The 40-acre (16-hectare) Lucayan National Park is home to some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in all of The Bahamas, as well as one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Nature trails and boardwalks lead through mangrove, pine, and palm forests, home to a wealth of animals and vegetation.
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).
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.
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.
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.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.