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Old 25-01-2016, 05:00   #1
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Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Hey everyone! Just about to light out from Florida and curious about your favorite town, anchorage, or beach in the Bahamas, what makes it special? I am usually on the move when passing through and have a bit more time to explore on a 3'6'' draft Cat! Please feel free to share your stories!


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Old 25-01-2016, 05:18   #2
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Gotta be the Exumas! Man oh man, did we enjoy our time there and I cannot wait to get back. Well protected anchorages, awesome beaches, so many seemingly deserted islands - if I was going to set up base somewhere, it'd be there

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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Eleuthera, Warderick Wells rank hgh on my list. Have fun and please share your experience with us.
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

One place I remember with special fondness is Cambridge Cay in the Exumas -- not much to do there but hike along the high clifftops. Amazing views, including white-tailed tropicbirds -- and a good way to stretch the legs and get your heart pumping after the close confines of the boat.
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

All of them if you can get past Chicken Harbor. Down across and back up. WOW
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One place I remember with special fondness is Cambridge Cay in the Exumas -- not much to do there but hike along the high clifftops. Amazing views, including white-tailed tropicbirds -- and a good way to stretch the legs and get your heart pumping after the close confines of the boat.
While I tend to favor a location like this I know friends who would be stir crazy in places like this and would rather be in a place like Georgetown at Volleyball Beach or Hamburger Beach with crowds and plenty of bars to drink away the night.

There are hundreds of islands in the Bahamas offering a wide array of activities. Few folks have been to all of the. That being said one place I would really like to visit that I have never seen is The Cow and The Bull.

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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Cambridge Cay (or Little Bell Cay) offers some decent diving sites, best explored at slack tide.
http://www.exumapark.org/Portals/0/S...ridge%20v1.pdf

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Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a NO TAKE ZONE: no fishing, conching, shelling or lobstering - nothing living or dead may be removed from within the boundaries of Exuma Park.
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

There is a long list, but a few of my tops would be :
  • Waderick Wells if you have not been - great sea life
  • Spanish Wells - just a great little town
  • Little Farmers - just a neat spot and interesting locals
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Staniel Key unforgettable!!
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Conception Island; by good fortune rather than planning, this was our very first landfall in the islands and we've not bettered it yet.
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Little Harbor on Great Abaco is a beautiful and well protected harbor. I have not been there in several years, but, it used to be home to a famous artist. a Mr. Johnson who did many well known sculpts throughout the world. His son Pete was also in the business and had a little bar called Pete's Pub. Veryneat!!
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Hey everyone! Just about to light out from Florida and curious about your favorite town, anchorage, or beach in the Bahamas, what makes it special? I am usually on the move when passing through and have a bit more time to explore on a 3'6'' draft Cat! Please feel free to share your stories!
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Wow, where to start?

Abacos: Green Turtle Cay - many good marinas, restaurants and anchorages, nice town, great beaches, rent a golf cart. Marsh Harbour - great supply port, lots to do, many restaurants and activities, good protection, large anchorage; Hopetown/Elbow Cay - Very scenic town, harbor and lighthouse. Good beach, some shopping, lots of bicycling and dinghy opportunities, rent a golf cart and see the island.

Exumas: Shroud Cay - Some very interesting dinghy and hiking opportunities via the back creeks, best done at half tide or better; Warderick Wells - Get a mooring in the "slot", Exuma park headquarters, very scenic, great hiking and snorkeling; Compass Cay - small friendly marina, great hiking and beach, swim with Tucker's sharks; Staniel Cay - center of cruising life in the mid-Exumas, lots of activities, see the famous swimming pigs next door at Big Majors Cay, swim and dive into Thunderball Cave/Grotto, rent a golf cart and see the island.

Eleuthera: Spanish Wells - Interesting town, good supplies and shipyards. Starting point for the Devils Backbone, Preachers Cave and Harbour Island. Hire a pilot from Spanish Wells for your first trip over the Backbone; Harbour Island - one of the nicest towns in the Bahamas, world famous pink sand beach, good restaurants, rent a golf cart; Glass Window Bridge - very scenic, popular spot; Rock Sound - southernmost town in Eleuthera, rent a car and see the rest of the island, many attractions.
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Re: Favorite places in the Bahamas?

Mayaguana Island and Abrahams Bay if you go that far east, excellent diving in a protected bay. I could spend weeks there.
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Mayaguana Island and Abrahams Bay if you go that far east, excellent diving in a protected bay. I could spend weeks there.
We're headed up there in a few weeks to clear in, and were planning to do some diving and fishing. It's only 50 miles north of us. Any pointers on the best places to spear a dinner for two?
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Rat Cay in the Exumas, well protected, few go in there and lots to do :-)

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