Hope Town (again)
June 27, 2013
We really wanted to get to Hope Town on Elbow Cay, but it is surrounded by shallow depths. Now that we are buds with Jeff on Mer Soliel, a Catamaran with a shallow draft, it is a easy issue to solve!
We left Stormy Monday at the Low Place at Man-O-War Cay and sailed to Hope Town on Jeff’s boat. By the time we got there it was lunchtime and we were hungry! I met a couple while waiting for the guys to tie up the dinghy, they were waiting for a Club Car (golf cart) to pick them up and take them to Firefly for lunch. Can we go?! I had heard the food was good and wanted to go, but again, shallow depths kept us away. Thankfully he showed up with a Club Car for 5 and off we went. Firefly is only about 5 minutes from downtown Hope Town and is a very nice resort with a restaurant overlooking the Sea of Abaco. We had a nice lunch and hoped on the Club Car back to town.
Next stop, the Wine Down Sip Sip (great name for a wine bar.) Our waitress knew nothing about wine, but was kind enough to let us taste a few until we found one we wanted to have a glass of. Air conditioning and a glass of wine, heavenly.
This time we made it to the top of the lighthouse, nice view!
After a walk around town it was getting late and we were ready to head back… we dinked back to Mer Soliel and she was on the bottom, just barely, but we were not going anywhere until the tide came in. George and Jeff yacked while I napped until we were back in high enough water. We had a nice ride back to the Low Place as the sun was setting.
Our time here grows shorter… it is strange to be talking about meeting a schedule to head home. We haven’t had a schedule for months! We are in Marsh Harbour today and treated ourselves to a night at the Marsh Harbour Marina with air conditioning, hot showers, pool and laundry facilities. Tomorrow we will start heading north to Guana Cay… stay tuned!
Added more pictures to the Hope Town picture gallery
Grateful for it all
It is time to leave Marsh Harbour…
May 9, 2013
It is time to leave Marsh Harbour, but I think we did the island justice.
Jib Room: The Jib Room seems to be the cruiser’s hub on land. It is on the East side of the anchorage and their motto is “it is worth coming to the other side…” It is a family run marina and restaurant with a pool and laundry facilities. They have a BBQ special on Wednesday’s and Steak night on Saturday’s. Following the meals there is entertainment… Rake & Scrape and Desmond the Limbo Man. Must do evening while in Marsh Harbour.
Snappas, Mangoes and Curly Tails: These restaurants are right on the water in the downtown area and offer the quintessential Bahamian menu… Fish, Conch, Burgers, etc. A lot of it is fried and all of it is good.
We took the Albury Ferry to Hope Town ($27 roundtrip, ~20 minutes 1 way). I think that Hope Town is the quaintest of all the settlements here in the Abacos. Hope Town pictures.
We snorkeled at Mermaid Reef. Mermaid Reef is considered the best reef for “beginners” since you can swim to it form shore and it is rather shallow. The reef is not very colorful but there are a lot of fish.
We had a beautiful sail to Great Guanna Cay to go to Nipper’s and Grabber’s for the day on Two Step (catamaran) and a quick powerboat ride back to Marsh Harbour courtesy of Dickie & Nan.
We enjoyed the cottage Merrilee stayed in (Pelican Beach Villas). It was on a beautiful peninsula very near Mermaid Reef. Just gorgeous.
But it is time for us move along and see other islands here in the Abacos…
Marsh Harbour Pictures (added new ones to the end of the gallery)
Great Guanna Cay Pictures (added new ones to the end of the gallery)
Grateful for it all…