Grand Bahamas Island is definitely worth a visit. The island is small and beautiful with miles of secluded beaches once you take the time to get away from the tourist areas.
Taino Beach, where we stayed at the Ritz Beach Resort, is a great family beach with wonderful sand and water. It was not nearly as crowded as the beaches in the Port Lucaya area (we were there in March during spring break and were very glad we were off the beaten path a bit). The water taxi made a pleasant and affordable option each day to hop on and visit the many restaurants in Port Lucaya.
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.