There is nothing better than a beach vacation with your girlfriends, and Grand Bahama Island makes for the perfect girls getaway. From white sandy beaches to mindblowing turquoise waters to a lively entertainment scene, Grand Bahama Island has everything you need for a fun week away.
We spent 5 days exploring this beautiful island, getting tanned and learning about the fascinating history of Freeport. What surprised us most was that the island is more than just beaches (don’t get us wrong, the beaches are incredible!), but the variety of greenery was fascinating.
We were there on days with cruise ships and still felt like we had the island to ourselves- you can’t find that anywhere else!
The beauty of Grand Bahama Island is that you can spend a day and be happy or spend a week and feel like you didn’t see everything (at least that’s how we felt after 5 days!).
So without further ado, here is how to plan the perfect girls getaway to Grand Bahama Island!
HOW TO GET TO GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
There are multiple ways to get to Grand Bahama Island, the easiest being flying.
BY AIR: Flights from Fort Lauderdale and Miami take less than 30 minutes and take you directly to the Freeport International Airport. Depending on where your starting location is you’d be smart to check both Fort Lauderdale and Miami International.
BY WATER: Boats from Fort Lauderdale take around 3.5 hours, and are relatively easy to use. There is a customs office at Old Bahama Bay that makes it easy and pain-free.
Cruises (technically also a boat) is another way to get to Grand Bahama Island. There are multiple options that dock on the island for a day, and explore all the Freeport excursions.
Note: If you’re planning on exploring the island without a guide, we really recommend getting a rental car as cabs are hard to find, and UBER isn’t on the island.
WHERE TO STAY ON GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
Finding accommodations on the island is pretty easy since most of the tourists come on cruise ships. There are great properties on Airbnb, and VBCO, but if you’re looking for a more resort experience we recommend the following options.
Pelican Bay: Located right in the heart of Lucaya means that you’re steps away from shopping and the touristic heart of Freeport. The rooms are spacious, and you have easy beach access. While it’s not an all inclusive, you won’t really be missing much if you’re planning on exploring the island properly.
Grand Lucayan: Considered more of an all-inclusive resort than just a hotel means you have access to spa, tennis, golf, beach, pools, and excursions. You really can just spend your entire time at the resort and still not run out of things to do.
NOTE: Non guests can access the beach at the resort for a day rate of $20.
Old Bahama Bay: Beyonce was there. Do we really need to say more? Located on the west end of the island, Old Bahama Bay is where all the celebrities and people with more money than us go. The condos are gorgeous and huge (we hung out in John Travolta’s old one), the beach is stunning and the drinks are great. If you have the budget, we really recommend spending a few days here.
WHAT TO DO IN GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND (FREEPORT BAHAMAS EXCURSIONS OPTIONS)
It’s important to note that there is more to the island than just beaches and Freeport. You’ll be surprised to find that the island is full of interesting activities for almost everyone. Here are some of our favorites:
SWIM WITH THE FISHES (OR SHARKS AND STINGRAYS): Yes, you can do this, but we really recommend taking a tour with Keith who will not only show you are the Cays (pronounced “keys”) but also teach you how to interact with both sharks and stingrays. He’s hosted over 2000 guests so he really does know what he’s doing.
RUB SHOULDERS WITH CELEBRITIES: As mentioned above, if celebrities are your thing, then we recommend heading to Old Bahama Bay for a drink or 4. Beyonce and Micheal Jordan have stayed here.
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PRETEND TO BE IN A COMMERCIAL: You know those Bahama commercials that you see on TV with the most perfect beaches that are almost too good to be true? Yeah, they exist all over the island, but the best ones is Gold Rock beach.
FIND THE BLUE HOLE: Those into snorkeling or paddleboarding will have a blast finding the blue holes.
We cannot recommend Rudy at Green Blue Outdoors more. He knows all the secret spots.
GO TO A FISH FRY: A fish fry is a wonderful experience that takes place only on Wednesdays on the beach- its the perfect place to try out fresh fish, and bar hop. We recommend Outriggers. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.
WHERE TO EAT ON GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
You really can’t go to an island known for its seafood and not eat seafood (well, you can, but we recommend trying the seafood).
OUTRIGGERS: As mentioned above, Outriggers is the place to go for fish fry, and to get your dance on. Don’t worry if fish isn’t for you- they also serve other things like chicken.
We really recommend the conch fritters. Delicious.
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AGAVE: If you’re more into Latin fusion and want to spend the evening with friends drinking $2 mojitos then this is your place.
We recommend the nacho salad and the tacos.
MANTA RAY BEACH: We’ll be honest, we loved the sunsets here first, but the food is good, and the atmosphere is lively.
OUT DA SEA BAR & GRILL: Pretty much loved everything here- from lobster to pizza, your entire group will have options!
WHERE TO GET INSTAGRAM SHOTS
While we don’t normally include a guide to Instagram on every post, we felt that Grand Bahama Island and Freeport deserves one. The challenge that we had was trying to narrow it down to a few locations. The extremely short list below lists our sure bets where we’re confident that you’ll get that great Instagram shot!
- OLD BAHAMA BAY
- GARDEN OF THE GROVES
- GOLD ROCK BEACH
- PELICAN POINT BEACH
Honestly, there are a hundred more reasons why Grand Bahama Island is the perfect girls getaway destination, but text won’t do it justice. We highly recommend booking a ticket and finding out for yourself! You wouldn’t be disappointed.
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