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.
Where to Stay
Want a room with a view? Then look no further than the beach front Westin Grand Bahama, a luxury property designed to resemble a cruise ship from the outside. The smoke-free hotel has 740 newly remodeled guest rooms and suites with ocean, marina or island views, several reputable restaurants, and a chic lobby adorned by native wood-carved art and palm trees that leads to a private beach. The Westin and its moderately priced sister property, the Sheraton Grand Bahama Island, make up the sprawling Our Lucaya Resort.
Get pampered at the 25,000-square-foot Senses Spa & Fitness Center. Try the heavenly Bahamian Wrapsody, an indulgent body treatment where the skin is naturally exfoliated with freshly squeezed limes followed by a wrap of rum, Aloe Vera, and island spice oil. The 130-minute treatment begins with a massage and ends with a soak in a private whirlpool bath.
For a cozier, boutique hotel experience, try the neighboring Pelican Bay, distinguished by artfully decorated rooms. The hotel’s pool bar, Sabor, overlooks the bay and serves delicious Bahama Mama cocktails (rum and pineapple juice topped with an orange slice and Maraschino cherry) so good you’ll order another round, surprisingly gourmet salad and fish dishes, and snacks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. To soak up the sun, guests take a free ferry from the dock near Sabor’s to a private beach about ten minutes from the hotel or simply walk to the beach at the neighboring Our Lucaya resort.