Freeport, once an attractive, planned city of modern shopping centers, resorts, and other convenient tourist facilities, took a bad hit from the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes and subsequent economy downturn; its main resort and casino have not reopened. An Irish firm purchased the former Royal Oasis Resort & Casino but no plans have been made to rebuild or renovate. The International Bazaar next door is currently an abandoned ghost town with only a few crafts vendors and shops. Despite all this, Freeport's native restaurants, Rand Nature Centre, Bahamian Brewery, and beaches make it worth the visit. It's close to Lucaya (a 15-minute drive), and the airport and harbor are just a few minutes from downtown.
POINTS OF INTEREST
The Perfume Factory
Behind the now nearly defunct International Bazaar, the quiet and elegant Perfume Factory occupies a replica 19th-century Bahamian mansion—the kind…Learn More >
Bahamas National Trust Rand Nature Centre
Established in 1939 on 100 acres just minutes from downtown Freeport, a half mile of self-guided botanical trails shows off…Learn More >
Renu Day Spa
New in 2013, this simple, yet elegant, spa, situated in the bright blue, statuesque Millenium House, offers many general spa…Learn More >