Freeport Port is a city and free-trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama. Located less than 100 miles off the eastern shores of Florida in the warm waters of the Atlantic, it is a favored port of call for many cruise lines. While hurricane damage in recent years has affected Freeport and left not a lot to see there, the modernistic, planned city of Lucaya has much to offer and the area is often referred to as Freeport/Lucaya. One of the first things noticed by travelers is color: crystal blue waters, pearl-white sand beaches, lush green tropical foliage and buildings ranging in shades from sheer pastels to bright candy hues. Upon arrival, many modes of transportation are available to suit your needs. Complimentary vans await from major car-rental agencies; taxi fare averages $25.00 for two persons, or public vans at $5.00 per person. Motor scooters are also available for rental. Keep in mind if you choose to do your own driving - drive on the left! From Lucaya Harbor, it's a short 10 minute ride to Freeport and about 25 minutes to Lucaya.
The International Market in Freeport isn't the shopping mecca it once was. While still operational, most of the shops deal in trinkets and typical 'tourist do-dads'. The majority of vendors and shop-owners have relocated to the Port Lucaya Marketplace, where treasures abound for the savvy shopper. Here, more than 70 shops and boutiques offer up unique, high-quality goodies from around the world for your duty-free shopping pleasure.
Things To See
Beaches, beaches and more beaches! Whether you're looking for a 'party' beach, one that caters to families, or are simply seeking quiet solitude, you will find it here. Miles and miles of pristine beaches cater to all ages. There are tours available that allow you to swim and dive with dolphins (reservations, please), or take the family on a sailing or snorkeling excursion. For the very energetic, Lucayan National Park offers a 6-hour paddling tour through its 5 eco-zones, which includes paddling through inland creeks and mangroves with some beach-time thrown in for rest and relaxation.This park covers 40 acres and also contains an extensive underwater cave system. Two other National Parks await your exploration - the Rand Nature Centre, and Peterson Cay, which is a small isle about 300 yards offshore. There are also two major golf courses in the area, with velvet greens and spectacular views to test your golfing prowess.
Restaurants and Bars
If food is your forte, then you have indeed found paradise! There is something to suit every taste and soothe every palate; from casual eateries where one can walk in straight off the beach to more formal, sit-down styles that serve up everything from sushi to Old World cuisine. There is even a one-of-a-kind Irish pub and tavern located here. Some dining establishments offer a varied menu while others specialize in dishes from various regions of the world. Most restaurants don't require reservations, but it's always a good idea to check in advance.