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“Getting to Gold Rock Beach Freeport Bahamas”
Review of Gold Rock Beach

Gold Rock Beach
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Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
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Grand Bahama Island Jeep and Kayak Adventure from Freeport
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Owner description: This beach is as pretty as a postcard, with smooth white sands and clear blue waters.
Reviewed December 2, 2009

I was there the week of Thanksgiving 2009. We rented a car. "They drive on the left". Take Grand Bahama Hwy East until you reach Fortune Bay Drive. Take a right. Head South to E Sunrise Hwy. Take a Left on E. Sunrise. Go back towards Grand Bahama Hwy. You will cross a bridge (Casaurina Bridge) on the way back to Grand Bahama Hwy. Once you are back to Grand Bahama Hwy, take a right and the beach is 11 miles up on the right. It will be across from Lucayan National Park. There were five of us and the Taxi ride would have been $250 round trip. The rental cost's around $100. Check the tide schedules and try to get there at low tide. Absolutely stunning.

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Reviewed October 20, 2009

This beach was beautiful. It has a sand bar about 50 yards out which at low tide you can walk up and down forever. There are a few trees that are dead but those are from back in 2004 when they had two hurricanes. Beach had the finest sand and some very clear water. Plus the walk to the beach they have nice new board walks that wind through some wildlife areas. Just over all beautiful.

5  Thank Chelsea W
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

First of all, I would consider myself a beach expert. I have been to many of the top beaches throughout the world and this is the best! Very unique. Huge tide variance which make the beach so wide. Amazing swimming, no development, secluded and a place I can't wait to return to one day! If you go to GBI, you must visit Gold Rock Beach!!

9  Thank kenfVancouver_BC
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

Our wonderful tour guide from our Jeep excursion brought us to Gold Rock Beach, easily one of the most breathtaking beaches I have seen in my travels. He explained that the rock formation in the water we could see from the shore looks golden in the rising and setting sun, after which the beach was named.

The water was crystal clear and sparkling (and felt like emerald green and aqua bathwater), the sands were pure and smooth, and the area was completely private and secluded. Every so often someone would find a crab burrowing a hole in the sand and pieces of coral that washed up onto the sand bar. This is absolutely a must-see when visiting the Lucaya National Park!

3  Thank keyofdee
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

Was sailing on Carnival's Sensation June 28-July 2nd. Was looking for a nice beach to go to on our own, since most of the cruise excusrsions were expensive. I had reserved a car with Avis, as they reported that they had a rental car station at the port where the cruises drop off in Freeport. Learned very quickly, that Avis is about 10 minutes away and shuttles come to pick up (supposly every 10 minutes). After waiting for about 30 minutes and calling Avis, we got frustrated. We had seen a small local car rental car place within the shops right at the port. We were able to get a compact car, which fit 4 adults and one child for a total of $70, including insurance. The lady gave us a map and highlighted the routes to get to Gold Rock. She advised that it would take approx one hour. I had read on this site and other cites that most people made it there in approx 40 minutes from port. It took us 35 minutes. The main highways are EMPTY and the drive is mostly through heavily wooded pine areas.

Word of caution if you are renting, you will be driving on the left side of the road if you go. However, there are cars that we saw that had steering wheels on the left side, but we got stuck with one on the right. My husband was a little nervous, but he did fine, especially since there were hardly any cars on the road!

When you enter the park area on the left, you will pull into a small gravel parking lot which does not look like much and there you will park and someone should greet you and will ask you for park fees. I think we paid $3 per adult and our 6 year old daughter was free. There are bathrooms in the parking lot area and then the caves, ect are up a path past the bathrooms. We did not do the caves.

Gold Rock Beach path is directly across the street from parking lot, there was a local woman parked outside path who was selling cold drinks, snacks. Waters were like $2 and gatorade and soda were $1.50. The drinks were cold. Previous reviews have said that the path is not really marked and you can easily miss it. The path now has like this little wooded fence thing in front of it and a sign. So even if the woman is not sitting there with her drinks, you can see the path quite easily.

There are two paths you can take, as it splits. Take the left split and it is the most direct and will take approx 5 minutes to get to the beach. The right split will take about 15-20 minutes and brings you through the mangroves.

Gold Rock Beach was abosulutley beautiful. It was everything like the photos which are posted on this site. The day we got there, low tide was around 8:30 am and high tide at 2:30. We arrived at the beach around 11:00 and the water was already pretty high and most of the sandbars that Gold Rock is known for were already covered by water. Regardless, the water was still very shallow and you had to swim quite far to get to a point where you were standing and completely covered by water.

The water was warm, clear and beautiful.!!! There was some very slight waves which were prob being caused by a small storm approaching. Unlike other reviews I have read on this beach, we were lucky and did not have any run-ins with baracuda's or stingrays. We saw one little crab, thats it. I was hoping to see starfish, but did not see any of them either. My daughter did have fun collecting coral from the shore area. We did end up having a heavy down pour of rain which lasted approx 10 minutes. We ran under the covered hut that the kayaking excursion people use from the cruises. The kayakers were not there yet, so we just hung out until the rain stopped.

Beacuase of the tide issues, there is very little places to sit on the beach once the tide is high. You can move east on the beach about 100 feet, but we had so much stuff with us, that there was no way we were walking that far. We had to bring chairs, umbrellas, ect with us, because as I researched Gold Rock, there is nothing there.

The great thing about this beach is prob the seclusion and its beauty of course. We were the only ones at this beach for 80% of the time. Other people who will be there will be the kayakers from the cruise ship excursions. They will come and eat lunch as a group under the covered hut area and then they will swim a little.

We were only able to spend a couple of hours at Gold Rock. Mainly due to the car rental issue of wating for Avis, who never showed up and then the rain and thunderstorms we had, we lost another 30 minutes. Since the weather was so so and we were running out of time before we had to be back at ship, we decided to eat at Bishop's, which I also researched.

There are signs for Bishop's out ont he street by the parks parking lot. The lady selling the drinks will tell you its 7 miles on the right. Those directions were AWFUL. If you are going to goto Bishops to eat, continue down the road, as if you were going to drive past the park, and at one point the road will kinda split....keep to the right. Once you split, you will be on road for a few minutes and you will see a small police station on right side in High Rock. When you see the police station, turn right on the street right before the police station parking lot. Follow that little street all the way down, (there will be this small round about) and when u get to the end of street, make a right. You will follow this down the coastline for about 45 seconds. It will lead you straight into Bishops parking lot. You can either eat in the inside restaunt which is to the right or the outside tiki hut bar on the left. You can reseach Bishops Bone fish restraunt on the web. It gets mainly great reviews. It is mostly seafood, and they had hamburger/chicken fingers. It is worth going if you like seafood, all fresh, and really good. They have conch dishes and my husband got snapper, which is served with the head on. Bishops has a hotel as well. which also gets raves reviews even though it does not look like much. You will most likely be one of the few at this restaraunt, we were the only ones!!!! One note of caution, do not eat in the inside restaraunt unless u are covered up. If you want to sit around in your bathing suit, go outside and eat. My daughter decided to take off her cover up in restaraunt and Bishop walked over and told her to put her beach cover up on.

The car rental return was quick and easy, we made it back to ship within one hour after leaving Bishop's. The day was cheap for us, as we split the car rental costs with our friends. For me and my husband and child, the car rental was $35, park admission $6 and lunch was approx $40 which included 3 seafood meals, 2 sodas, one Bahama Mama and tip and gratuity. We also put in $7 for gas into car. Total cost for our own cruise shore excursion was $88 for a family of 3. Considering that most people do not even leave the ship at Freeport or complain that there is nothing to do...we had a GREAT time and we were able to do whatever we wanted and were not stuck on the hustle and bustle of a shore excursion schedule!!

I hope that I can go back to Gold Rock Beach again one day and experience it at low tide and without cloudy and stormy skies. It is truly a beautiful and peaceful place!!!!

39  Thank snoss93220
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