Lots for Families to do on Grand Bahama Island Upcoming Summer Events for Children
There is always lots of things to do and see in the Bahamas whether you are on a relaxing holiday for couples, honeymooners or families. Today we take a look at some of the activities happening in the Bahamas for families and Children. For those looking to buy or rent properties in the Bahamas knowing what activities there are available for families in the area is important, we have handpicked some a wide variety of activities, from sailing clubs to football camps and basketball tournaments, there is something for everybody.
Jun 17 – Aug 9: Tadpole Sailing Experience at Grand Bahama Sailing Club: Tadpole Sailing Camps for children 5-8 at the cost of $300 / sailor. Each Tadpole Camp lasts 2 weeks from 9am to 12:30pm, Monday – Friday. A fun and safe introduction to sailing. Sailors are introduced to the Optimist and Cal 25 through demonstration and on-the-water “tiller-time”. Boat parts, wind direction, fundamental skills and safety are the primary focus. Tadpole sailing gets children used to the water, boats, and making them feel comfortable at the yacht club. Being comfortable on and around the water is a big step towards a lifetime of sailing. Registration forms should be submitted to David Valentine. Phone: 727-7245 or 373-7245 Camp 1: June 17-28 / Camp 2: July 1 – 12 / Camp 3: July 15-26/ Camp 4: July 29 – August 9 Jun 6-8:
June – 6-8 HOYTES Sir Randol Fawkes Labor Day Children’s Basketball tournament. The Basketball tournament will take place in Freeport, Grand Bahama, from June 6-8 in St. George’s High School Gymnasium and children from aged 9-18 will be able to take part. Further information is here
Jun 17 – Aug 9: Summer Sailing Camp at Grand Bahama Sailing Club: Sailing camps are for children age 8-14 with or without sailing experience. Camps are for 2 weeks Mon-Fri (9am-3:30pm) at the cost of $300. Intro, intermediate, and advanced sailing camps are designed to teach children seamanship and boat handling while having fun on the water. Grand Bahama Sailing Club is the best place for children to spend their summer. Registration forms should be submitted with payment to David Valentine (email@example.com) Phone: 727-7245 or 373-7245 Camp 1: June 17-28 / Camp 2: July 1 – 12 / Camp 3: July 15-26/ Camp 4: July 29 – August 9th of July & 12-13th
9th July and 12&13th July – Annual Devard & Devaughn Darling Football Camp Free for 11-17 year old boys & girls. Further information here
Dining out in Grand Bahama is a treat for food lovers, especially those of the seafood persuasion. Impressive varieties of the day’s fresh catch can be bought in dozens of restaurants around Lucaya Port and Freeport. Don’t forget to start your meal with a conch-salad appetiser – an Island favourite. Poultry and pork are other typical dishes, and are mostly curried, steamed or fried and eaten with rice or salad. Spices abound, so beware if you don’t like it hot!
Restaurants on Grand Bahama Island are generally mid-range, with a sprinkling of high end eateries around Freeport and Lucaya. Luciano’s at Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina is probably at the top end of the pile, and has been positively reviewed in a handful of reputed publications, among them the NY Times.
Restaurants vary in size and style, from charming bistros to loud and ambient Irish bars. Like most things, referrals are generally the best way to find the quality you’re looking for. Our staff at Suffolk Court are happy to point visitors to top eateries in the area.
Here is a link to the most reviewed restaurants in Grand Bahama, according to the world-famous Trip Advisor website:
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Grand Bahama Island Sailing Regatta
The Annual Grand Bahama Sailing regatta is happening this June. The event kicks off from Taino Beach, where fleets of sloops line up to vie for the title of ‘Champion of The Sea.’ The regatta has been going strong for years, and attracts a mixture of professional and competitive sailors, as well as fledgling sailors wanting to cut their teeth. The event, though essentially competitive, is also open to curious sailors who want to join in for fun, or who just want to soak up the atmosphere the regatta generates. For visitors who simply want to take it in, there’s lots of entertainment of offer, with music, food and other Bahaman feel good celebrations happening in Taino. Taino is widely considered one of the most stunning beaches on Grand Bahama Island.
The waters of Grand Bahama make an idyllic setting for this great sporting event, with glistening aquamarine beaches scattered along its shoreline. Sailors wishing to travel by boats can arrive to the island via the three official ports of entry, namely: Freeport, Lucaya and West End. Customs and immigration will assess boats for entry upon arrival. In total, there are seven marinas on the island, most of them fully equipped with electricity hubs, waste-disposal units and fuel stations, which sailors can make use of.
The regatta will be held over three days, and has three main sloop classifications: “A” – 28 feet and up, “B” – Up to 20 feet and “C” – 12 to 14 feet.
A cash prize is awarded to the winner, as well as the ego-boosting title ‘Champion of the Seas.’ It’s a great event, and one that gathers the community in a spirit of fun and sportsmanship.
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The Grand Bahama Junkaroo Summer Festival begins this July 7th and runs until July 28th. It’s a fantastic time for visitors wishing to experience the island’s culture to arrive. Over four weeks, a spectacle of multi-coloured parades, feel-good indigenous music and culture fill the streets. It’s an important time in the Bahamian calendar, when thousands of islanders dress up in specially made costumes and masks to celebrate the centuries-old festival.
Activities will centre on Taino Beach Park, a popular hub for the island festivals.
Junkaroo recognises the history of the slave trade in the Bahamas and is thought to have first began somewhere between the 16th and 17th centuries. It was around that time that slaves were granted 3 days off: December 25th and 26th, and January 1st. In a celebration of freedom from the shackles of hard labour, the island’s slaves poured onto the streets to blow off steam.
Rhythmic beats from goatskin drums fill the atmosphere in commemoration of the slaves who once stretched goatskin across specially crafted drums. Historically, the slaves made musical instruments like drums from cast-off items like food containers. Today’s musicians, in honour of their ancestors, use similar methods.
Due to popularity, the festival has since grown to include summer vacation months. During this time, hoards of celebrants take to the streets in wild oceans of colour that have been compared to Brazil’s Mardi Gras.
The event is Co-ordinated by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and is widely attended by the local population and enthralled tourists.
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