miles away from Florida and 30 minutes by air.
Time Zone: Eastern
Freeport is the
main city holding most of the island's population.
legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent
in value to the US dollar. Both US and Bahamian dollars
are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. Travelers
Checks and Credit Cards (credit cards not accepted at gas
stations) are also accepted. There are ATM's available at
Tourism is the major economic feature of Grand Bahama with
golf, casino, hotels, cruise ships and hotels a plenty.
Bahamian's drive on the left side of the road (remember:
right is left). Taxi's are everywhere waiting for your business.
Rental cars are everywhere as well.
120/240 volts, suitable for all US appliances.
to Grand Bahama: American Airlines travel direct from
Check out the Grand Bahama's duty free shopping status.
There are medical clinic's on the island. There is a little
Water: The water in our villa is fresh outdoor rainwater.
It is collected in our 17,000 gallon cistern. It is drinkable,
however, many people still purchase drinking water. Please
conserve the use of water if possible as it can run out
if it does not rain for awhile.
in Freeport, Grand Bahama: Click here for weather in the
Highest Point Grand Bahama:
Area (Sq. Miles) of Grand Bahama:
430 sq. miles
New Developments on Grand Bahama include the Ginn
Development's massive 4.9 billion dollar development with
4,900 condominiums and hotel units 1,890 single family homes,
two golf courses, marinas, airport and club house with casino,
beach club and spa. Gold Rock Creek Film Studios
is another new entity on the island.
Naming: Named "Gran Bajamar' or "Great
Shallows" due to its many shoals and flats in the water
surrounding the island.
Capital Cities: Historically Grand Bahamas has 3
capital cities: 1) Eight Mile Rock, 2) West End due to Eight
Mile Rock not having safe anchorage 3) Freeport (currently)
Port Facility: Freeport has developed a world renouwned
port facility, having a cruise ship terminal transhipment/container
port, and private yacht and industrial ship maintenance
- 40 acre Lucayan national Park,
- 100 acre Rand Nature Center,
- Peterson Cay national park.