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“Gorgeous” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gold Rock Beach

Gold Rock Beach
Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling
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Owner description: This beach is as pretty as a postcard, with smooth white sands and clear blue waters.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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126 reviews 126 reviews
63 attraction reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Beach is in the Lucayan National park and has to be one of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen. Shallow, blue waters. Nice soft beach. Walk along and enjoy the natural tree line as well as beach. Very little crowd.

Visited February 2014
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Worth every flippin' inconvenience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

It's far from Freeport, $5 pp for parking, a hike (1/8 mi.) from the road and down a semi-steep dune, but it's one of the world's most beautiful and unspoiled beaches. Keep it that way, but go if you can, BUT NOT AT HIGH TIDE, when the beach is out for cleaning. Afterward, continue down to Bishop's for a drink and maybe a nibble. I don't know who's been there longer Bishop or the beach. Both have stories to tell, but Bishop does it in English.

Visited February 2014
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“No words to describe this stunning beach - heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was by far the best beach I have ever seen. Untouched by humans, the beach line travels for miles. The sandbanks in the middle of the water makes the ocean this opalescent pale blue that I have never seen before. You can walk for a long time before the water even gets deep.

This is the one must see place on Grand Bahama Island - for sure. In order to enjoy your trip, you must bring your own food and be prepared to travel a bit to get to the port-o-potties. Because this beach has no human intervention, you will find some old seaweed and other plants on the shoreline, but it certainly does not prevent you from enjoying the view.

Definitely not a place to bring wheelchairs or strollers as it would be too difficult to drag the wheels through the sand. Also, if you plan on walking far out, there is no secure place on the beach to leave your stuff (lockers or such). Mind you, bring your camera with you!

Visited February 2014
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Keller, Texas
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“A Secluded Piece of Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I did a lot of research about this area before the trip and everyone suggested that if we should visit, go at low tide. I found a web site to gauge the tides and pin pointed the right time to be there. The 6 of us arrived on a cruise ship in Freeport and rented a car at the port from Island Jeep & Car Rental. The drive to the park took about 45 minutes (closely following a map the rental car place provided us), but we went past the park to have lunch first. We came back after lunch to arrive just as high tide was reaching its maximum. We parked and paid the $5 per person Lucayan National Park admission and quickly viewed the caves. After the caves we crossed the highway to the trails leading to the beach. There are 2 different paths to take, both leading to the beach. We took the shorter route as we had a limited amount of time there. We walked along the raised paths through the mangroves, spotting many birds, fish, raccoons and a crab along the way. We came upon the beach which was breath taking, truly an awesome expanse. We got there at just the right time as the beach went on and on. There were warm pools of water left behind from the high tide. If you arrive at high tide, you will find a very thin stretch of beach to play with. The water is very shallow for 100 yards or more and the sand is soft and fine. The beach, along the tree line is littered with beautiful, weathered driftwood. I would highly recommend a visit here if you can make the trek. It's well worth the small admission fee.There are no amenities on the beach so be sure to bring some food and drinks (at least) as well the standard beach gear and snorkeling equipment. Just a piece of information, the cars drive on the opposite (left) side of the road here and some people may be uncomfortable with this switch.

Visited January 2014
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Easton, Maryland, United States
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Spectacular beach, regardless of tide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you go to Grand Bahama Island, make sure to spend some time in this beach. It's utterly beautiful, easily accessible, and good to spend time in regardless of the tide.

Getting There:
About ten miles east of Freeport down the highway, it's not hard to find. Assuming you're heading east, the beach is on the right side of the road, while the Lucayan National Park is on the left side.

Changing Areas:
On the left side of the road at Lucayan National Park are a couple bathrooms that allow for changing into swimsuits. However, you might need to pay for this -- I was visiting Lucayan National Park and had already paid for entrance, so I can't say definitively.

It's amazing! Beautiful water that was warm even in December, sandbars that curled through the surf (check my picture) and a beach that stretched for miles and miles. I had been warned that you needed to be there in low tide, but I wasn't and still had a whale of a time.

Visited December 2013
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