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  1. 1. Welcome to Grand Bahama Island! You can look forward to a memorable mix of historic charm, modern attractions and ecological wonders on your visit to Grand Bahama Island. There's truly something for everyone. The warm welcome you'll receive is just extra insurance that you'll return again and again.
  2. 2. About Grand Bahama Island • One of the northernmost islands of The Bahamas. Only 55 miles from Florida • 4th largest island in The Bahamas • The second most populated island in the Bahamas (over 50,000 in 2010) • Approx. 96 miles (154 km) long west to east and 17 miles (27 km) at its widest point north to south. • The island consists of the 3 destination experiences. Freeport/Lucaya, East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama
  3. 3. Bahamas Celebration Getting Here
  4. 4. • Within easy reach of all major U.S. destinations • 11,000 ft. runway • Smooth traffic flow • United States pre-clearance facilities • ICAO & TSA certified security screeners • Opened brand new Fixed-base Operation in Fall 2012 Grand Bahama International Airport
  5. 5. Bahamasair • Daily Flights between FLL & FPO • (via Vacation Express) Flights between BWI, BHM, CVG, CMH, MEM, EWR, RDU, RIC
  6. 6. Sunwing • Regular non-stop flights from Canada • Year-round from Toronto • Winter flights from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton
  7. 7. • Accommodates vessels up to 1,000 ft. • 3 Ship Berths • Capacity for 1 million passengers annually • Retail Complex • Live Entertainment • Efficient ground transportation • Sheltered pick up/drop off area • ATM • Tourist Information Booth • Native Bahamian restaurant & snack shop
  8. 8. Bahamas Celebration Every other day from Port of West Palm Beach
  9. 9. Balearia Bahamas Express Daily (except Wednesdays)
  10. 10. Places to Stay
  11. 11. Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour • Bahamian charm + international luxury • 73 guestrooms set on pristine white sand beach • 4,000 sq. ft. heated swimming pool • 2 Restaurants • Fitness Center • Complimentary non-motorized watersports (snorkeling, sailing, kayaking) • The Marina is an official port of entry • Deep-sea fishing & private picnics to a secluded island can be arranged
  12. 12. • Awarded the prestigious “Small Treasures of The Bahamas” by the Ministry of Tourism • 186 rooms • 3 Outdoor swimming pools • 2 adjacent restaurants, Sabor & Flying Fish Modern Seafood • Complimentary ferry service to Taino Beach Resort for beach activities • Canal House Conference Center can host small to medium-sized groups • Adjacent to Port Lucaya Marketplace Pelican Bay Hotel
  13. 13. Grand Lucayan, Bahamas • 7 acres of white-sand beach • 540 guestrooms / suites • 9 restaurants & lounges • 4 oceanfront swimming pools with features such as swim-up bar and an infinity edge • Two 18-hole championship golf courses • Senses Spa & Fitness Center • Tennis courts • Complete conference center incl. outdoor function space
  14. 14. Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina • Part of the Taino Beach Resort • Full service marina w/ 25 dockage slips • Guests enjoy full use of the largest pool on the island, featuring a beach-like gradation, and lazy river, as well as a water slide, and swim-up grotto bar • Scenic water taxi ride to Port Lucaya Marina (at Pelican Bay Hotel)
  15. 15. Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort • On 26 acres of white sand beach • All-inclusive • 276 Ocean-view / Garden-view rooms • Pool & Jacuzzi • 3 Restaurants (1 buffet) • 3 Bars & Snack bar • Disco /Theater /Gym/Sauna • Dive Center (PADI)
  16. 16. Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort • The first 4-star all-inclusive resort on Grand Bahama • 4 on-site restaurants • 3 bars • Diamond Lounge (VIPs) • Gym • Kids Camp
  17. 17. Things To Do • Horseback Riding • Bonefishing • Deep Sea Fishing • Biking • Diving • Golf • Tennis • Kayaking • Sailing • Swimming • Snorkeling • Parasailing • Jeep Safari • ATV Tours • Heritage Tours • Nature Walks • Shopping • Casino Gaming • Dancing • Dining • Relaxing
  18. 18. More than 40 on-shore activities await you, including: • Bike Tours • Birding Tours • Casino • Culinary Tours • Diving • Dolphins • Fishing • Golf • Horseback Riding • Jeep Tours • Kayaking • Sailing • Shopping • Snorkeling • Spa • Straw & Souvenir Market
  19. 19. Tennis [at Grand Lucayan] • 4 Professional court surfaces: Ace Rebound, Deco Turf, Grass Court, Red Clay • Full service facility • Opt for open-play if you just want to have fun or are comfortable with your skill level • Tennis School available if you want to learn how to play, or play better
  20. 20. Championship Golf Courses • Two 18-hole courses. One 9-hole course • The Reef, designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. • The Ruby, designed & built by pro golf course architect Joe Lee • 9-hole course at Fortune Hills, designed by Joe Lee & Dick Wilson
  21. 21. Hobie Cat Sailing
  22. 22. Paddleboarding
  23. 23. West End Bike & Snorkel Adventure
  24. 24. Kayak Snorkel Adventure
  25. 25. Kayak Eco Adventure
  26. 26. Blue Hole Adventure
  27. 27. Blue Hole Adventure
  28. 28. Birdwatching
  29. 29. Grand Bahama Nature ToursATV Off-Road & Beach Tour
  30. 30. ATV Off-Road & Beach Tour
  31. 31. Kayak, Nature & Beach Tour Lucayan National Park Kayak & Nature Tour
  32. 32. Biking & Sightseeing Tour
  33. 33. Grand Bahama Jeep & Sightseeing Excursion
  34. 34. Bahamas Seafood Culinary Experience
  35. 35. Western Heritage Excursion
  36. 36. Mo-Ped Tours
  37. 37. Segway Tour
  38. 38. Western Eco & Sightseeing Tour
  39. 39. Eastern Heritage & Cultural Tour
  40. 40. Grand Bahama Day Away
  41. 41. Grand Bahama Day Away (New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay)
  42. 42. Incredible Fishing Grand Bahama Island is… • Considered one of the premier destinations in the world for sport fishing. • Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonefish, Wahoo or Barracuda—to name a few.
  43. 43. • Open water facility • Highly trained dolphins • At UNEXSO’s off-site Sanctuary Bay Dolphin Experience
  44. 44. Horseback Riding • Horseback riding is one of Grand Bahama’s most fascinating eco-tours. • Uniquely romantic / adventurous experience!
  45. 45. Snorkeling • Kayak Snorkel Tour • Robinson Crusoe Beach Party & Snorkeling Cruise • Sailing & Snorkeling Experience • Sea Safari Snorkel Tour • Seaworld Explorer: Semi-Sub & Snorkel • West End Bike & Snorkel Adventure
  46. 46. Scuba Diving • Reef Dives • Shark Dives (Caribbean Reefs, Nurses, Tigers, Lemons) • Wreck Dives • Cave/Cavern Dives • 3-Day Scuba Instruction/Open Water Certification (PADI/SDI) • Advanced Certifications available as well
  47. 47. Shark Dive
  48. 48. Wreck Dive
  49. 49. Cavern Dive
  50. 50. Cavern Dive
  51. 51. Cave Dive
  52. 52. Places To Explore • The Garden of The Groves • Lucayan National Park • Rand Nature Centre • The Perfume Factory • Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. • Port Lucaya Marketplace • The fishing village of West End • Coral reefs • East Grand Bahama & the Cays • Numerous white sand beaches!
  53. 53. Brewery & Perfume Factory Tour
  54. 54. Brewery & Perfume Factory Tour
  55. 55. Junkanoo Beach Club • On Taino Beach • Shaded dining deck • Snorkeling • Paddleboats • Lounge chairs with umbrellas • Live entertainment
  56. 56. Taino Beach Retreat Tour
  57. 57. Paradise Cove • Snorkeling • Glass Bottom Kayaks • On-Site Food & Drinks • Shuttle Service from hotel or Freeport Harbour
  58. 58. Snorkeling at Deadman’s Reef
  59. 59. Glass-Bottom Kayaking
  60. 60. Rand Nature Centre • Acquired by the Bahamas National Trust in 1992 • Comprised of 100 acres of natural beauty near the heart of downtown Freeport • Boasts a 2,000 ft. trail, which winds through natural coppice and pine forest • Home of the administrative office of the BNT in Grand Bahama
  61. 61. Lucayan National Park • National park consisting of six different ecosystem habitats, as well as a underwater cavern system. • Southern perimeter ends on one of th most beautiful beaches in the world, Rock Beach
  62. 62. Gold Rock Beach
  63. 63. High Rock, East Grand Bahama
  64. 64. The Garden of The Groves • Grand Bahama’s premier nature experience • Certified Wildlife Habitat by the U.S. Wildlife Federation
  65. 65. Port Lucaya Marketplace • An activity hub for guests, Port Lucaya Marketplace features a wide array of shops (incl. a straw market), restaurants & bars. • The Count Basie Square comes alive at night with scheduled entertainment!
  66. 66. Treasure Bay Casino • Las Vegas-Style • 20,000 sq. ft. of gaming space • 21 tables including baccarat, Caribbean stud poker, blackjack & roulette.
  67. 67. Travel Tips Climate Grand Bahama Island is well known for its year-round warm, tropical climate. The island experiences temperatures that range from 70° F to 80°F. There are two types of seasons that affect travelling decisions, hurricane season occurs June through November and the rainy season during the months of May through October. Currency & Banking Grand Bahama Island currency is the Bahamian dollar, which is on par with the American dollar. Credit cards and travelers checks are accepted at most locations on the island. ATM machines, equipped with +PLUS and Cirrus systems, are also found in various locations. Duty-Free Shopping In 1992, The Government of The Bahamas took away the import duty on 11 categories of luxury goods: liquor, china, crystal, collectibles, fragrances, watches, photographic equipment and leather goods. U.S. citizens out of the country for 48 hours or more are allowed up to $800 worth of duty-free merchandise. Less than 48 hours, the duty-free exemption is $200. Limitations include 32 ounces of tobacco for those over 21 and no more than two liters of alcohol. Drinking Water Tap water on Grand Bahama Island is safe to drink, but bottled water is available for purchase at many locations on the island. Electricity Electrical appliances from the United States are easily adaptable during your stay on Grand Bahama Island. All electrical outlets are 60 cycles/120 volts so you can still use your hair dryer or electrical shaver.
  68. 68. Travel Tips Hotel Check-in/Check-out Hotel check-in and check-out hours are typically the same for most Grand Bahama hotels and resorts. • Check-in: 3 PM • Check-out: 11 AM If you anticipate a late or earlier flight, have a change of clothes handy, as most hotels will store your luggage for you until your room is available. Language The official language of The Bahamas is English. Medical Facilities There are several medical facilities in The Bahamas and most hotels and resorts have a doctor on call for guests. The Rand Memorial Hospital and several private clinics are located in Grand Bahama. Telecommunications Telephone Direct dial services in guest rooms are provided in most hotels and resorts. In order to save on long- distance phone calls, phone cards are available with convenient rates. The Bahamas Telephone Company (BTC) also provides roaming rates for cell phones. Visit for more information on BTC’s roaming partners and rates. Internet Access High speed internet access is generally found in all hotels and resorts on Grand Bahama. Certain fees for internet access may apply. For information on internet fees, contact your hotel or resort directly. Time Zone Grand Bahama is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Daylight Savings Time is observed (March to November)
  69. 69. Tourist Information There are several Tourist Information Centers available in Freeport/Lucaya: • Grand Bahama International Airport • Freeport Harbour • Port Lucaya Marketplace Transportation Visitors can get around Grand Bahama a variety of ways: taxi cabs, rental cars, motor scooters and jitney buses are available throughout the island. If you are driving, remember to drive on the left side of the road. You may use your own driver’s license up to three months, then you are required to obtain a Bahamian license. If you are driving or riding on motor scooter, be sure to wear a protective helmet. Traveling with Children Many of the island’s hotels and resorts offer special activities for children as well as baby-sitting services. As an added bonus, children under 12 generally stay free. Traveling with Pets If you prefer having your pet with you, you will need to apply for a valid import permit. In the application process, you are required to provide the following information: type of animal, breed, age, sex, country of embarkation and a $10 processing fee. All import permits are provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government. The downloadable form is available on Weddings Couples who wish to obtain a marriage license in Grand Bahama must be in the country for 24 hours prior to applying. Valid passports, birth certificates, photo ID, and evidence of the date of arrival in The Bahamas must be presented by both parties. Divorce papers, death certificate of a former spouse and parental consent if under the age of 18 must also be presented. Travel Tips
  71. 71. Instant Air Credit....Save $250! Booking Window: NOW – May 20, 2014 Travel Window: up to December 30, 2014 Blackout Period:NONE Minimum Stay: 3 consecutive nights Participating Hotels: Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina; Castaways Resort & Suites; Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina; Grand Lucayan, Bahamas; Island Palm Marina Villas at Island Seas Resort; Memories Grand Bahama Beach &Casino Resort; Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort; Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour; Pelican Bay Hotel; Sunrise Resort & Marina; Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort
  72. 72. Fishing Tournament $300 Fuel Credit Register for any Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board sponsored/hosted fishing tournament and receive a $300 Fuel Credit on the date of the tournament hosted at the participating hotel! See for Offer Details
  73. 73. GBI e-Brochure ma-destination/