Going to Guana Cay

Trip Start Feb 22, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence Island,
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday, March 16 - We found Lola's bakery this morning and had some fresh sticky buns and bought a loaf of fresh Bahamian bread. This tiny little woman gets up before dawn each day and bakes and makes Guava jam in her tiny little kitchen in her tiny little house. It rained last night and she told us she was really glad, because her cistern was almost dry. The water source for this little village is rainwater. We plan to go to Great Guana Cay today but want to wait until the tide starts to come up because there are a few low spots in the entrance to Man-o-War. We left at 2:30 pm and Chad did bump a bit. We motor sailed for a while but then the wind veered to the west and we hauled the jib in. Then it started to rain. We were going to anchor in Fisher's Bay but we've been told that the anchorage is unprotected and rough when it blows from the West so we decided to head for the Orchid Bay Marina in Great Guana Bay. It is protected on all sides by a breakwall. Paul and Linda stayed here two years ago and recommended it. I called them on the VHF and they had slips available, but no electric, just water for $25 a night. The price is right. Chad & Julie also reserved a slip and 30 minutes later we tied up, completely soaked. The rain did not let up. This was the first rainy day we've had in over 3 weeks. The marina has 66 slips and there were only a handful of boats there. The woman in the office told us that the recession in the states has not been kind to them. They could not pay their electric bill so there is no longer electricity to the docks. But they do have nice showers and a laundry and a beautiful pool. There is a restaurant also on the grounds, but it is closed. We took a short walk and found the grocery store, the gift shops, the wine store, Pirates Cove grill and bar and ended up at the infamous Grabber's at Sunset Beach facing the anchorage in Fisher's Bay. This resort has 6 cute yellow cottages for rent and a restaurant and Tiki Bar and a pool. It's home of the world famous Guana Grabber. We had a drink and ran into Bryan and Dawn from "Conchtown Lady" who we met way back in Lake Worth. Their boat was in the anchorage and they came ashore for the Wednesday night pot luck. Since we had no plans for dinner we joined them. The food was great and so were the desserts. The rain continued while we ate but by sunset it had stopped. We walked back to the boats and agreed, we will definitely stay here a few more days.
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