Until the 1990s, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island was a hot gambling and resort destination. The building of Lucaya’s harbor, marketplace, and resort scene in the 1990s changed Freeport’s fate.
A hurricane delivered Freeport tourism’s final blow, just as it was being rejuvenated. It still struggles to regain its reputation. In the meantime the International Marketplace, a smattering of good restaurants, golf, and some inexpensive resorts keep visitors coming. Most of the resorts offer a free shuttle to nearby Xanadu Beach, ever a popular spot. Outside of downtown, the cruise ship port welcomes a few ships with a vibrant crafts market, but passengers typically head to Lucaya.
Freeport and Lucaya, in essence, have melded into one. Few visitors realize when they have left one and entered the other.