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.

Located 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 in the vicinity. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; beaches less-traveled like Barbary Beach are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

If you tend to choose beach days which provide a quiet enclave, then think about trying out Barbary Beach; it is hidden away within a more natural section of the region.

What's Nearby


Set on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island; it's located near attractions like Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is six miles away.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Museum Of Underwater Exploration, a lovely museum found just a cab ride away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 closest section of Grand Bahama Island to Barbary Beach is Freetown. This location is just three miles from the coast, which means a trip here doesn't have to take all day. Keep in mind that this area in the Bahamas isn't a congested area, and it will be a nice day out for those who want to see more of the area.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.


You might not find any places to eat right on this beach, so you might want to pack a lunch for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Grand Bahama Island, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Fortune Beach, located a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Xanadu Beach. You'll find it 14 and a half miles to the west-southwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Gold Rock Beach, which is located fairly close-by, which means a quick ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.

The Bahamas has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Barbary Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Bahamas even more memorable.


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