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Reviewed February 24, 2012

A great day stop over on our cruise. We were picked up just outside four ship and made a 20-30 minute drive out to the resort. The driver gave us an informal tour and answered questions. During the ride you see the real Freeport, not a commercialized area. Upon arrival we checked in and paid for our snorkeling day, beach chairs, and towels. After a brief, but necessary, meeting about safety around the reef, we were off to snorkel. The hosts are very serious about preserving the reef which is a great lesson for kids. The beach is beautiful and very private. We saw turtles, lobsters, eel, barracuda, and many other specimens. If you are able to snorkel to the ocean side of the reef you will encounter a wider variety of sea life. Conch fritters, cracked conch, and grouper fingers were excellent as were the many types of Bahamian beer to try. Lunch for 5 was about $40.00. There were two return trips to the port to allow for cruisers to depart. We were back at our ship in plenty of time to shower and enjoy dinner aboard.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Erica B
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

When we landed on Freeport, with our cruise, we found out our day excursion was cancelled because of high winds. So, a bunch of islanders told us we should go to Paradise Cove. We took a $8.00 taxi (each way) to get there with another couple that we persuaded to go so we could get the group taxi rate. (If not, it's hella expensive.)

We got there and stood in line for 15-20 minutes. Finally they took our names and then we were "let go" to start our beach day. We brought our own snorkeling equipment, so we thought it was fine to just go out. As we started walking out, these two dudes started yelling at us. We apparently didn't listen to the snorkeling intro that is mandatory. (How the hell were we suppose to know?)

Then we walked out there and the water was FREEZING! It was mud for at least 50-75ft. Finally we jumped in and started snorkeling. You had to swim over another 50ft of sea grass to finally get to the area with fish. It was a hella choppy day so we were out there for an hour, but didn't see much because of the winds. We saw a couple of varieties of fish, some sand dollars, and some dead coral. It wasn't that great of snorkeling on the day I went out.

It took us FOREVER to swim back because of the wind - it was crazy. After we got back, we ordered some food that took 45 minutes to get. The alcohol was cheap. It was fine; enjoyed the sun, played some volleyball and had a good time.

As we were getting in the taxi to leave, the "owner" of the beach came back and started yelling at me in the taxi and the rest of our crew. He was yelling at us because we didn't pay the $3.00 for the beach. He was accusing us for trying to get it for free and finally I yelled at him back and said, "Look dude, I'll pay your 3 damn dollars, but why don't you yell at your employee for not asking me for the $3.00s because I would have paid it." He finally shut up, and I paid my 3 dollars.

I was never happier to get off that beach. What a TOTAL joke.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Spencer W
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

It’s a bit of a drive from town but well worth it. Another beautiful beach but this one has the best snorkeling on the island. The food and drinks were good and also at great prices. You can pay to get a boat ride out to the reef if you think it’s too far to swim. They even have umbrellas, beach chairs, and kayaks to rent. Everything you need for a fun day at the beach.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Howard H
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

While on our cruise we decided not to spend our money on a cruise excursion, but to find something on our own. We looked online and found Paradise Cove along with 2 others that sounded like fun. When we docked we asked one of the helpful people by the excursion pick up area which he would recommend. He chose Paradise Cove. He called Paradise Cove and told them they had 4 more to pick up. It was a nice 20+ minute ride from the port to Paradise Cove and our drive and his partner pointed out landmarks and told us history of the island while enroute. When we arrived, it was completely deserted. We checked in, were given instruction on what was available to partake in, and were ready to get started. Some snorkled, some kayaked, a few played volleyball, and a few just lounged in the sun in a beach chair while sipping on a cocktail! We were able to get underwater video of rays, eel, and many varieties of fish. The staff was helpful and friendly. We decided we wanted to go back to town for the rest of the afternoon and they were more than happy to give us a shuttle back. I will return, and hopefully have the opportunity to rent one of their cottages!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank FLGirl32804
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We set-up our own excursion by emailing Paradise Cove before our ship stopped in Freeport and we had a great time there. We did the snorkeling package which for $35 PP includes transportation from the cruise terminal and rental gear. They are a small family owned business that took great care of us from the moment we got off the ship until they dropped us back off.

The cove is in a great location and they offer rental equipment for a number of different activities to choose from. The snorkeling around the reef was unbelievable! There is lots of great coral to view along with all different types of fish including stingrays and barracudas. We also rented a glass bottom kayak to paddle around and take in the excellent underwater views.

They also have some great food and cold beer available. We tried a number of the local Bahamian brews that they offer and enjoyed them all. It helped add to a nice relaxing day of basking in the sun.

I highly recommend checking out Paradise Cove when in Freeport and I hope to make it back there myself again someday.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Wanderluster4
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