Traveling to Long Island, Bahamas

A 3:30 a.m. wake up for a 6 a.m. flight out means a breakfast of champions starts our day.

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We arrived to our terminal in no time, caught our first of three flights and landed a bit late in Atlanta. Our next flight was delayed and we worried we wouldn’t make our 1 p.m. check in time for the small outbound flight in Nassau.  Well we cut it close and were checking in at 12:45 p.m. for our final leg of the trip.  We boarded our 2 p.m. flight early but sat for a bit waiting for one passenger to fill our 9 seater aircraft to capacity. Love these little flights over the islands. We were able to spot Staniel Cay and waved to our friends on that island.

 

We landed, waited for our rental car lady to hand over the keys and took off. First stop was Yukon Jack’s liquor store for beer, this year we decided to branch out and buy a case of Sands, adding some variety to our beer drinking this trip.

Next stop were the two local grocery stores. Mail boats must have recently arrived, because people were busily putting items on the shelves and the markets were hoping, as only they can in the Bahamas.  Our brains were a bit fuzzy, so even with a grocery list, we forgot half the items we needed or wanted.  We did get two essentials besides the beer, Bahamian bread and gingernuts cookies.

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Arriving at the cottage around 4:15, we unloaded the car, put groceries away and discovered a cold beer in the fridge. Well with that beer, we decided unpacking clothes could wait till after sunset and we needed to walk the property and watch the sunset.

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The sunset was spectacular. Perhaps one of the best we have ever had the privilege of viewing.

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After the stunning sunset, we headed in to make a quick dinner and unpack.  While doing both, we noticed the afterglow that continued on long after the sunset.

 

It was an early night for us; due to being up in the wee hours of dawn, riding three planes, doing the airport sprint in Nassau, and remembering to drive on the left side of the road.  All of that just wore us out. Glad to finally have arrived for our holiday break.

 

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7 comments

    1. Thank you. There is not a lot of info on the Island at all. We have only stayed in Salt Pond, which we loved because the two best “grocery” stores are there and it is sort of the middle of the island, so you can go North or South within 30-45 minutes. If you like people and activity seems the resorts are the place to stay, Stella Maris or Cape Santa Maria. We prefer to be away from “tourists” and eat in mostly. Clarencetown is not a bustling city, rather a very quiet sleep town. We are going to stay close to Dean’s Hole on our next trip. Not knowing your budget, check out baywatch cottage, that is where we have stayed for our two trips. It is $250 a night, but worth it.

      1. Thanks for the tips! Did you rent a car for the whole time? I would prefer to rent one for 1-2 days and spend time on the beach or in the area for the rest of the time. I’m definitely on a budget and can’t go over $175 per night… so if you know of anything, let me know 🙂

      2. We did rent a car the entire time, from Unique Wheels. They brought the car to the airport, met us there, friendly service and a great price. If you are looking for a place to stay, that we checked out look up C Shells Guest Quarters. They have four units available with kitchens, right on a beach on the Caribbean side in Salt Pond. Your sunset views would be similiar to the photos I posted. Cheryl the owner is a very sweet person. Let me know if you decide to book with her. Have a blast!

      3. Cool! So I tried to get into C Shells but they were booked. The owner recommended another place called Grotto Bay, also in Salt Ponds, so we’re going with that!

      4. Let us know how you like Grotto Bay. We didn’t check it out, but maybe we should have. I do think they have a cave you can explore on their property. Have an amazing time!

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