Long Island Car Trip
08 March 2013 | Long Island, Bahamas
We had been in Joe Sound in the northern tip of Long Island for a few days and had decided to tour the 80-mile long island by car. Another boat had rented the car before us and had parked it at the end of the road were we could walk to it from the beach. We went to the beach and tied up the dinghy at about 9 A.M. We walked to the car and met with other cruisers who were also going to rent a car. Together, we went off down the island. At the rental car place, they got a smaller car and we continued south on the island. We stopped at the tourist office and picked up a small pamphlet map of the island. We drove down almost to the end of the island and had lunch at a nice restaurant, and after lunch we went and looked at two historic churches, one Anglican and one Catholic built by the same person that converted from one religion to the other. I didn't find them very interesting. After lunch we drove north to Deans Blue Hole the deepest blue hole in the Bahamas at 663 ft. or 202 meters deep. Roan will describe it in more detail in his blog entry.
We drove north some more and got a tour of the largest cave system in the Bahamas, Harrison's Caves. It was really cool with bats, freshwater springs holes up to the surface, huge stalactites and stalagmites, and weird moss that grew on the rocks. The tour guide said that the caves had been used by the native people as places to live, and by the European colonists as hurricane shelters. After the cave system we went to a marina place and had a drink waiting for a while, because we didn't have any time to do anything before we dinner and we were still early for our dinner reservation. We went to a nice restaurant, Chez Pierre, for a special birthday dinner since the day before had been Roan and my birthday. We arrived back at the boat at 10 P.M.