Sunday, May 12, 2013

Great Guana Cay- Abaco, Bahamas

I've been slacking. Again. That's what the islands will do to you, for sure- we've definitely learned that over the last 8 months of traveling. Where to begin...

We arrived in Great Guana Cay after spending time in Hope Town... way over a week ago. Upon our arrival, we had all intentions of staying on the boat and moving on as soon as possible. With Guana being, by far, our FAVORITE island here in the Abacos, that was extremely hard to do. We had all plans to move North to Green Turtle, but weather was not cooperating and we were "stuck" here in Guana. Darn!!!

After 2 days of sitting on the boat, on Sunday, we finally gave in and decided to go ashore. Nippers- a beach bar- has a Sunday Pig Roast, and we wanted to find out what it was all about. So Why Knot was lowered into the water and off we went. We made our way to Nippers and were greeted with hundreds of partyers who had obviously taken "Sunday Funday" to a whole new meaning. There were people dancing, others wading in the pool, some sunbathing, and of course there were the ones hanging around the bar. We enjoyed some frozen Nipper drinks, a delicious grouper sandwich (we weren't all about the $22 pig roast when we can get that at home... but fresh fish... yum!) and I spent some time in the pool.

After about an hour of our "Spring Break" experience, we made our way down the road to a new bar we spotted on our way to Nippers. Kidds Cove was a little tiki hut that pulled us in immediately. There was a younger crowd hanging out, and we were intrigued. We soon learned that the owner was a guy our age who's family owned the house it was situated in front of along with quite a few other little shops and dives here in Guana. Forrest and Dolby hit it off immediately. Forrest had gone to college in the US and was interested in culinary- and after talking, we learned that he had plans to expand his bar, and even offer sushi! This caught Dolby's attention immediately! Sushi is something we haven't encountered in the Bahamas, which is wild with all of the available fresh fish here! So Dolby, being a sushi fanatic, got talking to Forrest and before I knew it, he was on his way back to GM only to return with a full sushi set up. Later on in the night, he was rolling sushi and serving the crowd outside! Needless to say, Dolby was in heaven!

Kim, Nicholas, and Forrest
Cinco De Mayo fun!!!!
Yellow Bird... Yummmmmmm!!!
Sushi prep

After hanging out at Kidds Cove for a while, we made our way to Grabbers for a drink then back to GM. A "day" hangout turned into 10 hours. OOPS-- but much needed and deserved! The following day we hung out a bit then made our way back to Kidds Cove where we enjoyed more drinks and Dolby helped Forrest with some more sushi. This place has it going on! Forrest has a great concept and he plans on expanding in the near future out onto the dock in front of his place and around the building. If you're ever in the area, PLEASE stop by, have a sushi roll, drink a Yellow Bird (their signature rum drink), and say hi to Forrest and the crew. You won't find a nicer group of people, and you'll find yourself sitting for there hours upon hours like we did with no concept of anything but a good time!

As the week progressed, we hung around Guana, unexpectedly. On Monday, we met an amazing group of visitors, whom were here for a week "get away" from the real world. Being frequent visitors to Guana, they were equipped with a house right on the water and a boat for fishing. Mark, Tracy, Sharon, and Kevin were the most friendly, fun group we've encountered in a long time. They were just genuinely nice and we hit it off in the Grabbers pool with some Kaliks in hand immediately! After talking (and a little issue with Dolby and his lighter--- just call him Fire Marshall Bill), Dolby was invited on a fishing trip with the guys the following morning! The next day, at 6:30 a.m. as they said, Kevin and Mark pulled up on their contender ready to go. Dolby jumped aboard and they were off. Many mahi later, and smiles on their faces, they returned for the afternoon!

Grabbers pool deck
Don't ask.
Fishing boys returning

Mark, Tracy, Sharon, and Kevin then invited us to their house to enjoy the mahi that had been caught along with refreshing drinks, good conversations, and a gorgeous sunset on the Sea of Abaco. We had such an amazing time with them, and will cherish their friendship. We could not thank them enough for their welcoming nature, endless laughs, and sincere hospitality! We hope to one day meet up with them once again down here in the islands for some more memories!

We even were able to meet up with Rob and Holly on Hampshire Rose, good friends we've had since Eleuthera! We were more than excited to see them pull into the harbor one morning. After going to their boat and talking, they invited us over for some drinks and munchies- an offer we never turn down! We spent a night in the cockpit of Hampshire Rose enjoying fresh conch fritters prepared by Holly, along with lots of drinks and laughs. These two may be some of our favorite cruisers we've met on this trip-- we all always have the best time together. I've found it so neat to form these friendships which have continued throughout the trip. Again, we cannot thank Rob and Holly enough for their amazing hospitality... Always!

Sunset ritual

All-in-all, Guana has been absolutely perfect. We've had the most gorgeous weather, and have made some of the most fantastic, unforgettable friends. We've truly lost the concept of time... If we have to end our trip in one nature or the other, this is the way to go!


1 comment:

  1. That boy always did love a good fire! Isn't that the Volcum shirt he got for Christmas? Did he stop, drop and roll? mama says to keep his lighters locked up from now on!looks like you all are still enjoying the islands...see you soon!