Being less than 50 miles away from the coast of Florida, The Bahamas shares many things with the U.S., an international border being just one of them. Holidays are a major crossover point between our two countries, and although Thanksgiving isn’t officially observed in The Bahamas, the idea of celebrating family and friends strikes a chord with the close-knit communities of our islands. Here, the tables are set with many of the traditional trimmings of the holiday, but with a few of our own Bahamian twists, of course. In most households, a plate of fish soaked in saffron sauce is served along side the turkeyRead More →

Whiz through Grand Bahama Island on an ATV with Grand Bahama Nature Tours. You’ll leave from Freeport, so it’s an easy journey from the Grand Lucayan, and a great way to see a lot of the island in one half-day. Even if you’re not familiar with riding on an ATV, you’ll be able to participate in this tour (as long as you are at least 25 years old), as it begins with safety training and a practice course. From there, the excitement will begin with an off-road experience through some hills and native vegetation—during a break, your guide will even take some time to talkRead More →

July 4th may be Independence Day in the U.S., but on Grand Bahama Island, this July 10th marks the 43rd anniversary of Bahamian Independence Day, and there will be all kinds of fun activities going on during and around the day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Honoring Our People’s Excellence,” and will feature such themed events as ceremonies honoring cultural legends, traditional dances, poetry readings, flag raisings, special church services and more leading up the day. On the actual day of independence, families head, appropriately enough, to Independence Park for the festivities, which include stage performances, live music, dancing, a police marching band and otherRead More →

If you’re looking for some exciting nightlife right in Grand Bahama, you can sign up for the Bonfire at Taino Beach. On every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday night this summer (and beyond), there will be a party hosted right next to the water, with all the food, drinks, and entertainment you’ll need included. The tour will begin with a pick up from the Grand Lucayan, so there’s no need to arrange travel or worry about getting lost on your way, and your driver will even tell you a little bit of history about the locale on your way. To start, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eatRead More →

You can stay in Freeport and get up close and personal to marine life with programs available through the Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO). Along with scuba diving instruction at all levels and their retail store (where you can get all the souvenirs and equipment you need), UNEXSO offers the chance to meet some dolphins and sharks. The Dolphin Close Encounter experience is open for dolphin lovers at any age and any level of scuba diving experience (or inexperience). You’ll learn about dolphins while a boat ride takes you to a natural lagoon, where you can step onto a platform to pet and kiss the bottleRead More →

There’s no better time than summertime to explore the open-air markets of the Bahamas, and just steps from our Grand Bahama Island resort is the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which is not only the perfect place to find the perfect authentic Caribbean souvenir for everyone on your list, but also is packed with enough fun activities to keep you busy all day. Along with traditional handmade crafts and jewelry, including straw bags, hats and slippers, there’s also perfumes, artisanal leather goods and specialty boutique and fashion stores, with one-of-a-kind items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! Buy fresh fruit and vegetables, in-season andRead More →

It’s springtime and for Grand Bahama Island that means it’s time for the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, a celebration of the Caribbean that’s existed for over a hundred years! On April 15th and 16th Grand Bahama Island will get the ball rolling on the festivities with a series of concerts part of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and the transformation of Taino Beach, located less than ten minutes from our Grand Bahama Island resort, into a cultural village that will showcase the artistic and culinary talents of Grand Bahamians. With incredible food, drinks and a fun party atmosphere that will last long into the night,Read More →

Once you’ve seen all the typical tourist stops in Grand Bahama Island, we recommend taking a trip off the beaten path to check out Lucayan National Park, located just a short, scenic drive from the Grand Lucayan. The park is forty acres and encompasses one the longest known underwater caves systems in the world, with over six miles of caves and tunnels mapped, including the popular scuba spot, Ben’s Cave. Natural and pristine, Lucayan National Park offers hikes, mangrove marshes to explore, incredible enormous pieces of driftwood and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Definitely worth the trip, the park is aRead More →

If you’re a cycling nut, then Grand Bahama Island is the place to be! From February 26th to the 28th, the island gets taken over for the 2nd Annual Tour de Grand Bahama! Presented by the Grand Bahama Cyclists Club, over the course of the weekend there will be tons of races and competitions taking place across the island, leading up to an incredible 75-mile road race. The event is open to all-comers and was created to raise money for Operation Christmas Child, which aims to provide toys, school supplies and other items for children in need. Whether you plan to participate or just spectate,Read More →

Ranked as one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve by Business Insider, visitors who want to end – and begin! – the new year on a high note should definitely head to Port Lucaya’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! The event features live music, street performers with colorful costumes and an exciting and energetic Junkanoo parade, capping off with a huge fireworks display at Count Basie Square, just a short walk from our Grand Bahama Island beachfront resort! With food, drinks and restaurants and clubs all over Freeport offering specials or parties of their own, there’s no shortage of fun to keep youRead More →