Our time in George Town, Exumas was strictly business. Okay, maybe not 100% business, but it sure felt that way.
Every.single.day in George Town, we made multiple dinghy trips to shore for the following…
- 5 dinghy trips for diesel (tank’s full!)
- 1 dinghy trip for gas (since we used so much hauling crap back and forth to the boat.)
- 3 dinghy trips for water (I’d rather not die of thirst.)
- Batelco store (finally got our 4GB of wifi pumping.)
- Propane (luckily the propane guy showed up on Wednesday so we got one tank filled.)
- Customs (to make sure our cruising permit does not run out before we leave the Bahamas — we got ours extended from 60 days to 90.)
- Groceries (twice. wait, technically three times if you count the trip we made just for custard cream cookies. lol.)
- Laundry (one load only because we did 100 loads in Blackpoint)
- A new dinghy anchor (we were idiots and did not buy one before we left Naples.)
- And a 5-mile walk to try and find the “other” hardware store for a larger bottom scraper (Oliver and I almost got heat stroke so I found us a taxi back to George Town and we gave up on finding the store.)
Phew!!! Talk about exhausting! No wonder we were in George Town for 6 days. Sheesh.
And sadly, the one item on our to-do list that we never accomplished was eating at the local Chinese food restaurant here in George Town. I’m still a little pissed about that. And yes, that was literally written on our to-do list. How sad is that?
It seems like George Town has really cleared out since Regatta week back in April. I’m guessing we didn’t get the real peak-season George Town experience where it becomes a cruiser’s mecca (or so we’ve heard). I suppose that isn’t such a bad thing. Even the morning cruiser’s net was pretty lackluster in my opinion. Apparently, none of the “organized activities” are taking place now that everyone’s headed back north.
Since everyone seems to have an opinion on George Town, here’s my “we-got-shit-done-in-George-Town” take on the island…
- Exuma Markets (the main grocery store + dinghy dock) was terrific. The best we’ve seen in the Bahamas, hands down. I can’t remember the name of the other main store next to Eddie’s Edgewater, but it was great too! Almost everything is still way overpriced and you have to watch dates on packages, but at least they have fresh produce! I was able to get lettuce, tomatoes, pears, apples, bananas, plantains, asparagus, and zucchini. :))
- The Corner Laundromat is my new favorite as well. I know everyone talks about how awesome the laundry is in Blackpoint, but let me just tell ya, this was the very first (and probably only) dryer I’ve used in the Bahamas that actually completely dried my huge load of laundry in one shot. I’m talking bone dry. That’s a win in my book.
- The dinghy ride in from Kidds Cove was a wet one all week. It got a bit choppy in this anchorage, but the boat stayed comfortable nonetheless.
- Getting gas/diesel was super simple (at the Shell station where you can dock your dinghy), minus the choppy dinghy rides back to the boat.
- The Batelco store was amazing because they had air conditioning and fixed our wifi issue.
- Customs wasn’t too painful. The office is in the building next door to the Batelco store.
- Volleyball Beach and Chat-n-Chill were pretty great. I wish we had more time to scope out some of the other nearby beaches.
- I also wish we could’ve hiked a few trails while we were here (we tried to find a trail to Monument Hill, but it didn’t pan out for us.)
- Rake-n-scrape at the Peace & Plenty hotel was super fun, plus their BBQ ribs were darn tasty!
- And everyone we met (even the coconut water guy that kept trying to sell us his drinks) was super friendly and helpful!
Even with our crazy to-do list while in George Town, we somehow managed to sneak in a little “fun” time too.
Luckily, our cruiser friends from way back in Bimini, Barry and Dara from s/v Erin Ashley, were here too so we made sure to hang with them for drinks two afternoons at Two Turtles. And then we met some new young cruisers, Kaycee and Greg from >>Oceanna the Boat<<. We hit up the Peace & Plenty hotel with all our friends for some Rake-n-Scrape and bahamian BBQ!
And a trip to George Town would not be complete without visiting Volleyball Beach and the famous “Chat-n-Chill.” So, we dinghied across from Kidds Cove where we were anchored to check it out. It definitely didn’t disappoint, although all we had were a few Sands Lights.
After 6 days here, we are ready to keep it moving! On to Long Island!
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