Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Posted by Jody on February 20, 2012
Today’s Featured Writer: Mary Hilgart
Gold Rock Beach at Lucayan National Park is dubbed by the locals as one of the most beautiful beaches on Grand Bahama Island. After seeing it, I believe they are right! Located about 45 minutes from Lucaya, and connected to Lucayan National Park (across the road), we paid $5 entrance fee to both the park and the beach. The park itself is worth a look, with approximately 1.5 miles of hiking trails that lead to caves and burial grounds of ancient Indian settlers.
To get to the beach, you cross the street and walk the path about 1/4 mile through the mangroves to the beach. Be sure to watch for wildlife on the trail, as we saw a family of raccoons, and many different types of fish in the lagoon.
Once you get to the beach, you will be amazed by the beauty of the shimmering sun on the water, the aqua color of the water, and the amount of large driftwood that has washed up on shore.
There are also some really great sandbars on this beach, which are easy to wade out to without getting too wet.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to get on a boat, be sure to visit this little island off the coast of Gold Rock Beach called Peterson Cay National Park.
This is a tiny uninhabited island that is home to a bird sanctuary.
And also a great place to snorkel and look for sea shells and sand dollars!
While snorkeling, my brother Joe found a six point starfish, which is extremely rare – almost like finding a four leaf clover!
Mary, Wow! They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks so much for the awesome Guest Post and all of the beautiful photos! By the way, Joe hasn’t changed a bit.~ Jody