The Second City
Well known to the world as the second largest city in The Bahamas, Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island, was originally developed to provide tropical fun for its visitors. With a distinct mix of historic appeal, modern attractions and ecological wonders, your visit is sure to be memorable.
Here you can combine a glamorous vacation at an upscale resort with the charming allure of a small town. Boasting one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, three national parks, endless Southside beaches and crisp blue water, Grand Bahama Island has it all.
95 miles long/ 15 miles wide
30 min flight from Florida
All inclusive resorts
Tax-free shipping port
Vast underwater caves
Grand Bahama Int’l Airport
West End Airport
What Makes Grand Bahama Unique
Grand Bahama’s awe-inspiring natural assets – outback forests, mangroves, extensive cave systems, miles of secluded beaches and surrounding seas teeming with trophy fish and an underwater wonderland, easily allows the island to be entrenched as an eco-tourism paradise and haven for fishing, diving and birding. On the drawing board are plans to make Grand Bahama a mecca for world-class sporting events from road races, cycling, kayaking, sailing, golf, tennis and sports retreats.
Freeport is the youngest, but more popular sister of the island’s other towns — which include West End, Pinder’s Point, Russell Town, Smith’s Point, William’s Town, and more — most named after the families who founded them. They serve as cultural hotspots for visitors wanting to learn more about the destination and each is unique in its own way. No visit to Freeport would be complete without checking some of them out on an island tour. The natural attractions, though, are among Freeport’s finest assets, and it is the only place where you can see all six of The Bahamas’ ecosystems on one trail. You won’t have to stray too far from your resort or vacation rental to enjoy all that Freeport has to offer.
Grand Bahama Island (served by Freeport International Airport – FPO) is the fourth largest of the Bahamian islands, measuring 154 km (96 miles) by 27 km (17 miles), and is mostly flat and heavily forested outside the main tourist areas. Its southern shore is lined with exquisite beaches.
Grand Bahama Island, situated to the north-east of New Providence Island (Nassau) is also one of the closest Bahamian islands to the Florida coastline. This may be why its capital, Freeport, and next-door Port Lucaya – which combined have created the main tourist area of Freeport/Lucaya – are more American in feel and style than other towns in The Islands of the Bahamas.
Built for tropical fun, the area boasts wide tree-lined boulevards, top hotels, world-class shopping, superb beaches and a multitude of holiday activities. Grand Bahama Island has its quiet, laid-back side too, however.
Just outside Freeport/Lucaya is the Lucayan National Park, prehistoric caverns, quaint fishing villages, pine forests, deserted coves and mangrove flats on the northern shore and tiny offshore cays more reminiscent of a typical Bahamian Out Island. It’s approximately 28 miles by road from Freeport to the West End of the islands and 60 miles to the East End making a day-tour by car rental an ideal way to get a feel for both sides of the Grand Bahama Island holiday experience. Most of the island’s tiny offshore cays and islets can be reached by boat and wild dolphins swim off the Grand Bahama Bank.
Discover Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Full of history and charm, Grand Bahama Island is a complete vacation destination. There are three distinct destinations on Grand Bahama Island—East End, Freeport/Lucaya and West End—each offering their own unique experience. And if you’re looking to tour some natural surroundings, feel free to explore the island’s three national parks, two of which are home to a large numbers of native birds. And, of course, no Bahamian island would be complete without miles of beautiful beaches—found on the south side of Grand Bahama Island.
REASONS TO GO:
Beaches: On Grand Bahama Island you will be greeted by miles of pristine white sand beaches such as Gold Rock Beach.
Diving and Snorkeling: Several good dive operators are located in the Freeport/Lucaya area. Snorkeling trips, shipwreck dives and shark dives are among the many options, as well as a scuba diving experience.
Golf: One of the most popular activities on Grand Bahama Island. There are two top courses (three PGA rated) both in magnificent tropical settings.
Nature Areas: Rand Nature Centre, Hydroflora Gardens, Lucayan National Park and offshore Petterson Cay are just a few of the eco-tourism attractions on Grand Bahama Island.
West End: The picturesque 25-mile drive from Freeport to West End, an historic town of wooden buildings and warehouses from the days of Prohibition, is a fascinating day excursion from Freeport/Lucaya.
East End: Unlike West End, East End is not a town, but the eastern end of the island. The 60-mile trip to the end of the road can be combined with a visit to the Lucayan National Park.
Family Travel: Grand Bahama Island’s superb choice of children’s activities and facilities, safe and beautiful beaches and unbeatable natural attractions make it an ideal family destination. Many hotels offer baby-sitting services and Kid’s Clubs.
Shopping: Port Lucaya Marketplace, a waterfront shopping center, boasts excellent shops in an attractive outdoor setting with stores from around the world selling duty-free goods such as perfumes, emeralds, silks and china.
Nightlife: There are a number of clubs, bars and restaurants in the Freeport/Lucaya area. Nightlife in this area is generally lively and exciting.
Dining: There’s a huge selection of restaurants on Grand Bahama Island, with top spots usually located in the hotels. Port Lucaya Marketplace is known for its American-Bahamian restaurants, fast-food chains and ethnic eateries. For an authentic Bahamian experience, clients should try the outdoor fish fry at Outrigger’s at Smith’s Point, just east of Lucaya.
Of all the 700 islands and cays that make up The Islands Of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island hosts the second-highest number of native birds — 18 of the 28 species of Bahamian birds that are not seen in the USA, Canada or Europe. The island’s national parks are home to a large number of them.
Vast Underwater Caves
Dive beneath the surface to explore a cavernous world that’s one of the biggest and among the most environmentally distinct. The cave system is accessible from both land and sea, with permission to dive required in some areas
Rand Nature Centre
This National Park comprises 100 acres of natural beauty in the heart of Freeport. A 2,000-foot trail winds through coppice and pine forest. The birder’s paradise is home to a variety of species that can be seen year-round, with peak season from October to May.