Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2015

Grand Bahama

The Islands of the Bahamas

Discovered as a result of Ponce de Leon’s quest for the “Fountain of Youth” in 1513.  It is believed that the Spanish explorer called this area “baja mar” (literally ‘under water’), so the name Gran Bajamar or ‘Great Shallows’ – came to be known as ‘Grand Bahama’.  Freeport/Lucaya, the Bahamas’ second city, is known for its casinos, resorts and tropical entertainment, however outside this developed area there are pristine white sand beaches, three national parks, protected wetlands and an incredible resource of marine life.  The island’s real estate is varied from luxury high-rise condominiums to island outpost vacation homes on peaceful beaches.

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