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“Secluded Paradise!”
Review of Gold Rock Beach

Gold Rock Beach
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US$49.99*
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Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
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Owner description: This beach is as pretty as a postcard, with smooth white sands and clear blue waters.
Reviewed November 25, 2012

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!

6  Thank TheBriarPatch
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We went to this beach as part of a shore excursion off of the Cruise we were on. We went to the caves accross the road first which were very pretty. The hike to the beach is very nice and well laid out by the park. There are info boards about the flora and fauna of the mangrove swamp you have to walk though on a very nice boardwalk. The beach itself was very beautiful and quiet. Not many people make it out this far- it was about a 45 minute bus trip. You don't need to bring snorkel equipment because it is pretty much a sandy bottom with some grassy areas in the water, I did not see any fish. Just bring your towel,sunscreen,sunglasses, and water and enjoy the silence. If you need to use a restroom, it is on the cave side of the road. There are none by the beach.

1  Thank mw59
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

I did this post, because this is the post I would have loved to read prior to arriving here from a Carnival Magic cruise. This beach was the only thing that saved my otherwise horribly boring cruise. I have been to many beaches in my life, and this is above and beyond the best one ever. These are the reasons: Miles of white sandy beach with no one but you, crystal clear turquoise water, no seaweed, colorful seashells everywhere, very gentle waves, gorgeous scenery, aquatic life everywhere (crabs, fish, sea cucumbers, sand dollars etc..). Make sure you check the tide times for the day you go (you can look at the times a week or two prior to arriving at Freeport, go to http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/2033.html (change the month and date to your planned day). Make sure you go as close to LOW tide as you can. (If you go several hours before the Low tide time, you will still have lots of beach, just not as much as the LOW tide). Please follow these directions if arriving from the cruise line: Prior to your cruise, book a rental car from Avis (or Hertz). When you arrive on port, call Avis (I didn't have a signal so a kind Bahama native who worked at the port called as we exited the ship), Avis will pick you up and drive you to the airport (8-miles), rental car was cheap ($72 with tax). Ask the Avis rep for a map, they will show you how to get to the Lucayan National Park (30min drive) (Remember to drive on the left and don't go over 50miles/hr (speed limit is 45). Once you arrive you will see a little shack on the left with about 8 parking spots (pull in). This little building is the office for the national park, and where you will pay the worker $5 per person over 12yrs of age (they will give you a little map showing the park, beach, and caves). Leave your car here, and walk across the road. There is a nice old native selling jewelry and what not, make her day and buy something. You can choose two ways of getting to the beach (5min walk (left) or a 10min walk (right)), both are fun. I just wanted to get to the beach fast, so I took the 5min walk. It will take you over a long wooden bridge that crosses the mangroves and eventually onto the beach. Gorgeous!! Expect to see a few people arrive on the beach from the H Forbes bus charter excursion. This company takes a group (a dozen people at most, from the cruise ship) to the beach, but don't worry, they only stay for an hour at most, as they have other things to do on their tour. There is not a bathroom here, but you are in the wild so just use your imagination of where to go. There are a few picnic tables available. Bring some granola bars and a bottle of water and you will be fine. Give yourself 2hrs prior to your ships departure to leave the beach (as we got lost going back to the airport to drop off the car, there are hardly any street signs anywhere and we got competely disoriented). But we eventually made it back to Avis to drop the car off and they took us back to the ship! Whatever you do, don't buy the expensive cruise shore excursions, this is so much better. So, to recap, if you are an adventurer and want to get away from the endless lines and people in your face on a cruise and have a huge beautiful beach to your own, take my advice!!!

11  Thank joesmth78
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Gold Rock Beach is a beautiful beach location east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. It is part of the Grand Lucayan National Park. The beach is long and quiet and clean. There were few visitors when we were there. It was a quiet piece of paradise.

1  Thank John A
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Gold Rock Beach is part of the Lucayan National Park - the home of the Lucayan Indian Tribe pre-Christopher Columbus. The history alone offers interesting enough reason to visit the National Park, but the beach makes it completely worth it.

Leading to the beach is a boardwalk above beautiful marshy waters loaded with colorful fish waiting to be fed by passers-by. The beach itself is covered in perfect soft, white sand, crystal clear water, and sand bars every few hundred feet. It's quiet and only costs $5 to visit for a full day. Great beach for swimming and relaxing, but doesn't offer much in the ways of snorkeling.

I highly, highly recommend visiting this dream location.

1  Thank Catherine_rene
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