Lucayan National Park
Lucayan National Park
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Cari B
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The park was interesting in itself....the grifter collecting money robs you though! I was persistent on knowing the cost of the entry when we arrived and he would not allow us to tour unless we paid his "up-charged" cost. I attempted to contact the National Park but no one cared to answer so if you're willing to get ripped off to walk through a couple caves and walkway....go for it but you're not missing out on much.
Written June 28, 2022
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Sarah G
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was fun, and had been on my list since I saw photos, but it wasn’t worth the price of admission, imo. $6/child under 13 and $11/adult, it cost $46 for my family to see a couple caves and go to an average beach. I love reading educational signs, but these could be summarized to say: there are 6 miles of mapped caves, there are bats in one cave (that was cool - I LOVE bats!) , one new category of crustaceans was found there that looks like a millipede, and remains of some Lucayan people were found buried there. Again, it was fun, just not a lot as far as not a lot to see, do, or learn. Visitor center was not open when we went; not sure if it’s typically not open or why it wasn’t.
Written July 16, 2023
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Megan C
Broken Arrow, OK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We took a private tour with Donald Duncombe that we booked through ToursByLocals. It was a wonderful experience. Highly recommend going with Donald. He pointed out lots of information about the plant species and caves. The park area is pretty small and probably only takes about 20 minutes to go through. But you can spend as much time on the beach as you want to. Gold Rock Beach is calm and gorgeous and not busy.
Written May 14, 2023
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cowgoddess
St. Petersburg, FL163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We nearly didn't make it here, but I'm so glad we did!! The caves were really neat and the beach was just lovely. It was overcast, so we never saw the rock turn gold, but it was still a nice beach. Found some great shells and the snorkelers in our group spotted some huge conch and a dolphin!
Written October 13, 2023
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John M
Sudbury, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Cute little day trip to take but I would suggest avoiding a "tour" ... we booked this as an excursion and were picked up by a taxi and the taxi driver was our "tour guide". He was a nice guy but basically just read the signs posted along the trail and offered nothing I couldn't have just read myself.

It was a nice location though and Gold Rock Beach was beautiful.
Written April 21, 2024
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NancyC
Saint Louis, MO22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The park as well as the area around the port suffered from the last hurricane. The caves you can visit in the park are interesting caves/sink holes with an interesting history. It is a long unimpressive drive, not a lot to see.
Written March 6, 2023
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MaggieMae324
Magnolia, TX34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We took the pathway through the park and visited the caves before visiting the beach. The water in the caves is gorgeous and clear and you are able to see several fish. In Ben's cave, we were able to see bats flying around. It was very neat to see them in nature instead of in the zoo. We enjoyed the variety of flowers and plants we saw through the path.
Written May 22, 2023
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Elizabeth R
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We spent a few hours here and did not see anyone else. It was really hot and not any shade to speak (other than the 2 small caves) of so come prepared. It was a nice afternoon. We crossed over to the beach side later and enjoyed the raised boardwalk through the mangroves. We had see ads to kayak through the mangroves here but saw no signs of that activity when we were there.
Written August 9, 2021
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Suzanne G
Mammoth Lakes, California, United States15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
We had one day in Freeport, off the cruise ship. This is the best thing to do if docking in Freeport, hands down, don't let anyone convince you otherwise. I had a car rental set up with Avis. First, they lied. I called twice previous to the trip and was told they are close to the dock and that I just needed to call them once off the ship and they would send a shuttle to pick us up. Well, once off the ship my cell phone did not work to call them. A taxi organizer at the curb was kind enough to call Avis on our behalf. He tried about 6 times; they never answered the phone. I cannot recommend renting from Avis because of this. Next trip I will rent from the solo company that is actually at the dock, I don't care if their vehicles are supposedly not in great shape. At least they are available.
So, get a rental car. Next the drive to the park is super easy. Get a map from the rental company. There are a couple round-abouts, circular intersections instead of signal lights. Just pay attention to the signs and you will not have any problems going the right way. Traffic is very light, there won't be hardly any other cars. Take the road to the park, it will only take about half an hour to get to the park entrance.
Before you go on your trip, check tide tables to determine when low/high tide is for your day. Once at the park, try to be on the beach at low tide. This will cause the beach to be wider. However, if the timing doesn't work out, the beach is still awesome and beautiful at any tide.
The beach is gorgeous; everything you wish to see in a Caribbean-style beach. Silky, satiny soft sand. Water as clear as drinking water, yet light turquoise in overall color. Pretty shells. Gentle lapping waves. Tons of photo opportunities. Trees and branches to set things on, also providing shade. Lots of sandpipers. Driftwood. Beach as far as you can in both directions. If others are there, they are in low numbers. Plenty of space to be apart from others for plenty of privacy.

Caves (geologically they are cenotes) across street. Take the path up small hill from parking lot. Ben's Cave is the first you come upon. It is an opening in the limestone roof of the cave, in which man has built a spiral metal staircase to allow one to descend into the cave. It only goes down about 3-40 feet, then there is a platform. This platform is built over the top of the extremely still, clear water in the cave's bottom. It is fresh water with about 6 feet of salt water on top. Marine fish swim around in the top layer, causing the only movement in the water when they surface briefly. Bring a good camera for amazing shots.
The next cave was also beautiful. I was lucky, for we were there in mid afternoon. The sunlight shot through the cave's opening and hit the cave wall below the water's surface, perhaps 25 feet down. This could only be viewed from the far edge of the platform. The sunlight lit up the wall under the water and made an amazing viewing of the below water cave area.

The cave hike is simple, short, and is a loop. It brings you back to the parking lot.

There was a woman at the entrance to the beach trail selling cold drinks and a few souvenirs. I purchased coconut water, a tall can, for $4. It was icy cold and worth every penny. She had sodas and water; no alcohol. Her banana bread was sold out so I cannot review it.

The beach trail splits almost immediately. Veering left, we walked on a boardwalk over a rocky coppice, then Gold Rock Creek, over a low sand dune, and then the beautiful beach appeared. The trail does continue parallel to the ocean, and allows yet another opening to the beach. Crossing over the creek, we could see plenty of large fish swimming around. There were many mangroves. I suggest slathering body oil over your sunscreen to avoid those nasty no-see-um bites. They cannot bite through the oil. There is NO insect repellant that will work against them.

The trail then continues away from the beach, crossing Whiteland coppice where several interpretive signs educate you on various plants. I believe this is the 'pine' path. It is about a 5 minute walk back to the parking lot. I think it is worthwhile to take one path to the beach (going left is the shortest way) and returning to the parking lot by continuing on the loop path.

It only costs $5 per person for this amazing park entrance fee. We were approached immediately upon arrival for payment by the park attendant. He gave us a map which showed the simple paths.

When the Avis rental failed; we hired a driver for the remainder of the day. it was noon and we only had 4.5 hours remaining before we had to be back at the ship. There were four of us. We paid him $125. A rental car was going to be about a hundred. We tipped him $20. So although it costs us more, it was still relatively an inexpensive day after splitting the cost.

I cannot possible recommend enough going to this park. I found the cave beautiful and fascinating. The beach was fantastic, peaceful, gorgeous. Don't even worry about the low or high tide; it is worth seeing anytime.

As far as snorkeling, we planned on doing it. But upon arrival, we were there at high tide. It was a good walk out to water deep enough to swim. There was one outcropping aways out and I believe that is where people snorkel, around it. It is not too far out that one could not swim out there and snorkel, but it is far enough that you have to want to do it. As our time was limited due to Avis's failure, we skipped snorkeling. Our time was spent walking and laying around in the water, taking photos, and searching for interesting shells.

Take food and drink with you as desired. There are no concessions available at all; not even water.

The toilet was interesting. After using the pit toilet, one drops a scoop of cedar shavings into it. Apparently the cedar works very well because this is the only pit toilet I have ever used that did not stink terribly and have insects buzzing all around. It was clean and not stinky.

Go here. Don't debate any further. You will not be sorry. Don't be afraid to drive yourself; it is not far and not hard. There were only about 2 potholes and the road is so straight that you have plenty of time to veer around them.

You can negotiate the price if you are hiring a driver. Make sure he is staying with you the whole time and do not pay him until the end of the day.
Written January 26, 2015
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Erica
Strasburg, OH590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
We decided to book the Beaches and Caves excursion on our cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky. I'd read reviews and wasn't sure what to expect. What we saw took our breath away!! I'd read some people talk about the cave was just a cave but the beaches were amazing. I agree. You've seen one cave you've seen them all, but I've never seen anything like these beach. Amazing. You take a 40 min. bus ride to get to the caves and National park, after spending time here you'll go to Banana Bay to eat and enjoy their private beach! Worth the money!!
Written September 28, 2015
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