Port Lucaya Tourist Attractions
Immediately east of Freeport is the district of Lucaya with fine mansions and recreational facilities. The Port of Lucaya has become the effective vacation center of Freeport. The area has a well maintained marina as well as the Port Lucaya Marketplace, as well as several other major attractions.
Dolphin Experience (UNEXSO Grand Bahama)
Guests can either watch or participate during encounters with the dolphins under the supervision of trainers at UNEXSO (Underwater Exploreres Society).Departing from Port Lucaya, participants are taken by launch for a short sea ride to a dolphin preserve at the southern mouth of the Lucayan Waterway.For the "experience" program, visitors in their swimsuits stand on a platform located about three feet below the surface while a trainer invites dolphins to let participants pet them. Dolphins in turn kiss their guests while a professional photographer and other participants snap away form their perch around the edge of the small visitation area. Between these events, the trainer keeps the dolphins busy jumping, vocalizing and splashing the guests along with a steady humorous commentary.In another compound, visitors actually swim with the dolphins and interact with them in a variety of ways.These Dophin encounters are part of the conservation efforts run by the well-known Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO).UNEXSO also runs scuba and snorkeling trips.
Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club (formerly The Lucayan Resort, Our Lucaya Beach Resort)
The Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club is set along the white beaches in three clusters, each with its own pool area. The modern complex covers 7.5ac/3ha. With 1,350 rooms and 14 restaurants, the complex is the most impressive on Grand Bahama Island.One of the pools mimics features of an old sugar mill complete with stone tower, waterfalls and an aqueduct. Another of the pools undulates along the beach and has a walled edge which makes it appear to merge with the ocean.A shopping arcade joins the resort complex with the Port Lucaya marketplace and port across the road.The 18-hole championship 72-par golf course which is part of the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club is ranked one of top ones in the world. It is open to non-guests for a fee. The resort runs a spa plus a camp and activities for children.
Address: Box F-42452, Bahamas
Useful tips: Pools are for guests only.
Facilities: Beach, Child or day care, Gift shop, On-site accomodations, Restaurant or food service
Willy Broadleaf Restaurant
Decorated with artifacts of the world, Willy Broadleaf is a buffet with a difference. Not only is the cuisine of the highest quality and interest, the restaurant offers a wide variety of exotic meats and foods diners are unlikely to experience in a lifetime.
The lighthouse near the entrance to Port Lucaya has been incorporated into the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club. It bears the red and white circular stripes typical of Bahamian lighthouses.
Pirates of the Bahamas Beach Theme Park
On Taino Beach, the Pirates of the Bahama Park offers various water sports designed to entertain all ages. Visitors can go jet skiing or be towed around on a banana boat. Various water excursions can be booked here including snorkeling and fishing trips. It is run in conjunction with three nearby resorts: The Flamingo Bay Yacht Club & Marina Hotel, Ritz Beach Resort and Taino Beach Vacation Club.
Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina
Duty-free shopping, crafts, live local entertainment and reasonably-priced restaurants are the draws of the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The marina offers good facilities for those who bring their yachts over from the States or other destinations. The marina is also the departure point for many deep-sea fishing excursions.
Address: Box F-41322, Bahamas
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House Museum
The Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House Museum displays a large private collection of antique bottles with explanations ont eh bottles shapes and the evolution of the bottles. Some of the bottles include historic gin, medicine, ink, snuff and poison bottles. The oldest bottles date from 1650.
Rand Nature Centre
Run by the Bahamas National Trust, which also runs the country's National Parks, this 100ac/40ha tract offers a 2,000ft/600m nature trail through a pine forest. At the far end is a pond with a resident flock of flamingos.The nature center has displays which explain the local ecosystem and natural history.
Address: East Settlers Way, Freeport, Grand Bahama 43441, Bahamas
Opening hours: 9am-4pm; Sat: 9am-1pm; Closed: Sun
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian, Pentecost Monday (Whit Monday) - Christian
Useful tips: Groups should book in advance. Tours are available beginning at 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Facilities: Gift shop