West End, Grand Bahama Island

Rumrunners, bonefish and conch shacks

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The island’s one-time capital and hot spot, West End  embraced rumrunners to name-brand vacationers looking for escape up until the 1970s.

When American financier Wallace Groves conceived Freeport, 25 miles to the east, as a tax-free haven for shipping and resorts, thriving West End deflated.

The community continues a struggle to regain the glory of its early days. Old Bahama Bay resort and marina attracts the affluent boating clientele of yore. For the land-bound visitor, conch shacks along the mostly deserted waterfront and a robust bone-fishing industry warrant a trip that takes you far away from Freeport, both literally and figuratively.

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