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Where to stay, what to eat and what to do in Freeport, Lucaya, Grand Bahamas

Tracy E. Hopkins is an accomplished writer, blogger and editor living in New York City. She has expertise covering travel, fashion, health and entertainment.

It's better in the Bahamas

With its tropical climate, beautiful white sand beaches, and fresh seafood, Grand Bahama Island is perfect for a low-key getaway or budget honeymoon. Although many vacationers flock to the popular tourist hubs of Nassau and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama is a hidden gem. Here is a guided tour of Grand Bahama's capital city, Freeport/Lucaya.

Port Lucaya
Billy Joes

Where to Eat

The colorful Port Lucaya marketplace – modeled after New Orleans' Bourbon Street – is one of Grand Bahamas' top tourist attractions. In addition to a strip of open-air shops, the marketplace offers a variety of fine cuisine restaurants, notably the newly opened, upscale East, the island's only sushi restaurant specializing in innovative drinks such as a Sake Mojito and rolls like the Spider roll made with crispy soft shell crab, sesame, scallion and special East sauce. Grouper and conch (a sea snail that lives inside the large conch shell) are plentiful in Grand Bahama. Zorba's, a no-frills Greek diner, serves a seafood platter with grilled grouper and fried conch -- a good way to sample both. Or for a more authentic taste, grab a conch salad – prepared with lime juice and diced tomato and green pepper -- at Billy Joe's Conch Shack at the far end of the Sheraton resort's beach.

 

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