Barbary Beach

Booking a little in advance, you can take one of the kayak tours that leave from here out to Peterson Cay. This is one of the most picturesque, and at the same time secluded, beaches you're going to find. Sometimes finding it is the hard part, though.

Situated in the vicinity of Freeport, 3.2 miles west-southwest of Freetown, Barbary Beach is on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Even if you love being in the middle of all the action, there are some perks to visiting a beach that isn't crowded into a major metropolitan area; secluded parts of the coast like Barbary Beach allow you much more room to spread out and feel comfortable.

How to Access The Beach

To access this beach, you'll have to take the Grand Bahama Hwy east of Freeport 7 or 8 miles. The road will curve toward the ocean, and as it begins to curve back parallel to the water, take a right down the small path. This will lead you right to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beautiful wind-swept beach is absolutely stunning and is a prime location to spend an afternoon/evening admiring the views and having a picnic. The sand is pristine, the water is always clear and, in most places, very shallow.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

If you usually favor shores which bring visitors a tranquil environment, then you may want to try Barbary Beach; it's found in a more rural area of Grand Bahama Island.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Barbary Beach on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. It is near some interesting sites like Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is a short cab ride away, and it is among the attractions close-by.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House (positioned within the range of a cab) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help share a different side of the Bahamas.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Bahamas. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Barbary Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Grand Bahama Labyrinth Monument 5.8 W Grand Bahama Island
Fortune Hills Golf Course & Country Club Golf Course 9.0 W Grand Bahama Island
Lucayan Golf Course Golf Course 10.6 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Flovin Gallery Lucaya Art Gallery 10.7 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House Museum 10.7 WSW Grand Bahama Island

Cities and Towns

The closest section on Grand Bahama Island to Barbary Beach is Freetown. This interesting part of Grand Bahama Island is only three miles from the beach, which means you needn't use up an entire day here. Keep in mind that Freeport isn't very urbanized, so for those who want to get a taste of the local culture, this area in the Bahamas might make for a rather pleasant day trip.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from the few small lodgings in the area.


You might not find any places to eat near this coastal destination, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Grand Bahama Island, so if Barbary Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Fortune Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Xanadu Beach is just right. You'll find it 14 and a half miles to the west-southwest.

You may also want to consider Gold Rock Beach, which is located three miles away.

The Bahamas has plenty to offer its visitors, and Barbary Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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