BEACHES & WATERSPORTS

Picture-perfect Grand Bahama Beaches

If you’re looking for a pristine white-sand beach, bordered by gorgeous, crystal-clear, turquoise waters that stretch for miles, you’ve come to the right place. Grand Bahama Island’s sprawling, reef-protected shoreline and cays are filled with numerous picture-perfect beaches that will simply take your breath away.

There are generally two types of beaches on Grand Bahama Island, the “Activity Beach” and the “Secluded Beach”.

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When you visit an activity beach, you’ll find plenty of fun and games to keep busy, including snorkeling, waterskiing, windsurfing, diving, fishing, sailing, parasailing, beachfront dining, bars, Bahamian entertainment, and more. Everything is at your fingertips! The best-known activity beaches on Grand Bahama are Lucaya Beach, Xanadu Beach, and Taino Beach.

Secluded beaches

If you’re seeking solitude, set your sights on finding a secluded beach.

Start with the southwest or southeast area of the island and follow the main highway in either direction. The most spectacular beach on the island is without a doubt Gold Rock Beach, part of the protected Lucayan National Park. The beach is often secluded at low-tide when it unveils its signature rippled sand, which the locals call their official “welcome mat”.

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Fortune Beachis a quiet beach, five miles from Port Lucaya Marketplace. The beach got its name from a shipwreck worth $2 million which was discovered there. If you wish to visit Fortune Beach, you will need your own transportation, or you can purchase a tour that visits this beach. The Banana Bay restaurant is at this location.

Gold Rock Beachis part of the Lucayan National Park and is protected by the Bahamas National Trust. Located east of the island, about 25 miles from Freeport, this beach is often secluded at low tide when it unveils its spectacular “welcome mat”. Gold Rock Beach can be accessed via tour bus or rental car. There are BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches available. North of the beach are the Lucayan Caverns, the world’s longest underground surveyed cave system.

Lucaya Beachis located across from the Port Lucaya hotels (Grand Lucayan, Bahamas). This popular tourist beach has watersports and activities galore. Coral Beach west of Lucaya beach, a short distance away and is less crowded. Billy Joe’s snack shack is also nearby, here you can sample some of our island’s famous “roast conch.”

Mather Town Beachis about three miles from Port Lucaya. There are limited water activities at this beach, but it is a great place for swimming, eating, drinking and hanging out with the locals. Club Caribe restaurant and Margaritavilla Sand Bar are located here.

Paradise Cove Beach,located in the west, is a quiet, secluded beach offering snorkeling and volleyball as well as snacks. Various tour packages provide transportation to this beach, which is open from 10 a.m. to sunset.

Smith’s Point Beachis adjacent to Taino Beach in the Lucaya area. It is famous for its Wednesday night “fish fry” where visitors and residents dance and socialize while enjoying tasty native dishes such as fried snapper, potato salad and peas ‘n’ rice.

Taino Beachis located in the Lucaya area and is ideal for families with children. During holidays, the beach is the site of many “cook-outs.” Several restaurants are on-site, including The Stoned Crab and Kaptain Kenny’s Bay Watch. There is limited water activity available; however, hair braiding, straw goods and other souvenirs are sold at Kaptain Kennys.

William’s Town Beachis centrally located at William’s Town settlement. The eastern side of the beach offers water activities, such as banana boat rides, jet skis and snorkeling. You will frequently see horses on the beach. On the town side is Travellers’ Rest, a native restaurant and bar.

Xanadu Beachis a popular tourist beach with plenty of activity and watersports. You can find parasailing, banana boat rides, jet skiing and enjoy tropical drinks and snacks at Xanadu’s outdoor bar and grill.

posted on December 12, 2018, at 5:29 am
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