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.

Positioned 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 want whether or not you're staying nearby. Travelers will find that, although Gold Rock Beach is by no means secluded, it's not the rowdiest beach in the Bahamas either. This makes it an excellent choice for vacationers who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Gold Rock Beach provides an angelic and tranquil escape, as the surrounding region is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


Gold Rock Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. Grand Bahama Labyrinth is found nine miles away, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House, a lovely museum found 14 miles to the west-southwest, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones 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
Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House Museum 13.9 WSW Grand Bahama Island

Cities and Towns

The closest area of Grand Bahama Island to Gold Rock Beach is Freetown. This destination is just about a hundred yards from the beach, which means it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. It's important to note that Freeport isn't crowded with buildings, so for those hoping to see more of the area, Freetown might be a place you consider spending some time in.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Gold Rock Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though you will generally find few hotels in the region, those accommodations closest to the beach can be viewed below.

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 find any places to eat right on this location, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

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

You may also enjoy Churchill Beach, which is located nine and a half miles to the west-southwest.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Bahamas, and Gold Rock Beach is just one of the many options.


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