Located in the Lucaya area adjacent to the resort of the same name, Taino is ideal for families with children. The on-site ... More
Located in the Lucaya area adjacent to the resort of the same name, Taino is ideal for families with children. The on-site small playground and water activities keep the kids busy and give parents a welcome break to sunbathe and relax. During holidays the beach is the host site for many local cookouts. Several restaurants serve tropical drinks and a variety of foods here. The Stoned Crab, Kaptain Kenny's Bay Watch and Toni Macaroni's highlight the tableau of dining destinations in the area. Souvenirs, straw goods and hair braiding are offered at Kaptain Kenny's. Volleyball is a popular sporting activity at Taino. Call the tourist board for more info.
My lower reviews indicate our thoughts on the Ocean/Coral rooms. Would give higher reviews for the Marlin had we stayed in those rooms. The weather in December is questionable. It was very chilly with some days lows in 30's. The high temp was 72 and that was only one day. December is lobster season so you could purchase fresh lobster for $7-10 and boil up in room. Excellent treat. If we go again we would NOT stay in the Ocean Bldg. Very dated, not very clean and most have major issues. Our first room had standing water, 2nd room was terribly musty smelling and had mold spots on the floors and walls. Our 3rd room was adequate but had two days where maintenance was on our deck scraping/painting. Getting issues resolved required you to physcially go down to the desk and wait until resolution. We visited guests in the Marlin building and those were very nice units. We would only stay in that building in the future. Towel exchange is a joke. They never had any clean towels to exchange. Always told try back later. All guests were complaining about this. The grounds were very nice. While it was too chilly for us to use the pool it was very nice. The hot tub was great. The restaraunt was excellent! Very good food. The beach was clean and beautiful. The grocery run was not much. It was a convenience store that had limited items. All very expensive. Bring some of your own necessities. Also, the grocery run isn't complimentary. There is a cost of $3 each time. You can get most items in Port Lucaya if you don't mind carrying them back on the ferry. If you like seafood you will love Freeport! Billy Joe's conch shack located by the Radisson is awesome!. If you walk east down the beach from Taino for about a mile (wear shoes) you will get to Junkanoo. They have great conch burgers and you can use the kayaks and paddle boats for free! ($20/hour at Taino Beach). The BBQ beach bon fire is okay. Not worth the money. Food was ok and drinks were watered down if they had any alcohol in them. The Wed. night fish fry was awesome. The Tarpon was excellent. The conch stand in Port Lucaya by the tour huts has excellent conch salad. (like ceviche) Very reasonable. Pieces restaraunt has awesome seafood pizza. The neptune has shrimp, lobster, crab. Reasonable. Nothing is cheap in Freeport. Bring lots of money. Cash is better because most places tell you the credit card machine is broken. "sorry mon". The jet ski tour is worth the money. Takes you past famous homes, Peterson Cay National park, beautiful waters. Book tours early in your stay as they fill up. While we had issues to deal with it was still a fun trip. The food was the best part!
The Grand Bahama Island is huge with far fewer people then Paradise
Island and Atlantis. Those islands have tons of people and its more like a
city. Be prepared for the blast of humidity when they open the plane door.
Its changed a lot since the last hurricane. The Princess Casino was blown
away and never recovered. Only one casino The Lacayan and thats down
town Freeport. We rented a car for the week $400. and probably paid for
it by eating at McD's a few times. Lunch anywhere is tough to find under
$50. Every place always puts 15% gratuity on the bill. Its your call for an
additional tip since the house keeps half. With a car were able to find the
fish market and ate lobster 3 nights. $19. lb. The one supermarket close
by is filthy. Eggs kept in a broken cooler we ignored. A small can of peanut butter was $5.75 and a standard roasted peanuts jar was $13.
Pack your own coffee and cremora etc. Take onion,garlic,salt & pepper
if your going to cook in the time share. The meat at that super market I
wouldn't touch. The only other market is downtown Freeport. Its like a
Sams Club, big quantities. If you do the lobster thing just cook it in margarine after seasoning it. Its great! Fast food places have typical prices like here in the states. The condo has pots,pans,silverware. The
pool is huge. Probably take you 20 minutes just to walk around. Grotto
bar, water slide. The pristine white beaches are 3 minutes away with lots
of eye candy. Luckily my great wife pointed them out! Sunscreen is a must or you will fry!! You can rent scooters, jetskis, parasail (2people at
a time) bring money! The international bazarre was also blown away and
never recovered but new places opened at the marina next to the big
Casino. Lots of shops, t shirts will shrink down to the size of my dog. Dont
bother. Plan your trip so you are there at least one weekend night. There
is a huge show on weekend nights. A Band, singers, fire eater, an
incredible guy who does Limbo. They have a big pavillion or you can sit
at one of the many bars surrounding the place and eat and drink and watch the show. There will be lots of people there including the folks off
the cruise ships. The Flamingo Hotel next door says in its advertising that
its next to the theme park, there is no theme park! If you rent a car don't
forget they drive on the left! It tough to get used to but they do have a huge
sign on the window that says "Stay to the left!" If you are a smoker here is
a great tip when your leaving. Get your luggage through and go through to
the waiting area. There is a bar you can hang out in and its got a separate
section for smoking. You can drink, grab a sandwich next door and surf
or read your email. Take your laptop, theres wireless every where! One
more thing. Cash is at equal value to US. But get rid of it before you go.
Have fun and don't do anything stupid!
I love the pool and the ocean. Accomadations good but not the housekeeping fee. I get confused on the weeks and with the change understanding the unit.
I wish they would do a reminder of the weeks and dates we chose. And there is no way to rent or sell the units, too much property avaiable. We lost money trying to rent.
We were talked into too many units; there is no way we can use three weeks. Pat
My wife and I liked it so much we bought one week. We love the beach and the water. It is wonderful.
We enjoyed the Princess Casino which is nearby which serves great food and the nightly excitement of the slots and table games.
The staff at Tiano Beach were wonderfully helpful and directed us too many activities and tour.
We especially liked the straw market and the conch fritters.
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