Explore Freeport, Grand Bahama
Explore Freeport, a city on Grand Bahama. The weather is semi-tropical so occasionally freezes affect the area. Usually though, the weather is hot and humid.
American dollars are received everywhere, and if you pay in cash, many sellers will not charge you tax.
There are many forms of transportation available in Freeport. Taxis which are available at all the major tourist stops discuss a flat rate before the trip depending on how far you go and number of passengers. There are many tour bus services and taxis available to give you a tour of the city of Freeport and highlight its features which may be more difficult on your own. Rental Cars is another option to see what Freeport has to offer.
Although Freeport may not have the same number of attractions or tourists as Nassau, there are many activities and places to see for those that are willing to explore.
Places worth visiting:
- Lucayan National Park – Home of Gold Rock Beach, this spectacular park was the filming site of Pirates of the Caribbean II and III. Although mostly underground, the park also contains one of the cavern entrances to the limestone cave system, one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world.
- Port Lucaya – Port Lucaya is the tourist ‘hub’ of the island and is the location of many restaurants and shops. Various water-related activities as well as tours can be organized through the tourist booths in Port Lucaya. Live music and entertainment is also offered weekly, although Friday and Saturday nights tend to be the most popular nights (especially during spring break).
- Garden of the Groves – Former private garden of city founder Wallace Groves, this tropical paradise is well worth your time.
- Fish Fry(s) – Although there are many local Fish Frys, the most popular is located on Taino Beach and held every Wednesday evening/night.
- Beaches – Freeport is the site of a ridiculous number of amazing white-sand beaches. Some of the more popular ones are located at Our Lucaya, although for those looking for their own private location, it is well worth the trip to check out some of the others. The further you travel, the less other tourists you will see. Recommended locations – Coral Beach, Williams Town Beach, Xanadu Beach, Taino Beach, Barbarry Beach, Plane-crash Beach, Gold Rock Beach etc. In general, the entire south side of Grand Bahama Island is beach, while the north side is mainly mangroves and swamps.
On the water – Various oceans relate activities provide a completely different perspective than what you will tend to find on land. For those who love swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, the coral reefs are a must. The amount of tropical fish you will encounter is amazing. As well, various dive shops offer other interesting dives such as exploring ship wrecks, diving with sharks or dolphins, as well as exploring under water caverns in the limestone caves.
Other water related activities include parasailing, jet skiing, glass bottom boat tours, as well as Booze Cruises.
The rest of the Island – For those more adventurous a trip either out to Maclean’s Town or to West End is well worth while. If you are willing to explore you may be surprised by what little restaurants, shops, beaches, and hang out places you may discover. It will also give you a better understanding of the ‘true’ Bahamas, in contrast to what you will find in Port Lucaya.
The beaches are very nice, and you can book water bikes or diving lessons there. Book directly in the beach for lower prices.
Do get away from the tourist spot. Drive to 8 Mile Rock and see another side of the Bahamas. Look for the street that hugs the water and discover ancient Indian natural pools. There are beautiful secluded beaches at the Lucayan National Park by taking a 10 minute walk through the Mangrove path. Take in the natural beauty of the curly tailed lizard.
The only important market is the Lucayan Market: most of this place has many international shops with higher prices so don’t go there. The market is not so big and if you walk enough. You will find a place with less fashion and more hand-made souvenirs.
Off the beaten path, you can go to the local markets. There are delis that offer island favorite dishes such as Conch (pronounced conk) salad and mutton stew. Food is far cheaper in the deli than at the tourist spots.
In the back of the Lucayan Market are many international restaurants.
Go to the local’s spot and ask about the special of the day.
Freeport nightlife may not be as vibrant as Nassau nightlife, but it still has a lot to offer.
The hotels are really expensive, and there are NO cheap accommodations; it is better to book a hotel (4 or 5 stars) before travel or to rent a cabin on a cruise.
Freeport has a wide variety of sleeping accommodations to cater to whatever your trip specifically needs. From all-inclusive resorts to hotels.
Do get out of tourist area. Do talk to locals. Do go to the Lucayan National Park. Do go to the Fruit and Vegetable Exchange and eat a Tropical Conch Salad. Explore Freeport, Grand Bahama like a local.
Official tourism websites of Freeport
For more information please visit the official government website: