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West End

Country
Bahamas
State
Grand Bahama
City
West End
Type of Location
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About Location

West End is the oldest town and westernmost settlement on the Bahamian Island of Grand Bahama.It is the current capital of Grand Bahama,contrary to the belief that Freeport City is the capital of the island.It is also the third largest settlement in The Bahamas.

It achieved notoriety as a rum-running port during prohibition.In the 1950s development began on the Grand Bahama Club and Jack Tar marina, which opened in 1960.However, over the years the marina fell into disrepair and the whole city of West End was of little economic import to Grand Bahama. In 2001, the marina was purchased by a group which renamed it Old Bahama Bay.Significant renovations followed including complete refurbishment of the docks, many new canals cut for luxury home sites, luxury condos built, and restaurants built.

In 2009 the Ginn Company defaulted on a $650 million Credit Suisse which a major portion of the loan was used to fund Ginn Sur Mer.The project once pegged at $5 billion would have included thousands of home sites, 4 star resort hotel, two golf courses, airport and mega yacht marina has now come to a complete halt. Bogged down with numerous United States lawsuits filed by disgruntled buyers who alleged that Robert (Bobby) Ginn sold land that appears to have been owned by several Bahamian families who have resided for generations in the historic settlement. The lawsuits filed in the U.S. and Bahamas courts are still ongoing.



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How to Reach

By Air

West End Airport (IATA: WTD, ICAO: MYGW) is an airport that serves Grand Bahama.While smaller than the other airport on the island located in Freeport, this airport has two runways each 8,500 feet in length.This airport was recently re-opened and serves mostly cargo aircraft.The main runway is runway 10 and is the westernmost runway in the entire Bahamian archipelago.

By Cruise

Bahamas Celebration offers a unique opportunity to choose how you want to cruise! Enjoy a 2-Night Bahamas Cruise to Grand Bahama Island or a Cruise & Resort Stay of four, six or eight nights at the beautiful Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort.All cruise passengers will receive a comfortable cabin on the cruise; accommodations include, economical coach cabins, oceanview staterooms and luxurious suites.Already dubbed "An Official Cruise Line of Grand Bahama Island" by the Ministry of Tourism, The Celebration Cruise Line is the exclusive cruise ship sailing out of the Port of Palm Beach.On the weeks the ship departs on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday out of Grand Bahama Island, it will depart on Monday, Wednesday and Friday out of Florida.

By Bus

Taking the public bus is a fantastic way to see the sights and mingle with local Bahamians.Local transportation operates from 7am until sunset.Bus fare is $1.00 in the Freeport/Lucaya area and $2.00 in the West and East End areas.Grand Bahama’s public transportation is also a great way to get to Port Lucaya Marketplace with no fuss or worries.

Key places to visit
Deadman's Reef, Gold Rock Beach, Peterson Cay National Park, Port Lucaya Marketplace


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Places to Visit

Deadman's Reef

Welcome to Grand Bahama’s ultimate snorkeling location.Deadman’s Reef is also the recent site for unearthing Lucayan artifacts hearths, animal bones, pottery pieces and shell beads.The home of Paradise Cove is considered one of the most important Lucayan archaeological sites on Grand Bahama Island.On your next snorkeling adventure, add a little archaeological fun for a one-of-a-kind underwater experience.

Gold Rock Beach

Is part of the Lucayan National Park and is protected by the Bahamas National Trust.Located east of the island, about 25 miles from Freeport, this beach is often secluded at low tide when it unveils its spectacular “welcome mat”.Gold Rock Beach can be accessed via tour bus or rental car.There are BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches available.North of the beach are the Lucayan Caverns, the world's longest underground surveyed cave system.

Peterson Cay National Park

Located one mile off the southern shore of Grand Bahama Island. At 1-1/2 acres, it’s one of the smallest National Parks in the Bahamas.The park features shallow bars and coral reefs, especially west of the cay, which make for excellent snorkeling and diving.Amongst coral beds and sunken rocks, swimmers are able to observe schools of tropical fish, elkhorn, soft corals, sea fans and an occasional manta ray or barracuda.A sandy white beach on the north side provides boat access and is excellent for swimming and sunbathing.Peterson Cay is a perfect getaway spot for picnics and relaxation.Please, remember to take nothing but pictures and leave only footprints.

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Is Grand Bahama’s main shopping district.You’ll find dozens of specialty boutiques, restaurants, entertainment and much more. The Count Basie Square at Port Lucaya offers live evening entertainment after a long day of shopping.The art of straw work is one of the oldest industries in The Bahamas.Beginning in the 1700's, straw creations flourished with the rise of the tourism industry on in The Bahamas. Nowadays, there are many unique straw, wood and shell creations to purchase.Take a peek and discover many locally handcrafted items such as baskets, hats and mats and other beautiful souvenirs.

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