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The high rocky bluff in the town of High Rock.
The private lighthouse in High Rock.
Birds overlooking the beach in High Rock.

High Rock gets its name from the high rocky bluff located between the coastal road and the sea. Homes in this small community are mostly wooden framed buildings, but the structure that stands out is a candy-striped lighthouse built by a local minister across the street from his chapel. Some villagers here fish for a living, others work in Freeport or at the nearby Statoil terminal located just east of the community.

You can relax in seclusion on 14 miles of pristine white sand beach, with crystal-clear blue water that is ideal for activities like kayaking and snorkeling. Nearby are virgin flats where bonefish are plentiful; experienced bonefish guides at the lodges can assist you in luring them.


The main occupations here in the past were fishing and sponging. Sponging was hard work though, with little reward; villagers had to walk several miles through the pine forest in order to get to the north shore where the sponge beds were. With the establishment of the missile base, Burma Oil, and the city of Freeport, they had better options and welcomed prosperity.

For More Information, Contact:

Ministry of Tourism-Grand Bahama Island

Poinciana Drive, P. O. Box F-40251, Freeport, FP
(242) 350-8600 · fax (242) 352-2714

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 26.623933000
Longitude: -78.283207000
Elevation: 24 FT (7 M)
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