Little Town, Big Boat Community

We left Black Point on 2/12 heading south.  We made great time and anchored in Little Farmers Cay.  The weather was good but it was a swift current and while we did not drag anchor we did swing around a lot.  The next morning we took to the Farmers Cay Cut over to Exuma Sound.  The sound side has much deeper water and the western side of the Exumas has many shallow areas with coral heads to watch out for.  We stayed out for about an hour but the large rolling waves made it feel like a washing machine so we cut back into the west side near Musha Cay.  Musha is a private island with a resort owned by David Copperfield.  You can rent it for $39k per night with a 4 night minimum…….. no thank you, I will stay on my boat!  We dropped anchor for a bit to make some decisions as to where to go.  One of the thinks we wanted to see was the submerged piano and mermaid sculpture that David commissioned and was done by Jason deCaies Taylor.  We did not find it as we decided to head out to the sound and make for a closer stop to George Town.  We headed out of Rudder Cut and the waves were better.  With the wind going (for once) in the right direction we were flying.  John decided we were making good time to make it to George Town before the sun set.

We made it to George Town to stay with about 200 other boats.  There is a BIG cruiser community here and we made it just in time to enjoy their annual regatta.  This is the 39th regatta.  After dropping anchor between Lake Victoria and Stocking Island we enjoyed a quiet night.  Bright and early the next morning we headed into Lake Victoria in the dingy to go to the Exuma Market for provisions. Each morning they have Cruisers Net to give news on all the activities and to welcome new people.  It appears that a daily get together happens on Volleyball Beach where Chat and Chill is, so we headed there to see what was up.  After enjoying a bottle or two of Sands Beer we learned of an variety show going on the next night and we decided to check it out.  It was fun and there was quite a lot of talent.  The owner of Chat and Chill provided free rum punch (while it lasted).  It looks like we will be here till the end of the week and then start heading back up to Nassau.

On Sunday we went to Peace and Plenty Beach Club for burgers and beer and after John and took a little swim around the boat.  Monday night we had a full moon and it lit up the harbour.  Tuesday we have some wind and rain coming and we moved over closer to the shore to get out of the wind.

Sharks, Pigs, Iguanas Oh My!

On Sunday we moved the boat over to Pig Beach, it was about 30 min ride from Staniel Cay.  We took the dingy into the beach to see the swimming pigs.  The beach was full of people and pigs.  It seems there is a tour from Nassau for $400 that will bring you down to see the pigs, snorkel the grotto, see the iguana, go to a “hidden” beach and get lunch.  I kind of liked my way to see the pigs better.

After that we went back to anchor near Staniel Cay Yacht Club for their Super Bowl party.  I did not care much for the game but I wanted to see Maroon 5…….sigh Adam……..  Let’s just say I was not disappointed.  We had some yummy food and for the first time I noticed that the area near the fish cleaning station was full of sharks, nurse sharks but still they ARE sharks.  

We left Staniel Cay on 2/5 to head south.  We stopped at Bitter Guana Cay to see and feed the Iguanas.  It was an easy dingy ride into shore and as soon as we landed out they came.  After feeding them all the cherry tomatoes we had we took a walk down the beach to a very small cave.  It was cool and from the beach we could see our boat.

We left there to anchor at Great Guana Cay at the Black Point settlement.  A great island and super friendly people.  We did some laundry at Rockside Laundry.  If you need to do some laundry this is the place.  10 washers and dryers and reasonable cost. The cost is $3.75 per wash and dry.  Samual is very nice there and will help you tie up your dingy at their dock.  They also have showers and free WiFi.  After starting our loads we headed to Lorrain’s Cafe for a yummy lunch of cracked lobster and conch fritters.  Add rum punch and you have a perfect meal.  At least in my eye.  I don’t think John will try them again.  We took a little walk and while they have free RO water and trash drop off, donations are suggested.  The mail boat came while we were there so we got a few grapes and a cabbage.  For the grand cost of $17.  Fresh stuff is soo costly here.  Not sure when we will leave but I think we will head to Little Farmers Cay next.