The Roads We Travel

A few days in a life journey.

Anniversary in Freeport, Bahamas

Freeport Resort & Club

Ed and I decided to go away for our third wedding anniversary. We have an eight year old and a 14 month old, and we haven’t taken a vacation in over two years. So, needless to say, we were really thrilled to get away for a few days!

We chose Freeport, Bahamas from a short list of potential Caribbean getaways available through our time share exchange system, Interval International. We had a few weeks banked that were going to expire, so we thought it would be a great way to take a vacation and use our banked time. After looking at potential dates and flights, we selected the only resort that was available for exchange in the Bahamas: Freeport Resort & Club.

Like much of the rest of the world, Freeport has been hit hard by the recession in the United States. As we were told many times, tourism is their primary industry and Americans are their primary patrons. And during the week of November 13-18, there were not very many tourist (American or otherwise) on the island, although we were told that the numbers pick up starting just after Thanksgiving week.

We did a tour of the island, which was a nice orientation. We visited the Garden of the Groves (I enjoyed the Labyrinth, although my husband made fun the whole time), the Lucayan National Park, where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, and Ben’s Cave (Ben is the guy who discovered the cave).

We snorkeled at Paradise Cove (too many jellyfish though) and then again at the beach by the Wyndham Resort (the equipment wasn’t great, but the water was calm and there were no jellyfish, it was wonderful). The Wyndham also offers a nice all-inclusive option where you will get access to their pool and activities, your meals (breakfast and lunch), towels, and non-motorized sports for one daily fee.

We played golf at Fortune Hills Golf Course. I only played the first nine and I would say that it was decent. I’m not an avid golfer so I really can’t critique the course. I can say; however, there were not any stunning views like Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic.

There was one casino on the island and we didn’t get a chance to do any gambling. We aren’t big gamblers, but we would have given it a shot if they had Texas Hold ‘Em, but they didn’t while we were there. We heard there was a tournament starting the day after we left though. Also, they do have a three card poker game, which we didn’t take the time to figure out.

All in all it was a nice quiet vacation. Warm weather, nice beaches, and Bahama Mamas by the gallon! I will share some tips for travel in Freeport in another post.


Written by Shara

November 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

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