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Lucayan National Park/The Bahamas

Introducing Lucayan National Park

This 40-acre (16-hectare) park is Grand Bahama’s finest treasure. About 25 miles east of Ranfurly Circle, the park is known for its underwater cave system, which is one of the longest in the world. Visitors can easily check out two of the caves via a short footpath. Bones of the island’s earliest inhabitants, the Lucayans, were discovered in Burial Mound, the second cave, in 1986. The park is also unique because it’s home to all six of the Bahamas’ vegetation zones.

Mangrove trails spill out onto the secluded and beautiful Gold Rock Beach, definitely worth a stop if you’re out this way. Watch your food at the picnic area near the beach, the raccoons are unabashed – but harmless – beggars.

For park entry conditions and further information contact the Bahamas National Trust (242-352-5438; www.thebahamasnationaltrust.org; E Settlers Way, Freeport) or stop by its office at the Rand Nature Center east of downtown.