Open now, Balearia Caribbean is offering direct ferry service from Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island two days per week — Sundays and Thursdays. (Additionally, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the ferry heads to Bimini.)
Guests sail on the 654-passenger HSC Jaume II, a 81-meter high-speed catamaran. The vessel features a fast-food and snack cafeteria with a bar. Cigars, cigarettes and spirits can be purchased duty-free. Varied music and film selection is available with educational documentaries and movies for all ages. Priority Disembark privileges and 10% off in the duty-free shop.
Fares for the Fort Lauderdale to Freeport route start at $83 one-way or $93 roundtrip. Since the company offers same-day 5 p.m. sailings back to Fort Lauderdale, you can easily make it a whirlwind day trip packed with visits to attractions such as the Garden of the Groves, the Port Lucaya Marina, the Rand Nature Center or beaches such as Taino Beach or Lucaya Beach.
Interested in staying overnight, or extending your trip even longer? Snag low seasonal rates at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, boasting three restaurants, a freshwater pool and direct access to Churchill Beach. Rates start at $148 per night for two guests.
Alternatively, you can opt for the upscale condo experience at Island Seas Resort, offering fully equipped kitchens, ocean- or marina-view balconies, an on-site spa and a freeform pool.
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