Gold Rock Beach is Part of the Lucayan National Park in Freeport. Don't let anyone tell you there's nothing to see in Freeport.
We rented a car at the Cruise Port (Celebrity Rentals) and used the map given by the car rental place to get to the park. NOTE: It didn't cost THAT much gasoline to re-fuel the vehicle. $10 is sufficient. Dont give them more gas than you start with! Our tank was NOT full when we started, and certainly wasn't going to be full when we returned it. Make a note before leaving as to how much gas you start with!
Drive out there was about 45 minutes. Driving on the LEFT side of the road, from a RIGHT-hand drive vehicle! Challenging to say the least! There are many "roundabouts" to access from their highways. Can be confusing so watch carefully at landmarks when you're going out.
It cost $5 to park, with a nice attendant there to give us directions. To access the beach, you walk across the street and follow the path until you get to sheer paradise.
Where you park, there is a path to follow where you can see a few caves. Nice walk. Safe.
Get there at LOW tide (search tide tables ahead of time) If you get there at absolute LOWEST tide, you'll get the full view of the ripples in the sand. Absolutely stunning.
Snorkeling - not much to see the day we were there. Unless you are there at low tide, and can swim all the way out to Gold Rock. If you're planning to do that prior to low tide, it is a good distance to swim out there.
There were 4 of us... and 2 there when we got there, and 2 when we left. That's it. We had miles of beach and beauty all to ourselves! Yes, its safe.
Spray with insect repellant... sand fleas. No restrooms on beach. Use the ones at the parking lot at the park entrance. No food vendors or anything like that, so bring a bottle of water and a snack.
The distance you can walk out in shallow water is amazing.
We didn't see much snorkeling, but didn't swim out very far either.
Bring towels, sunscreen, etc. ... anything you'd normally bring with you to the beach. (that will fit in a bag or backpack) But don't load yourself down, because it's a pretty good walk to get there.
Worth the trip. If anyone says "There's nothing to see in Freeport", they obviously haven't been here!
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