The beaches in the Bahamas are the most pristine I have ever seen. The sand is white and the scenery looks like it belongs on a post card. The water varies between dramatically different colors of turquoise. The ocean is crystal clear and stays the perfect temperature between 70-80 degrees year round.
If you are traveling to The Bahamas, you HAVE TO visit Exuma. Exuma is the definition of paradise and this is where you will find the best beaches. It is hands down my favorite place I have ever visited. Not only are the beaches perfect and the activities endless, the people are so kind and will do everything in their power to make sure you leave their island with a great impression. Here are my favorite beaches in Exuma:
Coco Plum Beach
This beach is my absolute favorite, and it is home to the Instagram-famous ocean swings.
Make sure to go after 2 pm, or the tide will be too high and the swings will be covered. After 2 pm the tide is low and you can walk out into the water for hundreds of yards on beautiful sandbars. When the tide is low, the water never gets higher than a few feet, making it a great beach to take kids and search for sand dollars.
Chat N’ Chill Island
Chat N’ Chill is a tiny island just off the coast of Exuma. You take a 5-10 minute water taxi for $15 per person (round trip) from Georgetown. Once you get there you can pay $10 for conch salad to feed stingrays.
There is a hidden path you can take to a secluded island. You can ask the locals on the island where the path is and they will give you directions. However, you have to walk through a river roughly 5-6 feet deep, so I would not recommend this if you are not a strong swimmer. Juan and I got across using our snorkles to breath while carrying all of our belongings above our heads. When we got there we had the entire island to ourselves!! It was stunning and totally worth the hike!
Three Sisters Beach
This beach gets its name from the rock formation nearby called The Three Sisters. When we went there was nobody else in sight! It is the perfect beach for getting some Instagram-worthy shots without any tourists in the background.
Another completely empty beach! We heard from several locals that this is THE place to go to see sea turtles. I love Jolly Hall because there are places to sit and cool off in the shade.
Sandals Emerald Bay, Grand Isle Resort & Spa
Unfortunately I did not get any pictures here, but the beaches at both Sandals and Grand Isle are amazing. All beaches in The Bahamas are public beaches! That means places like Sandles and Grand Isle cannot prevent you from going to the beach in front of the resort. For Sandals, you just have to park nearby and walk down the beach to the resort. Grand Isle is not as strict and will not prevent you from walking through the resort to get to the beach.
The Exuma Cays
The Exumas are actually a chain of 365 cays and islands. The beaches I mentioned previously are a part of Great Exuma, the biggest island. I highly recommend taking some sort of boat tour outside of Great Exuma to see the cays. We booked our tour with Coastline Tours Exuma.
Website: Coastline Adventures Exuma
They will take you to the most stunning islands, including Pig Beach, Iguana Island, and Compass Cay where you can swim with nurse sharks. We also got to experience the most breathtaking sandbars!
We also visited a few beaches in Nassau, but they were all very polluted and crowded so I definitely do not recommend vacationing in Nassau if you are looking for beautiful beaches.
Have you been to The Bahamas? What were your favorite beaches? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!