Experiencing the Grand Bahama Island is much easier now that Vision Airlines makes non-stop charter flights from Raleigh/Durham (NC), Baltimore/Washington D.C., Ft. Lauderdale (FL), Richmond (VA) and Louisville (KY). Tweens will appreciate how quickly they can arrive to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with endless array of activities.
Below are spotlights on places to stay and things to do while you are on Grand Bahama Island. Check out the slideshow for more pictures and watch the video of the sunrise from the Grand Lucayan oceanview room balcony.
Resort Spotlight: Grand Lucayan
Freeport is known as the resort center of the Grand Bahama Island. With that in mind, Vision Airlines has partnered with several area resorts to keep the costs down for families. Grand Lucayan offers a wide range of beach activities or during peak times, tweens can check into Camp Lucaya and experience a multitude of island fun including beach Olympics, Junkanoo parades, crafts, and tower waterslide at the Sugar Mill Pool.
Activity Spotlight: Trikk Pony Adventures
From the moment you and your horse step onto the sand, you’ve entered another world with a private beach and shimmering water. Leo Devillers, owner of Trikk Pony Adventures, offers 90-minute beach rides and provides transportation from local resorts and hotels. Tweens will like that the horses go in the ocean and are well-trained. Leo named the company after Sundance, her first horse that she calls her “Trikk Pony.”
Transportation Spotlight: Fran’s Travel and Tours Service
Let a travel and tour company take all your worries away. Nako Brice from Fran’s Travel and Tours Service is one of the guides who will take you on adventures that create memories to last a lifetime. On a trip to West End – the capital of Grand Bahama Island, Brice is a veritable encyclopedia of information. Every turn in the road has a story and if there was not a story to tell, Brice breaks out in songs about the island culture. Highlights of this trip for tweens include a sampling of the native food at The Straw Bar’s open-air beachside restaurant and seeing celebrity homes such as John Travolta’s island retreat.
Bahamas Fun Facts for Tweens (from Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)
- The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 700 islands and 2500 cays stretching over 100,000 square miles in the western Atlantic Ocean.
- In 2001, Bahamian group Baha Men won a Grammy Award in the dance-recording category for their hit Who Let the Dogs Out.
- There are no rivers in The Bahamas.
- The first English settlers of Eleuthera shipped Braselitto wood to Boston as a thank you for their support. The proceeds from the sale of this precious wood went to purchase the land for Harvard College, which eventually became Harvard University.
Grand Bahama Island Spotlights is the first in a series of three articles. Swim with the dolphins at UNEXSO is part two, followed by part three on Keeping the faith on vacation. Subscribe to receive the series of articles and more by clicking on the subscribe tab at the top of the page and entering your email, which will not be shared.