In The Canal Zone

The area around Freeport, Grand Bahama, is honeycombed with canals.  It’s not quite Venice or Amsterdam, but the canals make for some beautiful vistas — and have turned out to be an inspired development decision.

The canals were built years ago.  The canals increased the amount of waterfront property the developers of Grand Bahama Island could offer to potential residents and businesses and also provided more secure places for boat storage.

The areas along the canals are now dotted with harbors and marinas, and the white and masted boats provide an attractive scene for waterside bars and restaurants.  If you follow the labyrinth of canals farther inland, you will find lovely waterside homes with the inevitable family boat bobbing nearby.

The presence of the canals also seems to have drawn a lot of development to the area along the canals, as opposed to along the oceanfront.  One surprising thing about a visit to Freeport and Grand Bahama is how much of oceanfront property is completely unspoiled — and untouched by tourists.  To some degree, the outlet for development provided by the canals no doubt has relieved the pressure for building on the beach.  As a result, vast areas have been left in their natural state, and you can cruise in a boat along the shore for miles without seeing any structure along the beachfront.

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