Grand Bahama Island Bahamas

Grand Bahama Island is located some 50 miles and less than 30 minutes by air from the east coast of Florida. It’s an island of “cosmopolitan glitz and glamour coupled with miles of pristine beaches and endless turquoise seas.” Sounds like a travel brochure, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it’s quoted from one of Grand Bahama’s promotional releases. And, far from overstating the qualities of the island, in fact, it understates them.

The Freeport/Lucaya area, a modern, well-planned urban metropolis with a population of around 55,000, is the economic center for the island. It’s also the hub of activity for visitors who arrive daily by airplane, cruise ship and private boat. Sightseeing, shopping, gambling, watersports, golf, tennis and, of course, sun and sand are just a few of the attractions.

Grand Bahama is surrounded by crystal-clear emerald seas, sugar-white beaches, and spectacular coral reefs. You can dive with and feed sharks, or spend a quiet moment in the soothing company of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. You can, after a week of instruction, become a fully certified diver. If that sounds a little too much, after just three hours of instruction, you can take to the deep sea – complete with fins, tanks, and weights – for an underwater experience you’ll never forget. Too old? Nonsense! It’s never too late.

Golfers are in for a rare treat. There are three golf courses on the island – three of the best courses in the Caribbean: the PGA-rated Ruby and Emerald courses at the Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino, and the Quality Atlantic Beach Resort’s Lucayan Country Club Course.
If shopping appeals to you, head for Port Lucaya, where more than six acres of shopping, dining, and entertainment await you at The Marketplace. In downtown Freeport, you’ll find more than 90 shops and stores in the International Bazaar. And the Straw Market just next door is a treasure house of crafts and specialties.

Aside from the ocean and beaches that teem with life, there’s also a unique national park, a magnificent botanical garden, and a nature center devoted to preservation of the island’s wildlife. Throughout the center, dozens of nature trails and woodland paths meander back and forth among the mangrove swamps, flower gardens, and forests. For those who really like to get away into the outback, there are more than 90 miles of virtually untouched wilderness and deserted shores to explore – a world of casuarina, seagrape, mangrove, palmetto, seagrass, and scrub, where buzzards, lizards, and crabs, along with a fisherman or two, live out the great cycle of life.

At the far ends of the island, the villagers in the tiny communities of West End and McClean’s Town will extend a warm welcome and create some of the finest Bahamian cuisine you’ll ever taste.

Grand Bahama also offers two world-class casinos – at the Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino and Our Lucaya.

Grand Bahama has a wide variety of accommodations, from the sprawling deluxe resorts to the beachfront hotels, self-catering apartments, secluded getaways inns and small economy hotels.


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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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