July 24, 2012

Allow Me to Introduce You

Three Days. THREE. Our flight takes off out of O'Hare Saturday morning. We should arrive in Freeport around 12:30 p.m.

In light of the upcoming departure, I thought I would share some of the information I've found while researching our new home and introduce you to Freeport!

First, just look at this. How perfect is this?

Photos courtesy Travel Bahamas
Beautiful! I'll need to find this location ASAP.

Now, here's some general information about Freeport and Grand Bahama Island.

Grand Bahama Island is 96 miles long and 17 miles across at its widest point. It is about 55 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, and 80 miles east of Miami.

Freeport is near the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The Ross campus is located in an area called Seahorse Plaza. Our little neighborhood at Sunset Lodge is called Seahorse Village.
There are roughly 50,000 people living on Grand Bahamas Island. Freeport is the second largest city in the Bahamas.

The Bahamas operate on Eastern time.

The Bahamas has its own currency, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. Many items are Duty Free.

The Bahamas gained their independence from the British in 1973. They are a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and recognize Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

Fun Fact - the national bird is the West Indian Pink Flamingo. Definitely looking forward to seeing these in the wild! 

Bahamians drive on the LEFT side of the road.

Lucaya is the main tourist district on Grand Bahama Island. The Port Lucaya Marketplace is a collection of 12 buildings which features entertainment, shopping, dining and one of the largest straw markets in the Caribbean. I believe we will be about a mile from here.

The Bahamas offers miles and miles of white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Some of the natural attractions are the Rand Nature Center, Lucayan National Park, specifically Gold Rock Beach, and Garden of the Groves.

I'm sure I will have MUCH more to add to this short list once we are there. In the meantime, if you've ever been to Freeport and have any recommendations, I'd love to hear about it!


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