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The Grand Bahamas Island Boasts a Treasure of a Park

The Grand Bahamas Island Boasts a Treasure of a Park

The Grand Bahamas Island is the home to the Lucayan National Park. This 40-acre park is just 20 miles east of Lucaya and Freeport, opened in 1982 and was established by the Bahamas National Trust. The park offers a glimpse into the unique natural beauty of the Bahamian ecosystem. The entire family can enjoy the park; guests may want to tour the park by hiking/walking, kayaking, diving/snorkeling or a combination of all three. It is an excellent experience for visitors to add to their Grand Bahamas vacation, and entry is a low admission price of $3 for adults and children.

Since the Bahamas Islands have relatively flat terrain, the park may not be the ultimate challenge for the serious hikers; however, the scenery is worthwhile. As you walk the winding trails and elevated walkways, with or without a tour guide, you will see the natural beauty of the mangrove, palm and pine trees. You will discover the extraordinary beauty of the dozens of rare flowers, ferns and even wild orchids, but if you are not a horticulturist don’t worry because the park offers adventure too.

For those who prefer a bit of a work out while sightseeing in the park, you can book a kayak tour. You can float your way through the reserve under the mangrove trees, and travel the clear calm water to Gold Rock Beach. Some travelers have called Gold Rock Beach the most beautiful beach they have ever seen. Have a picnic, use the BBQ facilities or go for a swim. Take your snorkeling gear and enjoy the warm turquoise blue waters and view the marvelous creatures that swim off the coral reef. This secluded beach is a perfect place to rest after a day of kayaking or hiking. But don’t stop here because the park has more to offer.

The highlight of the park is the underwater cave system. This system is one of the largest fresh water caverns in the world. There are over 6 miles of caves, caverns and tunnels that have been chartered. Divers are welcome in the caves, but in specified areas and only by permission of the Underwater Explorer Society (UNEXSO). For those on land you can explore two of the cave via a spiral wooden staircase that brings you into the cool, dark underworld. The water is composed of fresh water with much heavier layer of saltwater below. Footing for young children and those with coordination issue may want to refrain from this area.

Whether you choose to kayak, walk or dive, this park is worth the visit. Spend the whole day exploring the reserve or just a few hours, either way you will be glad you came. This national park is just moments away from your Bahamas vacation spot.

On a historical note, The Lucayan National Park is named after the original inhabitants of the Island. In 1986, archaeologists found skeletal remains in the park, beaches and in the caves.