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Grand Bahama Island Travel Guide

Get Your Bearings in Grand Bahama Island

Where to Stay

A handful of resorts and upscale hotels can be found in the Freeport area of the island that are prime for pampering, boasting swim-up bars, private sand beaches, and onsite restaurants. While Nassau is home to more mega resorts, Grand Lucayan is one of the main hot spot resorts on Grand Bahama which offers several air and lodging packages. A few surprises include Bishop's Bonefish and the Coral Beach Hotel for a great overall value for those on a budget.

Hot Tips: If you are looking to take a break from hotel beach-goers, head to Fortuna Beach for more secluded sand.

 

What to Eat

Fresh local fish, conch and other seafood dishes make up the majority of the cuisine on the island, but you'll find a variety of Mediterranean, Asian, international and American restaurants as well. Much of the dining scene is centered around the Port Lucaya Marketplace, but Freeport has a handful of eateries. On Wednesdays, a traditional Bahamian Fish Fry is held at Outriggers.

Caution: Don't expect speedy service. You are on an island and they take their time.
Hot Tips: On Tuesdays you can join the bonfire at Margarita Villa Sand Bar.
Be Sure to Sample: Crawfish and cracked conch.

 

Things to See

Boasting one of the world's largest underwater cave systems, Grand Bahama is a dream destination for scuba divers. Combine shopping in Freeport and Lucaya with miles of white-sands beaches that stretch across the shores, natural forests that are prime for bird-lovers and the historic fishing villages of Greater Grand Bahama and you have the recipe for a relaxing vacation. Much of the island's appeal is the hidden beaches that offer a slice of seclusion.

Caution: Before considering a flight to Freeport, check out the many overnight cruise and ferry options from Ft. Lauderdale. They are a lot of fun!

 

Places to Party

Compared with neighboring Nassau, Grand Bahama has a much quieter nightlife, but that doesn't mean you can't find entertainment after hours. The Treasure Bay Casino at Our Lucaya boasts table games like blackjack, craps and poker or a variety of slots. The Port Lucaya Marketplace has an Irish pub, Bahamian club and outdoor tropical bar.

Hot Tips: For an unusual night out, try the Regency Theater with live entertainment.

 

Where to Shop

Duty-free shops on Grand Bahama offer savings of up to 50 percent what you would find back in the United States. Several shops and stands sell straw purses, wraps, necklaces, knives and cigarette lighters, while typical shopping centers offer shot glasses, t-shirts and other souvenirs. The two main shopping areas are the Port Lucaya Marketplace and International Bazaar straw market, but authentic local artisans can be found scattered around the island's beach areas.

Best Local Souvenir: Straw baskets.

 

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About Grand Bahama Island

Located 52 miles off the eastern coast of Florida, Grand Bahama is the fourth-largest island in the Bahamas and is surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Spanish conquistadors visited the islands in the 16th century and decided it had no commercial value, and that's how it stayed until the 1950s, when American millionaire Wallace Groves saw the island's potential and decided to build a tax-free port. Visited by nearly a million tourists a year, Grand Bahama Island is now a tourism hotspot, with shopping, dining and activities galore. Browse the International Bazaar, which features shop after shop selling perfume, gemstones, clothing and crafts from around the globe. Located next door is the Grand Resort at Bahamia, home of the popular Princess Casino. In nearby Lucaya, don't miss the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which offers great shopping along with fantastic dining. Stroll around the marina and watch the graceful yachts and boats heading out to sea, or hop on one and enjoy a fishing excursion. Better yet, suit up and try one of the island's claims to fame — some of the most scenic diving in the world.