Miles of sunny beaches coupled with its close proximity to the United States makes the Grand Bahamas an excellent and affordable choice for Washingtonians anxious to take a break from the cold weather.
Lucayan Beach, directly in front of the Grand Lucayan resort, has water sports outfitters, bars, restaurants, and equipment rentals. Directly across the street from the resort is a company offering visitors an opportunity to interact and swim with dolphins and other water activities such as feeding Caribbean reef sharks and scuba instructions.
Local restaurants tantalize the taste buds with exotic Caribbean spices providing delicious food in a laid back atmosphere. Numerous Island restaurants offer the island delicacy conch, a shellfish native to the island.
For the eco-tourist, an excursion on horseback touring the Island's ecosystems from orange groves and wetlands, to pine tree forests is definite for pleasurable memories.
Public buses, taxis, rental cars, motor scooters, and bicycles all make getting around in the Grand Bahamas easy.
The locals in the Grand Bahamas are very friendly and most are eager to make sure visitors consider a return trip. According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, there are over 500 Bahamian ambassadors ready to assist visitors and introduce their culture through authentic home-cooked meals, storytelling and sightseeing.
Shopping in Port Lucaya Marketplace presents duty free perfumes and fragrances, fine linen and tablecloths, watches and clocks, crystal, jewelry, electronic equipment, and china.
There is something for everyone visiting the Grand Bahamas Island, from shopping and beaches to dining and gambling.
In less than two and a half hours and on a budget, being frugal, or seeking luxurious accommodations, Grand Bahamas Island is a quick summer reprieve from winter.