Floating in the Atlantic Ocean just 65 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, is Freeport; the capital city of the Bahamas' northernmost island, Grand Bahama. A major tropical destination, Freeport draws more than one million visitors each year with its pristine beaches, high-end resorts, water sports, duty-free shopping and lively nightlife. Guests to Freeport can enjoy exploring the caves of Lucayan National Park, strolling through the Garden of the Groves, scuba diving in Theo's Wreck, or sampling conch salad at the Lucayan Market.
Travelers can choose to fly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) or take the Balearia Bahamas Express ferry from Fort Lauderdale. For visitors interested in hopping on Queen's Highway to West End, or the Grand Bahamas Highway to Mclean's Town Cay, renting a car is recommended. Most hotels are conveniently located along Freeport's southern shore, near Port Lucaya.
Since being energized by American financier Wallace Groves in the 1950s, Freeport has grown in popularity as an island paradise for vacationers. Freeport boasts mild winters and hot summers, with temperatures that rarely fall below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Local fish fries on Taino Beach or Gold Rock Beach on Wednesday nights are favorites for locals and visitors alike. Those visiting for Boxing Day or New Year's should join the Junkanoo street parades.