Grand Bahama Island used to be called Freeport and the airport still bears the symbol FPO, but Grand Bahama has grown from the early days of Freeport under the stewardship of the Hutchinson Wampoa Company. They are now the owner of the Port Authority that controls much of the island including the 2 largest hotels. Because of this company, there was a grand redesign of the Lucayan Hotels including the new Westin Tower built in the late nineties. The island has also developed a better economic base with employment at the Shipyard where ocean going ships are repaired and painted while retaining it's quieter natural feel that is almost an out-island experience in some places.

Today, most of the action centers around the Lucaya area with the Starwood Hotels... The Westin at Our Lucaya and the Sheraton at Our Lucaya. Isle of Capri operates a wonderful new casino at Lucaya and the Port Lucaya Marketplace is hopping with shopping, restaurants like Fatman's Nephew, drinking establishments and a crafts market. There are also some condo projects scattered around the island but the original tourist hotel complex in FreePort is no longer an operational hotel at this time.

The Isle of Capri Our Lucaya Casino
will get your wheels spinning!

If Nassau is the Capital,
Grand Bahama is the Suburbs

Nassau has a hustle and bustle, but Grand Bahama has a natural serenity as it's quieter cousin. It almost seems suburban with the neighborhoods that you drive through on the way to the hotels. The island hosts some fine white sand beaches and three golf courses

Grand Bahama is only 96 miles long and 17miles across. The island is due east of Palm Beach, Florida by about 52 miles. The West End was even a liquour smuggling town during America's prohibition. Today they still offer thirsty tourists Rum Rummers, Bahama Mammas and other frozen cocktails when they visit the island.

Tour operators offer natural exploration on the island including Kayak Tours of the shallow mangrove stands surrounding the island. This same company also offers biking and birdwatching tours, you can drive out and visit the Lucayan National Park with upland forests, mangrove creeks and a magnificent beach. Visit the entrance to one of the world's longest underwater systems of limestone caves. Garden of the Groves covers 12 acres with one of the finest botanical gardens in the Caribbean. Many guests take the East End Adventure that visits Lucayan National Park and offers a six mile motorboat trip to the east end settlement of Sweeting's a quaint unspoiled fishing village. Another activity is the Paradise Cove with a great lunch and Deadman's Reef only 50 yards off shore. Birdwatchers and photographers love the Rand Nature Center run by the Bahamas National Trust with it's flock of pink flamingos.

If Golf is your Game, you have plenty of choices
on Grand Bahama Island.

  • 734 Rooms at the Westin
  • 479 Rooms at the Sheraton
  • 2 Golf Courses
  • Isle of Capri Casino with 400 Slots and table games.
  • Camp Lucaya for the Kids
  • Swim with the Dolphins
    across the street
  • 10 Restaurants
  • 7 Bars
  • Exciting Night Life