Grand 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.
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