Feb. 7, 2015. Those of you who don’t sail, may think this is a good thing for a sailboat, but it all depends on the direction and strength of the wind as well as the height of the seas. Sometimes it means staying in port longer than you want to. So it was on Great Harbor on the very north end of the Berry Islands.
After one false start, we had a very successful crossing from Grand Bahama Island. Honestly we weren’t looking forward to Great Harbor. We had last been there two years ago and the best part was moving on. We were most pleased to find that things have changed. The marina facilities have been upgraded, the staff is competent, helpful and very friendly. The only thing missing to make this a really great stop is a decent restaurant. There is one, of sorts, at the top of a small rise with a pool. But the pool is empty except for some green slime and the deck is littered with dead palm fronds and leaves. Not pretty. For $12.00 you can get a decent hamburger. The first night we did enjoy the Grill and Chill with lots of the other sailors.
So, on day 2 waiting on a change in the weather, we decided to rent a jeep (actually a Geo Tracker) and tour the island. This lovely vehicle was $40.00 including gas. A really good deal if you’re looking for adventure. I agreed only if Ed was willing to drive. The first option looked better but wouldn’t start, the second one had a flat tire, but our little red one ran, sort of.
First the convertible top didn’t latch so the first wind gust blew it back. When this happened, Ed made a hilarious remark. He said, “See if that did any damage.” The driver’s window was permanently down which was a good thing since there was no window crank or door handle on the inside. The gear shift was so mushy that it even took Ed awhile to finally find two forward gears and reverse. The emergency brake worked but the headlights and turn signals didn’t work at all. The emergency flashers did which could have been useful if we ventured out after dark; we didn’t.
So, off we went from one end of the island to the other. No difficult even without a map, there really is only one road plus the one that circles the town of Bullocks Harbor. We discovered everything the island had to offer including beautiful beaches.
We found the Beach Club restaurant on the east shore. It is entirely open air and with the wind howling we didn’t stop to eat. Next the airport, but our best discovery was finding a ’74 VW Beetle the same color as our ’67 Stewball.
Ed stopped so I could take a photo. We met the owners and were invited in to their lovely house on the east shore where we could observe the white caps that were keeping us in Great Harbor for this extra day. All in all just another adventure in Paradise.
On to Nassau,
Jan and Ed on Sable