A March 2004 trip
to Freeport by Nancynb
Quote: Two weeks relaxing in Freeport was just the answer to a long Canadian winter. It was our first trip to Grand Bahama Island, so we went with both anticipation and some apprehension. While there were a few ups and downs, the experience overall was great, and we would return.
The grounds and pool are beautiful and well maintained. We were unfortunate to arrive late (airline problems) and by the time we checked in, the only unit left was in the older section. We are not hard to please and thought it might be ok, but it really was not. The penthouse design featured a ladder that comes into the center of the small main room (a head bumper). Our balcony overlooked the outdoor A/C unit making it uncomfortably noisy to sit out there. The phone didn't work. But it was only after the A/C unit died (and for three days we had as many as four guys in this little room trying to fix it) that we began to be resentful that this was our trade for a two-bedroom Gold Crown property we own. No room change was possible until the end of our first week when we were moved to a very nice unit in the newer section. We couldn't believe the difference. This unit was quite lovely, spacious, better equipped, and much cleaner.
We truly enjoyed the people we met, the great snorkelling at Paradise Cove (we rented a car and drove there -- well worth it!), and the spectacular private beaches we discovered from one end of the island to another. The people of GBI are lovely and most welcoming.
We would return to GBI and the Ritz, but only with some sort of guarantee that we could be in a room in the newer section.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2004
Ritz Beach Resort
Jolly Rodger Drive
Restaurant | "Zorbas"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2004
Zorba’s Greek Cuisine
Port Lucaya Marketplace
Port Lucaya Marketplace
Portions are large and well presented. The Key lime pie was a great finish. Both families and romantic couples can enjoy this establishment, although it does range a bit beyond the moderate price slot.
Taino Beach, Jolly Roger Drive
Lucaya, Freeport, Bahamas
We rented a car for several days (most of the time we could walk where we need to be) and explored form one end of the island to the other. The trip to the West End and the Old Bahama Bay resort was wonderful. The marina, private beach, and secluded condos were interesting to explore (and dream about being able to stay there). We sent a good day at Paradise Cove where despite some windy condition we had wonderful snorkelling. This is a must see on the island for those who love to snorkel.
The drive to the other end and McLeans Town was less scenic, but if you take the time to explore some of the little side roads, there are beautiful deserted beaches. The beach at Pelican Point is spectacular.
We enjoyed several tours. We liked the Kayak Nature Tours trip to Lucayan National Park. We kayaked through the mangroves, visited Gold Rock Beach and toured the caves at the park. The guide was very knowledgeable.
The other tour was a snorkel tour to Pedersen’s Cay with Captain Peter from Lucayan Watersports, which offered great snorkeling and good value.
We also loved the local fish fry on Wednesday evenings. We could walk the several miles form the Ritz up to the local community beyond the stone crab. The fresh triggerfish, homemade salads, rolls, and sweet coconut and pineapple breads that were prepared by local Bahamians Irene and Everett (theirs is the last site beyond the restaurants) were a real highlight. It was a $10 meal -- fresh and delicious!
We truly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, warmth, and ambience of the Freeport/Port Lucaya area and will return.
Mactaquac, New Brunswick