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“Incredibly beautiful natural beach”
Review of Gold Rock Beach

Gold Rock Beach
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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 21 February 2012

For something different we rented a motor scooter from across the street from the Grand Lucayana for the day, giving us plenty of time to spend on the beach. We read on Tripadvisor that heading east on the scooters, away from the downtown area is a safe journey with little traffic (and even better on the weekends), but I was very careful and slowed down to let cars pass by when safe to do so. The scooters are easy to drive, just take it easy on the corners and keep check your mirrors. Driving on the left was easy to learn (just keep left !) and the roundabouts easy to maneavor. The drivers are very generous and watch out for you.

We got to Gold Rock Beach in the Luycayan National Park in about 45 relaxing minutes.
You can't miss the entrance which is right off the road. You can park in front of a small park building and pay the $5 to tour the area, which includes the caves and the amazing gold rock beach. Before you go, check the tidecharts online for Freeport and if you go at low tide you are treated with a soft white sandy beach that must be at least 100 yards or more in width. It is a natural area and at times we were the only ones on the beach. The park guide said the you are safer on this beach than you are in your own home, which was true. We sat and had a picnic and just wandered for hours, taking photo's and enjoying an incredibly beautiful beach.

7  Thank kita333
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

We came to this fabulous beach a total of 5 times during our 7 night stay in the Bahamas! Worth every penny of the $5.00 admission to the park - make sure the check out the cave's while you're at it, if you've paid the money then why not? The caves are beautiful with crystal clear blue water and when the sun shines down through the opening ... GASP!!! Magic! The boardwalk to the beach is awesome, remember to bring some bread and stop between the first two signs along the boardwalk and throw a chunk in. You won't be dissapointed! The parrot fish are stunning and the long skinny one's are quite entertaining trying to get the bread down their skinny jaws. Lots of fish live under this boardwalk and come racing out at the first sign of a snack. The local birds will also hop right up to you to request a nibble of their own.

When you get off the boardwalk keep an eye out for land crabs along the edges of the paths, you can see their little burrows all along the path and if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of one.

At the end of the mangroove trail you will walk up, and out, onto the most stunning beach you've ever seen (provided you've gone during low tide). Glistening blue hues, huge sand bars and shallows FULL of starfish, crabs, clams and ocasionally CONCH! Beautiful beach as far as the eye can see and some wicked cool drift wood tree's with root mazes still attached - great photo ops here! We snorkeled all the way out to Gold Rock, which is actually in about 5 feet of water and you can walk right up to it. BE CAREFUL though - Gold rock is sharp! The nooks and crannies of it are full of sea urchins as well - best just not to touch. There are also "fire coral" around the rock which will sting and itch and burn if you touch it so just avoid it if you can, besides you shouldn't be touching the coral anyways right?? The water is not very deep here by the reef and you can only swim over it during high tide but it is beautiful and full of fish and critters to check out during low tide even swimming along side it instead of above. For those looking for some snorkling closer to shore, when you come out of the mangrove path just to the right of the picnic table look out to the water, there is a dark spot a little ways out that has a chunk of coral there with little red "flowers" that suck themselves in when approached, fish, anenome's, sand dollars galore and we found a conch there too. Great beach - beautiful views and we spent hours here. Did I mention I was proposed to on this beach? He couldn't have picked a more beautiful and perfect spot! My favorite place in the world!

9  Thank Forshizzlemarizzle
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Gold Rock Beach is beautiful and secluded. There is a huge sandbar at this beach which is perfect for young children. Don't expect to see seashells because you won't find any here. You could snorkel, if you don't mind swimming out a bit.

Bring your own lunch, snacks and water because there is no store here and no bathroom.

3  Thank Another_Excursion
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

This place is everything the reviews state & more. We were there for several hours & only saw a handful of people come & go. After a small hike (10 mins or so) the path opens to a view of only the beautiful blue water as far as the eye can see. The sand is pristine. We found many star fish. There were hardly any birds. It is so secluded & just a beach paradise. Definitely a must do - but check for low tide before you go!

2  Thank AshleyRN07
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

It's a little bit of a drive to get here but don't let that stop you. It is our favorite place to go on the island. Be sure to go at low tide for best effect. The expansive view is amazing. The way light plays on the water it's like walking through a water color painting.

No amenities or shade. Bring everything with you that you need. About a 5 minute walk through the mangroves on a boardwalk which is very pleasant as well. The caves across the streets are worth a look and don't take very long.

2  Thank daffy2
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