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

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Grand Bahama, the northernmost island of the Bahamas archipelago bathed 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 km wide, has two airports and a large port where cruise ships and ferries dock.


  1. Travel information: useful information
  2. Where to find us
  3. When to go? Information on weather and best time to go
  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 Grand Bahama vacation cost? Prices, deals and tips
  7. Questions and comments from users

Travel Information: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 75.000
  • Capital: Nassau
  • Languages: English and Creole-English
  • Local currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD) 1.00 = 1.40 Bsd
  • Climate: tropical characterized by a 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, vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid and hepatitis A are recommended.
  • Entry requirements: Passport with a residual validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in the country, return ticket. No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days, but work activities are prohibited. It is forbidden to bring in amounts exceeding $ 10,000 USD. Accepted credit cards are: American Express-Mastercard-Visa
  • Where is Grand Bahama Island

    Grand Bahama is the fourth largest island of the Bahamas, an archipelago of more than 700 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.
    It is located in the northernmost part of the island, only 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 get to Grand Bahama

    • From the main European capitals: There are several companies (British Airways, American Airlines, United) that connect the main European cities such as London, Madrid and Amsterdam with Grand Bahama, but they all have a stopover in Miami and take approximately 17 hours.
      Compare flights to Grand Bahama from 1.054,00 €.

    When to go? Information about climate and best season

    • Climate: generally mild, with lows around 18 ° C in the cooler period and highs reaching 36-37 ° C during the summer. The sea temperature is constantly around 26 ° thanks to the Gulf Stream.
    • Best weather: from November to April when rainfall is less frequent, the weather is particularly mild and swimming is possible.
      To attend the Junkanoo, a parade with attractive music and dances, you should 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 locals.
    • Ideas: in your suitcase you should pack sunscreen, light and fresh clothes. To protect yourself from possible rains and currents it is best not to forget a windbreaker and a sweater.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Lucayan National Park: a natural paradise formed by 7 km of underwater caves and tunnels. You can walk on walkways and trails that allow you to discover the variety of ecosystems.
    2. Peterson Cay National Park: a marine park that can 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, symbol of the island.
    4. Fortune Beach: a beautiful beach so called because a galleon loaded with jewels was found by a group of divers. A few meters from the shore you can swim in the beautiful reef.
    5. Fried fish: every Wednesday night at Smith's Point, at nightfall, fish and potatoes are fried in large frying pans and between one fork and another 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 little Robinson Crusoe.
    7. Garden of groves: a lush garden full of exotic plants, waterfalls, mazes and birds of various kinds. An oasis to relax when you are tired of being on the beach.
    8. Port Lucaya Market: Althoughtouristy, it's lively and colorful, ideal for those looking for neon T-shirts, towels with Bob Marley's face on them and souvenirs to take home.
    9. Mather Town Beach: not far from Port Lucaya, it is the ideal beach for sea lovers who want to meet the locals and taste the typical food 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 dive here.

    What to do in Grand Bahama: excursions and tours

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

    A vacation in Grand Bahama is not cheap 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 deals at least a couple of months in advance and avoid the months of December and January, when prices shoot up significantly.
    A formula suitable for those who are unpretentious and want to contain costs are the "roulette" offers that include flight and hotel chosen by the agency depending on availability.

    • Hotel and b & b from 108,00 € per room - from € 680,00 - from € 680,00
    • from € 680,00 -
    • Flight round trip + 7 days / 5 nights in hotel or b & b 3 stars from 998,41 € per person - from € 998,41 per person -

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