January 16-31 Spanish Wells & Harbour Island, Bahamas


We sadly left Key West & spent the first night in Islamorada & then on to Coconut Grove for a night with friends before crossing the Gulfstream.  It was intesting passing the “stilt houses” in Biscayne Bay on our way to the marina.  The next day we cruised on passing Bimini with relatively calm seas to the Berry Islands & spent the night at Chub Cay.  In this area lobster are very plentiful so we celebrated our first evening with a lobster dinner, grilled to perfection by Captain Steve.  The next day we passed more dolphin and tortoises on our way to Spanish Wells, part of Eleuthera.  Here we were joined by Stephen & Jonathan, 2 friends from Key West.  Together we all cruised with a special Pilot we brought aboard to take us through “The Devils Backbone” on to Harbour Island, one of our favorite places, where we spent 10 days at Valentine’s Marina, in the heart of the action in HI.  We all got around by golf cart & enjoyed some great restaurants & fun night spots.  Conch is the seafood of choice & we enjoyed it as chowder, ceviche, fritters, etc.  HI is famous for it’s pink sand beaches & we spent numerous days enjoying it & the “people watching”.  Zulu Dancers, horseback riding, dog walkers, etc. make the beach very interesting.  Dylan & Dugan loved their time shredding coconuts in the sand and basking in the sunshine.  Fortunately our time in HI also overlapped with our fun friends Carol & Bart from Lake Forest and Saugatuck along with 4 of their friends (George, Suzie, John and Crinnie). We had alot of good laughs…  Our friend Daniel from Sao Paulo, Brazil flew in to spend our last few days in HI with us. More beach, great food and “Goombay Smashes”…  At the end of his weekend stay we cruised with our same Pilot “Bandit” and his homemade “Bahama Johnnycakes” back to Spanish Wells where Daniel took a water taxi back to the North Eleuthera airport & flew home.  He was our first guest brave enough to dive off the flybridge of Tally-Ho. On to some “Out Islands” and Nassau…

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