Breakers Cay, Grand Bahama Island – Image courtesy of grandlucayan.com
Introducing Grand Bahama Island
Discover a choice of sugar-white beaches edged by lavish resorts and duty free stores and offering a vibrant nightlife with fine dining restaurants, bars, nightclubs and casino action.
What to do and see in Grand Bahama
Sunbathe on the gorgeous white sands of Xanadu Beach and Lucaya Beach, both flanked with a choice of resorts.
Enjoy water sports including parasailing, Hobie Cats, kayaking, banana boats, water skiing, jet skiing and windsurfing.
Choose from a selection of hotels and resorts to suit all budgets, mainly located along the Lucaya Beach area and in Freeport.
Grand Bahama is renowned for scuba diving and offers a choice of offshore reefs to dive, including the Wall, the Caves (site of Theo's Wreck), Treasure Reef, Spit City, Ben Blue Hole, Silver Point Reef and the Rose Garden.
Several premier dive centres (such as Underwater Explorers Society – UNEXSO – one of the world's most respected diving facilities) offer reef trips, shark, wreck and night dives as well open-water encounters with friendly Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at the Dolphin Experience in Sanctuary Bay.
For some of the best snorkelling, head to the coral gardens at Silver Point Reef, Gold Rock and Ben's Cave at the Lucayan Caves at the Lucayan National Park, one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems.
Here you can experience a 9.5km-long, shallow, underground freshwater cave system with waters inhabited by freshwater marine species including shrimp, mosquito fish and freshwater eels.
The 16ha preserve also offers hiking and biking trails through the island's five ecosystems – pine forests, rocky coppice, mangrove swamps, whiteland coppice and sand dunes. Look out for colourful orchids, hummingbirds and barn owls along the way.
Hook up a charter from one of the many operators and chase mahi-mahi, snapper, grouper, yellowtail, wahoo, barracuda and kingfish.
Tee-off at the Lucayan Country Club, which now boasts two 18-hole, par-72 golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Tennis fans should head to the Ace Tennis Centre at the Westin & Sheraton at Our Lucaya Resorts, with four courts of different surfaces (including grass).
Where to stay
Grand Bahama Island offers a choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the following resorts…
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour
Location: West End, Bahamas
Prices: from AUD412 per room
Description: Occupying the western tip of Grand Bahama Island 56 miles off the Florida coast, this beachfront resort, with a 72-slip marina, offers secluded tranquility 25 miles from downtown Freeport. Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour's plantation-style guest suites (all nonsmoking) feature balconies or terraces, beds with pillowtop mattresses, upgraded linens/towels, kitchens, and bathrooms with jetted tubs and stall showers. Guests of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour sunbathe around a freeform pool and on a 200-yard beach, enjoy complimentary use of water-sports gear, and take meals at an open-air beach bar.
Prices: from AUD254 per room
Description: Grand Lucayan is situated on a south-shore beach, just 15 minutes from the airport and across the street from Port Lucaya Marketplace's shops, dining, and night life. With oversized balconies boasting stunning ocean views to tranquil marina and island views, each room features complementary wireless internet, large desks, ottomans, in-room safes, coffee/tea makers, iron/ironing boards, flat-screen TVs, and Bluetooth™ radios. Attractions at Grand Lucayan include a serpentine pool, an infinity pool, heated lap pool, water sports, 1 golf course, 4 tennis courts offering Glam Slam surfaces, and the 25,000-square-foot full-service spa and fitness center. Dining options include 5 restaurants, 2 bars, and 2 cafes, offering flavors from around the globe.
Pelican Bay Resort at Lucaya
Location: Port Lucaya
Prices: from AUD217 per room
Description: Adjacent to Port Lucaya Marketplace, this resort occupies a promontory jutting into Bell Channel Bay, a narrow waterway near Grand Bahama's south shore. Freeport is 5 miles away. Spacious, tropical decor guestrooms and suites at Pelican Bay Resort include free wireless Internet access, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and balconies or verandas with rattan or teak furniture. Guests at Pelican Bay Resort lounge near 3 bayside pools, take a shuttle boat to another pool, walk to the beach for water sports, and enjoy 2 bars and 2 restaurants on site.
Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about these and more ressorts in Grand Bahama at TripAdvisor.
Best time to visit Grand Bahama Island
Anytime of the year is good for an Grand Bahama honeymoon. Temperatures average a balmy 24°C (75°F) in winter (September to May) with refreshing gentle trade winds.
The temperature averages 28°C (82°F) during the rest of the year. You can typically swim and enjoy water sports year round, with water temperatures rarely dipping below 22°C (71°F).
The rainy season (May through November) brings short tropical rainstorms.
More climate info: Bahamas Weather Guide…
Getting to Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama is the fourth-largest island in the Bahamas after Andros, Eleuthera and Great Abaco. The Bahamas comprise a chain of more than 700 islands (of which less than 30 are inhabited) and 2000 cays (small isles) that stretch for 96km across the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Florida.
By air, Freeport’s Grand Bahama International Airport receives daily flights from Miami as well as from Nassau on New Providence Island.
Read more about how to get to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island…
Latest update Grand Bahama Island honeymoon destination:
7 February, 2017
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