Grand Bahama, The Bahamas
Guava Duff is the traditional dessert. It is very sweet and it takes a long time to prepare. Not all the restaurants have it, but if you happen to see one that offers it, stop by and try it. I did not care for it too much (too sweet for my liking) but I am glad I tried it.
One of the best drinks you can have while visiting an island is a Guilty Wash (a drink inside a coconut). They can make it with or without alcohol. It is refreshing and fun. Enjoy one while sitting under a palm tree, on the beach or at a nice and simple table.
On Grand Bahama, one of the favorite places is the Garden of the Groves botanical garden.
Equal parts jungle, zoo and romantic hideaway, this 4.5ha well laid-out tropical garden is home to some of Grand Bahama's most exotic wildlife. Macaws, turtles, parrots, alligators and thousands of flowers to name just a few you can see.
At the farm animal petting area, children can get to know pot-bellied pigs and pigmy goats.
The most romantic sites of the Garden can be found under the waterfall or in the shade of a tropical fruit tree. Quiet, shaded paths wind through the gardens; you can take time and sit by a waterfall and hear the call of birds.
The gardens with a picturesque chapel on the hill are popular place for weddings, many couples have chosen to tie the knot here.
Admission is US$ 9.95 for adults and US$ 6.95 for children under 10.
Open 9am-4pm, 10am-4pm Su
With only about 40,000 residents, Grand Bahama's many roads often lead to nowhere, through undeveloped bush and grandly named but still-deserted subdivisions awaiting development.
Even in the commercial centre of Freeport, the port-authority headquarters, banks and apartment complexes – large colonial confections in pink, blue and yellow – manage to poke out above the treetops, but are still separated by significant remaining stands of pine forest. A utilitarian town with no organic centre or street life – everyone lives in the suburbs – it's not a good place for strolling or sightseeing, though easy enough to navigate on foot for visiting shops and restaurants.
Freeport's main commercial district is centred on The Mall, located between Ranfurly Circus – named for a British royal governor who supported the city's development in the 1950s – and Churchill Square, about ten blocks north. Surrounding the city centre, The Mall is bound on one side by West Mall Drive, and on the other by East Mall Drive, where most of the hotels and restaurants are located.
Tourist activity is focused on the south end of East Mall Drive, around Ranfurly Circus and the International Bazaar, a faded warren of tacky shops and cafes marked by red Japanese-style Torii gates. In addition to several serviceable but uninspired restaurants, a straw market and assorted souvenir stands, there are duty-free shops selling jewellery, perfume, Cuban cigars, rum, resort wear and crystal.
East from Ranfurly Circus on Sunrise Highway, and south on Seahorse Road, Port Lucaya and the beachfront hotels of Lucaya comprise a resort area with a more cheerful atmosphere than Freeport's, with carefully tended lawns and shrubbery, and tidy, candy-coloured shops and houses.
A seaside suburb first developed in the 1960s, Lucaya is dominated by the brand-new and massive Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort, fronting Lucayan Beach, with two golf courses. Across the street from Our Lucaya is Port Lucaya Marketplace, a busy, colourful tourist market overlooking the boats at Port Lucaya Marina, with shops selling clothing, jewellery, perfume, crystal and china, open-air stalls displaying straw work and other souvenirs, and several lively restaurants and bars packed with vacationers.
(from Yahoo Travel)
We took a trip to the Caverns by the Lucaya National Park. It was pretty cool. The caverns weren't like any I have seen before but were still pretty. Make sure you wear proper shoes because you do have to hike through some trails to get to each cavern. It doesn't take very long maybe 30 minutes or so but i was worth the few dollars we spent. Watch out for the BATS!
The gardens, beaches, markets, churches are all part of the culture. Enjoy it for what it is. Not very much culture left. It's so commercialized now. Go for a smaller Island. Snorkeling was one of the ways to get away from the crowd, if you don't mind the other twenty people that go on the same boat. See pictures in the Freeport Bahamas Trip in attached page!
Beauty surrounds you.
Do an trip to the Lucaya national park,great beach,bring a lunch and spend the day,snorkle the great waters. if new at it go to Paradise cove a controlled reef, that has all things you need to dive a reef, and teach you not to hurt it, or get hurt!Also glass bottom boat for rent if you dont like to get wet! Garden of the Groves a great tropical Garden on the Island!Relax too!
The locals are great and if you have questions ask,The island has something for all to do and see,like the golfing,shoping,diving,watersports and tours beach cook outs and campfires,that are a great way to meet other travlers and local that you will come back year after year to see!
When we arrived at Freeport, Bahamas, I took a guided taxi to Port Lucaya. The Bahamians (as some people call them -- I call them crazy-nuts) drive on the left (insert, 'wrong') side of the road, but that didn't stop my driver from using all of the available pavement. He weaved like a quarterback running for his life. My guided tour consisted of the taxi driver/guide pointing out where the locals bought groceries, where he liked to get good beans and rice, and where I could buy good ganja. (Don't ask.)
FRAGANCE OF THE BAHAMAS -- a perfume store and factory where you can actually invent your own fragrance! First you experiment with various scented oils until you are happy with the result, then you are shown how to mix them together, you give your perfume a name -- and when all is said and done you receive a patent for the scent you have created. (Refills can be ordered at any time, since the perfume factory keeps your 'recipe' on file.) A fascinating experience!
Port Lucaya Marketplace was across the street from our hotel. Lots of DutyFree shops, and some nice restaurants.
This is a great place to arrange for a snorkeling trip or an evening cruise
You get to handle the dolphins not just look at them perform. The female dolphin (Lucaya) was also pregnant. Did you know pregnant women make Dolphins go bananas (researchers think they are confused by the fetal heart beat)
It was curious, for a Portuguese, to find in Bahamas a church consagrated to the "Portuguese" Fatima. A common temple, with colonial look, and a few simple stained-glasses.
If you want to swim with the dolphins or to scuba dive, then UNEXSO is the place to go to.
We did not do any of their activities, but we heard good things about them.
They have 2 local beers in The Bahamas: Sands and Kalik.
Try them when visiting. You may enjoy them more than you think!
You are in The Bahamas and the weather is good. What else there is to do than relaxing by the pool or on the beach for a while and forget about the office?