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Grand Bahama: where is it, when to go and what to see

Grand Bahama, the northernmost island of the Bahamas archipelago washed by the Atlantic Ocean, is famous for its white beaches, bays overlooking the coral reef, golf courses and exclusive resorts.

Not far from the coast of Florida, this island is 27 km long and 154 wide, has two airports and a large port where cruise ships and ferries dock.

Index

  1. Travel Informed: Useful Info
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 Things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Grand Bahama: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a vacation in Grand Bahama cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel Informed: Useful Info

  • Inhabitants: 75.000
  • Capital: Nassau
  • Languages: English and Creole-English
  • Local currency: Bahamian dollar (BSD) € 1,00 = Bsd 1,40
  • Weather: tropical characterized by a sultry and rainy season (May-October) with 24 ° - 37 ° and a cooler season with 18 ° - 29 ° (November-April)
  • Time zone: GMT-4 (5 hours behind Italy)
  • vaccinations: none mandatory. Yellow fever is mandatory for travelers from countries where the disease is present. However, vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhus and hepatitis A are recommended
  • Entry requirements: Passport with residual validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in the country, round trip ticket. A visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days, but it is forbidden to carry out work activities. It is forbidden to introduce amounts exceeding $ 10.000 USD. The accepted credit cards are: American Express-Mastercard-Visa
  • Where it is

    Grand Bahama is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas, an archipelago of over 700 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.
    It is located in the northernmost part, just 90 km from the coast of Florida and not far from Cuba.
    Bathed by the Caribbean Sea, it is part of the Commonwealth, whose sovereignty belongs to the current Queen of England Elizabeth II.





    How to reach us

    • From Rome: There are no direct flights on the Rome-Freeport (City of Grand Bahama) route. It is necessary to make at least 1 stopover (usually in Miami). The flight has a total duration that varies from 14 hours to 31 hours, depending on the number of stopovers and flight connections.
      Compare flights from Rome - starting from € 680,00
    • From Milan: there is a direct flight from Milan to Freeport operated by the airline Neos which takes about 11 hours. Alternatively, flights with 1 or 2 stopovers are available which take from 14 hours to 31 hours.
      Compare flights from Milan - starting from € 696,00
    • From the main European capitals: There are several companies (British Airways, American Airlines, United) that connect major European cities such as London, Madrid and Amsterdam to Grand Bahama, but all of them have a stopover in Miami and take approximately 17 hours.
      Compare flights to Grand Bahama - starting from € 1.054,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: it is generally mild, the minimums are around 18 ° in the cooler period and the maximums reach up to 36-37 ° degrees during the summer. The sea temperature is constantly around 26 ° thanks to the Gulf Stream.
    • Best time: from November to April when the rains are less frequent, the climate is particularly mild and it is possible to swim.
      To attend the Junkanoo, a parade with engaging music and dancing, you need to travel between Christmas and New Year.
    • Period to avoid: between June and November, in addition to the sultry heat, there is a significant risk of hurricanes that almost every year warns tourists and inhabitants.
    • Advice: in your suitcase you have to put sunscreen, light and cool clothing. To shelter from possible rains and currents it is better not to forget a windbreaker and a sweater.

    10 Things to see: beaches and places of interest



    1. Lucayan National Park: a natural paradise made up of 7 km of underwater caves and tunnels. You can walk on footbridges and paths that allow you to discover the variety of ecosystems.
    2. Peterson Cay National Park: a marine park to be reached by boat or catamaran, ideal for snorkeling and admiring the splendid coral reef.
    3. Rand Nature Center: it is located in the heart of Grand Bahama and is a place where you can see many pink flamingos, the symbol of the island.
    4. Fortune Beach: a beautiful beach so called because a galleon loaded with jewels was found here by a group of divers. A few meters from the shore you can swim in the beautiful reef.
    5. Fish Fry: every Wednesday evening at Smith's Point, at nightfall, large pans fry fish and potatoes and between one forkful and the other you can dance on the beach under the moon.
    6. Gold Rock Beach: one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, devoid of umbrellas and tourist facilities where you will feel a bit Robinson Crusoe.
    7. Garden of Groves: it is a luxuriant garden full of exotic plants, waterfalls, labyrinths and birds of various kinds. An oasis to relax when you are tired of being on the beach.
    8. Port Lucaya marketAlthough it is touristy, it is cheerful and colorful, ideal for those looking for neon t-shirts, towels with Bob Marley's face and any souvenirs to take home.
    9. Mather Town Beach: not far from Port Lucaya, it is the ideal beach for those who love the sea, who want to meet the local people and taste the typical foods cooked in kiosks on the sand.
    10. Paradise Beach: in the west of the island, it is the perfect beach for those seeking tranquility, silence and relaxation. Divers can also go diving here.

    What to do in Grand Bahama: excursions and tours

    How much does a vacation in Grand Bahama cost? Prices, offers and advice

    A Grand Bahama vacation is not cheap at all because in addition to the high cost of accommodation and flights, the quality of life on the island has very high standards.
    The advice is to book and look for offers at least a couple of months in advance and avoid the months of December and January, when prices soar significantly.
    A formula suitable for those who have no pretensions and want to contain costs are the "roulette" offers which include flight and hotel chosen by the agency based on availability



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 108,00 per room -
    • starting from € 680,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 5 nights in 3-star hotel or b & b from € 998,41 per person -
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