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Tony Palmiotti

Nirvana near love beech is very cool for snorkeling, the guy that "runs" the beach - Scott charges $5 for all day to hang on his property. we took the #10 like said above, but you have to make sure it runs that far west, otherwise it's a few mile walk, really not bad at all if you are in good shape to walk, just don't get stuck there at dusk. We have gone to this beach a few times, they have a bar on the beach as well, reasonable prices.

Ozz

All...my family and some friends (total of nine) plan on renting a couple of cars and going to Love Beach. After reading several posts, it appears there are no obstacles to getting onto the beach....I do have some questions:

1. is this the best beach to go for snorkling? We plan on being there in December/January.
2. is this basically a good beach to swim and safe for kids...is it rough waters?
3. is it scenic?
4. Do they have restaurants around there should we decide to eat?
5. Has anyone driven there and did you have parking problems?

Any info provided will be most appreciated by me (and the kids :) )

Chris

Well, leaving for Nassau next week, we always like to do our own excursions when we travel, have been to Nassau twice now, both times we (husband and I ) like to catch the bus to cable beach and just relax on the beach, this time we will have two teens with and we want to snorkel, so this looks like it might be possible, anyone been there lately to give me any more tips as to weather it will be possible for us?

Steve Hoffman

Excellent information Ken! Thanks for your experience and sharing the fishes photos. We're heading there in about a week and will take your advise when snorkeling. :)

Ken

reply to H Johnson: I never rented a car on Nassau, so I'm not sure what the complexities of that are. Seems like it'd work, time-wise, if the cruise ship can arrange it all for you. Once you have the car, the drive from town is 20-30 minutes, all on Bay Street. You might follow the advice of one of the prior commenters and try to access the beach through this place called Nirvana. They may or may not charge for beach access, I could never really figure it out.

You could always take a cab to Nirvana, I think that would be pretty easy. The somewhat more challenging part might be getting a cab to come take you back. [again, sorry, I have no clue on what Nassau cab rates are]

I was just at Love Beach in April of this year - still as gorgeous as ever, and very quiet. [and as a reminder - beach itself has not shade, one other benefit to Nirvana is that they do have shade on their property]

H Johnson

going to be cruising and have from 7 am to 3 pm in Nassau -
want to snorkel - there are nine of us - my husband and I have snorkeled and a few of my kids - my parents will be with us -
we want to rent a car and go to love beach.... is this do-able from the cruise ship? ANY and ALL input greatly appreciated -
we don't want to do an excursion - we want to do it on our own.....
Just need tips and pointers...

THANKS!

Ken

answer to lei: beach is pretty deserted, however, the snorkeling is right off shore, sometimes as close as about 10'...no need to really go more than 30' of shore.
word to the wise - snorkeling around Nassau in December can be dicey, if the weather is dark and windy, snorkeling around love beach, at least, will be low visibility.

I don't think Cabbage Beach is good for snorkeling...at least I never saw anyone there. It's all sand.

Ken

answer to Christie: Hmmm...never took one of the few buses that go all the way out. they don't run on schedules, so dependent on how many stops they make. Also on time of day because traffic in 'downtown' gets pretty bad sometimes. 45 min might be my estimate, give or take 15.

Christie

Any idea how long it would take to get to love beach from downtown Nassau on the bus?

Ramón

Ken, I went there two weeks ago all the way from Guadalajara, Mexico and it was pretty cool, thanks! All people interested in these spots should know that there are plenty of ways you can access to Love Beach, don't worry at all!. I went to Compass Point to have a drink an I was planning to access Love Beach from there but it didn't seem the best idea for me so I just kept walking by the road after Compass Point and I accesed the beach between a purple hotel and a construction site, you will love it and you will be able to see huge planes flying over, I was able to see some types of fishes that I didn't even see with the Stuart Cove's excursion; an activity that I also recommend, good luck to everyone!

lei

hi, going to nassau bahamas soon. need some clarification about safety at love beach for snorkeling. my son is 9. we love snorkeling. we can swim but not like a champaion. basicly we can do 2-3 rounds of 100 feet. are there a lot of people going snorkeling or being on a beach around there in case if we need help? how far from the beach to the snorkeling area like 300 feet, 500 feet from shore? thinking about either cable, cabbage, or love beach for snorkeling.

Heath

I am going there in a few days on my honeymoon. What is the best way to access the beach? Thanks so much.

jimmy

We got to Love Beach by parking at the Nirvana place . . . off season and only a few people were around but we just parked and walked onto the beach. The best snorkeling we found was right in front of Nirvana when low tide exposed the rocks. Tons of brain coral, fish, huge spiny sea urchins. Best we've found so far here in the Bahamas although in comparison to Belize and other places only a 3/10.

Helen

Very helpful! Thanks!

BF

Ken, thanks for the excellent and much-needed guide to this great spot. The #10 operated by Western Transportation will take you right to Love Beach, but there are others that go as far as the Gambier Village turnoff, which is just shy of the Compass Point Resort (they will list Gambier Village among the destinations on the side of the bus). I caught a Western #10 immediately upon arriving at the bus stop across from the Straw Market in Nassau, and asked the driver where to get off for Love Beach. He took me past Compass Point, and dropped me at a large construction site (looked like a hotel or apartment complex) just down the road (probably about a 15-minute walk from Gambier/Compass Point). I walked down a driveway between the construction site and a pink building to the beach, and then left (West) to the spot you mentioned. The beach is lovely and secluded, and good snorkeling. It's quiet except for airplanes flying over every few minutes, because it's on the approach to the airport. To get back to Nassau, the bus only comes by the beach every hour or so, but if you walk back to the Gambier turnoff, you can catch one of the buses that turn around there. Someone has dragged an old couch out to the bus stop under a tree, and there is a fruit stand near by. Be careful walking back, there are stretches where there is little room to walk by the side of the road. Be prepared to flag down a #10 if one happens to come along while you're walking back to Gambier.

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