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.

Located in Freetown, 6.3 miles south-southwest of Grand Bahama Island, Gold Rock Beach is on the South West edge of Grand Bahama Island. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Those planning on making a stop at this beach will enjoy escaping the buzz of city life without missing the chance to do a little people watching.

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 brings visitors a quiet and relaxing haven, since the location that surrounds the beach is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Gold Rock Beach on the South West coast of Grand Bahama Island. It is close to Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is seen nine miles to the west-southwest, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museum Of Underwater Exploration. This museum is located only a taxi ride away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 region on Grand Bahama Island to Gold Rock Beach is Freetown. This location is only about a hundred yards from the coast, so it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Keep in mind that Freeport isn't very urbanized, so for those wishing to get a taste of local life, Freetown should provide an interesting experience.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may see guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

While you will not find very many hotels in the vicinity, those options closest to Gold Rock Beach can be viewed in the following list.

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


There aren't any restaurants close to this coast, so you may choose to pack a lunch for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Grand Bahama Island, so Gold Rock Beach is not your only option.

Travelers may also want to consider Churchill Beach, which is located a short taxi ride away.

Gold Rock Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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