We did our first crossing in our old but new-to-us boat from Lake Worth to West End. We left right at dawn and were there mid afternoon, and it was a lovely trip. Set your auto when you leave Lake Worth, for a spot about 20-25 miles south of where you want to hit land and don't touch it until you see that water tower at West End. and you will see it from about 20 miles away. That's a guess, I didn't actually measure it. by the time you see the water tower you'll be out of the effects of the stream for the most part and can then head
straight toward it. Within sailboat reason.
Getting into the marina there is easy beans. Straight in, a right turn, and then left into the slips. There is an aerial photo
of that on our blog if you want to look at it. Scroll down to the second photo
you can see it's not that scary at all. The Customs Immigration office is the little building right there at the marina. We found it to be a good place to rest up and congratulate ourselves and get silly and do all that new boat owners on their first crossing stuff there.
Even if you only spend one night there, it's worth it. Nice facilities, and you can rent a car or take a cab into town if needed. Hey, you might even run into the Travoltas, as he has a place there and lands at the strip nearby.
And even though we've been living in one of the conch capitals of the world for the past 9 years, I have to say that the cracked conch served at the outside bar/restaurant over on the beach there at West End is the best I have ever had in my life. No kidding. I ate it three days in a row. We moved on from there to Running Man on the south side of GBI, as we were waiting for a Fed Ex delivery
of some meds we needed and we wanted to get a BTI sim card for the phone
and mobile hotspot.
The queen snapper was excellent too. I don't mention these things lightly. We were told about the conch by the people who ran Pine Cay here for years, and then ran their own resort on Salt
Cay for years. IF they
liked the conch at W.E, that says something.