Gardens, Groves and Goods at Lucaya
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March 26th, 2010 – by: Andy99
Our excursion went off as planned despite the rain. (Aquatic and other excursions had been canceled.
The garden has several areas with trees and flora representative of the Bahamas and imported from other tropical zones. We walked through the gardens, replete with pool and waterfalls. Several species of ducks and turtles live in the ponds. The Tree of Life is the national tree of the Bahamas. It provides a hard wood as well as several traditional medicines.
After the Garden, we made our way back to Port Lucaya. Port Lucaya was developed beginning in the 1960s as a tourist area on Grand Bahama to compliment the industrial development at Freeport. Today, Lucaya has a number of beaches, resorts, a yacht marina, and a casino to attract visitors for a longer stay. Many cruise passengers will opt to spend a Grand Bahama port day at Lucaya enjoying the beach. We had an hour to spend at Port Lucaya Marketplace. There was some shopping here, though not as extensive as one finds on Bay Street in Nassau. I took photos of Lucaya while here. I liked the lighthouse, looking very tropical as it rose above the palm trees. (It is a decorative lighthouse, not an aid to navigation. But it indeed was decorative!)
Lucaya is also home to well-to-do Bahamians. The courier pointed out the castle-like home of the family that owns most of the fast-food franchises on Grand Bahama. From Lucaya, we retraced our route back though Freeport.
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