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The major city on Grand Bahama and one of the biggest in the Bahamas, Freeport is a relatively modern and planned destination with excellent shopping options. There’s a number of facilities geared towards tourists, so if you’re just passing through there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Sample Bahamian cuisine at a choice of restaurants or hang out on one of several beaches that lie next to the town. It’s all just a few minutes from both the airport and harbour, so it got great access links to the many of the islands too. The rest of the island is equally as beautiful and tourist friendly, which is why the major cruise ships often stop here these days rather than in the capital at Nassau.
Lucayan National Park - Relax on the stunning Gold Rock Beach, where scenes for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise were filmed, or explore the mysterious cave system.
Port Lucaya - The main tourism hub of the island where you can find a great choice of bars and restaurants. This is also the place to come for the best range of water sports.
Garden of the Groves - A tropical paradise that is the island’s best example of the private gardens that used to be commonplace.
Taino Beach - One of the town’s most popular beaches and the location each week of a Fish Fry, a typically Bahamian dining event where freshly caught seafood is cooked to perfection.
The pristine streets of Freeport have almost been designed to be tourist friendly and there are some great shopping options. Head to the Lucayan Market to browse a wide selection of goods - including local cultural and craft pieces. The Lucayan National Park is a great place to go outside of town, with some superb beaches and the entrance to one of the world’s largest cave systems. For a taste of a more authentic Bahamian culture, venture out of the town towards Maclean’s Town or the West End where you can find bars and restaurants full of friendly locals. Or make the drive to 8 Mile Rock and discover the ancient Indian pools and secluded beaches.
Learn to dive on one of Freetown’s stunning beaches or glide across the water on a waterbike. Or, if that sounds a little bit too active, just sit and soak up the sun and play in the surf. In the town, wander the streets looking for bargains and sample some proper island food in a good selection of restaurants. Get up close and personal with nature at Lucayan National Park or take a boat out on a dolphin or shark spotting trip. If that hasn’t put you off getting in the water, then rent a jet ski, soar above the town on a parasailing ride or let your hair down on a booze cruise.