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Freeport, Grand Bahamas - Bahamas without the crowds

A number of years ago someone suggested I had a look at The Bahamas as an area to buy a vacation home. I arrived in The Bahamas at Nassau spent a few days looking around and looking at property and decided it was pretty crowded, a little dirty for my taste and came to the conclusion Bahamas was not for me. Then my realtor suggested I looked at Freeport being a little naive I asked what part of the Island Freeport was situated, of course only to be informed politely it was a different Island!! Now of course since living here I have learned that there are over 700 Islands making up the Bahamas.

I arrived in Freeport, and boy what a difference!! Two lane roads (but NO traffic, rush hour here seems to consists of 5/6 cars at the traffic lights at 9.00 am)

An island that is 30 miles by 12 miles but with only 30,000 people, great shops, lots of duty free!!!

There are also a couple of very large hotels, including the Westin and Sheraton, with their own Casino for those who fancy a flutter and dozens of great restaurants catering for every taste. The only down side of the duty free shopping is that my good lady wife is always spending money in the jewellery shops, but I have to admit the prices are great!!

The beaches away from the hotels are deserted, and after taking the dog for a walk in the morning, when I come back in the evening often the only foot prints in the sand are the ones I left there that morning!! But for those who want Jet Ski’s, booze cruises, scuba or EVEN diving to feed the sharks, it's all here in Freeport

We call one of our homes paradise, it would be more correct to call them all paradise, I am sure one day Freeport will become the bustling city that I found in Nassau but until then I strongly suggest to anyone looking for an inexpensive holiday to give serious consideration to enjoying this little piece of paradise that has still not been discovered despite it being only 30 miles from Florida!!

Whatever kind of holiday you are seeking, Freeport has it all, but one of its best highlights are the people; very warm, very genuine people who really understand that the tourist industry is very important for the Islands survival, something which I personally feel makes a good holiday into a destination you return to time and again.

Written by Tony - Owner of Property 66345 in Freeport, Bahamas, Caribbean

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                                                                                                Recent Reviews

                                                                                                Bahamas Adventure

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                                                                                                The location of the rental unit is very convenient, beach access is avaiable at the end any of the streets off of Royal Palm. Port Lucaya is also just a short drive away as was the groccery store. The unit itself was very clean and the new Bamboo flooring is very nice. The pool is just a few steps off the balcony and the temperature of the water was perfect. The weather while we were there was gorgeous, it was a little too hot to stay on the beach for long, except early in the morning to watch the sun rise, not a bad way to start each day. The customer service provided was excellent, we made short work of the bottle of wine that was left to welcome us. We made several trips to the casino, one of us was luckier than the other, but healthy donations were made to the Bahamian economy. Gold Rock Beach is a definite must see, it is a strangely beautiful spot, but you must go at low tide. The water is crystal clear even when you do find a spot where the water is deeper that your knees. The three of us ate in most nights, but we did go out to breakfast a couple of times to Zorba's in Port Lucaya, the night we went out to eat we went to Luciano's, also in Port Lucaya, the food was excellent. Luciano's has a Prix Fixe menu so that you can save a little money if that is your wish. The Garden of the Groves is also something to see, once you are done with the tour definitely try a Banana Diaquiri at the bar/restaurant, the homemade Hummas is excellent also. All in all we had a very relaxing vacation, the only downside was the impact of the ecomimic problems was very evident. There are numerous restaurants and hotels/resorts that were closed, the International Bazaar was all but deserted. It made us very sad, we just hope that once the economy turns around the island will thrive. The people everywhere were friendly and helpful. I would definitely recomend this rental to family and friends.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2009
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Oct 2009