Our Beautiful Island
Grand Bahama is situated at the northern end of the Bahamas island chain, a former smuggler's port turned placid paradise. The tropical waters surrounding the island have some of the best fishing and diving spots in the Bahamas, loaded with geological formations that house gorgeous fish and where bottle nose dolphins play. Above the reefs and coves, romantic beach spots are the perfect compliment to the tax-free vacation shopping in town. Thanks to the breezes and tranquil seas, sailboats turn out in large numbers for the Grand Bahama Regatta in June.
Things To Do
The peaceful small-town attitude of Grand Bahama coexists with a wealth of holiday activity. Motorboats taking a family on a chartered fishing expedition are a common sight, as are snorkelers heading to Deadman's Reef or Gold Rock Beach at Lucayan National Park. At the International Bazaar, guests can find luxury items alongside local handicrafts of the Bahama islands. A hotel or resort room at the Grand Resort at Bahamia puts visitors close to the action at their casino, while Jeep safari tours bring visitors to undeveloped real estate and the island's lush interior. Port Lucaya has the nightlife for guests who are energized after a day of golf or swimming at their resort pool.
Places To Go
Grand Bahama is too sunny to stay holed up in a condo or villa rental. The Peterson Cay National Park sits a mile offshore and offers splendid swimming and snorkeling. At the waterfalls at the Garden of the Groves, kids can run the Grand Bahama Labyrinth or study the over 10,000 species of plant life, birds, and butterflies. The historic Pinder's Point Lighthouse is a 17th century structure used by mariners to chart their position in Grand Bahama, and the settlements founded by freed slaves at Russell Town or Williams Town are worth a look.
Getting Around The Island
A car rental is a good way to explore Grand Bahama. Visitors staying less than three months can use their home country driver's license. Alternatively, the island is small enough to be explored by motor scooters and bicycles, which are available in Lucaya and Freeport. There is a public bus, exact change required, and two ferry services to connect the cays.
Getting To and From The Island
All U.S. citizens will need a passport to enter Grand Bahama. Flights into Grand Bahama land at Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport. It is less than an hour and a half from Miami, Tampa and Orlando. Grand Bahama is also a popular destination for cruise ships and pleasure craft with busy ports; private boaters need to clear Customs and pay port taxes.
With its endless coral reefs and extensive activities, guests of all ages will find beauty and fun while on Grand Bahama. The island's outdoorsy spirit creates the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and invigorating exploration of land and sea.
- The local currency of Grand Bahama is the Bahamian dollar, which is matched in value to the U.S. dollar.
- The average temperature is between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
- A passport is required for all U.S. citizens visiting the Bahamas. A separate travel visa is not necessary.
- West Palm is the capital of Grand Bahama, located at 26°39'N 78°19'W.
- The high season on Grand Bahama island is from November to April.
- Pets are allowed to travel with visitors for a small fee and a permit obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture. Restrictions may apply; contact the Ministry at 242-325-7502 for more details.
- Motorists in Grand Bahama drive on the left side of the road.
- There is a $15 departure tax per person if leaving by air or boat.
- Don’t miss the nightly music and family entertainment at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, the weekly Fish Fry Fridays, or the Grand Bahama Regatta in June.