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Lucayan National Park

Lucayan National Park

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The Basics

Lucayan National Park is the clear favorite of the three national parks on Grand Bahama Island and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Half-day tours of the island’s East End almost always include time in the park, typically a trek along the elevated boardwalk to Gold Rock Beach and a visit to one of the limestone caverns open to visitors. The national park charges a small admission fee per person, which can be paid at the Rand Nature Center (and is included in most guided tours).

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Recent reviews from experiences in Freeport

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beautiful beach
Stanley_B, Jul 2021
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
beautiful beach, friendly guide. Guide picked us up from Freeport airport, very convenient for our family.
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Good time
sherry_c, Aug 2019
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
The caves where ok the beaches both of them where wonderful Lenard was a very nice and considerate one of the highlights of the tour
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Good time
sherry_c, Aug 2019
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
Lenard was a great host very funny! The two beaches where great the restaurant was very good food and wacky banana and conch burger where yummy 😊
star-5
Well worth the money for the tour guide alone
Mark_M, Jul 2019
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
Overall a very good value. The caves were interesting; but not the most exciting. I found the trails around them and the mangrove swamp a bit more interesting especially with the signs posted explaining what different types of vegetation were. Gold Rock beach was amazing. Beautiful water, great sand bar for swimming, very picturesque, and isolated. Made you feel completely escaped from civilization. Restaurant and beach after were decent. Food was good and great sitting and having a conch burger and local beer overlooking the ocean. But by far best part was our guide. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable, easy going, professional, and engaging. Gave much information about the Bahamas and our location while in the bus and touring the caves; but allowed us to explore the areas ourselves otherwise. He made the trip fun and interesting without going overboard. Saw him the next day at the restaurant with a different group and remembered us and came over and chatted with us for about 15 min. One of the best tour guides I ever have and his fellow tour guide he introduced us to seemed to be very similar in nature. Would highly recommend this tour and any from H. Forbes as everyone we met from there was great.
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Gold Rock Beach is your attraction!!
Melissa_H, Oct 2018
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
Our tour guide, Reno, was great! The park is small and so are the caves. I didn’t know this tour was going to two beaches. The first one was Gold Rock beach, which was INCREDIBLE. It reminded me of Trunk Bay at St.John. Reno let the group vote on how long to visit at each beach. He said the other beach had food. Therefore, the group went with Banana Bay beach for the longest time. If I knew what the beaches looked like before I went, I would of choose Gold Rock all the way. It is so clear and you can see the waving sand thru the water. Not to mention, not crowded at all and very secluded. I had snacks so food wasn’t a need for me. All I can say is go see Gold Rock beach, you won’t regret it!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lucayan National Park is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts and families.

  • Plan to spend at least 2 hours (or as much as half a day) exploring the park grounds.

  • Public restrooms can be found at the entrance to the park.

  • If you have snorkel gear, bring it along to explore the coral reef just offshore.

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How to Get There

To get to the park, head east on Midshipman Road past Gold Rock and follow the signs. If you are without a car, hire a taxi or join an organized tour from Freeport.

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When to Get There

The national park grounds close at 4:30pm daily, so it’s a good idea to show up early to make the most of your time. Temperatures are suitable for outdoor activity throughout the year, but rainfall is more frequent from May to October.

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Gold Rock Beach

You might recognize Gold Rock Beach, even if this is your first time on Grand Bahama Island. Scenes from the second and third installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed on this stretch of sand—the widest on Grand Bahama at low tide. Visitors come to this pristine beach for its tidal pools and spectacular natural scenery.

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