Freeport (Lucayan) Port of Call
Banana Bay, Bahamas © Pietro
There are various Eastern Caribbean cruises that feature the Bahamas as a port of call, bringing passengers from all over the world to revel in the natural splendour, beautiful beaches and near-perfect weather of this island paradise. Once there, passengers will find Grand Bahama is an idyllic island of white sandy beaches and beautiful waters.
In town there are plenty of boutiques and bazaars to explore, and a variety of restaurants to dine at. Local attractions include a number of casinos, Lucayan National Park, acclaimed dive sites and the island's natural flora and fauna. Kayaking in the mangrove creeks is also popular.
Cruise ships dock at Lucayan Harbour, a ten minute drive from Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island. Lucayan Harbour has more than 100 berths, accommodating boats of up to 170ft (51.8m). The Lucayan Harbour Cruise Facility is a modernized cruise-passenger terminal featuring a Tourist Information centre and retail village.
Lucayan Harbour Cruise Facility: www.gbpa.com
Lucayan Harbour is a 10-minute drive from Freeport. Taxis are available from the pier and are metered but often charge a flat fee regardless. There are also vans to ferry passengers into town. Rental cars and scooters are available to hire.
Port Lucayan's Dolphin Experience, where guests can view and swim with the dolphins, is a great tourist attraction on the island. And then, of course, there are the beaches - Lucayan, Taino and Gold Rock beaches are the most popular, while diving at Paradise Cove to see Deadman's Reef is a must.
Red Beard's Pub - restaurant and bar with island food and cocktails
Island Java - homey coffeeshop with great pancakes and fresh gelato
Pisces Seafood House and Pizzeria - fresh seafood and pizzas with creative cocktails
Grand Bahama Island has many shopping options for visitors to enjoy. Freeport's International Bazaar boasts more than 100 shops, with themed subdivisions representing different parts of the world. Port Lucayan Marketplace and Marina is another major shopping area where tourists will find any number of bargains, from local produce to designer labels.
Self mixed, bottled and named perfume (The Perfume Factory at International Bazaar)
See Eleuthera Island's Glass Window Bridge
Take in the mysterious stone blocks off the Bimini Islands, thought to be part of the 'lost city' of Atlantis
Long Island boasts the world's deepest 'blue hole', a fascinating dive site
The snorkelling on Paradise Island is world-renowned
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