Grand Bahama Island

I decided to take a day cruise to Grand Bahama Island when I was in FL.  Pick up from the hotel was at 5.15 am but was delayed because of road closures stemming from the Memorial Weekend celebrations.  At least we made it to the cruise ship on time.

It was a roughly 2.5 hours cruise to the Island and I had a good sleep, after all I had had less than four hours sleep that night. The first thing I did when I got to Lucaya Marketplace was have lunch at this cute little restaurant.


2.  Restaurant


3. This meal was very delicious and I just wished I had a bigger appetite to finish all the food.  This is what you call finger-licking-good food.


4.  Marina by the Marketplace


I visited the Casino since it was well, there, where I played for USD3.00 and won USD3.00.  I actually found gambling boring – maybe it is nicer if there is music playing?  I have gambled before in Durban for about five minutes and found it boring as well.  I don’t want to ever enjoy lest I lose whatever little money I have 🙂

5.  The gate to the castle home of the richest man on the Island who is also the sole franchise holder for KFC.


6.  That is the castle yonder.  The gold dome to the left is where his late wife was laid to rest and it’s also where he will be put to rest some day.


7.  Words to live by, I thought 🙂


8.  This looked like an interesting activity


My overall impression of the Island was that it was extremely quiet, even for a Sunday.  I guess this is because I had had misconceptions of seeing people on the street walking, playing steel drums and generally having a good time.  The taxi driver told me that people on the Island mostly don’t walk except as exercise in the morning during weekdays.  I think next time I will go to a more tourist oriented and bigger Caribbean island to experience what I see on TV (although I know most things are exaggerated on TV and Youtube).  The beach near Lucaya Marketplace was not really busy either even though there were a few hawkers.  I was really underwhelmed by Grand Bahama.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. masgautsen
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 14:38:57

    Looks like a wonderful trip!


    • Zambian Lady
      Jul 12, 2016 @ 22:26:43

      It was nice, but not as exciting as I expected it to be. I forgot that the media usually shows the extremes of anything in this case, I was looking for the excitement and fun. 😦


  2. jedib
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 10:56:28

    Oh, cool, you made it to Bahamas (that’s where my husband is from). I agree, you should try New Providence/Nassau. The island being too quiet will certainly not be on your complaints list there 🙂


  3. Tiny
    Jun 20, 2016 @ 23:49:42

    Sounds like too a quiet place! I have only been in Nassau and that was lively 🙂


  4. Sheryl
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 03:42:01

    I think that I’d like Grand Bahama Island. I generally like places that are relatively quiet and not too touristy.


  5. anotherday2paradise
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 01:47:43

    We also went on a cruise out of New York which stopped for a few hours on this island. We too found it very underwhelming and wouldn’t want to go back again. Many cruise passengers didn’t even bother to get off the ship, and I don’t blame them. 🙂


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