Thoughts on Freeport

If you have been to Freeport what are your thoughts and suggestions?

Tags: Caribbean - Bahamas Freeport Grand Bahama Island

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Been there 7 times, 6 as a port of call and a week long vacation at a boutique hotel, and still love stopping here. BUT this is not a port that "spoon-feeds" tourist at the port with a mega shopping complex nor attractions just steps from the ship. Careful research is needed, as the actual port is a mixed marina and industrial port (not unlike the ports at Baltimore or Canaveral), so you need transportation to get to anyplace that is really interesting.

SInce the reason most ships stop here is for refueling, and the port acts as the main import clearinghouse for all of the Bahamas Islands a good portion of the port facility is given over to safety zones (because of the fuel), governmental offices, and Customs storage. The is about a dozen or so permanent shops and a small Fat Tuesdays, as well as 2 areas with little booths or tents and tables for crafters that a passenger can just step off the ship and browse, but after an hour or so you've seen it all.

The island does have lots to offer for a variety of different personalities, like a brewery tour with access for 45 minute to a unlimited tastings room to botanical gardens, there are 2 on island National parks (Rand and Lucayan) and one marine National park just a short boat ride away, kayaking through mangroves to eco boat tours on a calm lagoon, swimming ultra clear inland blue holes to adventure diving ocean access blue hole caves, dolphin encounters in a protected lagoon to open ocean dolphin dives, historical bus tour to eco bike cultural tours to walking culinary tours, plenty of resorts that offer day passes to free secluded beaches, glass bottom boats to triller speed boats to snorkeling catamarans to boat rentals, plus more. But the one thing all of these activities have in common is they are at least 15 minutes by vehicle away from the ship, with the furthest out (East or West end) being 45 minutes away.

Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

Freeport was one of the ports of call for me on the Carnival Pride. It was way too short a time since we were only there for four hours. Try and get to the Straw Market if you can, it's not far from the pier.

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