The beaches along Paradise Island’s north shore are legendary and technically public. Yet most are difficult to access without being a resort guest or purchasing a day pass. Those on the east end are gated. If you want to leave your footprints in the sand without the cost, your best bet is Cabbage Beach. This two-mile stretch of coastline has one free public access near the Paradise Island Beach Club. If you arrive by cruise ship and just want a quick dip after a hot day of shopping, consider Junkanoo Beach near the western end of Bay Street. It is an easy walk from the port’s terminal.