Little Harbour....by land
13 March 2016
Our dock mates, Steve and Patty on S/V Patty Sue, are traveling to Florida for a week. We decided to share the expense of a rental car and took them to the airport in Marsh Harbour. Marsh Harbour is about halfway between Treasure Cay and Little Harbour on Great Abaco Island. Since reading ARTIST ON HIS ISLAND by Randolph Johnston, I am longing to see this "Swiss Family Robinson" type place established by the Randolph family in the 1950's. This area was uninhabited, except for the lighthouse keeper, and only accessible by boat. Today it is still very remote. A two mile long dirt road from the main road has been added in recent years. Little Harbour is beautiful and it's easy to see why it was chosen by this family. The family compound consists of an art gallery, studio, foundry and Pete's Pub. Pete, one of Randolph's sons still has a home here and is also an artist. After climbing to the top deck of the Pub to take in the view, we placed our order for lunch at the bar. On Steve and Patty's recommendations, Don and Carl ordered the burgers and I tried the mango grouper sandwich with peas and rice. Unexpectedly,the food is delicious at this little Pub, well known among sailors for its drinks. There are maybe a dozen boats anchored here and just a hand full of people at the Pub. At night time, the decks will be full with people spilling over onto the beach. After lunch we walked to the gallery. There are sculpures by the Johnstons for sale here, as well as paintings and works by other artists. We walked past the studio and foundry which were unfortunately closed while we were there. All along the paths are statues and sculptures to stop and admire. We found a small trail leading to the remains of the old lighthouse. The ocean views were spectacular from this point. Although there is a development of multimillion dollar homes south of here, it is nice that the developement is slow and Little Harbour remains unspoiled. A trip back here by boat is in order. There are caves to explore in addition to other great diving spots in the area. I can't wait to return.