21 February 2018
The resort staff is in high gear preparing for the high season. The thatch roofs on the beach huts have been replaced. The marina continues to upgrade their facilities with new decking on the docks, painted poles and new security cameras. Spinakers outdoor dining area that has not been used for years is getting a new roof, new deck stain and new furniture in preparation for the March 1 opening of the Boathouse Bistro. The lawns are manicured and mulched. The palm fronds have already been trimmed up. It had been quite entertaining to watch the men climb up the tall coconut palms to cut the lower fronds and coconuts with a machete. We always get a few coconuts while they are doing this. Carl bought a machete on our last trip here. It is the best tool for opening a coconut. I'm pretty sure it could be considered a weapon on board a boat. The Bahama Beach Club is sporting a new coat of conch pink paint. Although the high tourist season is just around the corner, it is nearing the end of the cruisers winter stay. Many boats have already left to start their journeys home. The marina is slowly emptying, except for some charter boats. Soon it will be filling up with sport fishing boats for upcoming billfish tournaments. We will stay until the end of March when we will start looking for good weather to cross the gulf stream to Florida. The department of tourism sponsored a party for winter residents at Cocos. There was a wine and beer bar and buffet of chicken wings, grouper fingers, bbq sliders, pasta and conch fritters. Chris Burner, a local celebrity, entertained us. We are savoring our time left with friends here.