10 Best Soft Sand Beaches on Grand Bahama Island

If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Grand Bahama Island guide is just what you need. Of all the islands in the Bahamas, Grand Bahama is known for its long stretches of soft, white sand and crystal clear waters - perfect for leaving your worries on the mainland. Swaying coconut trees, shallow sand bars, and perfect temperatures make it a beach bum's dream come true.

A number of beaches can be found nearby the Port Lucaya Marketplace, and our editors suggest renting a car or scooters to be able to easily access them - just remember to stay on the left side of the road! A number of beach bars and restaurants are located right in the sand when you need a break, like Tony Macaronis on Taino Beach or Banana Bay on Fortune Beach.

Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with Lucayan Beach being a favorite of our editors and readers. More secluded beaches include Barbary Beach and Gold Rock Beach - which visitors can have all to themselves. Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire and a picnic lunch, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays.

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Only accessible by boat, Peterson's Cay is a small island located one mile from Grand Bahama's southern end. This is a protected park area, but tourists can still visit it. Great snorkeling can be found here with plenty of marine life and...  Read More

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Mather Town Beach
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Conveniently located only three miles from Port Lucaya, Mather Town Beach is the perfect place to spend the day. Conditions are ideal for swimming. Plus, it's near a stop for great regional cuisine or a specialty frozen drink at the...  Read More

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At Paradise Cove, the name fits because that's exactly where you will think you are! The location is not too far out of town, but it is far enough for you to feel like you are almost on another island. Positioned on a beautiful point of beach,...  Read More

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Taino Beach
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Taino Beach is an active place! Several restaurants are located here, as well as a hodge podge of water sports, straw goods and hair braiding. This is a favorite place for families. Head down further to the Fish Fry area and the sands are much...  Read More

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Xanadu Beach


Here you will find a mile-long stretch of beautiful beach that is a bit more protected from waves than some of the others. Although the resort is now closed, the beach is still stunning and offers a quiet retreat for visitors. Pack your own...  Read More

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William's Town Beach


A favorite among locals, William's Town Beach is located south of Freeport at William's Town settlement. A fairly secluded area, this 1.9-mile beach offers an ideal spot to sit, relax and enjoy. Many water sports can be found here as well like...  Read More

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Lucayan Beach
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The island's most popular tourist beach, Lucayan Beach is located across from the bustling Port Lucaya Marketplace. Water activities of all types can be found here including jet skiing and parasailing. This is also a great place to take a nice...  Read More

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Barbary Beach
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If not the most exotic beach on Grand Bahama, this is definitely the most secluded. Located east of the Grand Lucayan Waterway, Barbary Beach is known for its wide variety of shells and peaceful ambiance. A great place to get away from it all...  Read More

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Fortune Beach
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This quiet stretch of sand is just far enough away from the tourist-filled Lucaya Marketplace, but close enough that it is still just a short drive. Those visiting Garden of the Groves can easily stop by this isolated beach and grab a bite to...  Read More

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Gold Rock Beach


Gold Rock Beach is located in the Lucayan National Park about 45 miles from Port Lucaya, and is most easily accessible by car or scooters. The journey involves a relatively long drive with little to see, but it is worth the reward. This very...  Read More


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