Freeport is one of the main cities in grand Bahama, an island on the North West Florida coast. The city is famous for cruise getaways because it offers so many things to the visitors that no other city in the world could offer.
The city has something for everyone no matter what your interests and preferences are. The city has ample opportunities of getting good food, spotting beautiful beaches, and experiencing new adventures.
In this specific article, we would be covering the best things that you should cover out of all the things available in the city.
Lucayan National Park
Lucayan national Park is an extremely beautiful National Park which is located almost 30 miles from Port Lucaya. The park is spread in 40 acres’ land and has almost 3 different and unique ecosystems.
Unlike other national parks in the world, the Lucayan national Park has its major attraction located under the ground. After following a trail for over 9.7 kilometers, you would reach the mouth of an underwater Cave.
What makes this cave special is that it is one of the longest underwater Caves in the world. It is not allowed to swim in the cave but the insides are just picture perfect. Some of the most beautiful caves are the Ben’s cave, and the burial mound.
After exploring the caves, you can head back to the broad walk of the Park and enjoy scenic beaches. With crystal clear waters and beautiful turquoise colors, the white sandy beaches are nothing but paradise.
Since there is no restriction on staying here, you can also get some lunch and enjoy your evening in this place. With its inexpensive ticket of five dollars, the place is definitely a catch.
Garden of the Groves
The property on which garden of the groves is located was discovered in 1973. The garden is spread over an area of 12 acres and gets its name from founders of Freeport.
The garden of the groves is just a perfect place for all those people who are very much interested in flora and fauna. This place has more than 10,000 different species of plants, birds, wildlife, foliage, and many more. You can also enjoy some time at the small petting zoo which is within the premises of the garden.
The zoo also has a wide species of animals such as alligators, orchids, parrots, and many more. The garden also has an open playground for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities. The garden is full of natural gifts and you can easily realize how blessed we are with these gifts.
Also famous as Deadman’s Reef, Paradise cove is a resort set up on the beach. The resort offers a number of adventurous activities such as snorkeling and cruising. If you are willing to do some physical activities, that option is also available.
You can enjoy activities like scuba diving, swimming, and fishing underwater. Since the place has no restrictions on photography, you can also carry a waterproof camera to capture the beauty underwater.
You can also enjoy other activities like kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, and boat tours to enjoy the beautiful scenery around you. The place has very well-managed bars and restaurants on the sides of the beach to ensure that people face no difficulties while spending their time on paradise cove.
Port Lucaya is one of the most famous stops for cruise ships in the world. The port not only has a ship repair facility, restocking, and a maintenance port but it also has dry docking feature on the grand Bahama shipyard.
Due to this reason most of the cruise ships make a stop at the Port Lucaya, making it a great opportunity to interact with cruisers from around the world. The dock as well as the harbor are very beautiful and loaded with little colorful houses.
This setting will definitely give you a feeling of living in a doll world or a candy land vibe. These houses however are mostly used as shops, bars, and restaurants. You can also shop some local goods, handicrafts and try some local food items while exploring the port.
The port also has a number of casinos and resorts, making it a very fun and pleasant experience.
Don’t forget to enjoy the local cuisine
The local cuisine of Bahama is very unique and a fusion of different cuisines in the world. While in Freeport, you can enjoy the local Bahamian cuisine very easily.
The city is filled with a large number of cafes and restaurants which serve Bahamian as well as other cuisines around the world. Some of the most famous Bahamian dishes are fried fish, fajitas, guava duff, pigeon peas and rice, rum cake, Johnnycake, shellfish etc.
What makes the experience better is that the cuisine is not limited to these options as there are a large number of dishes which you can spot and enjoy in Bahamas. You can also book a cruise ship meal to experience the deliciousness of those meals.
However, you can enjoy the meal in the indoors or outdoors of some famous restaurants at very cheap rates such as flying fish Gastro bar, Robinson’s seafood delight, Tony macaroni’s conch experience, etc.
Play Golf in one of the Golf courses
The city of Freeport is actually suitable for all people. After eating a lot of delicious food, if you feel that you need to do some physical exercise, Freeport has got you covered.
The city has some of the most beautiful and famous golf courses of the world. Even if you are a beginner or a professional, you can easily find a course that would suit your preferences.
Some of the most famous golf courses in the city are The Reef golf course, Ruby golf course, Fortune Hills golf and country club and one of the top hundred golf courses in the world, Grand Lucayan golf and country club.
Most of the golf courses in the city have additional facilities like clubhouses, restaurants, pubs, and restrooms where you can head after a round of golf and enjoy some delicious food, beverage or just the pretty views of sunrise and sunset.
Bahamian brewery is one of the most famous brewery which produces some of the best local craft brews in the city. The brewery is spread over an area of 20 acres and has its own Gardens.
You can also book a tour to each of these gardens and learn how the process of brewing your favorite beverages starts from the garden and end using traditional and expert methods. The first beer that was offered by this brewery was named “SANDS” which was a great success.
However, at present the brewery has multiple flavors and different brews such as high rocks, strong back, bush crack, grapefruit Radler, triple B, etc. After observing how your favorite brews are made and tasting those, you can also buy some gifts from the gift shop which is located within the brewery.
You can also buy some beers or order online and enjoy the brews at your home.
Glass Bottom Boats
The city of Freeport offers a lot of first-hand experience of water and aquatic animals. However, if you want to add some more into this experience, you should definitely consider boarding a glass bottom boat.
These boats are made using glass bottom so that you can enjoy the aesthetic views as well as the underwater life at the same time. These uniquely designed boats can be easily reached using a small cruise ship.
Once you board these unique boats, be ready to enjoy some stunning coral reefs, and see some animals like turtles, shipwrecks, fishes, and aquatic plants as well.
Peterson Cay National Park
Peterson Cay is considered to be the smallest national Park which covers only 1.5 acres of area. Even though it is a small park, Peterson Park is still home to some of the most beautiful coral reef and coral structures in Bahamas.
The place also offers various adventure opportunities like snorkeling and diving. You can also spot a wide variety of marine animals such as tropical fishes, manta rays, and barracuda in this national Park.
The beaches around the park are quite Sandy and beautiful and are perfect place for enjoying some relaxing time and picnics.
Shopping in Freeport
The city of Freeport is no less than a paradise in terms of shopping as well. For all those people who love shopping, the city has a lot of local as well as internationally recognized markets where you can grab locally produced as well as specialty items.
One such famous marketplace is Port Lucaya marketplace, which is a commercial marketplace covering a ground area of 9.5 acres. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city and has a large number of handicraft shops, specialty stores, restaurants, bars, local vendors and what not.
And that is also not it, because you can always head to count Basie Square which is the best place to enjoy some fantastic live local music and enjoy your evening. If you are buying a local item, make sure to check for the label “authentically Bahamian” to ensure that it is an authentic local item.
Pinetree stables is the most famous stable that offers the tour of the entire city of Freeport on a horseback. This stable is famous for breeding tropical pleasure horses which are raised and trained using natural horsemanship to ensure the safety of all the riders and disciplined behavior by the horses.
The stable offers various services such as horseback riding, riding lessons using holistic horsemanship, school field trips, etc. The place also sells a few items such as plants and fertilizers.
While strolling through the lanes and roads of this beautiful city, you can also gain incredible insights on the local flora and fauna by your tour guide.
Pirate’s Cove Waterpark
Pirate’s Cove water park is a famous family vacation destination in Freeport. This water park is just the perfect place to enjoy some coolness in the hot summers.
Along with the water rides, the park also has trampolines, zip line ride, and onshore activities which can be enjoyed. The water park is situated right on the coast which allows the visitors to enjoy activities such as boat ride, Paddle boarding, jet skiing, and snorkeling.
You can also enjoy kayaking and explore the mangrove forest. In order to make the most out of your trip to this water park, it is suggested that you visit early in the morning to avoid the rush.
Unexso Marine Sanctuary
Unexso Marine Sanctuary is another famous vacation destination in Freeport. This marine sanctuary is a one stop location for all your fun activities like diving, shopping, enjoying tasty food, and swimming.
However, all these activities come with a little twist in the sanctuary. You can have fun at the dolphin Lagoon where a lot of bottlenose dolphins at present. Along with playing with the dolphins, you can also swim with them and have some new friends.
You can also dive with the sharks and enjoy your time. This is one place where you can enjoy with both dolphins and sharks at one time and be very safe.
Enjoy a Boat tour
If you are visiting Freeport, enjoying a boat tour is something that you should definitely not miss come what may. You can undertake various types of boat tours that are available depending on your interest.
All these boat tours also offer additional adventurous activities like jet skiing, fishing, swimming, and many more. You can also try catching some tropical fish species like marlin, barracuda, tuna, kingfish, snapper, and many more.
These boat tours are also the most effective way of spotting dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, and even a manatee. You can also try local activities like spearfishing.
Bicycle and Jeep tours
If you want to explore the entire city and its attraction, undertaking bicycle tours and jeep tours are the options that you should consider. While the jeep convoys are provided by locals with guides, bicycle tours are independent and you can go wherever you want to.
Bicycle tours are the best way of exploring various markets, famous streets, perfume factories, bars, restaurants, and other major attractions in the city.
The jeep tours are the best way of exploring forests and national parks. Whatever option you chose, one thing is sure that the experience will be one of a kind and will remain with you for eternity.
Freeport is a city that has endless activities and attractions to offer to the visitors. Even after covering these 15 topmost attractions and activities, a lot of things can still be done in Freeport. If you wish to make the most out of your visit, consider visiting the city for more than 3-4 days.