Freeport is an island of the Grand Bahamas, located northwest of the Bahamas. Tourism and oil are some of its top industries.

Freeport was our second and last stop at the Bahamas as part of our Carnival cruise. Upon arrival was a shopping district and going to the beach required taking a bus. I, my brother, and his fiance departed at 8:30 a.m. for a 3-in-1 excursion including ATV riding, a stop at the Garden of the Groves, and a beach.

First, we rode a bus to the ATV excursion. The ride was a good 30 minutes or so and the humorous Mike Moss was our tour guide. There were 7 people for this tour, which isn’t a bad number. Interestingly, the driver’s seat is on the right side and one drives on the left side of the road. This is since the British ruled the island until its independence in 1973.

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We arrived at a parking lot, where lo and behold were the ATVs. We were greeted by Mario and Shawnee, our two guides for the excursion. We went on the vehicles of our choice, learned the ropes, and headed to the off-roads.

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We drove 3 miles through dust and rocks,  slowing down at sharp turns. Some driving was on the main road too, a break from the rough terrains. After some driving on the main roads, we rode to a beach. It was a fairly smooth ride beside some puddles. It was great for a photo op and water break.

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After about 10 minutes, we rode off the beach and back to the lot. We took the main roads back, perfect for a speed run and to feel the breeze. The ride in total was 1 hour and 30 minutes. As a first timer, ATV riding was tons of fun.

Once at the lot, we left the ATVs and rode the bus to our next stop: Garden of the Groves. We were permitted an hour here to roam around freely and check out the reserve. In this beautiful garden were waterfalls, a biodiversity of plants and animals, and a chapel among other wonders. The trail also made a circle that leads back to the entrance. I managed to see about everything there, even buying a souvenir.

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After the garden, we made our way to the beach, where located around it was a restaurant and free kayaks. We were permitted 1 hour and 30 minutes here too.

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We first stopped to eat at the restaurant, probably one of the best I have been to. It was a cabana style place mainly outdoors with tvs, fans, and wooden floors. The waitress even placed a burner on our table to repel flies. One of the flies even flew right through it, losing its wings and ability to fly!!

Conch (pronounced conk) is the local dish of the Bahamas and the main food item on the menu. Other items included conch fritters (nuggets with conch meat) and a conch sandwich. I ordered the conch sandwich with a side of Bahamian rice and beans. The sandwich was delicious and had a consistency like calamari.

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Everything was great, yet we spent so much time at the restaurant that we only had 30 minutes left for the beach. I wasn’t too worried though since I already went to the beach at Princess Cays the day before. So me and big brother went kayaking and dipping into the ocean for the rest of the time. The water was warm and clear enough to see shiny silver fish at the bottom!

At around 1:52, we took the bus back to the shopping district of Freeport, where we had time to browse stores. The shops had a lot of the same things, like Bahamas T-shirts and crafts. One of them even sold some rum cake.

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Toward the end of our stay, we went over to the food and beverage stands. I decided to get me a Bahama Mama in a coconut for $8.00. The vendor cuts the coconut open right in front of you, pours out the water, then fills it up. It was a slushee with a hint of strawberry, and melon flavor in it. It was so good that I got it twice!!

To compare, I got a Bahama Mama on ship, which doesn’t compare to that on the island. It was a fruity drink with ice in it, but without the melon and strawberry. I would recommend getting it on the island itself!

 

 

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