Sometimes you just want to be surrounded by the ocean listening to its soothing sounds and feeling the warm sand between your toes. Freeport, Grand Bahama is a great place for anyone who wants to get away from the daily hustle and just relax.
Rent a car on Grand Bahama
Before going you need to know that renting a car is important for getting around the island. And if you are an American, like me, you will need to feel comfortable with driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
Sure, there is cab service. You see them standing around at the Grand Bahama airport waiting for potential passengers. But I haven’t personally used them for daily transportation because we have friends on the island.
Getting around is easy
The Island of Grand Bahama is not that big, and with a map you can drive yourself around easily. But if you’re really worried about getting lost, then be sure to have a GPS system that works on cellular service in the Bahamas. Talk to your cell phone service provider about cell coverage for GPS use in the Bahamas.
Stay in a central location
Another option is to stay at a location from which getting around on foot or by water taxi is easy enough. If that is what you decide to do, then any one of the hotel options on or near Lucaya Beach and Taino Beach would be a great choice.
Right now, during the pandemic, hotel options are limited for obvious reasons, but hopefully it won’t be long before things resume to normal.
Before I tell you about the places to eat and visit on Grand Bahama, I want to tell you a little bit about my experience with the Bahamian people. The Bahamian people are some of the nicest people that you will meet. Their easy going attitude reminds me of the people in New Orleans, my home town.
A chance encounter at the beach
One time after the storm I was standing on the beach, staring at the ocean that just wreaked havoc on the island. I was lost in thought when a Bahamian approached me and he must have noticed the worried look on my face. He greeted me with a quick and genuine smile, which is such a characteristic of the Bahamian people. He looked out over the ocean and said: “this is life”.
The power of the ocean
Then I looked back at the ocean, and realized that it is the sea, that is the mother of the Bahamas. She surrounds Grand Bahama with loving waves like soothing arms, but every once in a while she sternly reminds us of her incredible powers.
The Bahamian asked me if we were okay, and I replied we were fortunate. He then let me know that if we needed anything at all, he was there to help. Bahamian people’s friendly and gracious attitude is a hallmark of what every tourist can look forward to when visiting the beautiful island of Grand Bahama.
A day at the beach will peak your appetite, and you will want to get a taste of the local food. When I stay on the Island for any length of time, I usually have the opportunity to dine out. My favorite places are Banana Bay, Pier One and a little outdoor eatery located on the far west end of the Island called Old Bahama Bay Resort.
Must-try dishes at moderate prices
The local cuisine is not spicy, and is heavy on the seafood. I really love seafood, so it’s a win win for me. Some of my favorite tasty picks are Conch Fritters, Bahamian Peas n’ Rice which is like dirty rice minus the meat, Sushi and Fried Ocean Fish.
The prices at the restaurants are generally moderate. The most convenient currency for the Bahama is the US Dollar, and credit cards.
Can’t miss activities
Activities center mostly on the ocean. The most popular ones are swimming, jet skiing, diving with sharks, snorkeling along the reefs, fishing, boating etc. There are tour companies on Grand Bahama that can arrange and organize these activities and trips for tourists. My husband and I went on a fishing trip with a friend who owns a boat. We were rewarded with some very impressive yellow eyed red snapper, and we only ventured out one mile off shore. We love fishing, but for me the best part is being out on the ocean.
The Bahamas – a second home
For me, the Bahamas is more than a getaway: it is a second home. The people, the food and a feeling of Island happiness that brings me back there again and again.