Grand Bahama Island and the other Bahamas Islands were home to several populations of native people, including the Siboney Indians, possibly the earliest settlers and the Lucayans, the inhabitants around the time of Columbus. After the arrival of the Spanish in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, most native peoples were enslaved and transported elsewhere. In 1670, Great Britain claimed The Islands of the Bahamas. Around the same time, Grand Bahama Island probably became well-known to pirates of the day, including Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.
By the mid-20th century, Grand Bahama Island was one of the least developed of the islands. Around this time, an American financier named Wallace Groves reached an agreement with the Bahamian government to build industry and tourist communities. This was the birth of the Bahamas’ reputation as the premier Caribbean getaway.
Today, visitors and residents enjoy the natural beauty and bountiful diversions available on Grand Bahama Island. One can take part in the many local festivals, including Junkanoo Summer Street Festival, one of the most famous, or ongoing events such as a fish fry or crab fest. Grand Bahama Island is also the perfect location for nature lovers, who can explore one of three national parks or stroll through one of Freeport/Lucaya’s amazing gardens. If activity is your priority, you can choose between a multitude of sports and recreation options, including golf, kayaking, hiking, windsurfing, swimming, parasailing, snorkeling, 4x4 tours and biking.
Grand Bahama Island is home to the world-renowned Ginn sur Mer Club and Resort, one of the largest and most elegant on the island. The centerpiece of the community will be a beautifully designed grand palace, containing eateries, spas, world-class shopping, night clubs, a Monte-Carlo-inspired casino and children’s entertainment centers. Additionally, the 2,000-acre site of Ginn sur Mer will retain much natural beauty in the form of pristine beaches, with the addition of a marina and private airport, as well as a Grand Canal that will wind through the community, bearing passengers. Golf will also be a focus at Ginn sur Mer, as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are set to design two unique golf courses, featuring oceanfront holes and challenging design.
Come to Grand Bahama Island to experience the best Bahamas experience. Stay at Ginn sur Mer to experience the best of Grand Bahama Island!
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