Who hasn’t heard of the Bahamas? Grand Bahama Island, especially, is well-known to vacationers the world over. A short hop off the Florida coast, the Bahama Islands beckon travelers seeking a relaxing escape.
Grand Bahama Island is the largest and northernmost of a collection of islands numbering about 700. American Airlines, Delta Airlines an US Airways offer regular service to Grand Bahama International Airport at Freeport. Bahamans like to say that their country is a complete destination.
Grand Bahama Island’s rich history is rooted in the families who settled there. Those settlements–Pinder’s Point, Russell Town and William’s Town–allow visitors to enjoy traditional Bahamian culture. Grand Bahama Island’s popular destinations–East End, Freeport/Lucaya and West End–each presents a unique experience.
Further enrich yourself in the wonders of Grand Bahama Island by exploring Rand Nature Center. Unwind with a leisurely walk through the nature center’s 100 acres of natural wonder. Are you a birder? Grand Bahama Island hosts a variety or species year-round, some of which are not seen in North America or Europe.
Are you new to the Bahamian experience and not sure how to get around? Join their People-to-People Experience. This free program partners you with a trained Bahamian ambassador to show you their culture and way of life.
Where to stay on Grand Bahama Island
There are many fine resorts in Grand Bahama resorts to choose from. One to consider is Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort. You can get your “fix” of water-based fun, including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, waterskiing, and even swimming with the dolphins.
Warm up your best irons and woods at either of the nearby golf courses, Lucayan Golf Course & Country Club and Reef Course & Country Club. For a more leisurely day, visit the Garden of the Groves (Grand Bahama Botanical Gardens), Lucayan National Park or Rand Memorial Nature Center.
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June 28 – July 5, 2014, for just $549. That’s right: $549 to rent a 1-bedroom just steps from the beach. (Orbitz.com quoted $1,201 for the same unit.) Your unit comes equipped with air conditioning, a kitchen, WiFi and other amenities to make you feel right at home. Other deals pop up all the time. Contact me for the latest specials.
Not able to pull away the week of June 28 – July 5? You can request a room for two at Ocean Reef Yacht Club year-round for just $679. The Ocean Reef is just one of 10 fine properties in Freeport and Nassau available to you through this amazing travel club.
Choose from more than 5,000 fine resorts worldwide. These fine properties are located in more than 80 countries on six continents, and you can save hundreds on your accommodations each time. (Some very nice cruise specials await you as well!) You decide when you want to travel; there are no blackout dates with this program.
If you’ve vacationed in the Freeport area (and especially at Ocean Reef Yacht Club), I’d like your impressions. Feel free to comment below. And please share this column so others may benefit from what you and I have written. Thanks!
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