With more than 700 islands and many more cays, the Bahamas have a whole lot of coastline. Unsurprisingly, the archipelago is home to countless beautiful beaches, so choosing which palm-lined stretch to spend your day on can be difficult. Here’s our list of the best beaches in the Bahamas.
Pig Beach is popular not just for its good looks—though it is indeed picturesque—but also for its animal inhabitants. A drift of wild pigs who live on the uninhabited Big Major Cay in the Exumas can often be seen paddling through the waters just offshore. Tours take visitors out to swim with the swine.
Gold Rock Beach
Located within the protected Lucayan National Park, on the island of Grand Bahama, Gold Rock Beach has azure waters, white sands, and a tree-lined shore—all the features of a paradise beach. It’s best at low tide, when the shoreline extends far out into the water, leaving sun-warmed shallows ideal for wading.
This Atlantic-facing beach is one of the most attractive and popular on Nassau and Paradise islands. Take a dip in the water, stroll barefoot on the sands, and lay out under the Caribbean sun. Alternatively, opt for more active pursuits such as snorkeling, parasailing, and waterskiing.
If it’s seclusion and silence you want, then the sandy beach of uninhabited Rose Island, situated west of Paradise Island, fits the bill. Find a shaded spot on the sand to soak up the picturesque and peaceful surroundings.
This golden-sand beach near Freeport provides access to Deadman’s Reef, one of the best snorkeling spots in the Bahamas. Don your flippers and look beneath the surface of the turquoise waters for schools of tropical fish, stingrays, and even sea turtles.
Allen Cay in the Exumas is famous for its reptilian inhabitants. Allen Cay iguanas, a subspecies of Bahamian rock iguanas, can be seen hanging around the beach here, padding quietly across the sands.
Pink Sand Beach
The clue is in the name. Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island is known for its peachy-hued sands, which turn even more rosy under the fiery sunset. The sand’s pink tint is derived from finely ground coral.