Grand Bahama is the fourth largest of The Islands of The Bahamas and the second most popular destination among visitors. The western tip of Grand Bahama, where the settlement of West End is located, is about 55 miles off the Florida coast. The island is approximately 530 square miles and may be divided into three main sections:
A sparsely developed area with many quaint settlements and secluded beaches. These communities include: High Rock, Pelican Point, Riding Point, Old Freetown, New Freetown, McLean’s Town, Gambier Point, Gold Rock, BevansTown, Rocky Creek and Thomas Town. Settlements off the mainland include: Sweeting’s Cay, Water Cay and Deep Water Cay which has a fishing lodge with its own airstrip.
A massive pine barren just over 50 years ago, the city of Freeport is now the commercial, industrial and touristic center of activity on Grand Bahama Island.
The capital of Grand Bahama, West End dates back to the prosperous days of bootlegging, and is now a quiet fishing village with quaint bars, restaurants and churches. The legendary Jack Tar Village Resort is now the Old Bahama Bay Resort, the main tourist attraction in this settlement.
Other Communities in the Western Grand Bahama:
Eight Mile Rock – this area is divided into many subsections: