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Taino Beach

I have noticed that this thread has stopped at just the time I am looking for information! Wow....I hope I can start another one...

Anyway, we are going to Taino next year (April 2012) we are booked at the Coral and am hoping it is overlooking the pool. I read in other posts that these units with a full kitchen ARE not looking at the parking lot. I hope not! We have a one bedroom. Does anyone know what the layout is at the Coral for a one bedroom? Also, I have been researching what to do in the area and have found that there is a bus available for $60 for the entire week to take you to nearby attractions. Is this worth it? Also, I see there is some place called "Rotation" does anyone have thoughts on that? Just looking for things to do.....

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Rotation is closed now I believe, but one guy I know called them and they opened back up just for him. You never know.

$60/week sounds like a pretty good deal, depending on how much you use it, and for where. You have the ferry you can ride to Port Lucaya for $5pp.

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How many times would one go to Port Lucaya in a week? Is there anything else to do? I read that all the restaurants etc are in Port Lucaya, so we would go often?

Thanks for the help.....

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The restaurants aren't all in Port Lucaya, but there are a lot of them there. However, some of the best places on the island for a tourist are places like Banana Bay, Pier One, Bishop's, Bahama John's, Paradise Cove, Coral Beach Bar, Fish Fry, Redbeard's and Tony Macaroni's, none of whom are at Port Lucaya. Just depends what you want to do.

What's nice about Port Lucaya is you can find non-Bahamian food if you want that, and there are lots of restaurants right there if you're not sure what you want. Also on the weekends at least the music at the square is nice. It's also an easy place to visit at night because ferries and taxis are always available, and it's lit up so not spooky feeling like some other areas (which are safe enough but really dark). Plus you can saunter over the casino to make a deposit if you're so inclined, and there are usually plenty of other people around which is nice when you're on vacation.

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Sounds like you have alot of experience in Freeport....glad to have you! I think what is really making me wonder is that I have read SO many reviews on Taino beach and the blgs...that I don't know what to really expect! Now that I have already booked, I hate to have second thoughts. This will be our first trip to the Bahamas, we are usually Mexico vacationers, I hope I will not be sorry.......

Thanks again....

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Don't spend your time with second thoughts, you will have a nice time. Sounds like you're already researching and planning things to do which is a MUST on GBI, because unlike Mexico you won't find people selling tickets and activities on every street corner or chasing you down the street. Quite the opposite, you have to really do some legwork to find out the best things to do on GBI.

We stayed at the Coral a few years back and from what I recall, the "Hotel" units were the ones along the parking lot, while the "Studio" units and larger had balconies overlooking the pool (or patios on the ground floor). 1-Bedroom units are basically created by a lockout between the two, so you'll have a Studio and Hotel unit connected. See floorplan at tainobeach.com/images/Ritz2_1and2FloorBIG.jpg and photos at http://www.tainobeach.com/Ritz2_1st2nd.html. What I remember at the Coral was a great balcony overlooking a beautiful pool, with a unit that was kind of old and dark.

The beach at Taino Beach Resort is gorgeous, there is a watersports company right onsite, and the Port Lucaya ferry is right across the street at Flamingo Bay marina. There are tennis courts and the best pool on the island with a water slide to boot. The grounds are beautifully palmed, hammocks for lounging, activities at the pool. The rooms at the Coral need updated, but hey - you didn't come to the Bahamas to sit in your room. Head instead to your beachside restaurant, Taino By the Sea, or your grotto pool bar for happy hour, work on your tan on the beach, hang out on your balcony/patio and research and plan some activities ahead of time and you'll have a great time on Grand Bahama.

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This really puts my mind at ease and makes me more excited for April.....Thank you for that! You are right, I hope not to have to deal with the timeshare hawks or the trinket salesmen on the beach. Although we just brush them off now. Did you have a studio? If so, where did you get your groceries...mainly breakfast food, as we are out the rest of the day. Thank you for the link. I have been "googling" Taino and looking at all pics!

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If I recall, yes we had a studio. They run a shuttle up to City Market where you can get groceries, or you can ask your taxi to stop on the way from the airport and he can take you either there or Solomon's. Then you don't have to go out again. They're usually happy to do that.

Coming from Mexico, you will be refreshed by the lack of timeshare hawks and trinket salesmen. There are a very few here and there, but they are not pushy, they are polite, it is not anything like Mexico in that regard. I assume that Taino Beach Resort has a timeshare pusher on staff to give you a "welcome package" though, most RCI resorts do.

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Yes, they certainly DO! But we have been at this for awhile and we get the freebies and know how to say "no" whatever the pressure! That pool looks so inviting, thank you for all your input....

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Johann&Sandra gave you great advice. I am an owner at Taino and we stay in the Marlin building. We go there every April for several weeks. It's a perfect time of year to visit as there is not much humidity and the temps are in the 80's. One other suggestion would be to pack some cereal and pringles. Cereal, snacks & candy are quite expensive. The resort has a bus that will take you to the supermarket on Friday, Sunday and Monday for a small fee if your not an owner. Be advised that your in the Bahamas and the service is slow. Most restaurants add 18% gratuity to your tab so don't double tip!

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Hi! I was swimming in marina bay pool this morning and I can say it's very nice. you can get some drink at the pool bar. I had some nice cocktail. I went to Punta Cana in Dominican Republic a few months ago, beaches are wonderful there. Taino beach is nice, but it's not exactly what we are looking for in Bahamas. can anyone recommend some isolated and singular, peculiar, wonderful beach in Freeport?