Our Favorite Lighthouses In The Bahamas
With over 700 islands and over 2000 rocks and cays making up a land area of 5,400 square miles within more than 100, 000 square miles of water, a lighthouse doesn’t go without use in The Bahamas. The archipelago has been the site of many shipwrecks as a result of reef systems, low-lying cays, and shoals, as well as sand bars. Throughout history, many have favored the islands as a trade route. In the 16th century, a Spanish explorer by the name of Alonso Valiente determined that the Old Bahama Channel would serve as an ideal route for the Spanish colonial trade.
Naval trade is still essential today, with estimates that around 90% of goods are circulated by sea globally. As a result, there is a large diversity of lighthouses in The Bahamas that are both beautiful and (mostly) functional. Sadly, the advent of radar technology has meant that a lot of these traditional structures are no longer needed by ships navigating the treacherous shores. If you’re interested in seeing any of the lighthouses during a Grand Bahamas excursion, even if you just have the day for a Freeport shore excursion, we can customize a tour for you. Or check out our tours to see what is available!
Pinder’s Point Range Lighthouse
Although there are a ton of lighthouses, we’ve managed to limit it down to our top two and of course, we had to start with Pinder’s Point Bahamas. This structure has a focal height of 266 feet. Focal height is the distance between the top of the lighthouse and the sea level. With a brilliant red and white candy-striped tower, Pinder’s Point Range serves as an iconic reference point for Freeport Harbor. The structure also has a fascinating history. Built in the late 1700s as a warning signal for the rocky coastline. The light would be ignited every evening at dusk as the sun set over the water by Mr. Samuel Pinder and then extinguished each morning.
As Freeport Harbour continued to grow and expand, the once shallow creek was dredged to allow ships of all sizes to enter the bay. Lighthouse point Freeport also had an upgrade, with the building changed from lye and limestone to modern cinder block in the mid-1900s. Pinder’s Point Range Lighthouse is an incredible site to visit if you’re traveling to Grand Bahama Island. It was also designated as a Grand Bahama Heritage Site in 2013.
High Rock Lighthouse
Sitting a little shorter with a focal height of 26 feet, High Rock Lighthouse is another iconic structure on the island with a marvelous history. Named for the high rocky bluff that the town is also named after, the lighthouse was built as a project by Reverend Cecil Kemp in the late 1900s. Sitting opposite the lighthouse is his Lighthouse Chapel, with both buildings built as family projects. Rev. Kemp states that both of them aim to serve as a guiding light for both seamen and lost and drifting souls.
Today, the candy-cane colored building sits in a verdant green space overlooking the notorious gorgeous turquoise waters of The Bahamas. Visiting this lighthouse is a kaleidoscopic experience! We are the perfect Bahamas tour operator for visitors not only looking to explore the beautiful places on Grand Bahama Island but also those looking to experience an authentic side of the culture and history.
There is so much to explore on Grand Bahama Island. From its breathtaking beaches and lush tropical nature to its iconic lighthouses full of character and stories. Join us on one of our tours to pair the beautiful sights with delicious local cuisine and an insight into the rich culture and history of The Bahamas. And if you can’t come to The Bahamas right now, check out our virtual tour options to bring a piece of the island into your home.