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Freeport

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Bahamas
State
Freeport
City
Freeport City
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About Location

Freeport is a city and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama,located approximately 55 miles (89 km) east-northeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a district of the Bahamas.The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement signed in August 1955 whereby the Bahamian Government agreed that businesses in the Freeport area will pay no taxes before 2054.The area of the land grants has been increased to 138,000 acres (558 km2).

In 1955, Wallace Groves, a Virginian financier with lumber interests on the island, was granted 50,000 acres (200 km2) of pineyard with substantial areas of swamp and scrubland by the Bahamian government with a mandate to economically develop the area.The city of Freeport was built, which has grown to be the second most populous city in The Bahamas (26,910 in 2000) after the capital, Nassau.The main airport serving the city is the Grand Bahama International Airport.

Freeport is a 230-square-mile (600 km2) free trade zone on Grand Bahama Island, established in 1955 by the Government of The Bahamas.The city of Freeport emerged from a land grant comprising 50,000 acres (200 km2) of swamp and scrub to become a cosmopolitan centre.The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under special powers conferred by the government under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which was recently extended until August 3, 2054.The agreement also increased the land grants to 138,000 acres (560 km2).

Freeport is strategically located just 65 miles (105 km) off the coast of Palm Beach,Florida and on the major EW -NS shipping routes.This has positioned it for tremendous growth as an ideal centre for international business. Consequently, a growing number of international companies use Freeport as its site for business.Tourism, which topped over a million visitors a year but has considerably diminished since 2004 the year of two major hurricanes to hit the island.Several cruise ships stop weekly at the island.Much of the tourist industry is centered on the seaside suburb of Lucaya, owing its name to the pre-Columbian Lucayan inhabitants of the island evidence of whom has been found on the island.Freeport features at least two Junkanoo festivals near New Year's.

The city is often promoted as "Freeport/Lucaya".Most hotels on the island are located along the southern shore facing the Northwest Providence Channel.Primary shopping venues for tourists include the International Bazaar near downtown Freeport and the Port Lucaya Market Place in Lucaya.Recovery from two hurricanes has taken several years, but is now nearing full recovery.In addition to tourism, the other major industries include one of the largest container ports in the world, servicing the eastern seaboard of the USA, and major drydocks for cruise ship refurbishing.



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How to Reach

By Air

The main airport serving the city is the Grand Bahama International Airport.Numerous Flights are available from South Florida. American Eagle offers daily flights from Miami. Bahamasair, Continental Connection, and Spirit Airlines all offer daily flights from Fort Lauderdale.

By Cruises

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) here are many cruises departing from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) that offer cheap tickets to Freeport and Nassau you can buy a ticket for less than $100 USD.The port and the airport of Freeport are not near the city so you will have to pay $5 USD ban to reach the city center.

Key places to visit
Lucayan National Park, Port Lucaya, Coral Beach, Maclean's Town


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Places to Visit

Lucayan National Park

The Rand Nature Centre (named in honour of its founder James Rand),Petersons Cay a small isle about 300 yards off the shore of Grand Bahama and the Lucayan National Park founded by Peter Barratt a former Architect/Town Planner of Freeport.The Lucayan National Park is 40 acres (0.16 km2) in extent and includes five ecological zones stretching from the south shore to the pineyard.There is an extensive underwater cave system beneath the Park.One cave entrance is accessible by stairs at the national park.Other caves are accessible for certified scuba divers.

Port Lucaya

Port Lucaya is the tourist 'hub' of the island and is the location of many restaurants and shops. Various water-related activities as well as tours can be organized through the tourist booths in Port Lucaya.Live music and entertainment is also offered weekly, although Friday and Saturday nights tend to be the most popular nights (especially during spring break).

Coral Beach

Freeport is the site of a ridiculous number of amazing white-sand beaches.Some of the more popular ones are located at Our Lucaya, although for those looking for their own private location, it is well worth the trip to check out some of the others.The further you travel, the less other tourists you will see.Recommended locations - Coral Beach, Williams Town Beach, Xanadu Beach, Taino Beach, Barbarry Beach, Plane-crash Beach,Gold Rock Beach etc.In general, the entire south side of Grand Bahama Island is beach, while the north side is mainly mangroves and swamps.

Maclean's Town

The rest of the Island for those more adventurous a trip either out to Maclean's Town or to West End is well worth while.If you are willing to explore you may be surprised by what little restaurants, shops, beaches, and hang out places you may discover.It will also give you a better understanding of the 'true' bahamas, in contrast to what you will find in Port Lucaya.

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