Things to Do in Freeport
If there is a best-kept secret on Grand Bahama Island, it probably rests somewhere on a secluded beach, within the lush tangle of a mangrove swamp, or in the colorful folds of a coral reef. Most people who come to the island never realize that its natural attractions are its finest assets, an oversight resulting from the simple fact that few of them ever stray far from the resorts and nightlife of Freeport/Lucaya. They have no idea what they're missing. Blackbeard's Cruises' passengers are more eco and adventure minded souls so we think you might like to check some of these places out on your visit!
To begin with, there are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island. Lucayan National Park, the star of the triad, is the only place in the Bahamas where visitors can see all six of the island's ecosystems - a collection of plants and wildlife that offers an unparalleled view into the complex interaction of native land and sea. Also within the park is one of the world's longest underwater cave systems - a sprawling network of tunnels resulting from the island's unique limestone geology. The Rand Nature Center, with its resident flamingo colony, and reef-enveloped Peterson Cay National Park are equally thrilling in their beauty.
Both the Lucayan National Park and Rand Memorial Nature Center are easily accessible, but Peterson Cay can only be reached by boat.
Grand Bahama Nature Tours offers a variety tours some of which visit these parks. Among their tours are visits to the
Lucayan National Park, kayak & snorkel trips to Pederson Cay and biking
around Grand Bahama. Contact them at 866-440-4542 or 242-374-4670 (On
Grand Bahama) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calabash Eco Adventures has cavern dives in Lucayan National Park,
biking tours to West End, kayaking tours of the mangroves on the north shore and birdwatching trips.
Birdwatchers and plant lovers in particular will enjoy Grand Bahama: the island has 18 of the 28 species of birds endemic to The Islands of The Bahamas and 52 species of orchids. And then there is the sea. As part of one of the largest reef systems on Earth, the reefs of Grand Bahama Island are spectacular in both geographical scope and biological diversity. They are so numerous, in fact, that at one time people here made a living by merely salvaging the ships that wrecked on them. Among the island's underwater treasures are the Hawksbill turtle, seahorses, dolphins, Caribbean reef sharks, and dozens of species of both coral and fish.
For those seeking games of chance on Grand Bahama Island, there is the
glittering Our Lucaya casino, where the gaming action rolls on virtually
non-stop. You'll find craps, blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat, Big Six
Wheel and now Caribbean Stud Poker, the exciting new game anyone can
play. Or try any of the latest slots -- including video poker, video
blackjack and Red, White and Blue machines. The casino covers 35,000
square feet (3,150 sq. m.) and has 400 slot machines, sports betting and
30 tables consisting of Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Black
Jack and Roulette (single zero/double zero).
Unexso has some great dolphin encounters from swimming with them at
their facility to scuba diving with them in the open sea. There are
several land based dive operationsl if you wish to dive before or after
your trip with us.
The Port Lucaya Marketplace offers shopping for every taste from the
straw market to duty free boutiques. There is also a variety of
restaurants and bars. The square has live entertainment most nights.