Grand Bahamas Day Tour | Things to Do in the Grand Bahamas

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During our cruise with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, we had a one day stop-over on the Grand Bahamas Island. So, instead of staying on the boat or just at the port, we went on a day excursion around the island and were able to take part in the one thing that I have always had on my bucket list – a Jeep Tour with an off-road experience. I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of off-roading in a Jeep? Our itinerary was put together by Visit the Bahamas with so many great things to do in the Grand Bahamas and it was one that is definitely for the books.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE GRAND BAHAMAS

Grand Bahama Island, a gem in the Bahamas archipelago, offers a blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and thrilling adventures. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or beach lover, there’s something for everyone on this captivating island. Here are some must-do activities to ensure you experience the best of Grand Bahama.

Jeep Tour THROUGH THE GRAND BAHAMAS

Our Jeep Safari Tour on the Grand Bahamas Island took us first around the island to take a look at some of the more known and famous areas of the Grand Bahamas. Our convoy, lead by a very entertaining tour guide, allowed us to see the main places to shop, where the rich people live, and taught us about the history of the island in regards to how the island’s economy came to be, how the government is run, and how things are managed and manufactured on the island.

After a tour of the island, we drove over and stopped at the Lucayan National Park, which was absolutely beautiful. At the park, you can experience a number of ecosystems and walk down into the caves to see the water, some of the wildlife (if you catch any), and learn about the history of the Lucayan people – who are the natives of the Grand Bahamas island. Fun fact – in the caves at the park, many Lucayan artifacts and remains were found. Now, there wasn’t a definite answer of where those artifacts and remains are now, but we can assume they are in a museum somewhere where people can learn about the history of the Grand Bahamas.

After a walk around the park and through the caves, we were able to have some beach time across the street from the park. And you all know how much I love the beaches of the Caribbean. The waters are so blue and the beaches are kept so well. No boardwalks or people driving ATVs down the coast. Instead, you have serene, natural beaches where you can sit and relax and enjoy the view and the sound of the ocean waves.

Soon it was off to lunch, because you know that I need to eat, and lunch was at the Garden of the Groves – a beautiful botanical garden where there are plenty of birds, plant life, and waterfalls to see. The beauty was beyond what my heart could handle, and I was so connected to the sights that I forgot that I had a camera to take pictures. In the botanical garden there is also a small cute chapel in the gardens that we were able to visit. Eventually the Jeep Tour ended and we took our final stops to do some shopping at the Port Lucaya Marketplace and visit the Perfume Factory – which, oddly, just looks like a house. But they actually do manufacture the perfumes there.

At the end of it all, we were so happy to have visited the picturesque Grand Bahamas Island during our two-night cruise with Bahamas Paradise Cruiseline. I highly reccomend that when you book your cruise, that you make sure to book your day excursion on the island right then and there so that you can take advantage of seeing the sights of the Grand Bahamas.

Grand Bahamas Jeep
Grand Bahamas Jeep Tour

DISCOVER Lucayan National Park

Home to one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems, Lucayan National Park is a treasure trove for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Explore the park’s intricate cave networks, like Ben’s Cave and Burial Mound Cave, and marvel at the geological formations. Don’t miss Gold Rock Beach, a pristine stretch of sand perfect for a serene stroll or a refreshing swim.

The Underwater Cave System

One of the park’s most extraordinary features is its extensive underwater cave system, which is among the longest in the world. The caves, formed over thousands of years, offer a glimpse into geological and environmental history. The two most famous caves are Ben’s Cave and Burial Mound Cave.

Gold Rock Beach

A highlight of Lucayan National Park is Gold Rock Beach, often hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas. This pristine beach is located about a half-mile walk from the park’s entrance, accessible via a boardwalk that winds through a lush mangrove forest. At low tide, the beach reveals an expansive sandbar, perfect for leisurely strolls, shell collecting, and enjoying the serene coastal environment. The shallow waters and gentle waves make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

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Grand Bahamas National Park

ENJOY Water Sports & Marine Life

Grand Bahama’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for a variety of water sports. Snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts can explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even dolphins. For a unique experience, try a dolphin encounter at UNEXSO, where you can swim with these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat.

RELAX ON Stunning Beaches

The island boasts numerous picturesque beaches, each with its own charm. Taino Beach is perfect for families, with calm waters and plenty of amenities, while Xanadu Beach offers a more tranquil atmosphere. For those seeking a secluded spot, Paradise Cove’s Deadman’s Reef is ideal for snorkeling and soaking up the sun away from the crowds.

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EXPERIENCE LOCAL CULTURE AT Port Lucaya Marketplace

Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture at Port Lucaya Marketplace. This bustling hub features an array of shops, restaurants, and bars. Browse for handcrafted souvenirs, sample Bahamian cuisine, and enjoy live music performances. It’s the perfect place to mingle with locals and experience the island’s lively atmosphere.

Shopping Galore

The marketplace is a shopper’s paradise, with over 80 specialty stores and boutiques offering a wide array of goods. From high-end fashion and jewelry to locally crafted souvenirs and artwork, you can find something for every taste and budget. Discover authentic Bahamian handicrafts such as straw bags, handmade jewelry, wood carvings, and colorful paintings. These items make perfect keepsakes or gifts and support local artisans. Browse through a variety of clothing stores that feature everything from beachwear and resort attire to designer labels. You’ll also find a range of accessories, including sunglasses, hats, and sandals, ideal for your island adventures. Take advantage of duty-free shops offering luxury items like perfumes, watches, and fine liquors at tax-free prices, providing great value for discerning shoppers.

Culinary Delights

Port Lucaya Marketplace is a gastronomic haven with an array of dining options that cater to every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite or a gourmet meal, the marketplace has you covered. Sample traditional Bahamian dishes at local eateries. Don’t miss trying conch fritters, Bahama Mama drinks, and freshly caught seafood such as grilled lobster and snapper. The marketplace also boasts an impressive selection of international restaurants, including Italian, Asian, and American cuisines, ensuring that everyone finds something they enjoy. And if you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, visit one of the many casual cafes and bars. Enjoy a tropical cocktail while soaking in the views of the marina and the lively marketplace atmosphere.

Live Entertainment

Port Lucaya Marketplace comes alive with entertainment, making it a hub of activity day and night. The marketplace features live music, cultural shows, and events that showcase the island’s vibrant culture. While there, experience the pulsating rhythms and colorful costumes of Junkanoo, a traditional Bahamian festival. Performances often take place in the evenings, adding a festive vibe to your visit.

EXPLORE THE Garden of the Groves

A lush botanical garden, the Garden of the Groves, is a peaceful retreat showcasing the island’s flora and fauna. Wander through winding paths, admire waterfalls, and relax in shaded groves. The garden also features a charming chapel, making it a picturesque spot for weddings and photography.

A Botanical Wonderland

The Garden of the Groves is renowned for its diverse and beautifully arranged plant life. As you wander through the garden’s winding paths, you’ll encounter a rich tapestry of tropical plants, flowers, and trees.

Water Features and Wildlife

The Garden of the Groves is interspersed with tranquil water features that enhance its serene ambiance. Ponds, waterfalls, and streams provide a soothing backdrop as you explore the grounds.

Activities and Attractions

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at the Garden of the Groves, ensuring that visitors of all ages and interests have a memorable experience.

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Indulge IN LOCAL CUISINE

Grand Bahama offers a culinary journey that reflects its diverse cultural influences. Savor fresh seafood, conch fritters, and Bahamian rock lobster at local eateries. Don’t forget to try the island’s signature drink, the Bahama Mama, a delightful blend of rum, coconut, and tropical juices.

TAKE A Boat Tour

Explore the island’s coastline and neighboring cays with a boat tour. Options range from leisurely sunset cruises to thrilling speedboat adventures. These tours often include snorkeling stops, beach picnics, and opportunities to spot dolphins and other marine life.

  • SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING
    UNEXSO offers a range of diving and snorkeling adventures, from shallow reef dives to deep wreck explorations. Their guided tours cater to all skill levels, ensuring a safe and exciting experience. Another option is Paradise Cove’s Deadman’s Reef which takes you to one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. You can swim with colorful fish, sea turtles, and even spot rays gliding along the reef.
  • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTERS
    Join a boat tour by UNEXSO to the Dolphin Experience lagoon, where you can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn about dolphin behavior, conservation efforts, and enjoy the unique opportunity to interact with these fascinating creatures.
  • SUNSET & DINNER CRUISES
    With two great options for cruises, you’ll have a wonderful time on a sunset cruise. With Bahama Mama Sunset Cruise you can relax on a catamaran as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. This tour often includes a buffet dinner, tropical drinks, and live entertainment, making for a festive evening on the water. And with Calabash Eco Adventures you’ll experience intimate sunset cruises filled with stunning views with informative guides who share insights into the island’s history and ecology.
Tips for Choosing a Boat Tour
  • Book in Advance: Popular tours can fill up quickly, so it’s advisable to book your tour in advance to secure your spot.
  • Check Reviews: Read reviews and check ratings to choose reputable tour operators. Websites like TripAdvisor can provide valuable insights from fellow travelers.
  • Consider Your Interests: Select a tour that matches your interests, whether it’s snorkeling, fishing, or a relaxing sunset cruise.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a waterproof camera to make the most of your boat tour. Don’t forget a towel and swimwear if you’re planning to get in the water.
Grand Bahamas Botantical Gardens

Thank you to Visit the Bahamas for putting together this day excursion for us and hosting us on the Grand Bahamas Island. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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