Left! Keep Left!
02 March 2017 | Long Island
Photo: Dean’s Blue Hole
“Left! Keep left!” we kept reminding Burger, to avoid collisions with oncoming traffic. The Bahmas used to be under British rule. We rented a car from 1 pm to 1 pm, so we could break up the tour of Long Island into two half-days. The island is 80 miles long and the car rental place is roughly at the middle point, where we're anchored.
Old friends and cruising buddies Nancy and George of s/v Trumpeter, who have been sailing the Bahamas for years, were the perfect choice to take along with us. They directed us to all the highlights and introduced us to their local friends.
As we headed south, our first stop was for lunch at the popular Forest take-away. My fish burger was delectable, as was Burger’s beef/pork mix. We then shopped till we dropped at It’s All Under the Sun, Ena’s Straw Creations, and Midway Mart.
We visited the impressive twin whitewashed stone churches built by Father Jerome, who converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism and built one for each religion. Then we strolled the docks of the swanky new Flying Fish marina in Clarence Town, which attracts wealthy sport fishermen.
And of course we stopped at the famous Dean’s Blue Hole, the world’s second deepest saltwater hole. It’s a magnet for the risky sport of free-diving. A plaque commemorates the tragic death of three young women who didn’t make it. They died together in 2008.
Dinner at Club Washington with Dawn and Mike of s/v Anahata, who we last saw here 15 years ago, ended the day.