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Tourist information centers are open Monday–Friday at the Grand Bahama International Airport (9–5), Lucayan Harbour (according to cruise ship arrivals), and Port Lucaya Marketplace (10–6). The People-to-People Program matches your family with hospitable locals who share like interests.
Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama Office (242/352–8044 or 800/224–2627. www.grandbahama.bahamas.com.)
People-to-People Program (242/352–8045. www.bahamas.com/people-to-people.)
Begin in the morning with a shopping binge at Port Lucaya Marketplace. Stop at UNEXSO next door to make reservations for tomorrow's swim with dolphins or scuba dive excursion. Have lunch at Dive In Marina Restaurant before heading to Lucaya Beach across the street for an afternoon of sunning and water sports. Hit the restaurants and bars at the marketplace for the evening's entertainment. On Day 2, after your morning UNEXSO experience, head to Banana Bay on Fortune Beach to have lunch and unwind. Catch a fish fry or beach bonfire for your evening's entertainment. On Day 3, go on an ecotour and kayak through mangroves or snorkel over a blue hole. Catch an evening dinner cruise with Bahama Mama Cruises.
Spend the morning of Day 4 exploring the caves, trails, and beach at Lucayan National Park. Stop at Garden of the Groves for lunch and a tour. Have dinner outside on the floating dock at Flying Fish then test your luck at the casino. The next day, rent a car for an excursion to West End for snorkeling at Paradise Cove and an eyeful of local culture. Stop at Pier One restaurant for dinner and shark feedings
A week allows you to explore in greater depth the island's environmental treasures. On Day 6, visit the West End’s Old Bahama Bay Resort and go on a fishing excursion or bonefish with a guide in the many Eastern end flats. Eat dinner in Lucaya at Red Beard’s Pup or Bell Channel’s Upstairs restaurant on the canal. Spend your last morning on a semisubmarine or Waverunner tour through the canals. In the afternoon, relax on Taino Beach.