Lucayan National Park

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Lucayan National Park

In this extraordinary 40-acre land preserve, trails and elevated walkways wind through a natural forest of wild tamarind and gumbo-limbo trees, past an observation platform, over a mangrove swamp, along a postcard-worthy beach, and in and around one of the largest explored underwater cave systems in the world (more than 6 miles long). Twenty-five miles east of Lucaya, the park contains examples of the island's five ecosystems: beach, hardwood forest, mangroves, rocky coppice, and pine forest. From the designated parking lot, you can enter the caves at two access points; one is closed in June and July for bat-nursing season. Across the highway from the caves, two trails form a loop. The easier (0.2-mile) Creek Trail's boardwalk showcases impressive interpretive signage, and crosses a mangrove-clotted tidal creek to Gold Rock Beach, claimed by Grand Bahama's Ministry of Tourism to be the island's "welcome mat." This beach is a great place for a swim or picnic at low tide, but at high tide the beach all but disappears.

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