Day 3 – Freeport, Bahamas

On Monday morning, January 10th, we woke up in The Bahamas. Our cruise ship traveled all night from Port Canaveral to Freeport.

 

This is the view out our bedroom windows of the little market area next to the dock. I guess some rounds of hurricanes went through the area in 2004ish and did some bad damage. The market looks like it’s back up and running, but I heard this area used to be more lively before all of the hurricane damage.

We ate a small breakfast before exploring.
The nearest beach was about 15 miles away so we took a taxi shuttle to Lucaya. It cost $5.00 per person each way plus a small tip, which wasn’t bad for a 15 mile taxi ride.

Lucaya beach contained white-sandy beaches and was well-kept. We were at the beach in the early afternoon so it wasn’t too crowded yet, but after around noon late-risers started to make their way to the beach for some afternoon sun.

The Lucaya area near Freeport had a cute little market area with Caribbean colored buildings and statues.

The area also had several British-style telephone booths.

“The Bahamas became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British clamped down on piracy. Following the American War of Independence, thousands of pro-British loyalists and enslaved Africans moved to The Bahamas and set up a plantation economy. The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807 and many Africans liberated from slave ships by the Royal Navy were settled in The Bahamas during the 19th century. Slavery itself was abolished in 1834 and the descendants of enslaved and liberated Africans form the bulk of The Bahamas’s population today.”

Our cruise left Freeport at 4:30. We got back to the boat a couple of hours earlier just to make sure we didn’t miss it. Being in the sun all day made us tired so we grabbed a late lunch since our formal dinner time wasn’t until 8:15 and took another afternoon nap. The cruise dress up night was also that evening. Some how we didn’t end up with any pictures of us dressed up…

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