Let me start by saying that I am a beach snob. I have traveled the world seeking out some of the most beautiful beaches. We took a cruise to the Bahamas and Nassau was one of our stops. I spent a great deal of time researching the best things to do, the best places to go to get away from the crowds and the best beaches to flock to. We took a snorkel trip during our stop in Nassau to purposely get away from the tourist trap that is the port area of downtown Nassau. We stopped at a secluded beach on Atholl Island for the afternoon, which was beautiful. There was no one else on the beach but the 10 of us. The beach was clean and the water was warm and full of curious sea life. When we returned to port we had some time left before we had to load back onto the ship so a few of us walked over to Junkanoo Beach to check it out. The walk was quite short from the port, 10 minutes or so. The beach was all but empty as the cruise ships had left or was in preparation to leave. I found the beach, butted up next to Fat Tuesday and a busy street, to be a bit underwhelming. The beach was dirty, with trash in the water and in the sand and shards of glass strew about. I will say that we did not venture down too far as we did not have a lot of time to spend. Please keep in mind that the Bahamas have miles and miles of amazing beaches, some secluded, some with all the amenities you could ask for. If you just want a place close to port that you can quickly walk to and setup camp for the day, then Junkanoo will suffice. There are any number of beaches that are much better not too much further away. Junkanoo does have all the amenities with food, drinks, restrooms and changing areas and location in regards to the port. This is not the worst beach I have ever encountered, but it certainly is towards the bottom of the list. I will say this...try the Junkanoo Juice.
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