10 Best Attractions and Activities on Grand Bahama Island

The island of Grand Bahama is surrounded by sun-soaked beaches and miles of crystal-clear ocean water; making it a prime place for a number of water activities. From scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and fishing, to glass-bottom boat tours, banana boat rides, and parasailing, there is no shortage of activities for visitors. Several postcard-perfect beaches like Gold Rock Beach offer soft, sugar-white sand and plenty of beach bars and restaurants. Shoppers will love the Port Lucaya Marketplace for local crafts, souvenirs, and live musical entertainment.

The dolphin swim is a popular attraction that will leave a lasting impression, or animal and nature lovers can also check out Garden of the Groves, a wildlife center that transports travelers to a tropical oasis full of birds and other native animals. Several tour operators offer eco-travel adventures including kayaking in Peterson Cay National Park, hiking in Lucayan Nation Park, or exploring some of the island's legendary blue holes and caves.

In the evening, join in music and dance with the bonfire on the beach, a local tradition that takes place in the sand. With so many options, 10Best.com has sorted through the favorites to present a vetted list of the 10 best attractions and activities on Grand Bahama Island.

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Junkanoo Beach Club is ideal for those who want to hole up at one location on Grand Bahama Island for the day. They have everything needed for a relaxing and fun-filled afternoon, from beach chair rental, umbrellas, paddleboats, kayaks, changing...  Read More

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Lucayan Beach
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The island's most popular tourist beach, Lucayan Beach is located across from the bustling Port Lucaya Marketplace. Water activities of all types can be found here including jet skiing and parasailing. This is also a great place to take a nice...  Read More

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Dolphin Experience

Operated by the Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO), this fun-filled adventure is located right in the Port Lucaya Marina. The Dolphin Experience has a variety of different level tours for you to choose from, from swimming with them in the...  Read More

In business for over 30 years, Reef Tours offers many different ways to spend your day. The staff is very polite and professional, and the tours are well organized. Their office and docks are conveniently located at the marina of Port Lucaya...  Read More

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Bonfire on the beach – the name says it all! This event is a great way to spend an evening - island style! Come out to the beach, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and activities such as limbo and live music and dancing as well as a breathtaking...  Read More

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Gold Rock Beach

Gold Rock Beach is located in the Lucayan National Park about 45 miles from Port Lucaya, and is most easily accessible by car or scooters. The journey involves a relatively long drive with little to see, but it is worth the reward. This very...  Read More

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Only accessible by boat, Peterson Cay is a small island located one mile from Grand Bahama's southern end. This is a protected park area, but tourists can still visit it. Great snorkeling can be found here with plenty of marine life and colorful...  Read More

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Port Lucaya Marketplace
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Spread over six acres, Port Lucaya Marketplace is one of the most popular places on the island. Conveniently located on Seahorse Road, this is a paradise for food lovers and shopping addicts alike. Count Basie Square (live music) is located...  Read More

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Garden of the Groves
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Garden of the Groves, one of Freeport's most popular attractions, is a "botanical paradise" located on 12 acres. Waterfalls, flowering trees, a meditation labyrinth, and beautiful gardens can be found here. This is an ideal place for the avid...  Read More

The Bahamas are known around the globe for blue holes (or sink holes), and tour provider Calabash Eco Adventures offers several packages for exploring these natural wonders. During the six-hour, inland blue hole sightseeing tour, travelers visit...  Read More


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