Grand Bahama Island Coastline
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What is Freeport Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
English is the official language in Freeport and the Bahamian Dollar (equivalent to a US Dollar) is the currency.
Freeport's International Bazaar
Grand Bahama Island, just one of the 700 islands that comprise the Bahamas, is home to Freeport. This northernmost island in the chain, is approximately 60 miles southeast of the coast of Florida. Freeport is almost completely Americanized, and other than the mega-casinos, there is little to distinguish it from its neighbor, Florida. You will find stretches of white powdery sand, mega-resorts lining the coastline, and expensive yachts bobbing in the harbor.
Freeport enjoys a subtropical climate with mild winters, seldom dipping below 60°F. Average temperatures range in the low to upper 80’s; with water temperature never below 72°. With that said, however, just like Florida, these are averages and during winter months be prepared for an occasional cold front to cause drastic temperature drops.
The Mariner of the Seas Docked in Freeport
Freeport Harbor, primarily a port area for cargo vessels, is located on the west central part of the island. You will need to take a 10 minute taxi cab ride to get to the Port Lucaya area. Taxis are metered, but often charge a flat fee. Be prepared to pay around US$15 for a cab into town. Many times, vans will take cruise ship passengers from the port to the International Bazaar for a fee of $US5 per seat in the van. It is a considerable distance and would take hours to walk (I know, I tried and ended up turning around)
International Bazaar, Freeport, Bahamas
There are two main areas for shopping in Freeport. The 10 acre International Bazaar and adjacent straw market are located in downtown Freeport. The Bazaar, with over 100 shops, is divided into themed sections representing different parts of the world, where you can purchase everything from African handicrafts to Swiss watches.
Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina across from Lucayan Beach is the other major shopping area.
Liquor, perfume, jewelry, watches, clocks, china, crystal and linens are all available at duty-free prices. If you will not be visiting other islands in the Caribbean, such as St. Maarten or one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, then do your duty-free shopping here, otherwise wait, as the bargains are even greater in other parts of the Caribbean.
Most visitors to Freeport divide their time between shopping, swimming, golfing and gambling. The island is ringed by reefs so there are also some quality dive spots. The best beaches to spend a day are Xanadu Beach and neighboring Lucayan Beach, right in front of Port Lucaya. Water sports are available on this beautiful, 4 mile stretch of powdery, white, soft sand to the delight of sun worshippers and swimmers alike. Eco-tourism has also become an important aspect of the Grand Bahama experience. The Lucayan National Park is famous for its underwater limestone caves and the Rand Memorial Nature Center has over 100 acres of winding trails from which to explore the natural flora and fauna of this area.
If you are die hard shopper, then the International Bazaar will be a real treat, otherwise I can’t classify anything as a “don’t miss”.
I have not found any that stand out in my mind. If you have a suggestion, please share.
Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC,
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The morning weather prior to the arrival in the Bahamas was beautiful and a very welcome change from yesterday’s in climate weather. My...read more
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I was on the carnival cruise and came into Freeport on June 2005. A first time cruiser. I was very disappointed at what I saw, from what I read in the current...read more
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Years ago I traveled to Nassau Bahamas and had such great memories. When I arrived to Freeport I was greatly disappointed! There were brunt trees and trash...read more
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Arriving in Freeport, we decided to wander through the Straw Market on the pier, which took about 5 minutes. We then decided to go to the Lucaya Market. So,...read more
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After our first night in dining room, we were both kind of hungry, and it took us a while, but we found a Dominos in the straw market, and we ate it like we had...read more
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