Numerous Flights are available from South Florida. American Eagle offers daily flights from Miami. Bahamasair, Continental Connection, and Spirit Airlines all offer daily flights from Fort Lauderdale.
There are many cruises departing from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) that offer cheap tickets to Freeport and Nassau. Another frugal option is to take a Bahamas Celebration cruise ship to the island. The ship is easy on your budget and offers great onboard amenities. The Ship leaves Florida every other day which is great for travelers wishing to take a short two day vacation or a one day excursion. It drops passengers off in the mornings and then leaves back for florida in the evenings.There's also bigger cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines.
Another option is Balearia Bahamas Express- ferryexpress.com located in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316 ( The base fare in August was $75.00 each way with an "operational charge of $9.00. The total ticket was $196.00.) The ferry leaves from Port Everglades Terminal One. There is parking from https://www.bookparkngo.com. Book ahead for a discount rate. Port Miami offers parking, too at garage J, next to Terminal J.) The ferry departure dates are seasonal.I would not book a "day trip" since you really have only 4 hours to look around. The car rentals are at the local non-U.S. airport about 10 minutes away. I wouldn't book over the phone since the phone service was terrible. There is also a local rental agency, but they require a three day minimum.
The weather is semi-tropical. Occassionally, freezes affect the area. Usually, though, the weather is hot and humid.
The Bahamas is expensive, expect to pay approximately 10% or 15% more than in USA for the same things. American dollars are received everywhere, and if you pay in cash, many sellers will not charge you tax.
There are many forms of transportation available in Freeport. Taxis which are available at all the major tourist stops discuss a flat rate before the trip depending on how far you go and number of passengers. There are many tour bus services and taxis available to give you a tour of the city of Freeport and highlight its features which may be more difficult on your own. Rental Cars is another option to see what Freeport has to offer.
Although Freeport may not have the same number of attractions or tourists as Nassau, there are many activities and places to see for those that are willing to explore.
Places worth visiting:
Lucayan National Park - Home of Gold Rock Beach, this spectacular park was the filming site of Pirates of the Caribbean II and III. Although mostly underground, the park also contains one of the cavern entrances to the limestone cave system, one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world.
Port Lucaya - Port Lucaya is the tourist 'hub' of the island and is the location of many restaurants and shops. Various water-related activities as well as tours can be organized through the tourist booths in Port Lucaya. Live music and entertainment is also offered weekly, although Friday and Saturday nights tend to be the most popular nights (especially during spring break).
Garden of the Groves - Former private garden of city founder Wallace Groves, this tropical paradise is well worth your time. http://www.thegardenofthegroves.com/
Fish Fry(s) - Although there are many local Fish Frys, the most popular is located on Taino Beach and held every Wednesday evening/night.
Beaches - Freeport is the site of a ridiculous number of amazing white-sand beaches. Some of the more popular ones are located at Our Lucaya, although for those looking for their own private location, it is well worth the trip to check out some of the others. The further you travel, the less other tourists you will see. Recommended locations - Coral Beach, Williams Town Beach, Xanadu Beach, Taino Beach, Barbarry Beach, Plane-crash Beach, Gold Rock Beach etc. In general, the entire south side of Grand Bahama Island is beach, while the north side is mainly mangroves and swamps.
On the water - Various ocean relate activities provide a completely different perspective than what you will tend to find on land. For those who love swimming, either snorkling or scuba diving the coral reefs are a must. The amount of tropical fish you will encounter is amazing. As well, various dive shops offer other interesting dives such as exploring ship wrecks, diving with sharks or dolphins, as well as exploring under water caverns in the limestone caves.
Other water related activities include parasailing, jet skiing, glass bottom boat tours, as well as Booze Cruises.
The rest of the Island - For those more adventurous a trip either out to Maclean's Town or to West End is well worth while. If you are willing to explore you may be surprised by what little restaurants, shops, beaches, and hang out places you may discover. It will also give you a better understanding of the 'true' bahamas, in contrast to what you will find in Port Lucaya.
The beaches are very nice, and you can book waterbikes or diving lessons there. Book directly in the beach for lower prices.
Do get away from the tourist spot. Drive to 8 Mile Rock and see another side of the Bahamas. Look for the street that hugs the water and discover ancient Indian natural pools. There are beautiful secluded beaches at the Lucayan National Park by taking a 10 minute walk through the Mangrove path. Take in the natural beauty of the curly tailed lizard.
The only important market is the Lucayan Market: most of this place has many international shops with higher prices so don't go there. The market is not so big and if you walk enough. you will find a place with less fashion and more hand-made souvenirs. Ask for Allan Robinson, a friendly Rastafari who makes masks, sculptures and souvenirs: the advantage of shopping with him is that he is not a reseller so you will have better prices and without risk to buy something made in China.
Off the beaten path, you can go to the local markets such as Butler's. It has a deli that offers island favorite dishes such as Conch (pronounced conk) salad and mutton stew. Food is far cheaper in the deli than at the tourist spots. A local's spot is Bo Jangles. It has the most delicious Tropical Conch Salad. There is also a little tourist area at the same location where you can buy trinkets, baskets, hair braiding, fruits, and conch shells about half the price of the tourist areas. Fresh coconut water was $2.00 compared to $5.00 in Lucayan Market.
In the back of the Lucayan Market are many international restaurants. The cheapest hamburger is $5 USD: a decent lunch will cost you $20 USD approximately.
Go to the local's spot, Sires (pronounced Sigh-rees or See-rees). Has reasonable prices but ask the waitress about the special of the day.
Find your way to the "Fruit and Vegetable Exchange" which has two small outdoor places to eat Bo Jangles and directly across Bo Jangles is Alice's (no sign, but the building is bright pink). Try the Tropical Conch Salad at Bo Jangles and have the owner fix you his signature drink). Shop around the small stalls with prices 25-50% cheaper than at the tourist traps.
Some alcohols are cheaper than in USA or at least are duty free.
Freeport nightlife may not be as vibrant as Nassau nightlife, but it still has alot to offer.
Also try their "national" drink, Bahama Mama.
The hotels are really expensive, and there are NO cheap accommodations; it is better to book a hotel (4 or 5 stars) before travel or to rent a cabin on a cruise.
Freeport has a wide variety of sleeping accommodations to cater to whatever your trip specifically needs. From all inclusive resorts to hotels.
Do get out of tourist area. Do eat at Sires. Do talk to locals. Do go to the Lucayan National Park. Do go to the Fruit and Vegetable Exchange and eat a Tropical Conch Salad.