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Visit Grand Bahama, Freeport Port of Call in the Bahamas
Above: Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas "Site of the New World Riviera".

Grand Bahama, Freeport, Bahamas

Grand Bahama is one of the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, lying just 55 miles (90 km) of the coast of Florida, USA. The Island gets its name from the Spanish "gran bajamar" – meaning "great shallows" – for its many flats and shoals in the waters off the island.

Grand Bahama is now the second most populous island in the Bahamas, and its major city, Freeport, is regarded as the nation’s second city. [Bahamas Map]

Location: 200 miles west of Nassau
Size: 530 square miles
Population: 46,994
Language: English
Currency: Bahamian dollar
Tourism info: Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism (242-352-8044).
Getting there from Nassau: Fly with Bahamasair or private air charter. The Bahamas The Bahamas Mailboat costs $45 one way to Grand Bahama and takes 12 hours.

Bahamas Day Trip from $99
Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, enjoy all the amenities of a traditional cruise during a five-hour voyage to and from Grand Bahama island.

Bahamas Freeport Island


Within the last decade, Grand Bahama Island has undergone nothing a transformation. Major infrastructure improvements to the port and airport have been fueled by major hotel investments in both Freeport and West End. The two shopping, dining and entertainment villages at International Bazaar and Port Lucaya Marketplace are both filled with tourists day and night, but that’s only half the story on this multi-faceted island.

Port Lucaya’s world-class UNEXSO Dive Center offers a host of dolphin interaction and diving programs. And a batch of tour operators offer kayak, beach and hiking combo tours out among the pristine 40-acre Lucayan National Park to explore pineland, mangrove marshes and sand dunes, along with one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems.

Grand Bahama is also a golfer and active traveler’s paradise with four championship courses. The island features more than 50 tennis courts, and sailors come from all over the Eastern Seaboard to moor their yachts at Port Lucaya and the laid-back community of West End about one hour west of Freeport.

Freeport, the country’s second-largest city, is sprawling and flat, with good roads and modern infrastructure. You won’t find many historical sites here, as the city was not developed until the 1950s. But you will find long, wide beaches, modern hotels and marinas, and a thriving port.

Places to visit in Freeport are the Rand Nature Centre, Grand Bahama Museum,
Lucayan National Park, and the Grand Lucayan Waterway.

Getting around

Nearby settlements include:
High Rock, Eight Mile Rock, Hawksbill Creek, Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard, Hunter’s, Pelican Point, McClean Town and Sweetings Cay.

Inter-island Bahamas mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to and from all islands.

Taxi service is available. Although metered rates vary by island, they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles are also available for rent at most popular tourist centers.

Rental cars are also available. You can use your home driver’s license for up to three months, but remember, when you take to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left.

Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

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The CIA factbook says the Bahamas are a stable, developing nation with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking.

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