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A hotel on Grand Bahama is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Grand Bahama hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Grand Bahama are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Grand Bahama hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Grand Bahama hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Grand Bahama have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels on Grand Bahama
An upscale full service hotel facility on Grand Bahama that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Grand Bahama hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Grand Bahama hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels on Grand Bahama
Boutique hotels of Grand Bahama are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Grand Bahama boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Grand Bahama may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels on Grand Bahama
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Grand Bahama travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Grand Bahama focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels on Grand Bahama
Small to medium-sized Grand Bahama hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Grand Bahama traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Grand Bahama hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs on Grand Bahama
A bed and breakfast on Grand Bahama is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Grand Bahama bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Grand Bahama B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels on Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Grand Bahama hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Grand Bahama
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Grand Bahama hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Grand Bahama lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs on Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Grand Bahama often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Grand Bahama on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels on Grand Bahama
A Grand Bahama motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Grand Bahama for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Grand Bahama motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Grand Bahama
Native name: Grand Bahamian
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Western and central Grand Bahama seen from space, looking southwest
Grand Bahama is located in Bahamas
Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates  / 26.650; -78.317
Archipelago Bahamas
Area 1,373 km (530 sq mi)
Highest elevation 40 ft (12 m)
Largest settlement Freeport
Population 51,756 (2010)
Pop. density 37.70 /km (97.64 /sq mi)

Grand Bahama is the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, lying 86 kilometres (53 mi) off of Palm Beach, Florida. It is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas island chain of approximately 700 islands and 2,400 cays. The island is approximately 153 kilometres (95 mi) long west to east and 24 kilometres (15 mi) at its widest point north to south. Administratively, the island consists of the Freeport Bonded Area and the districts of East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama.

Grand Bahama: History

Grand Bahama: Early Spanish contact

Lucayan National Park

The Spanish gave the island the name Gran Bajamar, meaning "Great Shallows", and what the eventual name of the Bahamas islands as a whole is derived from. However, the Lucayan (pre-Columbian) name for the island was Bahama. Grand Bahama's existence for almost two centuries was largely governed by the nature of these "great shallows" - the coral reefs surrounding the island were treacherous, and repelled its Spanish claimants (who largely left it alone apart from infrequent en route stops by ships for provisions) while attracting pirates, who would lure ships onto the reefs where they would run aground and be plundered. The Spaniards took little interest in the island after enslaving the native Lucayan inhabitants.

Grand Bahama: British rule

The islands were claimed by Great Britain in 1670. Piracy continued to thrive for at least half a century after the British takeover, though the problem was eventually brought under control.

Grand Bahama remained relatively quiet until the mid-19th century, with only around 200-400 regular inhabitants in the capital, West End. In 1834, the towns of Pinder’s Point, Russell Town and Williams Town were established by former Bahamian slaves after slavery was abolished in the British empire. The island remained under-developed until a brief boom of economic activity during the American Civil War, when it was a center for blockade runners smuggling goods (mostly weaponry, sugar and cotton) to the Confederacy. A second brief smuggling boom occurred during the years of prohibition in the USA.

Grand Bahama: Hawksbill Creek Agreement era

The International Bazaar in Freeport

By the mid-20th century, Grand Bahama's population numbered around 500 and the island was one of the least developed of the Bahamas' islands. However it finally gained a stable source of income when in 1955 a Virginian financier named Wallace Groves began redevelopment with the Bahamian government to build the city of Freeport under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and create the Grand Bahama Port Authority. Soon after, the ambitious Edward St. George, with the financial help of Sir Jack Hayward, took the company to new frontiers. Seeing the success of Cuba as a tourist destination for wealthy Americans, St. George was eager to develop Grand Bahama in a similar vein. The city grew rapidly, with St. George adding a harbour, an airport soon after the city was founded, and the tourist center of Port Lucaya in 1962. Grand Bahama became the second most populous island in the Bahamas (over 50,000 in 2004).

Grand Bahama: Economy

Casa Bahama, an 18-story condominium, the tallest building in Grand Bahama

Tourism is the mainstay of the island's economy. The resort area at Port Lucaya and visits by cruise ships provide the bulk of this activity. Grand Bahama's tourism sector is complemented by the BORCO oil bunkering facility owned by Buckeye, the South Riding Point oil storage and transhipment terminal owned by Statoil, and a transshipment/container port partly owned by Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa and the Grand Bahama Port Authority. There are also quarrying operations on the island and a large shipyard.

There are two airports on the island: Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, and West End Airport in West End. Grand Bahama International Airport is the larger of the two, and West End Airport is open sporadically for private aircraft only.

Grand Bahama: Administrative regions

Grand Bahama is divided into three districts and seven town areas for administrative purposes. Each district is run by a Chief Councilor, and each town area or township is run by a Chairperson. As of 1996 Grand Bahama has three districts.

  • East Grand Bahama
  • West Grand Bahama
  • The City of Freeport

Elections are held every 5 years in Grand Bahama. The two principal parties are the Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement.

Grand Bahama: Main settlements

Taino Beach
  • Freeport is the main city of Grand Bahama, it holds the commercial ship harbour and the main airport.
  • Lucaya is a tourist destination on the island, with beaches and hotels.
  • West End is the capital of Grand Bahama. It first achieved notoriety as a rum-running port during the Prohibition.
  • Eight Mile Rock is the largest settlement in Grand Bahama and all of The Bahamas. It stretches out 8 miles of rocky shore, hence its name. It is home to many of recent NBA and WNBA players such as Buddy Hield and Jonquel Jones
  • McLeans Town is the easternmost settlement and a 30-minute ferry ride from the northernmost settlement of the neighbor island of Abaco.
Topographic map of Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama: References

  2. Julius Granberry and Gary S. Vescelius. (2004) Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles. The University of Alabama Press. Buy book ISBN 0-8173-5123-X p. 83
  3. The earliest settlers, the Siboney Indians about-the-island/history-of-grand-bahama-island/ It is believed they had an advanced political and social structure, and lived in well-organized cities.
  4. Great Britain claimed The Islands of The Bahamas in 1670, after British colonists left Bermuda for the island of Eleuthera when history finally caught up with it again.
  5. In 1955, the second most populated city of The Bahamas was little more than a pine forest Over 30 years later, the result is a community completely tailored to the getaway tourist, a premeditated paradise offering almost every kind of vacation activity imaginable.
  6. Buckeye Partners, L.P. "BORCO". Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  7. Statoil ASA. "Bahamas - South Riding Point". Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  9. Hotel Online Report
  • Official Tourism Site of The Islands of the Bahamas
  • Official Site of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board
  • BASRA - Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association
  • Grand Bahama Power Company
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