Low Airfare to Freeport-where to stay?

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Nov 1st, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Low Airfare to Freeport-where to stay?

I can fly RT from Charlotte to Freeport for $148.00. I am planning a getaway for hubby and myself in January to celebrate our anniversary. We have never been to the Bahamas. I thought I would like to stay on an outer island, but most of those require flying into Nassau which will double the airfare. So Freeport it is.

I would really appreciate some suggestions for a hotel. Requirements are:

Safe
Romantic
TV in room (for hubby)
Close to attractions
$200+/- price range

If possible, we would love a smaller hotel. Some that caught my attention on the out islands were Chez Pierre Bahamas on Long Island and Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island. Is there anything similar to these in Freeport or close to Freeport?

Thanks in advance! This site always gives me good advice!
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Nov 1st, 2004, 02:18 PM
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Has anyone stayed at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort? There is a deal on Orbitz for $156 a night. ALL INCLUSIVE! That combined with $148 round trip airfare, will leave lots for shopping!

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Nov 1st, 2004, 04:09 PM
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I don't wish to diminish your enthusiasm, but Freeport is cheap for a reason. To me, it's the least desirable area in the Bahamas. There seem to be ubiquitous low cost deals to Freeport and that in itself may tell you something.
If you want to make your trip special, I'd try to get to one of the Out Islands or pick a different destination. Just my opinion.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 03:48 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I would love to go to one of the out islands. The airfare to Nassau is $350 and then another $120 to one of the islands. So the trip there would probably be triple what a trip to Freeport would be. This trip is going to have to be a budget trip as I am planning a cruise in March for the whole family.

Any other thoughts? Is Freeport so bad I should just plan a weekend trip within the state?
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 06:46 AM
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Actually Freeport is quite nice and there are some lovely beaches around the island.

If you go to the www.bahamas-mon.com site and "kalik" on the Freeport board, there are several regulars there (Danny and Carrie) who can give you lots of good advice on GBI, where to stay, some good restaurants and things to do and see.

The island was hit hard by hurricanes this year but most of the tourist areas are already up and running, and if you have not been there before, I would doubt you would even notice much damage.

Have a great time, Freeport is certainly a nice place for a weekend trip.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 08:07 AM
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Here's my opinion. Freeport is a great place to vacation. It is unlike Nassau in that it is far more laid back. However, there are few resorts in the Bahamas that can match the Westin/Sheraton Our Lucaya resort. Viva Fortuna is fine, but can't compare to Our Lucaya, which is a solid 4 star resort. Fortuna is nice, but it is an older resort with blocks of motel type buildings. It has a beautiful beach but is isolated from just about everything else on GBI. You'd need a rental car or mucho bucks for taxi fares to get around. Our Lucaya is in the middle of everything. It has 7 1/2 acres of beach, 2 championship golf courses, at least one of every type of tennis court, 8 or more restaurants, a beautiful spa, a casino not yet one year old, at least 4 major fresh water pools, and more. The grounds and landscaping are immaculately maintained but you do have to keep in mind the recent hurricane damage. I suspect vegetation not destroyed by Frances/Jeanne will have recovered by the time you go (much already is), but badly damaged or destroyed palms, etc, may be longer in returning or being replaced. It meets all your requirements with one possible exception. It may not be "romantic" depending on what you mean by that. If you stay at the Westin Lighthouse Point hotel you'll be slightly more isolated from the crowds at Westin Breaker's Cay or the Sheraton Reef Village, and it will be much more quiet. Maybe that would be romantic enough, maybe not. It is also directly across the street from the Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina, which is where you will find all the attractions you may want, plenty of shops, plenty of restaurants, and nightly live entertainment in Count Basie Square, which is surrounded by outdoor bars and restaurants. It is the happening place on GBI. Anyway, for what you say you want that's the place. That's also my personal opinion.

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Nov 2nd, 2004, 08:43 AM
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Thanks for the reply's!

Fasst1 - when you say " It is also directly across the street from the Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina, which is where you will find all the attractions you may want, plenty of shops, plenty of restaurants, and nightly live entertainment in Count Basie Square, which is surrounded by outdoor bars and restaurants. It is the happening place on GBI."
Which hotel are you referring to?

The first hotel you mentioned sounds very nice. I just worry about how much more money we will need for food and drinks. I would like being close to the market place and bars and restaurants.

I called the Wyndham and he could not guarantee the opening date would not be moved back.

So I guess I will to consider another hotel.

Any other thoughts? Ideas? Keep 'em coming!
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 09:43 AM
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I would suggest trying the www.where2stay.com site and looking at The Bahamas and then "kalick" on Grand Bahama Island. It will give you a list of all the hotels on GBI, rates and contact info.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 12:57 PM
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The hotel that I referred to directly across the street from the Marketplace is the Our Lucaya complex, which is actually three hotels. Westin Breaker's Cay (high rise), Westin Lighthouse Point, and Sheraton Reef Village. Breaker's Cay is the middle hotel. If you email me at home I can send you an aerial picture I got on the way home from our August trip that came out very nicely, or you can visit my web site at www.fortunecity.com/oasis/bahia/443/index.htm There are over 400 pictures of GBI there linked on the home page and 4-5 of them are aerial views of the area, mostly over Port Lucaya. Hope this helps.

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Nov 2nd, 2004, 01:14 PM
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Danny thanks for the info. I talked to my travel agent and he suggested I stay at the Sheraton. So, if I can get this past my husband - we are also booking Disney in March with the kids - the Sheraton it is!

This forum has always steered me in the right direction!

Thanks everyone!
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Nov 4th, 2004, 03:00 PM
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i can tell you from first hand as a 2 time visitor to Our Lucaya that everything you want for that getaway is there for you. Danny has hit the nail on the head. there are plenty of restaurants over at the marketplace that are not all that expensive. I do not know how they survived the hurricanes but from all reports it seems like they are all back in business. if you are looking for quiet and romance do not stay at the Sheraton end........it is the hotbed for kids as the pool area is geared towards the kids. If you go please go to Giavannis in the marketplace and say hello to Genny the owner........you won't be disappointed there.......enjoy.....and go..........
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Nov 4th, 2004, 05:00 PM
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Wedgeclose is correct, but remember this. If money is an issue you can stay at the Sheraton, save some bucks and still walk 10 minutes up to Lighthouse Point and that beach and beach bar/restaurant. It is usually very quiet there and few children.

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Nov 5th, 2004, 06:58 AM
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drdesigns: My husband and I stayed at the Westin Lucaya for a long weekend (anniversary trip). It is definitely not the smaller resort you said you were looking for in your original post. Despite that I can tell you that it's a really nice resort in a nice area of town. We didn't stay at the Sheraton but it's right next to the Westin and you can share the facilities. The Westin has several pools. One with a swim-up bar and an infinity edge. Another one with an infinity edge on the far edge of the resort (loved that one because there usually would only be just one other couple there). And another with just a snake-shape (no infinity-edge). You won't find too many kids in those pools. The beach is beautiful with clear, calm, blue water. No peddlers at the beach, nor at the marketplace. The Marketplace is right across the street with lots of little restaurants and shops. We would get breakfast there (2 eggs with bacon and toast would run $4). Pretty good price, I think.
We enjoyed our trip very much and would recommend to anyone who wants to get away without spending a fortune.
I can top my trip report if you want. Let me know.
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Agree that Our Lucaya is wonderful. The Sheraton is very nice and you can get some decent rates. The pools are great but the one right by Sheraton with water slides etc can get busy with kids. But, you are free to use any of the pools so the ones by the Westin are more adult and quieter. To save money try to take most meals in the market place, but do not avoid the food at Our Lucaya. China Grill has great wraps big enough for 2 people, Iries has great food. Now, they are not cheap but they are good for splurge. Drinks are also high at the resort, but you can take coolers to beach and stock them with from marketplace. Note that hotel security will most likely tell you to get them away from pool, but since Westin serpentine pool butts up to sandy beach we just put ours in sand which is not hotel property and had nice cool ones at a fraction of hotel charges. Here is a real hint: for cheapest sodas use vending in hotel for one dollar per even cheaper than the market place shops.

Another hotel to consider is Pelican Bay which is just across street next to market place and it is very nice, with good pools and great rooms. You have to walk across street to beach but it is close and you can also gain access to all of the Our Lucaya pools etc for like $5 a day or so. Think about that one as well.

Good eats at the Irish pub in market place, at Harbour Room, and other places. Great conch fritters at the UNEXCO snack bar.

Have fun it is a nice place.
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