Hello from Great Guana!
April 24, 2013
We arrived at Great Guana Cay on Tuesday after going thru Whale Cay Passage. What a beautiful cruise down the West side of the island. Calm winds really show off the beautiful colors of the sea.
We took our time and slowly made our way to Fisher’s Bay, one of several anchorages on the island where we would have good protection from N and NE winds, along with about 15-20 other boats. This is a good anchorage for those of us with a deep draft.
Almost as soon as we dropped anchor, the winds became to increase and it was windy (15-20mph) the rest of the day and night. It wasn’t until today that the winds subsided enough for us to feel comfortable leaving the boat.
We took the dinghy to the beachy shore at Grabber’s Bed, Bar & Grill, where we had a nice lunch after walking around the island. Steve Dodge describes the island “The settlement at Great Guana Cay is the one of the smallest in the central part of the Abaco, but it is growing… by 2000 the population was 163.” … “The beach is one of the widest in the Abaco and and extends almost the entire 5.5 miles length of the island.”
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the building of a new resort on the North side of the island. There was even a website created http://www.saveguanacayreef.com/whoweare.htm. But it appears the development was approved and we have heard that they were even given a exemption on the import taxes for building materials.
The island is beautiful, the vibe “laid back”. But one of Guana’s most famous sites is Nipper’s Bar & Grill. It is a multi-level bar complex right on the ocean dunes, 40 feet above the ocean. And it is probably the most famous party place in all the Abaco’s, but it was nearly deserted when we were there on a Wednesday morning. On Sunday nights when they host a Wild Boar Pig Roast, I bet it is a hoppin place!
Click here for pictures. Below is the island and the highlighted bay is where we anchored.
Grateful for it all…