breakers-cayGrand Bahama Island is home to Freeport, which is the second largest city in the Bahamas, and a very popular stop for cruise ships in the western Mediterranean. It’s a former British possession and English is the dominant and official language.

It’s a very short flight from any of the southern Florida airports so the island is a common stop for short stays as well as offshore businesses. There is the usual diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and other water sports, but there’s also a major shopping culture here, partly due to the abundance of cruise ship passengers. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Grand Bahama other than shopping though.

This is one of the cheapest of all Caribbean islands, especially for those who can get a cheap flight from or through Florida, or a package deal.

Where to stay

There are only about two dozen hotels and resorts on Grand Bahama Island, almost all of them in the Freeport/Lucaya district on the southern shore. There are a few luxurious resorts but overall Grand Bahama is certainly one of the cheapest of all Caribbean island destinations for lodging.


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Getting there

Overnight visitors will likely be flying into Grand Bahama International Airport. It’s a large facility with a long enough runway to handle widebody jets from long distances, but most flights are from Florida or elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, Louisville, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Toronto

Grand Bahama prices

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Grand Bahama facts

Population 52,000
Metro area 360,000
Time zone UTC-5
Currency Bahamian Dollar
Airports Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO)

Grand Bahama hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
80.00 - 102.00
79.00 - 155.00
120.00 - 144.00

Hotel seasons


The Bahamas experience price changes throughout the year in line with the weather and amount of people visiting. During the peak season, the winter months, prices increase about 20 percent. This is also the time of year when most people visit as they seek a warmer winter.

Summer is when prices are at their lowest along with fall. These two weather seasons are also the worst time to visit if you’re not a fan of rain or don’t want to risk visiting during hurricane season.

Essentially when planning a trip, you’ll find two options. Lower prices coupled with a higher chance of storm and rain or higher prices coupled with a higher chance of sunny days. If you do visit during winter, remember you’re going to be visiting when everyone else is, making it a good idea to book early.

Grand Bahama hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed

Grand Bahama attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour Cruise around in your kayak before hopping into the water and exploring the reef. 3 to 12 45.00
adult 80.00
Snorkel Cruise Spend an afternoon relaxing on the beach as well as snorkeling the reef. 3 to 12 33.00
adult 50.00
Bike Tour Peddle around the western side of the island as you learn about the local landmarks before jumping into the water and snorkeling right off of the beach. adult 96.00

Grand Bahama food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Local Breakfast If you decide to eat outside of your hotel, there are great places both by the beach and in town. 3.00 - 9.00
Local Lunch Couch fritters are common lunch choices. If you'd prefer to stay away from seafood, pizza and burgers are popular choices. 6.00 - 12.00
Local Dinner Fritters, burgers, rice, pasta and sides are common dinner options. Dessert will find you enjoying fruit salads and chocolates. 9.00 - 20.00
Beer Beer prices range according to restaurant and whether the beer is imported or domestic. 3.50 - 5.00

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Avg temps & precip


Best months to visit

January, February, March, April, December

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

Like the rest of the Caribbean, Grand Bahama experiences great weather throughout most of the year. Winters tend to be the most visited time of the year with cool breezes blowing across the island from the ocean and warm sunny days.

Summer and early fall is hurricane season so it’s best to prepare for a storm if you wish to visit the island at that time. Rain also is a friend of the island during summer with showers occurring several times a week, with most happening quickly.

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