Lucayan National Park
Gold Rock Beach
Park's Gold Rock Beach is spectacular--but only at low tide
Lucayan National Park and Gold Rock Beach, located 20 miles from Freeport, are definitely worth the out-of-the-way trip either as part of an excursion or with a rental car.
A biologist in the late 1970s found a previously
unknown class of crustacean in Ben's Cave. The tiny opaque, centipede-like organism apparently had been living blind,
in the darkness of the Grand Bahama cave system, for millions of years before
A short distance beyond Ben's is a second limestone cavern, Burial Mound Cave. In 1985, archeologists found four skeletons on the floor of Burial Mound Cave, about 6 feet underwater. A stairway here leads inside the cavern to a platform just above the water level. Lucayan bones and artifacts, such as pottery, have been found in many caves.
These caves are only one of the ecosystems found in Lucayan National Park, apparently the only place in the Bahamas that contains all the 6 ecosystems found individually or in lesser combinations throughout the islands.
The boardwalk and short walking trail lead to Gold Rock Beach, a gorgeous stretch of white sane extending for miles in both directions without a hint of development. It is perfect for a day's outing.
During slack water, hundreds of yards of washboard sand bottom lie exposed. Those sandbanks may have been treacherous for early explorers but they're a glorious playground for us today. Gold Rock has no visible buildings (just a few picnic tables). With a rental car, bring a picnic and spend the day; the tall casuarina trees will supply plenty of shade.
Yet only a handful of people typically are here, probably
because of the distance, about 25 miles from Freeport.