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Freeport & Lucaya

Freeport, Grand Bahama’s only urban settlement, was built seemingly overnight in the 1950s to serve as a duty-free tourist destination for Rat Pack–era pleasure-seekers. Half a century and several major hurricanes later, it’s now an uninspiring grid of banks, strip malls and government buildings, with little appeal for travelers.

Lucaya, a modern coastal suburb of Freeport, is where most of the vacation action takes place. Its tidy – some might say antiseptic – strip of shops and restaurants appeals to a largely cruise-ship-based tourist contingent, who appreciate its safety and walkability. On warm nights, when the music is thumping at the Port Lucaya Marketplace bandstand, this is the place to be.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Freeport & Lucaya.