Grand Bahama Island's sprawling reef-protected shoreline and cays are covered with powdery white-sand beaches. Some 90 miles of the southern shore is white-sand beach, punctuated by a number of waterways and more than 50 miles of that is secluded. Each area can claim a favorite: Gold Rock Beach, the star of them all in the east; Paradise Cove Beach, a tiny jewel in the west; Taino Beach, a hub of activities in Lucaya, with a children's playground, nature preserve and bird sanctuary; and Xanadu Beach, a favorite of those who visit Freeport because it's close to the town.