Grand Bahama island
Grand Bahama Island is the fourth largest island and second most popular tourist destination in the Bahamas. Located less than 70 miles from the coast of Florida, the island is 539 square miles in size and features long stretches of secluded beachfront, wildlife habitats, tropical gardens, charming neighborhoods and plenty to see and do.
The crystalline ocean encircling Grand Bahama Island is a playground for water sports of all kinds, from boating or jet-skiing to kite-boarding and para-sailing. Close-in shallow areas are filled with coral reefs and submerged rocks, creating an abundant underwater world for fishing, snorkeling and diving. Shark-feeding dives, dolphin encounters and other adventurous dives can be arranged through UNEXSO.
Grand Bahama Island is a nature lover's paradise with myriad places for hiking, biking, bird watching, horseback riding and paddling. Many excursions can be arranged, including kayaking through a mangrove preserve, enjoying lunch on a secluded expanse of beach or exploring the island's unique underwater cave system. Excellent outdoor activities and some of the best sightseeing on the island, including stunning Black Rock Beach and a glimpse into the island's earliest history, can be enjoyed at the island's three National Parks.
The commercial and tourism hub of the island is Freeport/Lucaya, a modern planned city close to the international airport and seaport, and within an easy stroll of tranquil resort areas. Established as a tax-free city in the 1950s, Freeport offers excellent duty-free "bargains" in jewelry, china, crystal, linens, leather goods and designer apparel at colorful Port Lucaya Marketplace, an international-style marketplace, and the shops at the ultra-modern Port Lucaya Marina.
Beautiful year round sub-tropical weather provides the perfect environment for magnificent championship golf courses. And the island's nightlife, with the glittering Treasure Bay Casino as a centerpiece, offers excellent choices for casual or elegant dining, lively bars and lounges, dancing, music and other entertainment.