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Best Bets in the Bahamas

Hanging in the Bahamas is off the hook!

September 16, 2009
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Here are some of our editors’ favorite things to while cruising the Bahamas:

Anchor off of Tahiti Beach on the southern end of Elbow Cay. The palm-lined beach is full of white, flour-like sand, bordered by gin-clear waters. It’s a great spot to drop the hook for lunch on a Sea of Abaco cruise. When you go ashore, try the food at the Abaco Inn in Hope Town. It’s good.

In New Plymouth, check out the Albert Lowe Museum. Try Green Turtle Club Bar or stop at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar for a Goombay Smash before dinner at Bluff House.

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If you’re tired of a fish-only diet and need a little red meat to satisfy your soul, stop by the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour for one of their two special nights: Wednesdays for ribs, and Saturdays feature steak. It’s a prix fixe-affair served on the outdoor patio that attracts locals and cruisers alike. Our readers have suggested Snappas as replacement for Sapodilly’s, which burned down-it’s also a good place for an ice-cold Kalik and live music.

Go off the beaten path and head down island to Long Island. The vibe here is a little different and the crowds have yet to flock to this mostly agricultural island. The people are very friendly, but the coastline isn’t-Cape Santa Maria is beautiful but should be navigated carefully. The best place to throw out the hook is Calabash Cay or, about 6 nm south of that, tie up and enjoy Stella Maris Resort and Marina, which is a mecca for divers.

Chill out on Man O’War Cay. This laid-back, dry island is a good place to explore on foot. You should stop by the Albury Brothers boatyard where they build the quintessential Bahamas boat. For one you can take home in your duffel, visit Emerson’s Shop, which sells handmade half-hull models that are worth every penny. Keep in mind that it’s especially quiet on Sundays when most of the population is at church.

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If you’re looking for a little more action on the Sabbath, head over to Nippers on Guana Cay. The Sunday pig roast is not for the faint of heart-but few good things are.

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