Lucaya sprang up as a suburb of Freeport on the Grand Bahama Island in the 1960s. It lies on the southeastern coastline of Grand Bahama Island. The Port Lucaya Marina and Marketplace make this site an exciting destination spot for visitors to the Caribbean islands.
About Port Lucaya
Port Lucaya is a full-service marina that is home to the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. Sailing vessels up to 170 feet long are welcome to dock in Port Lucaya. The marina's services include free wireless internet and fuel and pump-out facilities. The Marina offers 106 berths. You can choose to dock your vessel in one of two wings of the marina. The Marketplace Wing features excellent restaurants, fabulous duty-free shopping, a variety of bars, and venues for dancing and live music. The quiet Sea Garden Wing features tropical gardens and is adjacent to the Olympic-size pool of the Port Lucaya Resort and Yacht Club. The resort offers special room rates for visiting boaters.
Boaters docking in the marina can also enjoy telephone, fresh water, cable television, and metered electric services. The marina's facilities include a coin-operated laundromat, however professional laundry services are also available, as well as catering and maid services. The marina also provides free transportation to and from the Grand Bahama International Airport, to local grocery stores, and to area golf courses.
Port Lucaya offers a variety of activities both on land and in the water. UNEXSO, one of the Caribbean's top dive centers, is adjacent to the marina. Besides diving experiences, UNEXSO also offers opportunities for dolphin encounters. Treasure Bay Casino, a 20,000-square-foot facility, is across the street from the Marina. Port Lucaya is also home to the famous Count Basie Square at the center of the city's entertainment district. The square is named for the famous jazz and big band musician, composer, and bandleader who spent many years on Grand Bahama Island. This open-air venue hosts festivals, limbo dancing, calypso music, and parades. You can enjoy the Native Show or dance under the stars to live music. If you want off land, take a short cruise in the crystal-clear waters around the island or enjoy a reef tour.
The Port Lucaya Marketplace is located on a five-acre peninsula overlooking the marina. In the Marketplace's 12 buildings, you will find 80 specialty stores, restaurants featuring island cuisine, and indoor and outdoor cafes and bars. You will find name brand, high-end jewelry, perfume, apparel, crystal, and china at amazing duty-free prices. Port Lucaya Marketplace is home to one of the largest straw markets among the Caribbean islands. At the Marketplace, you will find one-of-a-kind straw hats, sandals, jewelry, and bags. The Marketplace also offers unique woodcarvings and other authentic handcrafts made by native Bahamians.
If shopping makes you hungry, stop by any of the casual or fine-dining establishments. The restaurants at the Marketplace offer the freshest seafood. The Marketplace offers local and international cuisine. There are more than 13 international and native restaurants. In addition to Bahamian cuisine, you will find Greek, American, Italian, Thai, Chinese, British, Mexican, and Irish dishes as well.
Port Lucaya has everything a visitor to the Caribbean islands is looking for - live entertainment, fabulous shopping and restaurants, and a slew of water activities.