Exploring the Outer Islands

Trip Start Mar 02, 2006
Trip End Apr 06, 2006

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Where I stayed
Surfers Manor Eleuthera
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Surfer's Haven Guest House, Gregorytown
What I did
walked the beach, swam, danced under stars, hung out with rock stars

Flag of Bahamas  , Governorʼs Harbour,
Monday, March 20, 2006

We decided in order to experience the local feel of the Bahamas, we needed to go to one of the "outer islands", far from the huge resorts and spring break - yes we timed that perfectly, note to self, there is a good reason to pay attention to world events lest they impact you!! This required that we get away from Nassau. My friend and I boarded a tiny 6 person plane (including pilot!) over gorgeous blue-green waters to one of the outer islands. The plane ride itself was a wonderful sight seeing adventure. We caught a taxi for about $35 to our hostel Surfer's Haven, which could have been cleaner but the location was awesome, overlooking the Caribbean. This was a delightfully isolated spot with incredible waves for surfing (board or body), swimming, lounging in coral rock water holes or soaking up the rays. To get out of the strong sun, locals built tiki huts along the beach, which came in handy when we got caught in a sudden rain shower.

We ate local food - conch fritters, pan fried snapper, sopadillos (a
sweet fruit known as dillys for short), played cards, sunbathed, made
friends, saw a band at a local hangout, danced under the stars at an
after party and enjoyed cocktails with islanders and even met a rock and
roll celebrity while he picked up his order of conch fritters! Oh yes
and drank plenty of rum, which we bought at the local knick knack store.
Getting around the island without a car is definitely possible, if you
allow yourself to be open to all possibilities. We walked in the hot sun
(do not try without sunscreen or if you can't walk a couple miles),
under the starlit skies, and were offered rides both at night and during
the day, which we gladly accepted. When trying to actually rent a car
to get to Harbour Island we struck out, but a wonderful, entrepreneurial
Bahamian lady offered to bring us there and pick us up after our
adventure. We boarded another ferry and took most of the day exploring
the island, very touristy and colonial but with a cool vibe, colorful
architecture and pink sandy beaches. All in all a fab experience on a
relaxed, low key island. We already decided next winter we'll be back to
explore the southern half of the island.
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