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Farther out on either side of the Freeport–Lucaya development, the island reverts to natural pine forest, fishing settlements, and quiet secluded beaches. Heading west from Freeport, travelers pass the harbor area, a cluster of shacks selling fresh conch and seafood at Fishing Hole, a series of small villages, and Deadman's Reef at Paradise Cove before reaching the historic fishing town
of West End and its upscale resort at the island's very tip. East of Lucaya lie long stretches of forest interrupted by the occasional small village, the Lucayan National Park, a myriad of bonefishing flats along the eastern end up to McClean’s Town, and the outer Grand Bahama Cays: Sweetings, Deep Water, and Lightbourne.
Freeport, once an attractive, planned city of modern shopping centers, resorts, and other convenient tourist facilities, took a bad hit from...