On the eastern fringe of Grand Bahama, one can explore empty beaches and relish their tropical seclusion. In the resort city of Freeport/Lucaya, one can live it up Vegas style, emptying one’s wallet at either of two casinos and taking in some glitzy cabaret entertainment. A man named Wallace Groves had a vision to create a comprehensive vacation epicenter on Grand Bahama. He dreamt up Freeport, then made his dream a reality.
Grand Bahama has resorts and restaurants for the traveler seeking luxury. The Key Lime Inn offers a taste of Grand Bahama history, offering lodging in a gracious home built in the 1800’s, which has earned recognition by the National Register of Historic Places. For the adrenaline junkie, there are chances to windsurf and parasail. Nature lovers can float eye to eye with dolphins, breathe in the heady scent of 10,000 fragrant plant species at Parrot Jungle’s Garden of the Groves, or wander the boardwalks through Lucayan National Park, home to one of earth’s most extensive aquatic cave systems. The shopping at the Port Lucaya Marketplace and the International Bazaar is diverse and duty free. Culture seekers can take in a show by the Freeport Players Guild, which offers theater from September through June.