Gold Rock Beach

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If you're looking for that perfect postcard photo from the Bahamas, this may be the spot to get it, though you should avoid coming at high tide. It costs $5 to enter the national park.

Set in Freetown, 6.3 miles south-southwest of Grand Bahama Island, Gold Rock Beach is on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. You will typically find yourself with plenty of room to stretch out, as the beach and its surrounding area is not stuffed with visitors.

How to Access The Beach
It takes a bit of a drive to reach this secluded spot inside Lucayan National Park, but you'll be happy you did. It's about 45 min drive from Lucayan. Park at the National Park entrance, and walk the path through the mangroves to reach the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach stretches on for miles - the first sight of its gentle white sand and waters containing many shades of blue is bound to make your jaw drop. You can take a tour to nearby Ben's Cave, go snorkeling, or just immerse yourself in the views. The water is shallow and good for swimming, and there is a large sandbar. Snorkelers may need to swim out a bit, but Gold Rock Reef is worth seeing.

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 desire coasts which offer a calm experience, then you may want to try Gold Rock Beach; it is back in a less urban part of Grand Bahama Island.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island; it will be near other attractions like Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is nine miles to the west-southwest.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Museum Of Underwater Exploration. This museum is located 14 miles to the west-southwest, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If a visit to the Gold Rock Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Gold Rock Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Grand Bahama Labyrinth Monument 9.0 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Fortune Hills Golf Course & Country Club Golf Course 12.2 W Grand Bahama Island
Lucayan Golf Course Golf Course 13.8 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Flovin Gallery Lucaya Art Gallery 13.9 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Art and Nature Gift and Souvenir Shops 13.9 WSW Grand Bahama Island

Cities and Towns

The closest area of Grand Bahama Island to Gold Rock Beach is Freetown. This friendly part of Grand Bahama Island is only about a hundred yards from the coast, so a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. Keep in mind that Freeport isn't overly congested, so for guests hoping to get a better feel for the area, this part of the Bahamas could be a great choice for a day trip.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Gold Rock Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may meet visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

While there aren't many hotels nearby, the closest ones have been listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Gold Rock Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bishop's Beach Club & Bar -- -- Motel
Ocean Pearl Bonefishing Resort 9.6 mi. E Lodge


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat close to this coastal destination, so you may choose to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Grand Bahama Island you might like besides Gold Rock Beach.

Another location you may want to try is Churchill Beach, which is located nine and a half miles away.

Maybe Gold Rock 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 keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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