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 are not staying in the vicinity. You will generally find plenty of beach space once you hit the sand, as the beach and its surrounding area is not overflowing with tourists.

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, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Gold Rock Beach provides a quiet and tranquil experience, due to the fact that the surrounding area is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. Garden of the Groves is located nine miles away, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but many travelers find that museums like Museum Of Underwater Exploration (positioned 14 miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand The Bahamas' interesting past.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Bahamas. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Gold Rock Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Garden of the Groves Botanical Garden 9.0 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Labyrinth Monument 9.0 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Leo's Art Gallery Art Gallery 14.0 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Museum Of Underwater Exploration Museum 14.0 WSW Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Museum Museum 14.2 WSW Grand Bahama Island

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Grand Bahama Island to Gold Rock Beach is Freetown. This location is just about a hundred yards away, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. It's important to note that Freetown is certainly not a bustling region, but it will be a pleasant day trip for guests hoping to get a taste of the local scene.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat close to this coast, so you might want to pack a lunch for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Gold Rock Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on Grand Bahama Island.

Another location you may want to try is Churchill Beach, which is located not too far away, and can be reached in a cab.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Gold Rock Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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