George Town

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At 6:00 am we were awakened by a storm rolling across the Bahamas Banks making Black Point untenable.  We hoisted anchor and exited Dotham Cut for Georgetown. Initially NW, the winds clocked around to NE and we were soon running on 10 foot seas.
Late in the afternoon, we entered Conch Cay cut. With seas 12 and wind 20+ knots, we did not take any pictures.  The cut is wide but takes you head first onto a reef just inside the entrance. With the ocean swell behind us, the entry was scary but exhilarating.
After you enter Elizabeth Harbour, your course line zigzags around numerous shallow sand bars. Friends on Two by Two flagged us down and we anchored in powder sand off Hamburger Beach.
Drinks for everyone!
This is a distant view of the famous "Holes" near Volleyball Beach. The Holes are really crowded with boats since a local Bahamian setup "Chat & Chill" on the sand spit.  The restaurant / bar and all the boats make water quality a problem.
Closer view of the "Holes."
This is a view from the "Monument" of a portion of Elizabeth Harbour directly west.
This is slightly SW of the frame above. In the foreground are aging coral heads awash in sand. This is the local doggy run area.
More of the harbour and as you can see a real mixture of boat styles and sizes.
A converted Canadian Ice-breaker "Bart Roberts" sits mid-harbour.
This is the monument on "Monument Hill." It still serves as a navigation beacon to seaward although it is not lighted. (If it had a light, it would probably be burned out anyhow!)
This is the view east to the ocean or more correctly, Exuma Sound.
We trekked up Monument Hill with our friends Len & Carol to watch the Cruisers' Regatta race.  It was a pretty boring race with S/V Marauder blowing the competition away with a 10 minute lead.
The beaches on the Sound are gorgeous and fairly secluded.
The prerequisite picture of tourists lost on the beach.
Another view of Elizabeth Harbour.
This is the famous hamburger shack on "Hamburger Beach." Here Dora Lee whips up conch-burgers, hamburgers and goodies to satisfy the tummy after hill climbing. You can wash them down with an ice cold local beer called "Kalik."
The trail to Dora Lee's burger emporium.
You can't get lost even when the vegetation cuts off your view.
If you get lost, you can always ask one of the residents for directions.
The approach to Volleyball Beach is a maze of boats anchored and moving in every direction.
Cruisers tend to congregate at Volleyball Beach. With up to 500 boats at anchor, there is an eclectic potpourri of people and events. This was an arts and craft show with volleyball, bridge and dominos games underway at the tables.
The first day that we arrived we met friends who we had not seen for years.
Bunkie and Geoff Cunliffe of S/V Everden were Port Credit Power Squadron members who were returning from Trinidad back to Canada.
From our old dock at Lakefront Promenade, we re-united with Jack and Joanne Moles of Interlude. They use to be sail boaters (Honoria) but like Jimmy Buffet, they now run a trawler. Jack was off fixing engines!
This is the famous Exuma Markets docks where dinghies are sometimes three layers deep.
The Exuma Markets docks are in the middle of town.  A quarter mile to the south  is the Batelco Communications Centre.  The towers make perfect landmarks. You can take your PC there to get rather slow connections for email.
The building next to Batelco has an Internet Cafe that was useless. Their PC's (except one) were low speed connections with no CDROM's  to cut and paste or burn anything. Staff were not very helpful.
This is the main drag were cruisers lug laundry to the washing hole.
Just kidding - this is a great laundry with fabulous staff.  You can do it yourself or for a modest fee, leave laundry for next day pickup.  The latter option is the way to go. Watching machines is boring.
Across the street is Bal Sound's  Electronics with lots of goodies.  They have a good DirectWav high-speed Internet link with one reasonable PC.  You can attach your PC to the link as long as you have an ethernet (NIC) port in your PC. They charge by the minute, so type fast.
Up the main drag, Mom's Bakery sells fabulous homemade bread and pastries from a van along  side the street.  If Mom is there, expect to get a big hug.
This is the front of Exuma Markets and the central hub of activity. There's a Scotia Bank across the street, a Liquor store nearby and gas stations north and south.
Further north, up the main drag, is the Two Turtles Inn.  This is a favourite watering hole and restaurant. A little pricy but very good fare.
Across the road is the straw market were you can buy t-shirts and trinkets of every description. Best is the lady sitting out back selling garden fresh vegetables.
A further jaunt north takes you past the Public Library and more shops.
The Peace and Plenty Hotel  is a famous site dating back to slavery years. Food and service is excellent but quite pricy. Don't even ask about the nightly room rates.
This is the Administrative Bldg. in Georgetown.
The building houses Local Government, Youth and Culture, Post Office, Ministry of Education, Labour Dept., Police Dept., Immigration Dept., and Customs.
This was parked out front, so I assume the Fire Dept. is the same building too.
One of our favourite pictures of the harbour taken from the west shore.
This year has been unusually windy with squall lines sweeping the harbour. This one managed to strike just after dark making for an uncomfortable sleep.
The high sustained winds have been pushing thoughts of departure toward a distant future time.
Shellie on Preferred Stock fills in the time with a little maintenance varnishing.
The great "Bahamian Bush Medicine" tour of Exuma by Christine Rolle.
The Family Island Regatta races for 2004.