Last Minute Vacations To Freeport
This city, on the island of Grand Bahama, is the second most populous city in the Bahamas and is served by the Grand Bahama International Airport. Freeport (or also known as Freeport/Lucaya) is a main cruise ship destination point. Since this island is only 68 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida, it is easily accessed by boat or plane and provides a great tourist destination that is not far from home.
Getting There & Other Transportation
Visitors either fly to the Grand Bahama International Airport or into Nassau and then hop on a Bahamasair flight to Freeport. Buses do not run from the airport to major hotels, but most hotels pre-arrange transportation to and from the airport. Be sure to check your hotel package first. If transportation is not included, taxis are easily found at the airport and will take you on this ten minute ride for a fair price.
To get to Grand Bahama by boat, Discovery Cruise Line offers daily trips from Fort Lauderdale. Boats are equipped with a pool, a bar, a casino and a dining lounge. The trip takes 5 hours and is roughly $60-$150 USD per person.
Hotels & Places to Stay
As in many beautiful tourist destinations, the choice of where to stay seems endless. There are accommodations for every taste. Here are a few options in Freeport/Lucaya:
Island Seas Resort
Club Nautica Resort & Marina
Pelican Bay at Lucaya
Westin Grand Bahama Island & Sheraton Grand
Bahama Island at Our Lucaya Resort.
Dining & Nightlife
Freeport has a more affordable, yet less refined restaurant selection than other Bohemian islands. However, there are still some great choices on Grand Bahama Island.
Churchill’s Chop House
As far as nightlife goes, after the sun sets, the night comes alive with entertainment and spectacles at the Casino Royale Theater, Club Tropicana, and Joker’s Wild. You can also visit one of many nightclubs where you can hear the groove of local bands as well as dance music. These include: Club Amnesia, Margaritaville Sand Bar, and Prop Club.
Attractions & Things to Do
Nature lovers can stroll around the 11 acre spread of Freeport’s Garden of the Groves. This botanical garden is filled with plants, flowers, trees and waterfalls. Also, the Rand Nature Center offers 100 acres of nature trails lined with native Bahamian plants. Another park is the 40 acre Lucayan National Park which is famous for limestone caves.
Other attractions include deep sea fishing, snorkeling and cruises. Deadman’s Reef, on the island’s west end has some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs.
For more adventure for the kids, check out the Pirates of the Bahamas Theme Park and the Kidd’s Camp.
Currency, Culture and Language
The official language is English.
The official currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar ($B). US dollars are also accepted.