Just returned last week from a fabulous trip to my favorite destination in the entire WORLD---the Bahamas of course!!
The vacation really started in Connecticut where I live however!!
I rented a single engine 4 seat Cessna aircraft and myself and a non-pilot friend flew all the way to the Bahamas. We departed Hartford at 1:00 PM on Fri June 1st and made a quick fuel stop at Malfa, Virginia and then made it to Myrtle Beach the where we spent the first night.
Due to severe t-storms moving towards Myrtle Beach, we landed short at N Myrtle (CRE) and waited 45 min for the weather to clear and then hopped just 15 miles over to Myrtle.
Here is a link to the pictures flying down on the first day from Hartford CT to SC.
June 1st pics (Hartford, CT to Myrtle Beach, SC)
Day 2 (Sat June 2nd): Myrtle Beach to Great Harbor Cay, Bahamas
Link to all pics June 2nd:
Woke up at the Hilton at Myrtle Beach and took off around 8 AM bound for Pt Pierce, FL where we picked up a liferaft and life jackets for the overwater flight. The flight down the east coast was uneventful with pretty good weather. Nothing too exciting which is good of course!
As soon as we get the raft onboard, we takeoff at Ft Pierce bound for Great Harbor Cay (GHC) in the Berry Islands! As I am listening to the radio on the plane I hear thatn Nassau is having a lot of t-storms. I can see menacing cloud build-ups that direction as well, but luckily, where we plan to land is 50 miles short of Nassau!
As we descend to land, I do a flyby of the cliffs on Sugar Beach at the NE end of Great harbor Cay and later to Haines cay on the South side of GHC.
Going through customs and immigration at Great harbor Cay is a breeze. The officer could have nailed me with a heafty duty tax on all the hard liquor I imported :-) but after looking at all of the various spirits, he doesn't charge me a dime!! NICE GUY!! YA MON!
We stay at Beach Villas owned by Anthony Williams, and relax the rest of the day and make a few cocktails on the beach (just 100 yrs from our door!) with my mobile makeshift bar I brought along!!
After that my buddy and I go exploring up to the Northwest of our place and walk about a mile up and a mile back down.
Day 3 (Sun June 3rd): Great Harbor Cay
Link to all pics June 3rd:
I wake up at 6:30 very excited to be in paradise so I go outside and get some good pics of the sunrise over the ocean. A few hrs later Ian and I bum a ride from Anthony to Sugar Beach where we explore the water and the previously mentioned caves there. We aare NOT dissappointed in the least as they are spectacular!
We spend about 3 hrs there and start walking 4 miles back to our place. We are in good physical shape so walking that far, even in the heat and humidity, is not problematic at all.
Still though, we are pleased when he sees up walking back and gives us a lift in his pickup truck the rest of the way.
After another hour of R&R back at our place, I make my way down the main road to the south end of GHC where I swim across the creek to Haines Cay. Ian decides to stay behind for this so its just me going solo.
I am taking a calculated risk certainly by going to such a remote area alone along with climbing the bluffs to get to a well awaited presting beach on the east side of Haines, but i feel its well worth the risk to really live and be adventerous and accept that, but its not for everyone.
I finally manage to get to said beach after a good amount walking over rocky shores and bushwalking through fairly thick brush in sections. I be sure and bring PLENTY of water, because dehydration can be just as deadly as slipping and falling out there!!
Of course I have the entire 2 mile stretch of sand all to myself. Not a single soul in sight anywhere! I love it! I only spend about 20-30 min there before heading back, and swimming across the creek back to GHC again.
We end the day with dinner at the Pool Bar Restaurant near the Marina and then have a few more cocktails on the beach.
I'll post the rest of the trip report later as I have to get back to work now.
Let me know what you think about everything!!! Thanks!!Edited: 19 June 2012, 18:42