Grand Bahama Island Cruise Port
Even though the cruise port of Grand Bahama Island is fairly close to the United States (about 56 miles from Florida), its tropical climate, white beaches, and dazzling blue waters are anything but ordinary. The chain of islands in the Atlantic Ocean that makes up the Bahamas numbers around 700; Grand Bahama is the fourth largest and has gone through several claims. The Spanish initially had some interest, but were turned off by the coral reefs that wrecked their ships. Great Britain took over in 1670 and finally eradicated the ongoing pirate problems that plagued the area for decades. By the mid-20th century, an American businessman named Wallace Groves saw how appealing the island could be to vacationers and proposed expanding, and tourism is now the island’s top industry. For swimming, shopping, or great food, here are some of our favorite experiences while visiting the cruise port of Grand Bahama Island:
- There's a good reason that Grand Bahama has an excellent reputation for water activities. Whether you enjoy lounging on the beach after a swim, parasailing, or diving to your heart's content, this is the place to be. Parasailing is available at Xanadu and Lucaya beaches, while diving is available from multiple vendors on the island.
- If you're looking for a different type of water-based thrill, you can take a swim with some friendly dolphins. You'll find the UNEXSO Dive Center near Pelican Bay at Port Lucaya. After this once-in-a-lifetime encounter, you can check out the Bird Patio or mingle with the African tortoises.
- Explorers will love the Lucayan National Park, full of historical and cultural significance. Gold Rock Beach is part of the protected park, along with miles of caves and tunnels. You'll also find spectacular mangroves and other tropical vegetation.
- When you're done with the sun, there's the Port Lucaya Marketplace right outside of Freeport. Featuring a wide variety of locally-made items along with restaurants and bars, it's a great place to stock up on souvenirs while having a bite. And if gambling makes your pulse race, several area casinos let you try your luck.