Grand Bahama Island Travel Guide

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Grand Bahama Island Things to Do

  • Beaches

    Beaches on the south side of the island are the prettiest, Coral beach which is accessible by Coral road is amazing, that's where Sheraton and Westin are located, Taino beach is kind of like a public beach with parking and little beach restaurants, not crowded though. Fortuna beach is gorgeous especially the part where Viva Wyndham is, they...

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  • Swim/Scuba/snorkel

    Dolphin Experience is a center that is located on a nine and a half acre lagoon called Sanctuary Bay. The facility offers people the opportunity for several different kinds of experiences with the dolphins. The Dolphin Experience (so says its literature) is a "leader in the marine mammal field of education, research, health, and maintenance of...

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  • Port Lucaya

    Port Lucaya is the more vibrant part of Grand Bahama Island for tourists. This is where you'll find restaurants, bars, and shops that tend to stay open later. There are also at least 5-6 hotels right in the proximity of one another, shops, a marina, and a casino. We found ourselves watching small striped fish as we enjoyed the warm breezes by the...

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Grand Bahama Island Restaurants

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken

    We wanted to have lunch in Freeport and couldn't see any place to eat except Burger King, KFC, Subway etc. So we started out on foot to look for a place to eat. A local lady asked if she could help us, and we told her what we wanted. She led us to two local places but they were closed (as in not opening for lunch), so we finally ended up at KFC...

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  • Lucaya-Jovaninis Cafe

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a tiny restaurant in the Lucaya marketplace, so either make reservations or go really early. It is small and informal, but has really good food that is not expensive. The first time we were there, 6 couples were celebrating something, and the table stretched almost the full width of the restaurant. They wanted pictures taken of the whole...

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  • Burger King

    When we went into Freeport on the jitney bus and went looking for a marine hardware store, tools and groceries, the Burger King was the first place we saw to eat. We looked everywhere, but were not able to find a local eatery. We didn't actually eat at Burger King, but the best we were able to do was KFC.

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Grand Bahama Island Nightlife

  • Sound of Music Is just about every place

    The nightlife options in the town far outweigh its size. There is an ample supply of nightclubs where you can get a taste of the local sounds, several discos where you can dance almost 'til dawn, a casino with virtually non-stop action, and the square at Port Lucaya Marketplace. ...A buffet and Junkanoo performance is also preformed at the...

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  • Dancing with the stars

    Every Thursday and Saturday Bikini Bottom which is a small beach restaurant and bar has DJs, music and dancing, all kinds of crowds, good fun place extremely casual

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  • Bonfire New Years Eve on the beach!

    We booked a Bonfire on the beach New Years Eve with H Forbes, a large bus came and picked us up and took us to the location. The driver was too funny for words because he was busting on this group that was very loud and drinking already. It was a good time, pretty good food and plenty to drink if you wanted. They lit the fire just after dark and...

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Grand Bahama Island Transportation

  • Renting a car from Freeport

    If you are there for the day on a cruise ship there is a transport hub immediately off the ship. If you want to go to one of the standard tourist destinations the rates are posted and are fairly reasonable. Taxis are available but very expensive. We tried to get info there about local bus transportation, but the folks there acted like there was no...

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  • Getting Around GBI

    At the end of the 20th century, getting around on Grand Bahama was best done on a moped. They were relatively cheap, the roads in-town good, and very light traffic. No more.Renting a car is the best way to get around, especially if you want to do things on your own schedule. Although most hotels and resorts offer courtesy shuttles, you'll only be...

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  • Rent a convertible

    Rent a convertible and drive around the island, for only a few dollars a day you can save these poor cars from wasting away, won't you donate today! I know it cost a little grip but it's well worth it, the freedom you get with having a car can not be discribed ecept 'I'M FREE TO DO WHAT I WANT ANY OLD TIME". Taking a taxi can just as expensive if...

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Grand Bahama Island Shopping

  • Practical Shopping on Grand Bahama

    If you're staying in a condo or visiting ashore from your yacht, sooner or later you'll buy groceries. And that means you'll end up at Grand Union or Winn-Dixie.Both chains run competing supermarkets side-by-side in the Freeport Downtown Shopping Center. Same prices generally, though I've been using the Grand Union lately just because I've been...

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  • Go shopping at the Marketplace

    The Port Lucaya Marketplace is where you need to go for all your shopping needs. You will find good deals here and you can bargen the price with most vendors. We looked for day to find the carving we wanted to take home and found it for a good price. We suggest you look around at least once and then go back to where you found what you were looking...

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  • Liquor

    The duty free liquor problems should be consitered before you check your bags onto the plane. Airlines do allow drinks bought after you pass through security to be carried on planes but not the ones bought earlier *they must go in your luggage if you want to take them*. I bought liquor for very cheap at Lucaya and luckly had a box that would fit in...

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Grand Bahama Island Local Customs

  • Almost America, But Not Quite

    Your US dollars are welcome in the Bahamas (the Bahamian dollar is always on par with $US). But if you get change in Bahamian currency, be sure to exchange it for US money before you go home, because you won't be able to spend those pretty banknotes with Queen Elizabeth's portrait in the States. Bahamians are largely conservative. Hot as it can...

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  • unique churches

    All over the island are the unique small block churches that are found all over the Carribbean. They all look much the same but they are not ugly they are block painted white and sit very well with the surrounding landscape. On Grand Bahama the oldest and most unique ones are on the western part of the island near eight mile rock.

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  • haterid of tourists

    Most of the locals seem to just put up with the tourist and are understandably put off by the fact that over 80% of the islands economy is based around the tourism industry. All the locals have to deal with tourist’s everyday of their lives most of whom they don't like. It is evident that the locals want to be able to support themselves without...

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Grand Bahama Island Warnings and Dangers

  • After Dark: Downtown Freeport/Int'l...

    The Downtown area and International Bazaar in Freeport were really affected by the hurricanes last Fall. Even during the day, the Bazaar can be almost desolate and is filled with nooks and crannies, so be aware. Even though the Bahamas supposedly has a low crime rate, I wouldn't recommend hanging around either after dark, and locals we talked to...

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  • Taxis

    Everyone who has ever traveled probably has a taxi horror story. This wasn't that bad, but it made me nervous. Our driver might have been upwards of 80. The car was in poor shape--fabric falling from the ceiling on my head. The driver seemed either ornery or senile. He took turns at about 5 miles per hour after waiting for several minutes with no...

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  • Modern Reality

    Grand Bahama is not the island it was 20 years ago.As early as 1990, Freeport had become a neighborhood of nearby Miami. Gone were the kids at the WinnDixie who'd offer to carry your groceries for a dollar, replaced by the toughs who demand five just to let you pass. And this disease has infected much of the rest of the island. It's an odd reaction...

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Grand Bahama Island Tourist Traps

  • International Bazaar

    The International Bazaar has to be at least 35 years old by now, and it shows. Once a vibrant gathering spot off Ranfurly Circus, this tourist destination has fallen on hard times. Billed as a mecca for shopping and dining, it is neither. Just take some pictures and leave. Take a memorable picture of the torii-gate out front. Stroll what could be a...

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  • International Bazaar

    The International Bazaar has to be at least 35 years old by now, and it shows. Once a vibrant gathering spot off Ranfurly Circus, this tourist destination has fallen on hard times. Billed as a mecca for shopping and dining, it is neither. Just take some pictures and leave. Take a memorable picture of the torii-gate out front. Stroll what could be...

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  • Ghetto Bazar

    The International Bazar is located away from the main tourist areas and and is becoming very run down since Hurrican Wilma caused serious damage to the area around the Bazar. The few shops that still exist are not are in disrepair and not really worth wisiting. The hotels that surrounded the area are now closed down. Just stay in Lucaya or go to...

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Grand Bahama Island What to Pack

  • The Key To An Amazing Grand Bahama...

    There is an awesome travel book titled "Everything You Need To Know Grand Bahama Island". You can find it on amazon.com & barnesandnoble.com. It is packed with photographs, great independent information, & GB contacts. Amazon.com has a good description of it with sample pages. This book is the key to amaizing Grand Bahama Vacations. If you want...

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  • Be Comfortable

    Travel light. Who wants to lug around a lot of bags in the heat? Bring comfortable shoes, warm weather clothes and a light jacket. I'd also bring an umbrella as they fo have showers. Not being far from Florida (about 50 mi. from W. Palm Beach), they tend to get the same weather as south Florida. Sunscreen/block is the most important Don't forget...

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  • Packing List

    Swim suit and casual clothes. Dress for warm weather. Lots of sun screen and aloe get (for when you don't apply the sunscreen as often as you should like we did)---and lots of ibuprofen for the pain of the sunburn! Disposable underwater camera will be fine in the area in front of the reef. Beyond that, you'll need a flash to correct color...

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Grand Bahama Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Lucaya National Park

    I described our time there on my travel page and under things to do, but it also qualifies as an off the beaten path gem. Well worth the time and effort to get out there! They also do kayaking. Be sure to be well supplied with camera, batteries, and memory sticks. We were a little challenged in that regard and regretted the photos we missed, but I...

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  • A Beachin' Getaway/Deadman's Reef

    Fifteen miles west of Freeport, on the West End Road, there is a little hotel called Paradise Cove at Deadman's Reef. Situated on the beach, the hotel offers day visitors free beach access (all Bahamian beaches are public, remember), plus a dive shop and snack bar with conch fritters, burgers and dogs. You can also purchase your favorite brew....

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  • The Castle

    While in Lucaya, up on a hill you can see the "Castle"--a Bahamian fast food franchise owner's huge mansion.There's a "smaller" one right beside it.That one belongs to his son.

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Grand Bahama Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Keeping Focused While Golfing is a...

    It's been too long ago (1992) for me to remember the name of the golf club, and I did not keep the score card as I usually do.That's unfortunate because Allan reminded me that it was one of my best games ever.The courses on the Grand Bahama Island are magnificent. It's difficult to concentrate and to focus on the game because of the sheer beauty of...

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  • Environmentally Safe and Fun

    Grand Bahama offers a host of activities for the environmentally sensitive, and kayaking is one of them. While staying at the Fortuna Beach Resort, we tried our luck at kayaking.It turned out to be a great adventure. First of all, the non-motorized activities are free at the resort, and the staff takes the time to teach novices the proper...

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  • Premier Destination for Sportfishing

    In the 1970's, Allan and I went sportfishing. We hired the Mayor of the West End whose name is Bonefish Foley. It was simply a rowboat with a motor. Allan and I made a bet of who would catch the most fish, the first fish, and the biggest fish. I won in all three categories. I now realize that Bonefish maneuvered the boat in such a way that I would...

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Grand Bahama Island Favorites

  • Some Facts and History of Grand Bahama...

    The Grand Bahama Island is the 4th largest of The Islands of The Bahamas. Its name comes from the Spanish gran bajamar which means "great shallows". The island rambles on for 96 miles and is rimmed with cities, villages, and cays. It has one of the world's largest underwater cave systems, 3 national parks, and endless beaches.In 1834 Great Britain...

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  • Coastline Cruise

    We were able to book a shore excursion that was a boat ride along the shores of Grand Bahama. First we were picked up at our cruise ship and loaded onto a double decker party style boat. Then we sailed along the Bahamian coastline as our guide pointed out landmarks and places of interest. There were a whole lot of oil riggs off of the coastline...

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  • Tip Away if you loved the service.

    In restaurants most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Many establishments include the gratuity in their bills. The people and scenery.

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Explore Deeper into Grand Bahama Island
The International Bazaar
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Fortuna Beach Resort
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The Red Bar
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Great Experience With the Dolphins
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Best food and Bahama beach atmosphere on the enti
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Scubadive
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Coral beach and others on the south side
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Severely damaged by a hurricane
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I aint the expert but that fish was fresh!
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Awesome pina
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Fish Fry
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Decent Pizza, call before for reservations
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Go for the food, not the service
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Italian with Bahamian overtones
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Freeport
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Top snorkeling destination in a family atmosphere
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Don't miss the best cracked conch on the island!
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shopping at Lucaya
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Steak & lobster dinner & Bahama Mama booze cruise
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Rent a Scooter for the day!
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A little French on the water
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Diamond Sunrise Restaurant & Bar: Grab a bite on t
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Place to eat on the water
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Grand Bahama International Airport
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So many beaches, so little time! Gold Rock Beach
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So many beaches, so little time! Fortuna Beach
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So many beaches, so little time! Barbary Beach
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Way expencive to get drunk
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Snorkeling at DEADMAN'S REEF
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Taxi
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Very limited nightlife 1 Casino
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The beach at Lucaya
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Cheap buses
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Lucaya resturants
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What nightlife
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Lucayan National Park
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Scuba Diving - No experience necessary
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The Pirates of the Caribbean...NoMore :--(
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Rental car
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Taxi from the airport to your hotel
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