One of the more relaxing vacations I've ever had!!!

Freeport Travel Blog

 › entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
driving from the grand bahamas international airport to the yacht club

When I say relaxing I mean RELAXING...  I mean I went my own pace, I wasn't rushed.  I really didn't care what time it was for what.  I did what I wanted, when I wanted.  I freed my mind.  I stopped and smelled the flowers.  I noticed everything I took for granted.  I saw things I've seen before that looked so different to me.  YES I was in superslow motion....  And yes, I took pictures of everything!!!!

(On all my other travels my friends would say that I'm always away on vacation.  Well I know you know that traveling is not really a vacation, it's more of an ADVENTURE.  When I traveled it's always... "oh shit, we missed the train!" or "god damn!  that's our boat sailing away without us!" or "can't stay up drinking all night, we have a game at 11am.

townhouses at the Coral Reef Yacht Club
"  Well you know what, this was a VACATION damn it!)

It was the beginning of February when my buddy Reed asked if I wanted to go down to Freeport, Bahamas to stay at his grandpop's townhouse at the Ocean Reef Yacht Club.  I was like, okay, let me think about it YES!  I pulled some strings and off we went! 

Upon arrival to freeport we took a taxi over to the yacht club.  Oh yeah it definitely had that Carribean island feel.  Looked like there were palm/coconut trees all over along with other vegetation that weren't indigenous to my neck of the woods.  The weather was perfect...  Actually perfect for me, cold to the locals.

Coral Reef Yacht Club marina
  (It was after all the middle of February and It was in the chilly 70's-80's there and dipped as low as the 40's at night.) 

So now we've settled in and were told that every Monday at this yacht club they throw a party for the new arrivals.  It's more of an icebreaker for the people who have timeshare, property in the club, or are weeek long vacationers there.  They had food, drinks (lots of), games, and lots of dancing!  That night was loads of Kalik beers and the local favorite, Bahama Mamas....  Yeah I think I got so sick of it that I invented my own, the Bahama Papa (pineapple juice with a lot of vodka- don't quote me on this, maybe there is a real bahama papa drink out there that i don't know of).  So we got to eat, drink, dance, and mingle with other souls from all over that night.

reed reflection
  In particular we met Janice (an art teacher from Detroit) along with her entourage.  We found out we were all gonna be there for the same amount of time so we decided to join forces and conquer the island! 

People there I found, even though I know they were paid to be friendly to us, were very friendly and actually went out of thier way to help us out.  I felt it that they were genuinely good people.  We didn't get to go out to eat much.  I mostly grilled food in the backyard and bought fresh seafood from the local seafood market (which i suggest you get to early because when thier catch of the day is gone then there's like nothing left to buy!).  Seafood such as lobsters, shrimps, and grouper run pretty cheap!  I can't say the same for the products in the Winn Dixie (thier supermarket).

along the marina
  Understand that they have to import a lot of thier goods from the mainland.  So you'll be paying top dollar (the bahama dollar and US dollar run 1 = 1 there) for the usual shit you'd buy from US groceries.  Also apparently they don't wear contacts in the bahamas.  I could not find saline solution in any place I went!  Oh when you go to the liquor store you'll notice that bottles of beers are pricey!!!  You'll pay about an average of $2-3 a bottle of the local brew (Kalik) and even more for some foreign stuff like Heineken and sewer waste like Bud.  I mostly went for the liquor which came at a duty-free price (oh yeah scotch on the rocks). 

I love buying food off some stands.  You'll get an assortment of inexpensive local food like conch salad, conch fritters, and fried conch (oh yeah, I love the conch).

our backyard... in front of the marina
  And if you go to thier Winn-Dixie go all the way to the back and they have an assortment of local foods already cooked and you can buy stuff by the pound... or I meant kilo.  Oh yeah, if you want to bring a cooler of food from the USA you can!  There's like no rules that I know of to what to bring in the cooler, as long as it's checked in and under the plane.  But that doesn't apply to the flight back to the States.  They'll even search you and confiscate your seashells and sanddollars! 

Also a lot of the outdoor stands that sell goodies are great places to buy your souvineers.  I like it because you can check out a product, find out it's price, complain, get a discounted price, complain, pretend to leave, and then get it for an even cheaper price.

green label! cheaper than buying bottles of beer down there
..  (You travel pros know!)  Yeah I'm cheap, but so what!!!  And you'll get a lot of people selling shit on the beach.  I bought some nice necklaces and other handmade jewelry from people walking the beaches.  A lot of times they'll be selling stuff so irrelevant, you wonder why even....  Like when 2 Jamican dudes came around trying to sell conch shells and  starfish.  Then I was like.... oooooOOO!  Yahh mon, I bought the starfish too.

Gotta love the place, and the national parks there.  Lucayan National Park is a great place...  Just a small fee and a hop and a skip away you're going through underground caves and secluded beaches!  Just don't forget to pack your lunch and always have your swimgear ready, anywhere! :)

Well what am I doing?  I usually just let my pictures (and my captions) do the talking.  Being fairly new to TravBuddy I have yet to put up a lot of my pics.  I'd love to hear from other people's travels down here too. 

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
driving from the grand bahamas int…
driving from the grand bahamas in…
townhouses at the Coral Reef Yacht…
townhouses at the Coral Reef Yach…
Coral Reef Yacht Club marina
Coral Reef Yacht Club marina
reed reflection
reed reflection
along the marina
along the marina
our backyard... in front of the ma…
our backyard... in front of the m…
green label!  cheaper than buying …
green label! cheaper than buying…
ahh the beach, which was just a ho…
ahh the beach, which was just a h…
lookin good (except for the plast…
lookin' good (except for the plas…
no one can resist walking on the b…
no one can resist walking on the …
janice laying on one of our sand l…
janice laying on one of our sand …
nice pad
nice pad
conch fritters and a bahama mama
conch fritters and a bahama mama
dance contest? what the hell was i…
dance contest? what the hell was …
janice down the hatch on our party…
janice down the hatch on our part…
reed smokin a cuban
reed smokin' a cuban
another angle of our beautiful yac…
another angle of our beautiful ya…
garrett working on his wall mural
garrett working on his wall mural
the boats in the marina
the boats in the marina
jammin with the locals
jammin' with the locals
count basie square at port lucaya.…
count basie square at port lucaya…
this guy was choppin up conchs fo…
this guy was choppin' up conchs f…
delicious! especially while its l…
delicious! especially while it's …
ive seen this on wild on E! befor…
i've seen this on wild on E! befo…
port lucaya area... a boatload of …
port lucaya area... a boatload of…
all i did was rollerblade all over…
all i did was rollerblade all ove…
the waters just have a calming eff…
the waters just have a calming ef…
there were plenty of walkways to r…
there were plenty of walkways to …
interesting flower
interesting flower
our walk to the beach each morning…
our walk to the beach each mornin…
yeah i tried to cook this chicken …
yeah i tried to cook this chicken…
what you lookin at?
what you lookin' at?
a nice rollerblade to the market t…
a nice rollerblade to the market …
look out! one armed rollerblader f…
look out! one armed rollerblader …
fountains in front of... i forget …
fountains in front of... i forget…
pelican bay....
pelican bay....
going shoppin?!!!
going shoppin'?!!!
count basie square. the calm befor…
count basie square. the calm befo…
da boats in the port lucayan marina
da boats in the port lucayan marina
bahama sunrise
bahama sunrise
sandman
sandman
reed on the rocks
reed on the rocks
me on the rocks
me on the rocks
waterway to our marina
waterway to our marina
who knows this is... its got a wa…
who knows this is... it's got a w…
live shows at count basie square
live shows at count basie square
man, you know how they love to do …
man, you know how they love to do…
he really did clear that with that…
he really did clear that with tha…
chef ryan at your service!
chef ryan at your service!
locals showing us how to open some…
locals showing us how to open som…
...the sun sets on eastside
...the sun sets on eastside
the sun following janice
the sun following janice
wow, it really looks like someone…
wow, it really looks like someone…
leave your surfboards at home...
leave your surfboards at home...
perfect beach for meditation
perfect beach for meditation
h2o was soo clear i spotted this s…
h2o was soo clear i spotted this …
looky what we got here..
looky what we got here..
hi
hi
hello buddy...
hello buddy...
some of the nice houses we saw on …
some of the nice houses we saw on…
janice on my blades...
janice on my blades...
our home away from home
our home away from home
getting ready for scuba class
getting ready for scuba class
the dive boat
the dive boat
me... still in the shallow end of …
me... still in the shallow end of…
this is how far reed got before he…
this is how far reed got before h…
a view of from our livingroom
a view of from our livingroom
hey garrett, you finished yet or w…
hey garrett, you finished yet or …
i want one of these!
i want one of these!
a friend of a friend that i ran in…
a friend of a friend that i ran i…
around the corner... i can see the…
around the corner... i can see th…
interesting landscape
interesting landscape
in black and white it looks like w…
in black and white it looks like …
they said that this beach was deva…
they said that this beach was dev…
pools within the rocks
pools within the rocks
devastated by hurricane or not... …
devastated by hurricane or not...…
an old friend...
an old friend...
there must be a god!
there must be a god!
hangin with a local dog... looks …
hangin' with a local dog... looks…
the biker gang here are rough look…
the biker gang here are rough loo…
off to rollerblade around town
off to rollerblade around town
hibiscus!
hibiscus!
im too damn slooow
i'm too damn slooow
i may not have a yacht but we have…
i may not have a yacht but we hav…
checkin out the boats
checkin' out the boats
yep, thats our place right there..
yep, that's our place right there..
aye aye captain! s.s. rubber ducky…
aye aye captain! s.s. rubber duck…
armed with a bahama papa and some …
armed with a bahama papa and some…
garretts painting looking nice
garrett's painting looking nice
we are 3 sheets into the wind!!!
we are 3 sheets into the wind!!!
garrett, get down from there and l…
garrett, get down from there and …
you know this take some skill
you know this take some skill
the night sky from the yacht club
the night sky from the yacht club
down in count basie square... red …
down in count basie square... red…
now thats some piece of wood
now that's some piece of wood
driving on the left side of the ro…
driving on the left side of the r…
janice showing off
janice showing off
hand rolled cigars!  can i suggest…
hand rolled cigars! can i sugges…
its like an old western down here…
it's like an old western down her…
exploring the the other side of …
exploring the 'the other side' of…
exploring caves at the lucayan nat…
exploring caves at the lucayan na…
how convenient. they built a stair…
how convenient. they built a stai…
the waters in the cave are as clea…
the waters in the cave are as cle…
i think this tree fell
i think this tree fell
wow
wow
janice snapping away
janice snapping away
heres a map just in case you want…
here's a map just in case you wan…
awesome root system they have here
awesome root system they have here
spiderwebs in the cave
spiderwebs in the cave
its fifi and fido!!
it's fifi and fido!!
my other mansion
my other mansion
taking our paddleboat out towards …
taking our paddleboat out towards…
we got tired of paddling so we dec…
we got tired of paddling so we de…
were back to port! drop anchor!
we're back to port! drop anchor!
my other pad
my other pad
i heard they filmed pirates of the…
i heard they filmed pirates of th…
dont ask me who ben is
don't ask me who ben is
lucayan caverns
lucayan caverns
that looks like a mess!
that looks like a mess!
welcome to this world young plant!
welcome to this world young plant!
cool!
cool!
guess these caverns were discovere…
guess these caverns were discover…
looking down through the hole
looking down through the hole
holy cow!
holy cow!
its the stickiest of the icky
it's the stickiest of the icky
aw theyve become friends
aw they've become friends
whos the champ? i won a t-shirt w…
who's the champ? i won a t-shirt …
thats mine!
that's mine!
bon voyage!
bon voyage!
au revoir freeport!
au revoir freeport!
c-ya next time bahamas!
c-ya next time bahamas!
this way!
this way!
happy smiley fish!
happy smiley fish!
to the beach!
to the beach!
looky what weve got here
looky what we've got here
check out this little guy
check out this little guy
i was wondering if i cut it up wou…
i was wondering if i cut it up wo…
looking towards the beach
looking towards the beach
no ryan, put the poor fella down
no ryan, put the poor fella down
Sponsored Links
Freeport
photo by: Jamal1280