Freeport beaches are in a league of their own. Seriously, it’s hard to find better ones in all of the Carribean. The soft sand, crystal clear waters, and the feeling that you have the entire beach to yourself makes hanging out on the beach in Freeport Bahamas a completely different experience. It doesn’t hurt that some of the best beaches in Freeport Bahamas are open to the public but tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, where mass tourism hasn’t reached yet.
If you’re heading to Freeport, and Freeport’s best beaches are on your list, then you’re in luck! We’ve made a list to make your time on the island that much better.
THINGS TO KNOW:
If this is your first time on the island and you have a few days to spend, we strongly recommend visiting other beaches beside the one at your resort. You’ll be surprised at how amazing the experience is.
if you have time, we really recommend going on a tour to explore Freeport a bit more, or at least getting a rental car.
THE BEST BEACHES IN FREEPORT BAHAMAS THAT YOU NEED TO VISIT!
1. Old Bahama Bay is a hidden gem, and one of the best Freeport Bahamas beaches. How do we know this? Well, because Old Bahama Bay is where celebrities like Beyonce, and Micheal Jordon vacation in the Bahamas.
Putting aside the celebrity argument for a moment, another reason why we know that Old Bahama Bay has one of the best beaches in Freeport Bahamas because of the perfect sand, and clear waters. It’s the perfect place to relax and work on your tan! Obviously, beach access is limited to guests of the resorts, thus we recommend staying there for a night or two if the budget allows.
2. Taino Beach is one of the more popular beaches on the island- and for good reason. You’ll find all the amenities you need to enjoy your day in the sun. There are options for food, lounge chairs, umbrellas etc, and is considered one of the popular Freeport cruise excursions.
Taino beach is also home to the fish fry that takes place on Wednesday nights. If you happen to be on the island on Wednesdays, be sure to get to Outriggers to grab a table and enjoy the catch of the day. Remember to bring your dancing shoes as the atmosphere changes to a live party in the evenings.
As it is one of the more crowded beaches, you will find that people are trying to sell you souvenirs, and the beach isn’t as clean or pristine as the other ones. Essentially, you’re paying for access to restaurants and proximity to beach clubs, lounge chairs, and umbrellas over having an entire beach to yourself.
3. Lucaya Beach is one of the many Freeport, Bahamas public beaches, and one of the ones located closest to the Lucaya Marketplace right in the heart of Freeport. The ease of access means that it can be a bit more crowded, but that also means that visitors have almost every activity available to them within steps of each other. It means that visitors can pop into the Marketplace for lunch, or a break and head back to the beach really easily without needing a car at all.
4. Gold Rock Beach is most likely considered the best beach in Freeport, Bahamas, or at least the most well known. Its claim to fame is the fact the Pirates of the Carribean was shot here. Putting the movie fame aside, it’s still one of the best beaches on Freeport. What makes it even more interesting is it’s part of Lucayan National Park and is protected by the Bahamas National Trust.
The beach is located about 25 miles from the city of Freeport. You need to use a boardwalk to cross the mangroves and enter the beach. The beach is about 5 minutes away from the highway and there is a fee of $5/pp. You can park the car at the nearby Ben’s cave- which is a tourist site in itself. Gold Rock Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Freeport Bahamas. At low tide, this secluded beach’s clear waters extend for almost 75 yards.
5. Crabby Bay Beach is by far our favorite beach. Not only does it have an abundance of perfect soft sand, and beautiful blue waters, but it’s also the place to go if you love snorkeling because of the magnificent blue holes. We recommend renting kayaks and spending the day on the water exploring the blue holes, and the amazing marine life. It’s hard to find another beach in Freeport, or elsewhere that compares to this!
6. Pelican Point Beach is technically located in Mcleans, a quiet fishing town, and the perfect place to spend the day relaxing. It’s best described as “off the grid” and chances are that you’re not going to see other people on the beach. Since it is a bit out of the way, we either recommend renting a car or opting for a tour.
7. Xanadu Beach is located closest to the cruise port in Freeport Bahamas, thus making it one of the busiest, if not the busiest beach on the island. Don’t let that deter you from visiting though. There is a reason why it’s so beloved- its quiet secluded shallow clear blue waters, soft sand, and shady spots make it perfect to grab a book and spend a few hours working on your tan. The downside is that you can’t easily pop out to lunch or have a wander without driving. Depending on how long you have on the island, this is a great beach to allocate a few hours!
As you can see, finding a beach that suits your mood isn’t the hard part. The hard part is leaving these gorgeous and best beaches in Freeport Bahamas to able to explore the rest of the island. Even though the island is the closest one to the States, and is a cruise ship port, most of the beaches we visited were extremely secluded and made us feel like we had the entire island to ourselves.