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 edge of Grand Bahama Island. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; less popular beaches 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, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

If you happen to choose shores that grant a serene enclave, then a good choice for you is Barbary Beach; it is hidden away in a less urbanized area of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. It is near Garden of the Groves, which is an easy taxi ride's distance, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museum Of Underwater Exploration. This museum is located 11 miles away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Barbary Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Garden of the Groves Botanical Garden 5.8 W Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Labyrinth Monument 5.8 W Grand Bahama Island
Leo's Art Gallery Art Gallery 10.8 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Museum Of Underwater Exploration Museum 10.8 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Museum Museum 11.0 WSW Grand Bahama Island

Cities and Towns

The closest section on Grand Bahama Island to Barbary Beach is Freetown. This destination is only three miles from the coast, which means a trip here doesn't have to take all day. It should be noted that Freetown is not heavily urbanized, though it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.


There aren't any restaurants close to this beach, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Grand Bahama Island has several beautiful beaches, so if Barbary Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Fortune Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. Others might prefer Xanadu Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it 14 and a half miles to the west-southwest.

Another location you may want to try is Gold Rock Beach, which is located three miles to the east-northeast.

Maybe Barbary Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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