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The Best Beaches on Grand Bahama Island

beach with white sand and clear blue sky

Grand Bahama Island has 60 miles of sandy coastline, making it the ideal destination for a beach vacation in the Bahamas. Whether you’re looking for action-packed watersports, a spot to lounge and enjoy your book, or a secluded bay to escape the crowds, our list of the best beaches in Grand Bahama will tell you all you need to know.


Fortune Beach

Fortune Beach is one of the quieter options of the beaches in Freeport, Bahamas. This tranquil spot is far from the other local beaches and a great place to retreat to in order to avoid the crowds at beaches like Lucaya. At low tide, you can walk far out to the sandbar and the shallow water makes it a popular spot with wind and kite surfers. In 1965, a shipwreck was discovered just off the shore of this idyllic stretch of sand. The discovery was worth $2 million, hence the name “Fortune Beach” was born. Despite being a quiet beach, it comes with all the amenities those looking for comfort will need.

If you join our tour, we’ll take you for a local lunch in Banana Bay to give you an authentic taste of the Bahamas!


Xanadu Beach

This mile-long stretch of sand is slightly more protected from the waves than other beaches in Grand Bahama, making it a great place for a dip. You can go snorkeling on a small coral reef out near the breakwater to explore the island’s abundance of fish species. This is a beach for people looking for a little adventure. There are few amenities so come prepared. But this also keeps the crowds away, making it an ideal destination if you’re looking for seclusion and relaxation. If you time your visit right, you’ll be treated to magical sunset views over the bay.


Taino Beach

If you know your group is likely to work up an appetite, Taino Beach should be high up on your list. Surrounded by lots of restaurants and a small playground for children, this is the perfect combination of beauty and comfort. Just a short drive or bus ride from Port Lucaya Marketplace, it’s one of the more convenient and easy-to-access destinations on this list.

We have tours to both Taino and Xanadu, if you decide to come with us, you’ll also enjoy authentic Bahamian cuisine at Lizzie’s by the Bay in Hunter’s Settlement.


Barbary Beach

Barbary Beach is a nature lover’s paradise. Dotted with tidal pools and rock jetties, it is the perfect place to go shell hunting. You’re likely to come across a variety of shells and maybe pick up a large conch to take home! It’s not developed like some of the other beaches, adding to the wildness and rugged beauty. It’s a great place for a picnic or an afternoon of kayaking.

Gold Rock Beach

Another beach for wildlife lovers is Gold Rock Beach. Spot starfish, stingrays, and sand dollars in the crystal-clear water. Located on the edge of Lucayan National Park, which is famous for its underwater caves, this spot is widely known as one of the best beaches in The Bahamas. We make a stop here on our Day Under The Bahama Sun tour too. Gold Rock Beach has also made a name for itself as one of the filming locations for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The calm, shallow water makes it a popular spot for families with young children. It’s most spectacular at low tide when the stretches of sand are revealed. Before arriving at the beach, you have to use a boardwalk to cross the mangroves, all adding to the sense of adventure.

If you would like to visit the beaches of Freeport, Bahamas with a local, contact us! We are dedicated to providing visitors with an authentic and memorable experience on Grand Bahama Island. If you don’t feel like traveling, why not explore The Bahamas with us on our virtual Island Hopping Tour. We challenge you not to fall under the spell of the Bahamian beach charm!

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