Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour Rating: 4,0 Pearls
Given it's placid, warm waters (the beach is protected by a cove) and relative privacy (there's far more isolated space here than you'd find on just about any other beach on Grand Bahama), the beach in front of Old Bahama Bay is the best on Grand Bahama.
One&Only Ocean Club Rating: 5,0 Pearls
Unlike most beaches in the Bahamas, the resort's beachfront is private and well attended, with soft, white sand and water so clear you can spy schools of fish swimming at your ankles. Plus, beachgoers enjoy perks that include a rack for flip-flops, shelves filled with reading material and sunscreen, and complimentary bottles of water.
Grand Lucayan Rating: 4,0 Pearls
The Radisson's picturesque beachfront spans 7.5 acres of clean, sugary sand -- one of the largest stretches in Grand Bahama. Since the beach is so popular -- it attracts hundreds of cruise ship passengers, along with the resort's guests -- water-sports vendors (not affiliated with the hotel) line the shore and offer kayaks, snorkeling gear, Jet Skis, banana boats, parasailing, and more.
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort Rating: 4,0 Pearls
Atlantis features not one, but three distinct beaches. Atlantis Beach is the renamed tail end of Cabbage Beach, one of the nicest stretches of sand in the Nassau area (shared with Riu Paradise Island), but because it can be crowded with thousands of cruise ship passengers and hotel guests, there's also tranquil Cove Beach (exclusive to guests of the Cove resort-within-a-resort) and Paradise Beach, a fine place for romantic walks to the lighthouse.
Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas Rating: 3,0 Pearls
Smack dab between Atlantis Resort, Riu, and the One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island, this hidden gem offers 26 units ranging in size from one-, two-, three-, four and even five-bedroom options. The spectacular Cabbage Beach is the highlight of the property and is accessed via a private gate (guests will receive a key code upon check-in). At the bottom of the staircase before hitting the sand is a stand called Archie's selling canned soda, beer, and water along with hot dogs and snacks. Cocktails -- like margaritas, pina coladas, daiquiris, and the Miami Vice (pineapple and strawberry mixed) -- can be ordered here as well. For those who want to rent jet skis, there are plenty of vendors by Riu next door. The beach is entirely public, so guests can walk in either direction to check out the Atlantis or the quieter Ocean Club.