Saunders Beach, Nassau
This wonderful beach is located on northern shore of New Providence and about 6kms east of Cable beach. The white sandy stretch is lined with green tropical trees. You will be surprised to find more locals here than tourists, particularly on Sundays and public holidays.
The calm blue waters is ideal for swimming (although watch out for the hard corals below your feet) and the white sands great for lounging. There are few manmade sheltered coves along the stretch which makes it ideal for family swimming.
Saunders Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Photo: Oscar Flowers, cc by-sa 3.0
Saunders beach is also very popular as a family beach because it has a children's playground with swings, slides etc. Plus the facilities here have been upgraded few years back with restrooms, changing rooms with showers, enough car parking etc. There is however no loungers available on rent here, neither there are any jet ski operators. And with no hotels around, the beach remains quiet.
So what else can you do here? If you like, you can do or take lessons on paddle boarding. Get in touch with the operator Papa Surf (Phone: +1 242-327-3853; Email: [email protected]
) in advance and set up a paddle board lesson or rental.
If you walk towards west (along West Bay Street) and past the sandy stretch. You will soon reach a bend which is locally known as 'Go Slow Bend'. From here look towards west and you can get a wonderful end-to-end view of the famous Cable Beach
with its line of resorts.
Although the beach is free of vendors, sometimes few vendors would be here on weekends cooking and selling hot Bahamian local food. There is also a shopping plaza right across the street which has a good Chinese restaurant, liquor store, pharmacy etc. Close by are Pizza hut and KFC. There is also a convenience store across the street at Shell gas station.
Road Map - Saunders Beach
Saunders Beach is located on West Bay Street (4kms west of downtown Nassau). You can always take a taxi or a rental scooter from downtown to reach the beach in a short time.
A good option is to take the Jitney bus #10 from downtown Nassau (about 10 minutes, $1.50) which goes past Saunders beach and all the way to Cable beach.
You can easily combine a visit to Fort Charlotte (which is 2.6km to the east of the beach) and Ardastra Gardens & Zoo (1.7km to east) along with Saunders Beach.
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