What is Port Lucaya Marketplace?
This unique & quaint 5-acre peninsula plaza offers a wonderful atmosphere on the waterway and a short walk from 6 hotels. Or a 15 minute ride from your cruise ship port, Freeport Harbor. (Not crowded since the harbour can only take 1 ship at a time.) With 12 main buildings and little huts making up over 40 stores, 35 food places and 70 plus straw booths. From Port Lucaya Marketplace you can enjoy water activities, shop, dine, be entertained, and have a tranquil walk along the boardwalk to lush tropical resort grounds and sandy beaches - ALL within walking distance.
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Port Lucaya Market Place
Port Lucaya Marketplace is a cobbled stoned colorful market with a court in the center facing the marina & small bay. Front of the market is the street with slow moving traffic and crossing to hotels and the beach (1 ½ mile strip – some say it’s one of the best beaches). On the ends are free parking, taxis and hotels.
You can go just across the street from Port Lucaya Marketplace to your hotel or a walk through and to the beach. (No – do not take a taxi just walk). (SEE PORT LUCAYA MAP) This freedom makes for a relaxed care-free vacation on Grand Bahama Island. (Hundreds of guest tell me how they really just love the convince and atmosphere – much more than they expected). No big crowds – even when cruise ships are in it is not crowded & the ships are only here in the day – some port will have 5 or 6 ships per day.
Port Lucaya Marketplace has a public court or square called Count Basie Square (named after the late famous resident Count Basie) with a view to the waterfront and entertainment daily.(see Port Lucaya Entertainment) Along the edge of the dance area are tables & chairs to sit and relax. The area or”Square” has numerous variety of restaurants and bars with outside seating around the square itself, others are dotted along the cobble stone side walks, canal and street. The cars that do pass on the street- speeding is not possible. You can get in some great people watching & cafes & restaurants are small so no crowds.
Boasting some 350 ft of water from shore to shore, the marina is show cased along the edge of the Count Basie Square with docks making up 106 slips and able to accommodate yachts up to a 172ft. If you come in your boat you can dock right in front of Port Lucaya Square or in a quiet corner. Adding to Caribbean festive atmosphere are the beautiful mega yachts and sports fishing boats grilling their catch as you stroll along, with island music in the background and sparkling lights reflecting off the flat waters. (I have done this hundreds of times & still find it relaxing.) - I cannot explain the feeling that Port Lucaya Marketplace has giving thousands of guest in the last 20 years.
Especially on the weekends locals & tourist put on their dancing shoes with live & DJs music. There are a lot of Caribbean sounds using new and old favorite tunes. Can’t dance - we don’t care just have a good time. This is your time to learn the line dances you wanted to learn or already love to do. Many locals will gather with friends, so as tourist this is an opportunity to get to make some new friends. Bahamian people are known for their friendliness. On
One of the largest outside straw markets in the Caribbean offering hand-made straw hats & bags, casual clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. We have local crafts men who carve one of kind walking sticks, and other arts and crafts. The shops are varied with specialty stores, boutiques, and unique and respected names in jewelry, china, crystal, perfume and designer brands. Yes you can find local apparel and accessories – all duty shops are duty & TAX free. (There are NO SALES TAXES)
Cuisine can be found from elegant island flare to casual (no swim suits please). You can have conch just out of the shell at a stand, sushi in air-conditioning over looking the waterway & Count Basie Square, fresh coffee & pastries and of course seafood. An array of restaurants with Bahamian,Caribbean, Hatian, Greek, American, Italian, Mexican, Irish, British and more.
Other conveniences are several tour and water sports companies located in & around the marina of Port Lucaya Marketplace. Some excursions leave from here allowing shopping time for cruise ship guest. The Casino is directly across the street (do not take a taxi- walk). The beach is directly across the street on the front side of the hotels. There is a nice wide paved sidewalk from Port Lucaya between the hotels called “Retail Street” with a few upscale stores, this leads straight to the beach. –(see Port Lucaya Map) If walking is a problem electric chair rentals are available.
Six Hotels in walking distance, water taxi to 3 more hotels and day shuttles to other resorts. Also the bus stop is across the street (see Getting Around Grand Bahama).
Taxi stands at each end of Port Lucaya and free parking if you rent a car. So once you are in Port Lucaya all you have to do is walk where you want to go or move from parking lot to parking lot. This freedom makes for a relaxed carefree vacation on Grand Bahama Island.
Great about traveling is trying new food. Fine cuisine or local café – Bahamian Caribbean seafood is a must. Guava pastries and coconut tarts – I have to go eat (my mouth is watering). Come with me - as we choose to dine inside or on the water in Grand Bahama. Will it be a quiet setting for two or in the Port Lucaya Marketplace Square with music and dancing? More on dining...
Shopping in an open market along the bay is not the mall. Small boutiques, brand names stores and unique beautiful jewelry for men & women makes for fun exciting shopping opportunities. Check out the map of shopping in Port Lucaya Marketplace (interactive map above). More on shopping...
From Port Lucaya Marketplace you can find your on line booked excursion. Or find a tour booth in the Square and plan what next attraction you will see in Freeport. If you are looking for recreation – it is here or we can find it for you on Grand Bahama. Why not take a peek see what looks like fun in the Bahamas to you? More on activities...
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