Junkanoo Beach is a public beach in Nassau that is an easy walk from the cruise ships' dock at Prince George Wharf. Make sure you apply a generous amount of sunscreen before walking through town!
Take a left on Bay Street when you get through the Customs/welcome to Nassau building to avoid Woodes Rodgers Walk, which has an aggressive open-air market. The famous Straw Market building had been damaged in a fire, so Woodes Rodgers is where you can find straw hats and bags, and all the Bahamian trinkets you want. Senor Frogs is at the junction of Woodes Rogers and Bay Street. Bay Street has lots of luxury shops; look now and shop on the way back to the ship. The street will curve to the left at a government building a few blocks down. Keep walking and you'll pass the British Colonial Hilton hotel, a lovely property that sells day passes for cruise passengers if you're so inclined. Keep walking and when you see the McDonald's, you should see the signs for Junkanoo Beach.
We rented a locker since it was just my husband and I. The beautiful turquoise water was cool since it was December, but the gentle waves made our swim relaxing and enjoyable. Other cruise ship passengers eventually made their way to the beach. The little shop on the beach sells drinks and snacks, rents chairs and has a bathroom (which we did not try, so I'm not sure about its quality). Junkanoo Beach is a lovely respite from the noisy market and busy shopping of Nassau.
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