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Freeport

Lucayan Harbour Cruise Facility, situated on the waterways of Freeport Harbour, has undergone a £6.8 million redevelopment programme in order to upgrade the cruise passenger terminal. Facilities include sheltered staging areas for the pick-up/drop-off of passengers, a retail complex and a craft market featuring local straw work and other indigenous craft, extensive landscaping and a more efficient ground transportation layout, and new tropical landscaping.

You will need to take a 10-minute taxi cab ride to get to the Port Lucaya area. Taxis are metered, but often charge a flat fee. Be prepared to pay around $15 for a cab into town. If you ride in a collective van with other visitors the fare is a quite reasonable $5 or so per person each way. Most will drop you off at the International Bazar.

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Why visit Freeport ?


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Located on the West side of Grand Bahama Island

Undergone a £6.8 million redevelopment programme in order to upgrade the cruise passenger terminal

Grand Bahama Island, just one of the 700 islands that comprise the Bahamas, is home to Freeport. This northernmost island in the chain, is approximately 60 miles southeast of the coast of Florida. Freeport is almost completely Americanised, and other than the mega-casinos, there is little to distinguish it from its neighbour, Florida. You will find stretches of white powdery sand, mega-resorts lining the coastline, and expensive yachts bobbing in the harbour.

Conveniently located on the Port Lucaya Marina – the shopping Mecca of beautiful Freeport Grand Bahama – UNEXSO offers a wide variety of diving, dolphin experiences, shopping, and much more!

At Port Lucaya water sports are available on this beautiful, 4 mile stretch of powdery, white, soft sand to the delight of sun worshippers and swimmers alike. Eco-tourism has also become an important aspect of the Grand Bahama experience. The Lucayan National Park is famous for its underwater limestone caves and the Rand Memorial Nature Centre has over 100 acres of winding trails from which to explore the natural flora and fauna of this area.

There are two main areas for shopping in Freeport. The 10-acre International Bazaar and adjacent straw market are located in downtown Freeport. The Bazaar, with over 100 shops, is divided into themed sections representing different parts of the world, where you can purchase everything from African handicrafts to Swiss watches.

The Bahamas are also known for their Androsian batik fabrics made by a small operation in Andros Town on a remote Out Island. Although the factory is fascinating to visit, batik items are available at many outlets in Nassau, Freeport and major Out Islands like Abaco and Eleuthera.

While Bahamian stores are permitted to open on Sunday, almost none does, making Sunday a very quiet day, at least for commerce. Otherwise, shopping is best in the morning when the crowds are few and the temperature mild.

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