Just off the shore of Nassau, the remote Rose Island is an idyllic private getaway. Home to a coral reef and a lone beach bar, this tiny, tropical islet offers an exclusive setting for snorkeling and sunbathing on an 11-mile (18-km) stretch of uninhabited, privately owned beach. While development around Nassau leaves little sense of seclusion, a short, 25-minute boat ride east of New Providence Island takes you away from crowds and ashore this intimate corner of paradise.
Check off your Bahamian bucket list with a dip in a crystalline lagoon, a drink at the beachfront bar, or a snooze in an oceanfront hammock. Also consider joining in on the island’s beach bar parties or various outdoor activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking, and volleyball. Getaways to the island usually include a buffet lunch or welcome cocktail, as well as most beach activities.
Accessible by boat, Rose Island is located three miles (five km) east of Paradise Island, which in turn lies directly off New Providence Island in the Bahamas. Day trips to the island leave from Paradise Island Ferry Terminal, which is about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) northeast of downtown Nassau and a five-minute walk south of Paradise Island city center. The boat crossing takes about 25 minutes.