Fort Lauderdale, FL
As the main city on Grand Bahama Island (GBI), Freeport is perhaps most well known as a port of call for cruise ships making their way through the Caribbean. With several world-class beaches, resorts, and shopping plazas located very close to port, the oceanfront district of Lucaya is often full of happy, tanned tourists making the most of their day on land before their ship sets sail for its next destination. If it’s scuba diving and snorkeling you’re after, the island’s surrounding waters are chock-full of reefs teeming with marine life, including the popular underwater archaeological site, Deadman’s Reef. When you tire of the sand, surf, and sun (if that’s possible), GBI offers plenty of on-land activities, including the Rand Nature Center, home to over 130 varieties of plants, and Peterson Cay, a tiny, offshore national park that is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the seclusion of being away from the hustle and bustle of the main island. And as the sun disappears behind the horizon and the evening sets in, make sure to end your day sipping a Bahama Mama at Lucaya Marketplace while jamming out to some local Junkanoo music. It’s the perfect way to spend a night in paradise.