Newsletter #280

Newsletter #280 - August 19, 2015

Bahamas 2016


>>> Bahamas 2016 >>>

Last summer, we gave some exposure to the Berry Islands in the Bahamas and especially Great Harbour Cay. While so many boaters visiting the Exuma island chain spend a night at Chub Cay as part of getting there, few explore the northern side of the Berry's. We had seen the pictures and talked to some of the handful of boaters who ventured to the north part in 2014. We talked to the marina to create great weekly and monthly prices. We also said that we were going.

So what happened?

Great Harbour filled up. The marina over-delivered on events, customer service, cleanliness, and good times. We had high expectations but we were blown away. The beaches are the best we have ever been to. We stayed for 10 weeks which is very unusual for us. And we were sad to finally leave.

Great Harbour's Sugar and Shelling beaches are wonderful for dogs. Our canine team did so much swimming, diving, and running, that they lost 15 lbs together. Out of 10 weeks, we weren't able to go to the beach 4 times (2 because of weather, 2 because we took small boats out to explore).

Two drone videos were shot by a couple on vacation who flew over on a commercial flight. They give a nice introduction to Great Harbour Cay, showing the empty, beautiful beaches we walked to. The second video even captured one of the marina parties:
https://youtu.be/G8ODYNFfBZc
https://youtu.be/2OfNdKbKpnU

We've had scores of people thank us for suggesting the diversion to Great Harbour Cay. For ourselves, we were somewhat concerned about having internet access. It wasn't a problem - we had great connectivity for the entire stay, every day, for free.

So is it any surprise that we're going back? We'll be spending a month at Great Harbour Cay surrounding visits to other parts of the Bahamas.

For 2016, Great Harbour Cay marina has added new covered areas, bikes, and more events. If you're interested, don't wait - contact them and make a general reservation. They realize weather changes things - just keep them informed as dates get close.

Of course, don't take our word for it. Check out the reviews for Great Harbour Cay Marina - 88 reviews averaging 4.5 stars:
https://activecaptain.com/quickLists/marina.php?&i=288101242



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Dylan and Dee Dee have settled back onto the boat. The week has flown by as they have helped with a list of projects that need to get done before we can throw the lines off and start on our biggest adventure yet. We're all in now. Find out how Dylan and Dee Dee are enjoying being full-time crew by following them on their blog:
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