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“Pretty beach within walking distance of cruise ship docks” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Junkanoo Beach

Junkanoo Beach
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Full-Day Water Sports Package at Junkanoo Beach
Ranked #11 of 123 things to do in Nassau
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Pretty beach within walking distance of cruise ship docks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

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.

Visited December 2011
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Alexandria, VA
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“Not the best, but right by the cruise port”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

This is a small public beach very close to the cruise port. It's okay, but not great. We felt safe on a quiet Sunday. There is a stand that calls itself a Tikki Bar, which it's not. You can get cold tropical cocktails in styrofoam cups and sit on the beach looking at the water. However, some of the furniture consists of 2 old couches covered with sheets, and old office chairs - I recommend sticking with the safe wooden stools. Don't eat here - walk down to the Fish Fry are in Arawak Cay

Water was clean and shallow for wading.

While we sat there, I saw one drug sale & there was a prostitute working out of the public bathroom. I'd recommend going further to Cable Beach if you want a beach. Just use this for a frozen drink and a quick beach walk near the cruise port.

Visited January 2012
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Ontario, Canada
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“Nice public beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

Easily accessible beach from Bay Street. hop on and off the local bus for $1.25 per trip

Visited December 2011
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“good free beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

This beach is only a 20-25 min walk from the port....and it's free! There are fairly clean bathrooms and showers, food and drink vendors and it wasn't too crowded. The view is amazing, you can see the lighthouse on paradise island, and the water is beautiful.

Visited December 2011
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Very Rocky beach - the free beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2011

Lots of rocks - lots of homeless - lots of people looking for a free beach experience for a few hours

Visited December 2011
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