Garden of the Groves and City Tour

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Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
Shore Excursion Leaves FromShip Pier. Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage ProvidedNone
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sun glasses and sunscreen are also suggested
RestrictionsGuests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, wooden planked and packed dirt surfaces.
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Garden of the Groves and City Tour

A grand half day awaits on this fun-filled Grand Bahamas City Tour that includes Garden of the Groves and much, much more!

This narrated bus ride will first take you through the industrial area of Grand Bahama. You will see the International Bazaar, famous for its Tori Gate, continuing along Church Row and the endemic pine forest. Continue along the scenic Sunrise Highway to your first stop. At the Garden of the Groves you'll explore winding trails through lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and sparkling fountains. Visit the picturesque chapel, which has been consecrated and is a favorite place for weddings, prayer and meditation. Explore the Garden Shoppes and discover the sacred beauty of the Labyrinth.

At Garden of the Groves, indigenous and migratory birds and butterflies take insects from the many newly planted flowers and shrubs. Since the Garden was re-opened, it has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the U.S. Wildlife Federation. This means the new operators are providing the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. You can take a walk down into the cool fern grove and admire the imposing limestone boulders that tower over both sides of the trail, or relax on the "Lofty Fig" deck, where you will have the opportunity to purchase local delicacies and cool Bahamian drinks.

From there, this Freeport cruise tour takes you to the famous Port Lucaya Marketplace, a collection of twelve island-style buildings nestled on a five-acre peninsula, which overlooks one of the most complete Marinas in The Bahamas. Stroll among the eighty specialty stores, boutiques, restaurants, outdoor and indoor bars and cafes. You'll find the most luxurious and respected names in jewelry, china, crystal, perfume, and designer apparel and accessories, all at duty-free prices.

With shopping concluded, you'll be returned to the cruise ship docks. Guests wishing to stay longer at the Market Place are responsible for their own transportation back to the pier. Taxi shuttles run between the market and pier most of the day.

Please Note: This tour is only for guests arriving in Freeport via cruise ship.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier. Full details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage Provided
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sun glasses and sunscreen are also suggested
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, wooden planked and packed dirt surfaces.
4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  66 ReviewsReview This Tour
Had a great time in spite of the rainy day
March 08, 2020
Our bus and garden tour explored much of the Grand Bahama island that had been devastated in 2019. Our guide was highly knowledgeable which was very much appreciated by those listening. The long stop at the garden honoring the American real estate and economic developer of the island a generation ago was wonderful. The guide for the garden was clearly a horticultural guru. On the excellent paths in the garden, she talked about the various flora and discussed how the garden had made out during hurricane Dorian in 2019. My wife and I were so glad we came on this tour. Both guides were great! We will be taking this tour again the next time we cruise to Grand Bahama to see how the gardens have progressed. Highly recommended tour.
Reviewer: Dennis Titley
5 Stars
Nice Tour
February 26, 2020
My husband and I enjoyed the tour. It was just the right amount of time. Our driver was very friendly and informative.
Reviewer: Carol
5 Stars
Less than impressive
February 03, 2020
Unfortunately this island is still rebuilding. The garden was neat but, didn’t have enough to keep us entertained for the time spent there. The balance of the island tour had very little to see.
Reviewer: Scott
3 Stars
Garden Grooves
July 20, 2019
Driver was very knowagble and nice gave people fruit to try and picked us up early when we had a downpour.
Reviewer: vicki gordon
5 Stars
well worth the money
June 04, 2019
We got on an air conditioned bus headed out for the tour of Freeport and our drivers name was Rolie Williams which was a very friendly and very informative narrator..we asked a lot of questions..he always had answers..the island has been devastated throughout and has never recuperated which we didn't. care much to see..but when we got at Garden of the groves it was beautiful and our woman guide was wonderful..we had no problems with nothing..I would highly recommend this excursion..very low key and picturesque.
Reviewer: Peggy hilliard
5 Stars
Guides were very nice- would’ve liked more time
May 08, 2019
Both the bus driver and the guide were very nice and even gave kids candy. However, there was very little at the Garden itself for us to roam and go around on our own. It felt very rushed once we finally had our own time. Bonus, bus driver took us to the beach for 20 minutes, which was not in the normal agenda but nice touch. Overall, it was nice but not enough time to explore on our own.
Reviewer: Lyle
4 Stars