Travel Diary: Freeport, Bahamas
Every time I visit the Caribbean, it cements my decision to buy a house on a hill overlooking the turquoise ocean. I decided to take a vacation, with my love, to Freeport, Bahamas. The plan was to relax and do nothing, and we accomplished just that! We stayed at the Grand Lucayan, the biggest hotel on the island; and our room opened up to a beautiful view of the turquoise ocean.
There really isn't much to do on the island; so, it was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of New York. A market nearby was filled with restaurants, shops, and vendors selling local crafts and clothing from around the world, and we visited there daily. We became close with one of the vendors named PJ after my boyfriend realized he forgot to pack his flip flops. We were told to go see PJ for replacement ones. When we found her, she instantly adopted us and we became her children. PJ has a warm bubbly spirit. Think of your favorite auntie - that's PJ. She shared that she is a widow who loved her husband dearly. They had a wonderful life together. She is a mother of three boys and grandmother to three and proudly shared the accomplishments of her grandkids. She owns multiple properties and is a landlord to many. Most people think if you are vending at a market that you are struggling. PJ reassured us that she loves what she does because she gets to meet so many people from all over the world. We visited her everyday while on the island, as she brightened our day.
I couldn't leave the Bahamas until I found coconut drops, my favorite candy. I located a store in the market and bought them from vendors who were selling the candies to help pay for their son’s swimming lessons. Their son is a budding athlete; so, his mother makes and sells the candies in their store, allowing him to have pocket money. I’m such the bleeding heart, I almost brought all of the pieces to help keep the child’s swimming dreams going!
Carnival was around the corner, so I had the opportunity to dance in the streets with a Junkanoo band. The beat of the drum thumping out of those carnival rhythms sure kept my body moving. I had an amazing time.
Even though we were on vacation, we had signed up for the island’s half marathon months in advance. As grueling as it may sound to run that distance in the tropics, it was actually fun to run in the streets of the Bahamas. The weather was perfect and we were able to end the run at the turquoise seaside.
Overall, we had a great time in Freeport. It was the perfect place to relax and do nothing.
Here are my five favorite discoveries in Freeport, Bahamas
- Fresh Smoothies at Livity Vegetarian Restaurant
- Afternoon snacks, from 5-7pm, at the Grand Lucayan
- Dancing to the Junkanoo band in the streets
- Meeting with the Conch connaisseur
- Taking portraits against turquoise-painted buildings
- Malene Barnett