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 might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like the Bahamas. While Barbary Beach may be a little bit out of the way, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you prefer shores which provide a calm environment, then maybe head on over to Barbary Beach; it is hidden away within a less urban section of the region.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Barbary Beach on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. It's located near Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is situated six miles to the west, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Museum Of Underwater Exploration. This museum is located 11 miles to the west-southwest, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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
Art and Nature Gift and Souvenir Shops 10.7 WSW Grand Bahama Island

Cities and Towns

The nearest section of Grand Bahama Island to Barbary Beach is Freetown. This friendly part of Grand Bahama Island is only three miles away, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Keep in mind that Freetown is not heavily urbanized, though it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests who want to see more of the area.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may see visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat in the immediate surroundings of this location, so you may choose to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Grand Bahama Island has many beaches, so Barbary Beach is just one of your options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Fortune Beach, found a short taxi ride away. Others might prefer Xanadu Beach, which could provide more action, and isn't far from other popular destinations. You'll find it 14 and a half miles to the west-southwest.

Vacationers may also want to visit Gold Rock Beach, which is located reasonably close-by, so a short cab ride is a solid choice.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in the Bahamas, and Barbary Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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