Grand Bahama 5 Must Do Escapades

Grand Bahama is the northernmost island of the Bahamas archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its golden beaches, aquamarine waters, reef-lined coves and mangrove swamps. What makes it outstanding compared to its neighbors like Nassau is its laid-back and affordable yet enjoyable tourist spots.

Freeport, the largest city of Grand Bahama, is very clean, calm and accessible. Here you can enjoy popular beaches that are not overcrowded even in peak seasons. You can treat yourself with duty-free shopping in its International Bazaar or with wide-range of market options in Port Lucaya Marketplace.

A large part of this 85-mile long island is unexplored. Outside Freeport, you can find mangrove swamps, sea caves, sandy cays, reef-lines coves, snorkeling sites, kayak waters, diving spots, and bone-fishing areas. It is amazing to have all these in such a small island apart from boutiques, restaurants, pubs, and hotels that offer plush amenities and warm services. This is why cruise-ship tourists frequent the place.

Bahamas is almost synonymous to beaches, so is Great Bahama. Beach experience here is superb not only because of the picture-perfect stretch of gold and white sand and clean waters but also because of ample spaces for picnic and parking; the beaches are never overcrowded. You will certainly enjoy in any of the following beach options: Xanadu Beach, Taino Beach, William’s Town Beach, Churchill Beach, and Fortune Beach.

Beaches may be enough, but your Grand Bahama experience will be more fun and exciting if you include these five escapades.

1. Hwy Ride
Take a ride along Grand Bahama Hwy that runs parallel to the shore of the east end of the island and get that island feel. The road lead to the south shores where you can find powder-soft beaches.

2. National Park Tour
This 16-hectare (40-acre) national park is Grand Bahama’s finest treasure. In the north of the park, trails lead onto a limestone plateau riddled with caves that open to the longest underwater cave system in the world. By footpath, you can reach two of the caves – Ben’s Cave and Burial Mound Cave. Bones of the island’s earliest inhabitants called the Lucayans were discovered in Burial Mound Cave in 1986. You can walk along the boardwalks that wind through a mangrove swamp and trails that lead to the beautifully secluded Gold Rock Beach that is fringed by soporific dunes. You’ll see more raccoons and seabirds than people here.

Grand Bahama Vacation

3. Bone-fishing at McLean’s Town
Try bone-fishing in uninhabited cays at the East End village. Bone-fishing services can guide and provide you transport from Freeport and back.
Do not miss to stop for outstanding cracked conch or crab rice at Miss Zelma’s Conch Stand; a pink house on the right as enter McLean’s Town.

4. Stroll in the Garden of the Groves
Groves of Tamarind and Java Plum Trees awaits you in this 12-acre botanical garden. Man-made waterfalls and lagoons will make your stroll around the grove very beguiling. A meditative stroll through the limestone labyrinth will lead you to a 19th-century hilltop chapel, a replica of the one at Chartres Cathedral in France.

5. Perfume Factory Tour
Fragrances of the Bahamas is skillfully mixed and blended in a mock-colonial mansion. Here you can buy a bottle of the popular Pink Pearl- a frangipani-tinged scent with a pink conch pearl inside – or create your own blend and name it any way you wish to cap your Great Bahama vacation.

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