Grand Bahama Island National Parks
There are 2 national parks on Grand Bahama Island:
(1) The 40 acre Lucayan National Park is 25 miles east of Freeport and features a wide variety of mini eco-systems complemented by with hammocks, pine forests, caves full of stalagmites, blue holes, a footbridge over a natural creek, a burial ground of the now extinct Lucayan Indians, a small cay and one of the best beaches on the island.
Grand Bahama Island is home to six ecosystems, all present at Lucayan National Park. As you stroll along the wooden boardwalk through the mangrove, you will encounter ferns, many species of native and migratory birds and dozens of rare flower species, including orchids.
Also a part of the park is one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems, accessible by both land and sea. Diving in the caves is allowed in certain areas.
(2) Petersons Cay which is 7 miles due east of Freeport is a small islet with an unspoiled reef (except by hurricane damage) and a small sandy beach — which is sometimes used for weddings.
The parks are maintained by the Bahamas National Trust.
Archeological Discoveries on Grand Bahama Island
Artifacts and bones have been found inside the caves at the Lucayan National Park and at the beachfront to Deadman’s Reef. Bones of Lucayan Indians were found in the Lucayan underwater cave system, which is believed to be from an ancient burial site. Artifacts found at the Deadman’s Reef included bones of animals, pieces of pottery, and beads from shells — estimated to be dated to 1200 A.D.