Cabbage Beach is a funny name for the perfect Caribbean beach paradise. But, if you’re looking for soft white sand and warm, crystal clear water, this beach is a must-visit. By all accounts, it is one of the best Nassau Bahamas beaches. If you are heading to the Caribbean, it is well worth your time to at least visit Cabbage Beach. You definitely won’t regret making the trip to this little piece of heaven.
Where is Cabbage Beach?
Cabbage Beach is on Paradise Island, which lies just off the northeastern coast of the Bahamian island of Nassau.
Paradise Island protects the main harbor of the city of Nassau. This protection attracted early European settlers, particularly pirates. In fact, according to the Bahamian government:
Nassau’s population consisted mainly of pirates until 1718, when The Bahamas first Royal Governor, Woodes Rogers, expelled them, restored order and built Fort Nassau. The Bahamas for centuries adopted Rogers’ motto, ‘Expulsis Piratis, Restituta Commercia,’ which means, ‘Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored.’
Paradise Island was literally designed to provide a beach paradise and includes resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, a golf course, an aquarium and a casino. Cabbage Beach is on the north side of the island.
Best Bahamas Resorts near Cabbage Beach
There are plenty of hotel options on Paradise Island. And many within walking distance of Cabbage Beach. Here are a few popular options, broken out by hotel type.
If you’re looking for all-inclusive resorts, the Bahamas doesn’t disappoint. However, note that two of the most popular on this island are adults-only. For those unfamiliar with the term, an all-inclusive resort includes lodging, three meals daily and most alcoholic drinks. It often includes other services such as golf, yoga or non-motorized water sports in the price as well.
The Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island is an all-inclusive resort for adults only. The resort includes live shows and music, water sports such as windsurfing, scuba diving or kayaking, two pools, and a spa.
The Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas is another all-inclusive adults only resort. It offers guests a disco and a harbor-front beach with a snorkeling lagoon. It also offers a shuttle to Cabbage Beach, as well as a fitness center and spa.
There is a lot of kid- and family-friendly hotels on Paradise Island. For that reason, this section is broken into two sub-sections. Most parents have to vacation on a budget, and whether yours is a high-end or not, there is an option for you.
Atlantis Bahamas has a total of eight hotels located within the resort. Whether you want to spend your time playing golf and tennis or prefer to just experience the amazing marine life, this resort has you covered. The Atlantis also has a 141-acre water park, eleven swimming pools, and miles of white sand beaches. Their 15 exhibit lagoons are home to 50,000 marine animals. You can also snorkel, scuba dive, or walk with the sharks. The fitness center is fully equipped and the resort offers yoga and pilates, as well as a world-class spa.
The Ocean Club (a Four Seasons Resort) is by far the most expensive resort on the island. Unsurprisingly, it is also the most luxurious. Rooms run at least $1,000, so be prepared to spend big. But you get what you pay for, with perfectly landscaped grounds, convenient amenities, and high-touch service. There’s even a complimentary kids club, for travelers aged 4-12. The club includes outdoor time and art and science projects, among other activities.
More budget-friendly options
The Paradise Island Beach Club is conveniently located right on Cabbage Beach. The family-friendly resort offers a daily cabana service that provides guests with lounge chairs, umbrellas, food, and beverages. It also boasts two heated pools.
Comfort Suites Paradise Island is another family-friendly hotel. It provides complete access to all amenities at the famed Atlantis Resort, free wi-fi, and a complimentary hot American buffet breakfast. In addition, guests have signing privileges at Atlantis restaurants and lounges, which makes it easier to order food and drinks there. Therefore, this is a great option for more budget-conscious travelers who still want the Atlantis experience and access to its many entertainment options.
The Paradise Harbour Club & Marina is located close to the Paradise Island Golf Course, Cabbage Beach, and the Atlantis resort. Its collection of junior suites and one and two bedroom apartments offer travelers the freedom of a private residence with the facilities of a resort. Those facilities include a large pool with an eight-seater hot tub and a romantic waterfall grotto. In addition, the hotel is about a five-minute walk from Cabbage Beach. The hotel offers free shuttle rides there by golf cart, as well as complimentary use of bicycles.
Sunrise Beach Clubs & Villas basically fronts Cabbage Beach. Its one to five bedroom villas are great options for groups of travelers (such as families) who want a bit of privacy. The hotel also offers family specials.
Activities at Cabbage Beach
Cabbage Beach is a public beach where you can rent chairs and umbrellas and buy drinks. Many people suggest stocking up on drinks before getting to the beach to avoid overpriced drinks. But others have said that the drinks are delicious and well worth the extra cost. Additionally, if you do not bring your own chair and umbrella, be sure to negotiate with the vendors on the beach.
Activities include beach walking, sunbathing and swimming. However, numerous reviews of the beach warn travelers of strong waves and currents. Remember that riptides can be strong in the Bahamas, so pay attention to the weather and exercise caution in the water.
This tour operator, Parasail Over Cabbage Beach, gets pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor:
“For $80, you’ll soar over the turquoise waters and white sand of Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island on this 7-minute parasailing excursion. No experience is necessary and outings are available on the half-hour to suit your schedule. Hotel and port pickup and drop-off included.”
There are dozens of operators offering snorkeling tours. But Nassau Snorkel Bahamas Adventure has reviews that are particularly positive. For around $100, you get a five-hour snorkel adventure through coral reefs and sunken shipwrecks. In addition, you’ll see sharks being fed from the boat (or swim with them, if you’re feeling adventurous!). Finally, the tour includes the use of all snorkel gear and round-trip transportation from the Nassau hotels. Children under age four are not permitted. Tours depart from Nassau (near the cruise ship terminal), so travelers staying on Paradise Island will need to take the fast ferry to Nassau.
Jet ski rentals
Many hotels have their own jet ski rental options. However, if a hotel doesn’t offer rentals, travelers can rent them from vendors on Cabbage Beach for about $150 an hour. And for those who want the fast ocean ride without the responsibility of driving the boat, vendors also offer banana boat trips (passengers sit on an inflatable raft shaped like a banana and get towed through the water). Banana boat rides are around $20 for a 5-10 minute ride.
The Exuma Powerboat Adventure has pick-up and drop-off services for Nassau hotels, including the Hilton in Nassau. The trip includes opportunities to meet and feed iguanas at Allen’s Cay and to explore Ship Channel Cay, a private island in the Exuma chain where you can feed stingrays and sharks with your guide. In addition, the tour includes a full lunch and an open bar.
The boat for the Rose Island Day Trip departs from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. As you climb aboard, enjoy a welcome cocktail and settle back to watch the water fly by. While at Rose Island, you can wade in tidal pools, get a drink and enjoy music at the beach bar, snorkel, or simply relax in the sun. In addition, a buffet lunch is included.
Best Time to Visit
The Bahamas is temperate year round. The hottest months are June, July, August, and September, with an average temperature of 88°F. Conversely, the coldest months are December, January, February, and March, when the average temperature is 65°F. There isn’t a rainy season per se, but the rainiest months tend to be June, July, September, and October. The biggest thing to keep in mind is the hurricane season. This officially runs from June to November. Holiday travel (December and March) can increase prices and bring crowds.
Getting to Paradise Island
An hour-long flight from Miami gets travelers to Nassau. Visitors arrive at Paradise Island via downtown Nassau’s Paradise Island Ferry Terminal (PIFT); the 10-minute ride costs $4 per person on the fast ferry (tip expected at the end). Cabbage Beach is within walking distance of many hotels on the island.