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Welcome to Freeport

Freeport, the only urban settlement on the island paradise of The Grand Bahamas, is located just 80 miles (130 kilometers) off the coast of Florida’s Palm Beach. The small metropolis, which was transformed from swamp to city in 1965, combines a thumping nightlife with modern comforts and food packed with Caribbean soul. The main attraction is undoubtedly Freeport’s nature, which comprises white-sand beaches and palm-fringed coastlines lapped by turquoise water. Shore excursions and day trips allow travelers to kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive in Deadman’s Reef (Paradise Cove), Peterson Cay National Park, or Lucayan National Park. Thrill seekers can spend the day trying out different water sports along The Bahama’s shoreline, with Jet Skis and banana boats proving a popular choice. Opportunities to scuba dive with sharks, snorkel with stingrays, or admire tropical marine life and dolphins on a glass-bottom boat ride entice nature lovers, who can also observe a myriad of native birds on a half-day tour of Gold Rock Beach. Plus, if you’re looking for a break from the beach, sightseeing tours of Freeport reveal landmarks such as Cooper’s Castle, Garden of the Groves, and the International Bazaar. When night falls, Freeport’s vibrant island spirit emerges. Dine on Bahamian classics at a local home, whet your whistle during a Bahamian brewery tour, or soak up the stars during a bonfire on the beach experience.

Top 11 attractions in Freeport

Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

Just off Paradise Cove on Grand Bahama’s southwest coast, Deadman’s Reef is one of the area’s top snorkeling spots. The shallow waters are teeming with coral, colorful reef fish, turtles, rays, and more, and are ideal for all levels.More

Port Lucaya Marketplace

A commercial hub spread across 9.5 acres (3.8 hectares), the Port Lucaya Marketplace is one of Freeport’s most popular attractions. After browsing dozens of handicraft vendors and specialty stores, unwind at one of the restaurants or bars, then head to Count Basie Square—the heart of the market—for live Bahamian music.More

Garden of the Groves

This 12-acre (5-hectare) park was dedicated in 1973 to the Groves who founded Freeport. Walk the idyllic botanical garden to take in the lush plant life, native animals (including macaws, alligators, and iguanas), and, of course, snap plenty of Edenic photos.More

Lucayan National Park

The 40-acre (16-hectare) Lucayan National Park is home to some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in all of The Bahamas, as well as one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Nature trails and boardwalks lead through mangrove, pine, and palm forests, home to a wealth of animals and vegetation.More

Peterson Cay National Park

Located off the south shore of Grand Bahama, Peterson Cay island is home to the smallest national park in the Bahamas, which covers only 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares). Though compact, the cay is home to one of the most beautiful reefs in the Bahamas, offer abundant snorkeling and diving opportunities.More

Bahamian Brewery

There’s just something about being on tropical islands that calls for an ice cold beverage, and Bahamian Brewery is where to find them when visiting Grand Bahama. Opened in Freeport in 2007, this wildly popular craft brewery has rapidly grown to become synonymous with sipping beer in the Bahamas. Their flagship drink, Sands, is ubiquitous throughout the island chain to the point where many would unofficially call it the national beer.While taking a tour through the Bahamian Brewery, hear the backstory of how it was founded and why small details, like the glass used for bottling, all add up to create tropical beers that are lauded throughout the islands. When touring the nearly 20-acre grounds, you’ll witness the 25 different steps that go into making the beer, and hear how the company is committed to sustainability and supporting the local community. At the end of the tour, belly up to the tasting room bar to sample the eight beers on tap, from the rich, bold, Strong Back Stout, to the grapefruit flavored Radler.More
Cooper's Castle

Cooper's Castle

Visit the lavish home of Bahamian entrepreneur Havard Cooper, who went from penniless to self-proclaimed prince of Grand Bahama by bringing fast food franchises to the island. Cooper built the now famous Cooper's Castle in the 1980s, its blue-and-white exterior like something from a children’s book, and today it dominates the southern skyline, perched atop the island’s highest point. The castle sits on 46 acres and the grounds include an orange grove and a mausoleum where Cooper’s wife is interred.More
Freeport Cruise Port

Freeport Cruise Port

Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport Cruise Port at Lucayan Harbour is a popular and convenient jumping-off point for cruisers to experience the Bahamas’ famous white-sand beaches and water sports. In contrast with the other Bahamian cruise port in the capital city of Nassau on New Providence Island, this laid-back launch pad for Caribbean fun is less about the bustle and more about the beach break.More
Port Lucaya Marina

Port Lucaya Marina

Lucaya Harbor serves as the official point of entry for Grand Bahama Island. This modern coastal suburb of Freeport appeals with its walkable collection of shops and restaurants, many centered on the open-air Port Lucaya Marketplace with its bandstand in Count Basie Square for live music.More
Freeport Perfume Factory

Freeport Perfume Factory

Find a unique tropical scent or blend your own at Freeport's Perfume Factory. Located in a replica of a Bahamian mansion, the Perfume Factory offer a free, short tour that shows how they blend and bottle their fragrances, and then offers guests the chance to try their hands at perfume making. They offer myriad professionally blended fragrances for sale with tropical themed names like Bahama Mama and Conch Salad, as well as a variety of other products like body lotions and aftershaves.More
Rand Nature Centre

Rand Nature Centre

The Rand Nature Center sits on 100 acres (40 hectares of beautifully preserved land—home to hundreds of bird species, including a large number of wintering northern songbirds. In addition to the plentiful birds, the center has an extensive network of trails winding past pine barrens, coppices, wildlife ponds, and a native plant arboretum.More
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