Grand Bahama Information

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Grand Bahama Overview

Whether you want luxury resorts where you’re waited on hand and foot or a charming small town escape, Grand Bahama has you covered. Not only that, but Grand Bahama boasts plenty for you to do. You can explore one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, hike through three national parks or visit the friendy dolphins at the UNEXSO dolphin/diving marina. Not that you have to stay outdoors to enjoy Grand Bahama. Its many luxurious resorts, shopping options and activities give you the best of both worlds. Do it all and see it all in one of the most complete vacation destinations you can find in the Bahamas.

Find your way around with this Grand Bahama map.

Mapping Out the Bahamas

With over 700 islands and 2,000 cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas can be kind of confusing without a guide. Lucky for you, we've got you covered.

 

The most popular islands you've probably heard of are New Providence, home to Nassau and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama Island.

 

However, there are numerous other small islands that make up the Bahamas, and they're typically known as the Out Islands. These beautiful, more pristine islands are true gems in the Caribbean. The most popular tourist region in the Out Islands is the Abacos. But whether you stay on the mainlands or adventure to the Out Islands, you'll love every minute in the Bahamas.

Horseback Riding by the Beach

Ever dreamed of riding a seahorse? Okay, maybe you can’t do that here, but you can ride a horse by the sea!

 

If you're craving both an exciting and family-friendly eco-tour in Grand Bahama, then horseback riding by the beach is perfect for you. It's a great bonding activity for families and a romantic experience for couples.

 

Ride along the gorgeous, powdery white-sand and even splash a little in the crystal water as your well-trained horse gently plunges into the turquoise sea for a land-and-sea adventure.

Horseback riding by the beach is a fun and family-friendly activity in Grand Bahama.
Hang out with the locals and enjoy live music at Count Basie Square on Grand Bahama.

Boogie Down at Count Basie Square

Hang out with the locals and listen to live music while strolling past restaurants, perusing trinket shops and hopping the bars in this happening square.

 

Named after the famous jazz entertainer, Count Basie Square is an open-air gathering area constantly buzzing with activity like limbo dancing and festivals.

 

You'll boogie down to tropical beats played by local bands and clap your hands to calypso. This is the place you want to be for a real Bahamian experience.  

Port Lucaya Marketplace

What’s a vacation without a little shopping? Stroll through one of the Caribbean’s largest straw markets and get your shop on!

 

Get your hair braided, or try your hand at bargaining with street vendors to find a special treasure to take home. You'll get to browse over 80 specialty stores housed in the pastel-colored buildings of this 12-acre shopping complex. When you get hungry, there are also outdoor and indoor bars, cafes and restaurants.

 

Take home some hand-crafted Bahamian-made jewelry, woodcarvings, or native handicrafts. Or just take home the memories of a great day by the water. 

Stroll through Port Lucaya Marketplace on Grand Bahama for some great souvenirs!
Grand Bahama Island is one of the premier sport fishing destinations in the world.

Fishing Enthusiasts, Flock Here

Sail out into those sparkling clear waters and cast your line into the open blue sea. Strap yourself in and get ready to reel in incredible fish like Marlin, Barracuda, Yellowfin Tuna and more!

 

Grand Bahama Island is considered one of the premier destinations in the world for sport fishing. In fact, fishing enthusiasts worldwide flock to the island every year to go for the gold in annual competitions and catch the big one in seasonal fishing expeditions.

 

Whether you want to go deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing, or reef fishing, you can do it here. 

Have it Your Way at UNEXSO

Dolphins or sharks? Day dive or night dive? Whatever you prefer, UNEXSO offers all of these water experiences and more.

 

You'll love it here because there are different activity levels for everyone, from complete beginner to seasoned pro. Plus, these water adventures put an emphasis on conservation.

 

For example, you can swim and interact with the dolphins in their open-ocean environment instead of in a pool.

 

The only trouble you’ll have here is deciding which activity you want to do first. 

The UNEXSO docks at Port Lucaya Marina on Grand Bahama treat you to friendly dolphins and more!

Grand Bahama Quick Facts

 

Language

English

 

Currency

US dollar

 

Electricity

120 volts AC; American appliances are fully compatible

 

Passport/Immigration 

All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Bahamas.

 

Drinking Water

Water is safe for drinking

 

Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

 

Peak Season

December to May

 

Climate

High* Low* Precip.*
January 85°F 76°F 2 in.
February 85°F 76°F 2 in.
March 86°F 77°F 2 in.
April 87°F 78°F 2 in.
May 88°F 79°F 6 in.
June 89°F 80°F 6 in.
July 88°F 79°F 6 in.
August 89°F 80°F 6 in.
September 89°F 80°F 6 in.
October 89°F 80°F 6 in.
November 87°F 79°F 2 in.
December 85°F 77°F 2 in.

*Historical averages.