Garden of the Groves and City Tour
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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.
Reviewer: Dennis Titley
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.
My husband and I enjoyed the tour. It was just the right amount of time. Our driver was very friendly and informative.
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: vicki gordon
Driver was very knowagble and nice gave people fruit to try and picked us up early when we had a downpour.
Reviewer: Peggy hilliard
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.