I’m not going to lie to you, friends. Freeport wasn’t exactly my favorite island to visit in the Bahamas, and I know many people who shared the same thought. When I first got on the ship in October, we didn’t even port in Freeport because of the immense damage that the island received after Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, much of the island is still recovering after the horrible devastation. Beyond that, everything in Freeport is very spread out. You have to take a long taxi ride to get to anywhere, and Taino Beach is no exception to this.
I visited three different Freeport beaches during my time on the ship, and Taino Beach was by far my favorite and worth the 30-minute taxi ride. If you’re visiting multiple Bahamian islands on a cruise and you’re only looking to go to the beach, I highly recommend skipping the free beach at Port Lucaya and dishing out the $3 it costs to get into Taino.
Taino has a nice bar where you can get some Bahamian favorites, including a Bahama Mama or a Sands beer brewed locally in Freeport. There are also a few little huts that serve a plethora of different foods. I recommend the chicken wings. Scrumptious.
There’s also a ton of different activities to do. Fees apply, of course. You can take a segway tour, ride jet skis, go paddleboarding or go on the inflatable obstacle course. On my first visit to Taino, my friend and fellow campie, Cassie, and I rode on the banana boat, and it was an absolute blast. Granted, the whole getting sprayed in the face the whole ride wasn’t the best, but I still had so much fun. This was only the second time I had ever gone banana boating. The first time also happened to be on a cruise, but I was a guest, and it was in Mexico.
Of course, it’s also nice to just relax on the beach, enjoy some drinks, take a dip in the ocean and make some memories with your people.
If you ever find yourself on a cruise that ports in Freeport, I definitely recommend checking out Taino Beach. It doesn’t have any shopping, but luckily, you can do some shopping either before or after your beach trip in the area where the ship docks. There are lots of people that set up shop right there and you can find all of the Bahamian treasures you need.
Where’s your favorite beach?