Lucayan National Park (Grand Bahama Island)

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Key Info

Grand Bahama Highway

Price & Hours

$5 per person
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

Details

Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

scorecard

  • 4.5Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

There are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island, but this is the definitive favorite. A 40-acre spread of mangrove, palm and pine trees, Lucayan National Park also contains the impressive Gold Rock Beach (which appears in two of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), as well as the Burial Mound Cave (where the remains of four indigenous Lucayans were discovered in 1986) and Ben's Cave (one of the locales featured in the James Bond movie "Never Say Never Again"). Both caves are part of one of the world's longest underwater limestone cave systems.

Lucayan National Park's sights, especially the beach, impressed recent visitors. However, bugs are prevalent by the mangroves that line the beach's elevated boardwalk, so travelers recommend wearing bug spray while visiting. Some also suggest bringing a picnic lunch and some extra bread for feeding the fish swimming in the mangroves' roots. Avid divers, meanwhile, can go diving at Ben's Cave via operators like Sunn Odyssey Divers and Calabash Eco Adventures. Dives cost $140 to $169 per person.

This national park sits less than 20 miles northeast of downtown Freeport and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All visitors are charged an entrance fee of $5, which covers access to all of the park's sights. No food or beverage concessions are available inside, but restrooms can be found by the entrance. To get to the property, plan on driving and parking at the beach's parking lot. Visit Lucayan National Park's website to learn more.

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#1 Bahamas Beaches

The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.

Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.

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