Junkanoo beach or Western Esplanade as it is also known is our personal favorite of all the beaches in Nassau. It is situated in the cruise port area, you can even see the harbor from the beach. If you are on a cruise or planning your up- coming visit, we highly recommend taking the time to visit this beach, for a unique and colorful experience.
Junkanoo beach is situated just a 10-15 minute walk from the Cruise port, it is a public beach and is free to use by anyone. On your way to the beach, you will have the opportunity to buy some handmade goods from the straw market. If it is just too hot to walk, you can also get there by taxi for around $15 or by the #10 Jitney bus for only $1.25. While you have the beach on one side of the road, on the other you have the option to explore the city shops, bars and restaurants.
Upon arrival of Junkanoo beach be prepared for a splash of true Bahamian fun! You will be met by colorful beach bars, playing loud traditional Bahamian music, with competitive offers such as 3 beers and 3 shots for $10. Why not also try some traditional conch fritters, served here also.
There is the option to hire beach chairs and umbrellas at very reasonable prices, but you will need to bring your own towel as there is no option to hire them. For the more adventurous, you can rent kayaks and snorkeling equipment and see some of the fabulous tropical fish in their natural habitat. Also there is no shortage of beach vendors, selling holiday souvenirs, trinkets and hair braiding.
Unlike some of the other beaches in Nassau, there are public restrooms, which are free to use and are clean and well looked after.
While for some, this beach is not visited due to its proximity to the port and city, we think this is what adds to its charm, if you would like to experience a real slice of Bahamian culture, we recommend Junkanoo beach.