Freeport hotels and Resorts, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Early in its history, Grand Bahama Island was virtually uninhabited for almost 300 years. However, with the development of Freeport/Lucaya in the 1950s, and because of the island’s proximity to the east coast of Florida, it is now one of the most visited of all the Bahamian islands.
Grand Bahama Island is a unique destination. It allows visitors to combine a cosmopolitan vacation at a world-class resort with the charm of historical fishing villages and undiscovered ecological treasures. It has one of the world's largest underwater cave systems, three national parks, endless beaches, emerald green water and enchanting marine life.
Lucayan Beach is located across from the Port Lucaya hotels. This popular tourist beach has just about any water-sport activity, from snorkeling to parasailing. It's also a nice stretch of beach for strolling. Coral Beach is a walk to the west and is less crowded. Billy Joe's snack shack is nearby, where you can sample some of our island's famous "roast conch."
Gold Rock Beach
Gold Rock Beach is part of The Lucayan National Park and is protected by the National Trust. This beach is located east of the Island (about 25 miles from Freeport) and is secluded and spectacular at low tide. It can be accessed via tour bus or rental car. BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches are available, but no other amenities. North of the beach, across the road are the Lucayan Caverns, the world's longest underground surveyed cave system.
Fortune Beach is a quiet beach, five miles from Port Lucaya Marketplace. The beach got its name from a shipwreck worth $2 million which was discovered there. Banana Bay restaurant is located here; it has good food and is a great place for private functions. You will need your own transportation to get there, or you can purchase a tour that visits this beach.
Diving and snorkeling at Grand Bahama Island
Deadman's Reef is the home of Paradise Cove, where one can swim out to some of the best snorkeling reefs, and the Brown family, who have lived here for 100 years. A recent archaeological dig along the eroding beachfront unearthed many artifacts belonging to the Lucayan Indians—hearths, animal bones, pottery pieces, and shell beads. One of the most important Lucayan archaeological sites discovered to date, it has been dated at around 1200 to 1300 A.D.
Golfing at Grand Bahama Island
One of the most popular ways to enjoy the Grand Bahamas is through golfing. Golfing in the Grand Bahamas is one the great experiences for any serious golfer. Some of the most beautiful and most difficult golf courses in the world are located on Grand Bahama Island. All-inclusive Grand Bahama Island packages just for golfers are offered by every resort with a golf course on their grounds, and even by many that don’t.
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