Grand Bahama Island, the fourth largest of The Islands of The Bahamas, gets its name from the Spanish "gran bajamar" - meaning "great shallows" - for its many flats and shoals in the waters off the island. The island rambles on for 96 miles, rimmed with cities, villages, and cays that offer lasting evidence of the many different people and cultures that have called Grand Bahama Island home. Early in its history, Grand Bahama Island was virtually uninhabited for almost 300 years. However, with the development of Freeport/Lucaya in the 1950s, and because of the island's location just 55 miles from the east coast of Florida , it is now one of the most visited of all the Bahamian islands. Grand Bahama Island is a unique destination. It allows visitors to combine a cosmopolitan vacation with the charm of historical fishing villages and undiscovered ecological treasures. It has one of the world's largest underwater cave systems, three national parks, endless beaches, emerald green water and enchanting marine life. The trade winds that blow almost continually throughout The Islands of The Bahamas give the islands a warm, agreeable climate which varies little year round. The most refreshing time is between September through May, when the temperature averages 70-75F degrees. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-85F degrees. British rules apply, so please drive on the left and watch those roundabouts! Visitors may use their home licenses for up to three months and may also apply for an international driver's license. Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.
Below is a list of the many activities you can find in Freeport.Water Sports
Snorkeling and scuba diving – Explore the many shipwrecks and caves hidden beneath the emerald-green and turquoise-blue water
UNEXSO – Interact and swim with dolphins, scuba dive and snorkel
Kayak Nature Tours – Kayaking and snorkeling adventures through the mangroves to the best beach in Grand Bahama for a Bahamian lunch
Sport Fishing – Sport fishing for giant tuna, white and blue marlin, barracuda and Grand Bahama’s famous bonefish
Other water sports – Parasailing, windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing
East End Adventures – Enjoy an all-day cultural safari, featuring a 4x4 ride through Grand Bahamas’ eco-zones, a Bahamian culture course, not to mention exciting speed boating and snorkeling excursions
Trikk Pony Adventures – Watch the sunset on horseback, for a ninety minute guided beach ride
Pinetree Stables – Participate in a two-hour guided horseback ride through the Pine Forest, Rocky Coppice and Wetlands, along the beach and into the sea
Grand Bahama boasts five world-class courses, showcasing the designs of golf legends Robert Trent Jones and Dick Wilson.
Port Lucaya Marketplace & Marina – A six-acre buyer’s paradise, home to many elegant boutiques, duty-free shops and locally made cuisine. Locally made jewelry, paintings and colorful handicrafts constructed from straw and wood can also be found at the Bahamas Arts & Crafts Straw Market.
International Bazaar – Explore the 90 shops in this one-acre complex
Hiking, birding or caving at Lucayan National Park, home to the largest underwater cave system in the world.
Getting around in the Bahamas can be expensive. My recommendation is to always share a cab/min-van with other passengers to keep the cost of your transportation to a minimum
Overall Freeport offers something for everyone, whether it is the beach, water sports, casino gaming, shopping or sightseeing, there is something to please everyone.