Freeport is the capital of Grand Bahama Island. Although there are many small ports and harbors in the Freeport/Lucaya area, the image above is specifically of Freeport Harbor, an industrial center on the west side of town. To port on entry is the large port facility, and to starboard, the cruise ship terminal, which stays quite busy.
Freeport is primarily an industrial center and offers little in the way of facilities for the traveling cruiser. You can check in with customs and immigration here, but little else (no dockage for boaters). Lucaya, farther east, is where the majority of yachting facilities are located.
The entrance to Freeport Harbor is deep and wide (designed for heavy commercial freighters and cruise ships), but even if you successfully navigate the channel, there are no dockage facilities for recreational boaters inside.
See our “Local Notices to Mariners” blog for updates on the latest conditions and advisories for this area.
With an economy centered around tourism, there is no shortage of activities and things to do in Freeport. A series of excellent beach resorts line the shores hereabouts and visitors enjoy shopping, beach combing, gambling, dining and all variety of other activities. For a detailed calendar of events, check out the “Helpful Links” section below.
The Grand Bahamas International Airport is located just 6 miles to the northwest of the Freeport waterfront, and has daily commercial jet service from major carriers including Air Tran, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Bahamasair and Falcon. Shuttle service can be arranged from the airport, or you can pick up a taxi cab, bus or rental car in downtown Freeport.