After getting off of a cruise ship we rented a car for $85 (keeping in mind it is $15 round trip to Taino Beach per person) and decided to drive on the left side of the road and visit what ended up being the highlight of our cruise to the Bahamas. Six od us piled into a small 1999 Honda and about 45 minutes later we arrived. If you make it to Freetown, you have went to far. Freetown consisted of 8 or so homes and a school. You will drive 12 or so miles only making one turn and you will begin to feel as if you have went the wrong way and are lost. The only warning you have that you are approaching the park is a speed limit that says 15 mph and some rumble strips on the road. The park is marked with a small green sign that says Lucayan National Park and is on your left. There is no mention of Gold Rock Beach on the signs. Pay the attendant $5 per person (12 and under are free) and he will explain the park trails to you. The north loop has a couple of caves with crystal clear water and signs on the trails explaining what you are looking at. We spent maybe 25 minutes walking the trails and checking out the caves. There are clean bathrooms by the parking area at the beginning of this trail. We then went to the south sir of the road and walked the longer trail leading in. Again there were signs explaining the vegetation to you. We had thw WOW factor as we crossed the dune and saw the beach. The tide was out and as we arrived at around 10am, there were only two others as far as we could see. There was a large beach and we put our towels and what food and drink we brought on a tree right by the trail head. Some of our group snorkeled and the came back with half a dozen sand dollars. They also saw live starfish. As we walked the beach we watched a sting ray maybe 10 feet from shore. We walked back the shorter trail on the way back and there were several fish under the trail bridge. At the roadway when we came back out was a vendor selling water and soda for $1.50. There were maybe 25 people on the beach when we left at 1pm. It was clear sky's and 92 degrees during our visit. There are no facilities except what is by the parking lot. The walk to the beach from the lot is maybe 5 minutes.
Watch driving the round a bouts because unlike the ones that I drive daily, sometimes the cars entering the traffic circle must yield and sometimes it is the car in the circle, oh and you go left in them!!!!
The rental car had to be returned to the pier by 3pm and gas was $6 per gallon and they only took cash at the station we stopped at.
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