Visit Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama is another major island of Bahamas which is about 95 miles long (east to west) and 15 miles where it's widest. This is the northern most island and is one of the nearest to the US east coast (the West End is only about 53 miles from Palm Beach, Florida).
Freeport is the main city where the major airport (Grand Bahama International Airport) is located and it is also a major cruise port. The city is so named because this is a Free Trade Zone. Freeport is full of modern city exuberance including great shopping (with many duty free stores), nightlife (with bars, pubs, clubs and casinos), golf course, and hub of all kinds of land and water tours & activities.
Port Lucaya is a suburb of Freeport and a great tourist destination. Tourists at Freeport flock to Lucaya for its miles of wonderful white sandy beaches and many water based activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, etc. Like Freeport, Lucaya too offers modern tourist amenities including elegant resorts, many restaurants and bars, open large boulevards etc.
The Lucaya beach is extremely popular with tourists and is full of water sport activities of all kinds while a short walk to the west will take you to another lovely sandy stretch ... the Coral Beach which is relatively free of crowd. Over time Port Lucaya has become a large tourist hub. The Lucaya Market Place offers many shops selling great jewelry, straw craft items and other souvenirs & gifts. The marina here is a large gathering place for both tourists and yachters.
Map of Grand Bahama
The entire southern stretch of Grand Bahamas is full of long miles of white sandy beaches, each unique with its own character. For example the Taino beach is great for families with kids with several nice eateries on site, while the Gold Rock Beach which is about 25 miles towards east of Freeport, is a secluded haven and is part of Lucayan National Park.
Unlike the popular belief, Freeport is not the Capital of Bahamas. It's West End which is the capital and is the western most settlement of Grand Bahamas. It's about 55 miles from Palm Beach, Florida. Freeport is about 25 miles further east of West End. West End is also the oldest settlement of Grand Bahama and is well known for offering world class sport fishing opportunities. Excellent Deep Sea fishing can be done within only a few miles from the coast here. West end is also known for its wonderful beaches, lovely crystal clear blue waters and warm climate.
The longest underwater cave systems of the world is located at the Grand Bahama which offers a magnificent opportunity to divers. Many areas of the island including the three nationals parks are haven for bird watchers. Swimming with Dolphins is another great attraction in Grand Bahama.
While Freeport and Lucaya are more known as tourist hubs with something for everyone, do drive a few miles away to smaller settlements like West End towards western tip, Eight Mile Rock & High Rock along southern coastline, McLean's town towards east end and you will get to see the real Bahamian life... sleepy villages with quaint wood-framed pastel houses lining the roads, and you will surely get a feel of being at one of the Out Islands with old world charm.
So, why should you choose Grand Bahama as your island destination?
Because it gives a super mix of everything... from great modern cosmopolitan island life to contrasting sleepy fishing villages, plethora of wonderful beaches to choose from, great opportunities for nature lovers availing eco tours, as well as those who like to pamper themselves in luxury and engage in exciting touristy activities.
Grand Bahama has been a popular destination for cruise visitors. Cruises depart from Miami and West Palm Beach. It has regular air connections as well from Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and also from the UK and Canada. There is also fast ferry operated by Ferry Express between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama taking about 4 hours one way. Once you reach Freeport, you can avail buses, taxis or even rent a scooter. You can also rent a car at Freeport airport.
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