For Business and Beauty of Life
The infrastructure of a developed business centre. The ease of international accessibility. Luxury residential choice, amenities and services for exceptional quality of life. Nowhere in the region will one find greater fulfillment of these needs than in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
Look beyond the beaches and natural beauty of The Bahamas, and you will find that Freeport is an extraordinary centre for business and private investment. It is also an exceptional place in which to live.
In less than 50 years, Freeport has successfully achieved the strategic development and balanced growth of a vibrant business and residential community. Freeport provides the business, investment and commercial activity of a modern, well-planned city. Complemented by the luxury residential communities and abundant leisure choices of Lucaya and surrounding areas, it is easy to see why Freeport is the first choice of international companies requiring a presence in the region.
The sun shines on Grand Bahama Island an average of 300 days a year. Average annual rainfall is 57 inches. Our location just off Florida's gulf coast ensures warm waters throughout the winter months and an offshore, southeasterly breeze to moderate our summer temperature to a comfortable average of 83°F or 28°C. Winter temperatures average 70°F or 21°C.
The Bahamian dollar is pegged directly to the U.S. dollar at 1:1, and may be used interchangeably throughout The Bahamas for the purchase of goods and services.
Cost of Living
As Grand Bahama Island imports 90 percent of all consumer goods directly from the United States, The cost of living reflects the cost of transportation in the locally derived Consumer Price Index.
The Bahamas 2000 national census showed that Grand Bahama Island is home to 75,000 people of which 74% live in the general Freeport/Lucaya area. Eighty eight percent of the population is Bahamian while 12% is expatriate.
Freeport...The Strategic Choice
Freeport continues to grow by creating new opportunities every day. We have established strong foundations to support growth and to sustain opportunity: financial incentives, dynamic development, world-class infrastructure, and accessibility. We provide the resources and advantages of an international business centre, which makes Freeport the choice strategic location for investment.
Nowhere, in the region, will you find a better centre for business, with luxury communities, state of the art telecommunications capabilities or a comparable quality of life. In Freeport, development is the mandate of a private corporation. The Grand Bahama Port Authority understands and delivers to your needs. From preliminary fact-finding through grant of final licenses, direct access and one-stop decisions support the schedule your investment demands. This is why so many companies choose Freeport, Grand Bahama.
The Bahamas-250 Years of Democracy
The Bahamas, a member of the British Commonwealth, is an archipelago of more than 700 islands and cays located 52 miles off the coast of Florida. The diversity of the islands and continued economic and political stability are the reasons why so many international companies call The Bahamas home.
The English-speaking population of 310,000 is located primarily on the two most populous islands - Grand Bahama Island (where Freeport is located) and New Providence (where the country's capital, Nassau, is located). With an exceptional adult literacy rate of 95% and one of the highest average per capita incomes in the region, The Bahamas enjoys a stable parliamentary democracy - a tradition of more than two-and-a-half centuries.
Grand Bahama Island's strategic location just 65 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida and on the major EW - NS shipping routes, has positioned it for tremendous growth as an ideal centre for international business. Consequently, a growing number of international companies use Freeport as its site for business.