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Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

GEORGETOWN & EMERALD BAY, SOUTHERN BAHAMAS (May 2018) – by Theresa

GEORGE TOWN, GREAT EXUMA, EXUMAS, SOUTHERN BAHAMAS

We arrived in George Town, dropped anchor, and were met with a low weather system. The ensuing squalls and lightning storms were among the worst we had encountered in all our time at sea.

Squall in Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Squall in Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Squall in Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Squall in Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Eventually, the stormed cleared and we rode our dinghy through the tunnel, into Lake Victoria. The Exuma Market (very well stocked for provisioning) had a new, floating, dinghy dock. The Exuma Yacht Club, across the street, had, what the boys’ claimed, “the best burgers in all of the Caribbean.”

Georgetown dinghy dock, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Georgetown dinghy dock, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Georgetown dinghy dock, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Georgetown dinghy dock, Great Exuma, Bahamas

No stop in Georgetown would be complete without a visit to Chat ‘n Chill over on Stocking Island.

Chat 'N' Chill, Volley Ball Beach, Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

Chat ‘N’ Chill, Volley Ball Beach, Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

Randy chilling at Chat 'N' Chill, Volley Ball Beach, Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

Randy chilling at Chat ‘N’ Chill, Volley Ball Beach, Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

The resident stingrays were hovering by the fresh conch salad stand waiting to be fed by those brave enough to get in the water with them.

Stingray at Chat 'N' Chill, Volley Ball Beach, Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

Stingray at Chat ‘N’ Chill, Volley Ball Beach, Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas

Kids feeding & petting Stingray at Volley Ball Beach, George Town, Exumas, Bahamas (May 2018)

Kids feeding & petting Stingray at Volley Ball Beach, George Town, Exumas, Bahamas (May 2018)

St. Francis, just around the corner, was a great spot to end the day.

Dinghy dock at St. Francis restaurant, George Town, Exumas, Bahamas (May 2018)

Dinghy dock at St. Francis restaurant, George Town, Exumas, Bahamas (May 2018)

MARINA AT EMERALD BAY 

After George Town, we continued our journey north, next pulling in at Marina at Emerald Bay.

Marina at Emerald Bay, Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Marina at Emerald Bay, Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

A short walk away, Sandals Resort is located on a white sand crescent beach.

Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Beach Resort, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Golf Course, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Sandals Golf Course, Emerald Bay, Exumas, Bahamas

Continuing our journey north, our next stop in the southern Bahamas was the infamous Staniel Cay …

Sting Rays off Volley Ball Beach, George Town, Exumas, Bahamas

Georgetown – by Randy

Pilot's Discretion Position Report

Pilot’s Discretion Position Report

As you can see from our latest position update, we are currently anchored in Georgetown, Exumas. We have been here just over 1 week and I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the community and surrounding area are. We had heard mixed reviews of Georgetown from various people who had travelled here before us so we were not quite sure what to expect. As it turns out, we have found Georgetown to be a great stop as we prepare to head south out of the Bahamas and on to the Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic.

There are currently about 150 cruising boats in the harbor at Georgetown and as a result there is an entire infrastructure set up to address any cruising boat needs. We have found it easy to reprovision here with multiple well stocked grocery stores, hardware and marine supply stores. There are several waterfront restaurants that are very dog friendly which makes Patton a happy guy as he gets to travel with us when we elect to have a meal ashore. One of our favorite spots is the Chat and Chill beachfront restaurant located on Volleyball Beach. Every day at about 2pm, the cruising kids and their parents gather at the beach for loosely organized games of volleyball or to swing on the rope swings or just to relax.

In addition there are a group of large stingrays that appear to almost be domesticated. They show no fear of human contact and in fact will come right up to you and eat conch out of your hands.

With all of the activities, it is no surprise that Ryan and Ronan have pronounced Georgetown as their “new favorite place.” It has been fun to watch the boys process this trip as they have consistently reported to us that each new stop is just a little more special than the last.

As for our immediate itinerary, it appears that we will be in Georgetown for about another week as we wait for a series of cold fronts and their associated strong winds to work their way through our location. The current forecasts show a potential window of settled weather around the 15th of January so we will be ready to get underway. Should the weather be suitable, we will head south and east for Clarence Town, Long Island. After that, we will proceed via Acklins island and Mayaguana before stopping over in our next country, the Turks and Caicos. We will update you next from there.

On our way to Georgetown but first, Black Point Settlement and Farmers Cay Yacht Club – by Randy

We are currently in a spot with wifi and have added pictures and video to our last post. We are traveling south out of Staniel Cay on our way to Georgetown for Christmas. Before we get to Georgetown, we have made a couple of stops along our route to sample the small Bahamian settlement experience. We spent a few days anchored in a beautiful bay off of Black Point Settlement, the second largest settlement in the Exumas after Georgetown. Black Point Settlement is a Bahamian fishing village where locals earn their living bringing in lobster and conch. When we arrived, the Bahamian schools had already gone on Christmas break but that did not stop the boys from playing a few pickup basketball games at the local school with a bunch of Bahamian kids. It was great to see how readily the boys made friends with their counterparts from a different culture and country.

Pick up basket ball game

Pick up basket ball game

After a pleasant few days in Black Point, we continued south to Farmers Cay. There is a small marina at Farmers Cay known as the Farmers Cay Yacht Club. The name could be a little misleading if you are familiar with the typical American yacht club. This club is very small with only room for a couple of large boats or perhaps 4 smaller vessels. As with a lot of things, first impressions are not always indicative of the experience that awaits. The Farmers Cay Yacht Club is the pride and joy of a wonderful Bahamian man by the name of Roosevelt Nixon. Mr. Nixon, who maintains a great sense of humor about his name (as he said to me, “it would be a pleasure to allow a man of your stature to dine with two dead presidents at one time”). Mr. Nixon and his wife do all of the cooking, cleaning, bartending and management. They gladly share their day and their culture with their guests making this a truly local Bahamian experience.

Randy & Mr. Roosevelt Nixon at Famers Cay Yacht Club

Randy & Mr. Roosevelt Nixon at Famers Cay Yacht Club

The location is something lifted off of a Bahamian marketing post card. Deep blue and green waters with multiple small coves and beautiful white sand beaches are the norm. The island of Farmers Cay is one with an interesting history. It was originally settled by a couple of freed slaves and the ownership of the land is restricted to direct descendants of the original settlers. The entire island has a population of 55.

Tomorrow, we will continue south to be in Georgetown, Exumas for the Christmas holiday. Although we will miss the opportunity to share the holidays at home with our families, we nonetheless are all in the Bahamian Christmas spirit. To all of our friends and family, Merry Christmas. We will post again from Georgetown.