Grand Bahama, The Bahamas
I enjoyed everything from the cruise with the food, entertainment, company, crew members and more to the Bahama Island and all it had to offer! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Fondest memory: My favorite part of my trip, well the funniest part was that the cruise was running behind schedule and had to do high speed on the way back to Florida from the Island over night and for a day we had the swaying feeling as we went on throughout the day! I actually thought our hotel room that night was moving ~ blonde moment ;-)
There are plenty of opportunities to get wet and see sharks on Grand Bahama. Your resort or hotel will most likely be able to hook you up with a dive operation whether you are an experienced diver or if you want to learn. Most resort courses will have you diving on your first day. In addition to sharks you will see eagle rays, morays, ship wrecks and plenty of colorful Caribbean fish, coral and sponge.
Fondest memory: My favorite dives were two of the wrecks: The Sea Star (aka Duncan's Wreck) and Theo's Wreck. The Sea Star is a medium sized and newer wreck, so there's not a lot of reef life on it, but it's intact, upright, and fun to explore. Theo's Wreck has been around for a while, so there are lots of critters living on it and it's huge.
Freeport: a dumpy little town with a beautiful beach and friendly people. You must buy a cheap bottle of rum, a 2 liter bottle of Coke... mix it all in your belly... and bake in the sun for hours.
Fondest memory: Not remembering what happened to me on the booze cruise!
Favorite thing: See Grand Bahama Island. The people are very welcoming and willing to talk with you about their home. There is a neat open market there. Make sure to bargain with the sellers and shop around a bit or you might find yourself paying twice what the next person paid.
I´ve been in PUERTO LACAYA....it´s a great place, with beautiful beaches and lots of seasports to do!!
Very peaceful and quiet...it´s the place I preffer if I need some GREAT VIEW!!
Fondest memory: The perfect blue sea...it was amazing the colour of the water.
Travel tip.. If you are not staying in the Port Lucaya area, it is about $5 usd per person for taxi service to the Lucaya area where everything is at. Be sure to look in the phone book for the excursion companies and call them about picking you up at your resort. We stayed at the Island Seas, great place but a ways from Lucaya and the markets, and wanted to snorkel dead mans reef. The taxis wanted $45 per person to take us there. We called one of the excursion companies listed in the phone book and they picked us up and dropped us off for free.. Also if you stay at a place like the Island seas, they have a 1 hour presentation for thier time shares. If you do the presentation, they will give you free taxi passes that will get you back and forth...
Fondest memory: We had a great time at the Port Lucaya marketplace. There is just about every tpye of ethnic foods you could ever want. The food was excellent and dirt cheap. The week we spent there last year was semi ruined by not so perfect weather. We did not get to do the shark dives or any offshore fishing. Parts of Grand Bahamas are pretty and parts of it are still devastated by past hurricanes. The people were great to us..
The best thing about the Bahamas was the sound of the ocean at night - it was so calm and peaceful there....but I guess it would like that anywhere
There's also the booze cruise........When we were on the beach, some guy randomly came up to us and asked to us sign up for it...it was ~$40 per person, and they take you snorkeling (they didn't take us to the best spot though), give you lunch, and you have an open bar....all this over a span of 3 - 4 hours..which aint bad....the people that came on the boat were sociable and friendly...it was fun
There are too many things for me to choose one 'must,' though taking a ride on a glass-bottom boat is a wonderful way to get a close-up view at the ocean flora and fauna (coral reefs and fish, in particular). The swimming is of course fabulous, with lukewarm turquoise waters on white beaches, and definitely be sure to sample the local cuisine, particularly conch and the tropical beverages (whether alcoholic or nonalcoholic they are delicious!).
Fondest memory: Walking along the beach or the docks in the evening and listening to the local musicians perform for free in the marketplace are nice romantic ways to end a day in Port Lucaya.
SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS
GO ON A DAY LONG CRUISE
Fondest memory: THIS PLACE CALLED PORT LUCAYA...GREAT ATMOSPHERE...TONS OF PEOPLE AND TONS OF SHOPS AND BARS. THEY ALWAYS HAVE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DANCING
Do a dive with Dolphins through Unexesco Divers in Freeport.
Fondest memory: Sitting in a garden on Grand Bahama and talking with a Bahamian Boy Scout Troop.
Go during Hurican season, bring 11 of your best friends and rent one dune buggy.
Fondest memory: The BAHAMA MAMA CRUISES