The Bahamas ~
Admit it: Just saying the word “Bahamas” puts a smile on your face. And that’s good practice, because when you arrive in the Bahamas on Bahamas Celebration, you’ll be doing a lot of smiling.
You board Bahamas Celebration in South Florida’s Port of Palm Beach one evening and cruise all night through the Southern Atlantic. When you awake — or finish dancing the night away at The View — you’ll be in the Bahamas ... ready to move to the groove of island music, rub elbows with the friendly locals and take in any number of activities.
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
It doesn’t take a travel expert to know that Grand Bahama Island is something special. All it takes is a few moments to absorb the view, breathe the fresh air, wiggle your toes in the sand and gaze upon the crystal-blue sea. You won’t be alone in your assessment though: In 2008, it was named as one of the Caribbean’s best destinations in the Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards.
What will you do on Grand Bahama Island? With attractions of historical and cultural significance, modern activities, stunning natural beauty, friendly Bahamians anxious to get to know you and 52 miles of sandy beaches, you’ll easily find an activity that’s the perfect fit.
Young and old alike will delight in discovering the wonders held within the sea. SCUBA divers of all experience levels will be awed by the crystal-clear water, vibrant reefs and plethora of fish. Even if you’re not certified, you’ll enjoy snorkeling the shallow reefs, where you’ll readily appreciate the colorful coral and curious fish. Numerous dive and snorkel trip operators are available on Grand Bahama Island, and we believe that taking a trip with one of these professionals is the best way to maximize your enjoyment below the sea. If looking at the fish isn’t your speed, take to the waters with a fishing guide and get ready for some of the best fishing of your life. Something’s always in season in the Bahamas, and Grand Bahama Island is known for its outstanding fishing opportunities. You’re only a few miles to the deep water, and your line will be in before you know it. Or, try fly fishing and take to the flats in search of the bonefish.
Don’t worry — there’s plenty to keep the kids busy on Grand Bahama Island, too. Take the family kayaking or bowling, and discover a bond you haven’t felt in years. For a less organized activity, search for shells on a secluded beach. Who will find the most perfect shell?
You’re never too far from a beach on Grand Bahama Island. The hard part is finding the one that’s perfect for you. Here are some of our favorites:
This quiet beach is just five miles from Port Lucaya Marketplace. It’s named for a shipwreck with more than $2 million in bounty that was discovered on it.
Gold Rock Beach
Visit this secluded treasure at low tide, when it’s truly picture perfect. You may recognize it — it’s been featured in many ads for the Bahamas. Once the tide comes in, head across the street to visit Lucayan Caverns, the largest of their kind in the world.
The social scene picks up at this beach, which is just across from Port Lucaya Hotel. Here you’ll find activities to suit everyone, including snorkeling, jet skiing and parasailing.
Mather Town Beach
Just three miles from Port Lucaya, Mather Town Beach gives you a great chance to get to know some of the colorful locals as you swim, eat and drink the day away.
Paradise Cove Beach
Travel 15 miles from Freeport’s International Bazaar and discover Paradise Cove Beach. You’ll enjoy the quiet seclusion of this beach as you snorkel — it offers direct and easy access to Deadman’s Reef — or play beach volleyball with locals and tourists alike.
Smith's Point Beach
Located in Lucaya, next to Taino Beach, you’ll want to head to Smith’s Point Beach on Wednesday night for its famous fish fry!
If you have children, take them to Taino Beach, which has a small playground. If you’re traveling during the holidays, you’ll likely see many locals enjoying a cookout here.
William's Town Beach
Head into William’s Town Settlement and you’ve found the beach. At this happening beach, you can take banana boat rides, rent a snorkel or jet ski or just stroll the length of the beach and enjoy the beauty.