Lucayan National Park
- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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There are three national parks on Grand Bahama, but this is the definitive favorite. A 40-acre spread of mangrove, palm and pine trees, Freeport's Lucayan National Park also contains lovely white sand beaches, the impressive Gold Rock Creek and one of the longest underwater limestone caves in the world.
According to Yahoo! Travel, those travelers who've only devoted an hour or so to Lucayan National Park have sold themselves short. You'll probably need several hours, and maybe even a full day to explore the two underwater caves -- one of which is the spot where the bones of the island's Lucayan people were discovered in 1986 -- and to swim at the secluded Gold Rock Beach. You can also kayak or ride horses in the park.
If you are short on time, recent visitors suggest you forego some of the other activities in favor of the beach. One TripAdvisor user writes in: "I would consider myself a beach expert. I have been to many of the top beaches throughout the world and this is the best!" A vacationer tells Yahoo! Travel: "The caves weren't worth writing home about but the beaches were absolutely beautiful. Stunning colors and you could walk really far out and still be only knee deep."
You can visit the Bahamas National Trust's website for more information on visiting the park, which is open daily, or contact the trust's Rand Nature Centre at 242-352-5438.