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Grand Bahama Island (east and west ends)

Grand Bahama’s town of West End is seasoned with the saltiness of the open air and the zest of lime. Outdoor entertainment is always combined with food that is battered and fried or lemon spiced and grilled, and music that is full of percussion. Over 50 miles east of the commercial centre of Freeport, East End is a land of untouched beaches and unexplored pine barrens. Covering two-thirds of Grand Bahama Island, the most northern Bahamian island, East End is largely unpopulated. Between the two poles, there are three national parks to explore, bountiful fishing grounds, and vast underwater cave systems.

 Natural Area
Ben's Cave at Lucayan National Park
   
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Lucayan National Park

Established in 1977, this 40-acre National Park incorporates one of the largest/longest charted...

 Community
St. Mary Magdalene Church
   
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West End

West End, the Capitol of Grand Bahama Island, is located approximately 25...

 Community
The high rocky bluff in the town of High Rock.
   
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High Rock

High Rock gets its name from the high rocky bluff located between the coastal road and the sea....

 Historic or...
Pinder's Point Lighthouse
   
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Pinder's Point Lighthouse

Located in the southwestern settlement of Pinder's Point, this lighthouse was built In the late...

 Natural Area
The Boiling Hole
   
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The Boiling Hole

Armbrister Creek flows into a clear lake called 'Boiling Point' or 'Boiling Hole,' whose tidal...

 Guide or Outfitter
Youth Pastors from Montgomery Alabama run into a pod of Dolphins around Wood Cay. July 2014.
   
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West End Ecology Tours

At West End Ecology Tours, our motto is "Ecology and Fishing To Benefit Humanity," and...

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Quick Facts

Area: 530 sq. miles
Population: 51,368 persons
Highest Point: 68 feet
Location: approximately 125 miles northwest of New Providence and less than 100 miles east of Florida
Origin of the Name: It is believed that when Christopher Columbus visited the island in 1492 he called it "Gran Bajamar," meaning "Great Shallows," from which the name Grand Bahama was derived.