Beaches, Grand Bahama Island
Beaches on the south side of the island are the prettiest, Coral beach which is accessible by Coral road is amazing, that's where Sheraton and Westin are located, Taino beach is kind of like a public beach with parking and little beach restaurants, not crowded though. Fortuna beach is gorgeous especially the part where Viva Wyndham is, they maintain their beach area really well. Gold Rock beach has already been mentioned in other tips but I can't help but add a comment on how beautiful that beach is during the low tide. All these beaches can be easily located on the free map.
Gold Rock Beach is a part of Lucayan National Park and is protected. This beautiful white sand beach is perfect and easy to walk on with sneakers or barefeet. At low tide it's pretty cool as you can see by the opening photo the ridges that build as the tide rolls out. This is a fun beach to explore and look for shells too. This Beach is located East of Barbary Beach heading East on Grand Bahama Hwy just past North Riding Point Club and across the street from the park.
Now this beach although all beaches in the Bahamas are public is more for the people at the resort Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, which is where we stayed. This beach has the softest sand I have ever felt, sun beaming down and still the sand was cool. Plenty of places to sit or lay and get a suntan. There are a few vendors that walk around but don't really bother you, they may ask once but ifyou say no they will leave you alone. Just off the shore about 20ft the reef starts, you can stand in waist deep water and the Damsel fish come right up and start checking you for food. They have a few good snorkling spots marked off so you know right where to go and not waist time.
This is a secluded white sand beach with plenty to explore. In some spots you can see and walk on the lava rocks at the waters edge. This area is very peaceful because it's a little out of the way, just down from Fortuna Beach heading East on Grand Bahama Hwy. If you are looking for a quiet beach this is it, beautiful shells, driftwood and not many people! There are no real waves to worry about, the water is clear and warm, NO local vendors trying to sell you some thing or asking to braid your hair, what more could you want in a beach!
The beach behind the Sharaton and Westin which is across the street the Lucaya shopping area is very nice. It has shallow water which allows you to go quite far out and still be able to stand. I did attempt to go snorkeling at this beach and their was noting to see so I hired a van to pick me up and take me 27 mile to Deadman's reef for unlimited snorkeling for $35.
Bad news. The Pirates of the Caribbean was destroyed during the two
hurricanes last year and nothing has been done, yet, to rebuild...I wanted to go back in Feb. But I guess I will have to replan. :---(
There are so Many Beautiful Beaches On the Grand Bahama Island. Here are just a few. Fortune Beach a quiet beach, five miles from Port Lucaya Marketplace. Gold Rock Beach is part of The Lucayan National Park and is protected by the National Trust. This beach is located east of the Island (about 25 miles from Freeport) and is secluded and spectacular at low tide. Lucayan Beach is located across from the Port Lucaya hotels. This popular tourist beach has just about any water-sport activity, from snorkeling to parasailing. Mather Town Beach is about three miles from Port Lucaya. Paradise Cove Beach, located in the west, is a quiet, secluded beach. Smith's Point Beach is located in Lucaya. Taino Beach, located in the Lucaya area, is ideal for families with children ,as it has a small playground. William's Town Beach is centrally located at William's Town settlement. Xanadu Beach is a popular tourist beach, three miles from the International Bazaar.
Paradise Cove is an isolated area of the island where you can day trip with the family. We had our own snorkel equipment, but their is a per person charge anyway. They give everyone an overview of the area and precautions. If a swimmer gets too tired, someone will come get you in a boat!
There are rest rooms, a restaurant/bar and rental equipment on site. The beach is large and pretty. The swim out to the snorkel areas is about 200 yards.
Walk along the beach and in the beautiful water. It's amazing how shallow and calm it is! THis is also at Paradise Cove.