are beautiful coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving off the shore of Cable Beach.  But you won’t be able to swing there.  Make sure to check out the good deals on chartered trips and rentals, or bring your own gear.  You’re likely going to want to come back once you make the journey.  Once you find a suitable charter boat, they’ll take you offshore to one of the beautiful coral reefs.  The water is clear, and visibility is high.  Lost Ocean Hole is the most popular spot for scuba diving offshore, while Rose Island is a snorkelers paradise, with reefs surrounding its shore.  The island attracts many diverse and colorful Caribbean fish.  There’s also a wreck to be explored; the Mahoney.

A glimpse of the action at Cable Beach:

Junkanoo Beach is otherwise known as the ‘spring break beach,’ and we’ll just leave the particulars up to your imagination.  This beach is located very close to the bustling downtown, where lots of the action is on Nassau.  Every day the streets are flooded with people shopping, dining, drinking, and sightseeing.

pirates of nassau

From the pirate museum to old British colonial landmarks, there’s plenty of history to be had.  But if you’d rather stick a whiffle ball bat to your forehead, blast a boombox, and bust out the funnel, Junkanoo Beach is the place for you.  With its close proximity to the States, the Bahamas are a very popular and affordable vacation destination for Americans.  But with so many islands and resorts to chose from, you’ll only end up in the Spring Break Zone by your own choosing,( and a little research perhaps).

It gets wild downtown too:

Jaws Beach is a must for any film buffs who want to see the site where the historic Spielberg hit was filmed.  Contrary to the suggestion of the name, there are no sharks at this beach.  It’s extremely secluded, offering no amenities as far as food and drink are concerned, so be sure to pack your own, in if you want to head down here for the day.  It’s often completely empty, making it great for a family day trip, or a romantic getaway.

Just remember, not to freak out, and most importantly, have a good time. You’re in paradise!

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