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Freeport, Bahamas

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In Freeport, you needn't wander far from your ship to do a little shopping, sip a tropical drink, sample some conch, or dance to sweet Caribbean vibes. You'll find a bit of everything in the purpose-built area surrounding the dock. But go farther afield to find powder-sand beaches, great snorkeling and diving, golfing, gambling, and plenty more shopping — plus adventure opportunities in Lucayan National Park.

What We Love

Port Lucaya Marketplace: Head to this touristy collection of more than 200 shops, restaurants, and bars if you want to do some serious shopping, drinking, or dining. There's also a straw market and live entertainment. 

Peterson Cay National Park: This unspoiled island is surrounded by coral reefs, making it perfect for snorkeling. We suggest booking a tour, since it's not near the port.

Bahamian Brewery: Not far from the dock, you can tour and taste the favorite local brews where they're made.

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Pristine Beaches: You have plenty of choices, including public beaches, but we recommend getting a day pass from one of the resorts fronting the beach across from Port Lucaya Marketplace — the Grand Lucayan Resort, for example — so you have all of the facilities at your disposal. 

Duty-Free Shopping: Many luxury goods are duty-free, including jewelry, watches, china, and perfumes. Go wild!

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Who It's Best For

Shoppers: This is a great port for you if you like to bargain.

Eco-Adventurers: There are opportunities to swim with dolphins, dive with sharks, kayak, snorkel, ride horseback along a beach, and more.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

It's a Taxi Town: Unless you take an organized tour, you'll likely get around by taxi. Just consider yourself warned: Drivers cram as many passengers as possible into minivans and charge a steep fee if you go it alone.

Port Lucaya Shuttle Is a Gamble: This flat-rate shuttle can be a bit crazy when tons of people all want to return to the port at once. Don't wait until the last minute, or you could miss your ship.

Gayle Keck

Gayle Keck is a San Francisco-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

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