We just took a Carnival Cruise that included a stop at Freeport, Bahamas. There were 5 in our group and the cost of the shore excursions kept us from making any solid plans. When we arrived, we asked a few of the friendly locals about the best beaches and the answer came back Paradise Cove. We formed a group with other ship passengers and took a round-trip taxi for $16 each person. The driver was Sonny Jones. He was born and raised there in Freeport and gave us background and a tour of the island while in transit to the beach. Not knowing exactly what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised to find a small restaurant, bathrooms, and equipment rental. We had brought our own gear so all that we rented was a couple of beach chairs and an umbrella. I believe that totalled $8. We were favorably impressed with the crew there who took the time to do a safety briefing and told us about high and low tide...and to stay off of the sea grass (the turtles like it) and the reef. Being with ugly Americans, they had to go out into the water several times to remind people to stay off of the grass and reefs. I like that they were concerned with taking care of the beach. I wouldn't say that it was the best snorkeling I've ever done but there were fish and turtles. The beach was clean and the water clear. This is a family-run business. One guy told me it was a 3rd generation family business. Everyone we encountered there was very friendly and helpful. We had a couple of beers and some sandwiches and fries. Although we were literally in the middle of nowhere, the prices were very reasonable. The local beer was $3.50. We didn't check out the rental units but they looked very nice from the outside. Our driver Sonny had everyone in the van (11 of us) agree what time we wanted to return to the ship and he was there to pick up us about an hour in advance. All-in-all, it was an excellent day...and we probably saved about $400 going this route instead of a shore excursion through Carnival.
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- Also Known As:
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- Paradise Cove Beach Resort Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island