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Jan092011

* sightseeing sundays: enjoying Bahama Mamas on Grand Bahama Island

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know it's a little belated but I've been on a bit of a hiatus during this crazy holiday season and just got back from b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Grand Bahama Island. My family is definitely a beachy tropical bunch and we love to visit new islands for our annual Wright family trip. We stayed 20 minutes from Downtown Freeport in Taino Beach and it was pure paradise.

A few of my favs:

The Fish Fry at Smith's Point

We heard about this gem almost immediately upon arrival, the Bahamian customs agent told us we had to check it out. The fish fry is only on Wednesday nights and after the thrilling sunset cruise we made our away down the beach from our resort. There are numerous food vendors serving up fresh local seafood and island cuisine. To get a sense of the freshness, you literally watch them take the live fish, give it some Bahamian love, fry it and your dinner was ready. As the night went on the dance floor started up and people from all over the world were dancing under the stars! We met people from all over; Canada, California, Florida, Peru, Philadelphia, and many from Minnesota.

Pier One

Amazing restaurant right in the Port of Freeport perched on the water with amazing sunset and ocean views. We watched 2 cruise ships leave the port while we enjoyed a perfect sunset. The main outdoor dining area is on the 2nd floor and a popular claim to fame is the nightly shark feedings. While you enjoy your dinner they put fish and such right into the water below and sharks come to eat with you! I could not believe how big the sharks were!! Great food, atmosphere, and entertainment like I've never seen- perfect vacation dining experience.

Port Lucaya

Port Lucaya is a small village of restaurants, bars, stores, and a casino. Our hotel provided a water taxi every hour to and from the port ($5 round trip) which made getting around a breeze. Our favorite restaurants here were Agave and Cappuccino's. I also recommend Rum Runners for 2 for $5 coronas, great atmosphere! The people are friendly and everyone is in a Bahama state of mind.

To get in the island mood during this winter season you may want to shake up some Bahama Mama's, a cocktail we sure loved! Just mix together and serve over ice.

  • 1/2 fluid ounce rum
  • 1/2 fluid ounce coconut-flavored rum
  • 1/2 fluid ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 fluid ounce orange juice
  • 1 fluid ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice

I would definitely recommend Grand Bahama Island for a laid back tropical experience! For our 2012 trip we are thinking about Aruba, St Kitts, and or St Thomas. Do you have a favorite tropical getaway?

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Reader Comments (2)

Hey, I know that place! Before I even read the text on this blog post, I immediately recognized Smith's Point in the photo. There's a cemetery right down the street from there.

How funny that you're tropical getaway and mine are the same. We go every year. Btw, I highly recommend the Rum Runner adult beverage and a lobster tail at Rum Runners.

Jan 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterAmy Coffin

Hi Amy! What a small world!! I was lucky enough to get some fresh caught lobsters right on our beach from some local fisherman for $10/each- amazing!!

Thanks for sharing!

Jan 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Registered Commenterabbyb

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