Grand Bahama Island Travel Guide
When to Go
As one of the northernmost Bahama Islands, Grand Bahama experiences temperatures dipping into the 60s with highs in the mid-70s in January and February, so you may need a jacket and wet suit. On the upside, the migrant bird population swells and diversifies during that time of year. The other timing considerations are seasonal crowds and the subsequent increase in room rates. High tourist season runs from Christmas to Easter, peaking during spring break (late February to mid-April), when the weather is the most agreeable, but October through mid-December is also a good time to visit for weather.
Summers can get oppressively hot (into the mid and high 90s) and muggy, however; unless you're planning on doing a lot of snorkeling, diving, and other water sports, you may want to schedule your trip for cooler months. Afternoon thunderstorms and occasional tropical storms and hurricanes also make summer less attractive weather-wise. The island averages around 20 days of rain per month from June to September, but it usually falls briefly in the afternoon. The good news is that hotel rates plummet and diving and fishing conditions are great.
If You Have 3 Days
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.
If You Have 5 Days
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
If You Have 7 Days
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.