On 3/27 we left Palm Cay Marina in Nassau and headed over to the Eleuthera Islands. It was a bit of a blow so we were looking to get out of the wind and headed to Hatchet Bay. There is a very NARROW cut into the limestone cliffs and we were able to anchor. We stayed a few days till the wind died down.
On 3/30 we headed out to see “The Glass Window”. It is a cut in the land where you can see from the sound to the ocean. We anchored there overnight and it was worth it. You could see the water spray up higher than the road. Wow!
On 3/31 we headed up to Spanish Wells to anchor. We had a great lunch at Shipyard and the next night had a great happy hour at Wreckers. John had a dolphin welcoming committee to guide him in. We had a great few days there.
On 4/3 we left for Harbour Island via the Devil’s Backbone. That is about a one nautical mile reef in the way to Harbour Island. We draw about a 3.5 foot draft so we did the run on our own. A lot of boaters use a pilot to take them through, but we had no problem at all. The water was beautiful. We anchored off of Ramona Bay Resort and John and I rented a golf cart to go around the island. We did some shopping and we saw the “pink” sand beaches. The photos do not do it justice. We also went to the resort for their happy hour and dinner. John even went to the Pigly Wigly food store. It was just kind of nice to just hang out there.
We left to head to Great Abaco and we were able to anchor for the night just off the shore. The next night we moved up a bit to Sandy Point to anchor for another night. It was hard to decided were to go but since we were going to get some wind we headed into The Berry’s and Great Harbour Cay. We found a nice anchorage away from the wind but there were some noseeums at night . We met James and Carl there. Carl was selling his boat s/v Ishmael to James and he was going to take him back to the US. We enjoyed eating at the marina several times. They had Thursday night pizza and music. And then on Friday it was Chill &Grill. Were you could pick from ribs, chicken, steak And add 2 sides for $10. Best deal in the Bahamas. It was so funny but we saw our friends Rick and Elizabeth on m/v One More Moondance as they were leaving. We were soooooo sorry we missed them. We also saw Billy and Sierra on s/v Adrenaline I. John follows their blog Tula’s Endless Summer. That was kind of funny as we had also seen them at the October Annapolis Sailboat Show.
We left there on 4/13 and tried to go to the other side of the island to anchor but the wind was not with us so we changed direction and headed back to the southern Abaco area and anchored off Moore’s Island. It is just a small fishing village but we had lunch on shore and the owner of the restaurant took us in her car to their small grocery store. They were very nice people and the best ice prices in the Bahamas.
We left there on 4/17 and headed to Grand Bahama Island and anchored for one night then we headed to Flamingo Bay Marina for a few nights stay. They were a great marina only $1.25 plus vat per foot. We also had use of laundry, a water taxi to Port Lucaya Marketplace and the pool at Taino by the Sea Resort. We took the water taxi 3 times to Port Lucaya. We had dinner at Agave the first night and even enjoyed Miller Lite (it is very hard to get Miller Lite in the Bahamas). We ate at Giovanni’s Cafe for our anniversary and on our last night we had pizza at Pisces Restaurant. We spent several afternoons at the huge pool and enjoyed happy hour at the wet/dry Grotto pool bar. John and I even went down the water slide several times. Such fun.
After a great stay we left on 4/24 to head to West End to stage for a crossing back to the US. When we got there it was a nice anchorage but when we tried to set the anchor the first time it did not hold. It turned out we grabbed an underwater cable. It is good that John noticed it then and not when we tried to get underway the next morning as our plan was to leave at 4am and we would not have been able to go.