We flew JetBlue (nice airline) to Nassau and spent one night at Orange Hill which was fine. We flew Pineapple Air to GHB on Sunday. We bought a case of Kalik at the Nassau airport and Pineapple checked it for us as we weren't sure what would be available on Sunday.
We stayed in the apt. at Heron Hill in North Palmetto Point. Very clean and spacious. Awesome view, pool and gardens. Wonderful caretakers and the owners are great to deal with. Very good price for the apt. The beach had lost a lot of sand from the storm but you could still walk far each way. Amazing cliffs and coves right below the house. We never saw anyone on our beach or down the beach in either direction the entire week. The weather never interfered with our plans; but the surf was rough on our beach the first several days, so we headed out to explore the island. The Elusive Beaches book was in the apt. and we gave that thing a workout. Without a GPS it would only have been slightly helpful. Many, many signs were down on the island.
3 times we were asked for a ride. Once from an old man taking crabs he just caught (they were in a box) to town. Once from two very clean cut, polite teenagers, and once from a couple who just dropped off their truck for repair. Each time we enjoyed the company and the conversation.
What we were able to see and do in 5 1/2 days:
French Leave Beach - explored Club Med ruins
Alabaster Beach – happy hour on the Carribean side
Twin Sisters Beach - snorkeled around the rocks
Ten Bay Beach - got a jellyfish sting - vinegar saved the day!
Tay Bay Beach - easy to find - it was perfect - my favorite
Savannah Sound - twice - high tide and low tide
Poponi Beach – trees are decorated with beach trash down by the public beach access
Whale Point Beach – found old resort steps leading to beach – lots of seaglass
Bottom Harbour Beach - shady
Twin Cove Beach, Airport Beach, Cotton Bay Beach
Preacher's Cave - Jock Morgan was there and gave us a tour - nice man (watch out for the bees!)
The Cow and Bull
Whale Point - walked all the way to the point- could see Harbour Island
Glass Window Bridge - found the blow hole - it was going crazy - very cool
Queen's Bath - very high waves - couldn't stop watching the show
The Boiling Hole - near Glass Window
Ocean Hole - fed the fish
Tried to find the Gulley Hole - found the old airstrip instead
Sky Beach – had a drink and dipped our toes in the pool
Tarpum Bay - bought fish and lobster – cooked at home twice – so much fun
Cape Eleuthera – it was closed – talked to the caretaker for a long time
Lannie's Take Away in NPP - very good lobster salad
Buccaneer Restaurant – good food- sweet waitress
Sammy's in Rock Sound - twice -LOVED the way they do the lobster – lovely people
Bakery in Governor's - got breakfast for the drive north
Tippy's – we felt like we had to try it, but we preferred the more authentic local places
Sunset Inn – concenient location – great view- my favorite
Fish Fry – had to leave early to get up at 5am to fly home
Heron Hill is like a botanical garden on a small scale. Every night we would go out on the patio to look at the stars, and every night we would be visited by many large black butterflies (moths?) that would flutter around us and land on us as if they were curious about us. They also flapped at the windows at night. We never saw them during the day. We called them the night fliers.
One day we came home after a day of exploring and there was a beautiful double rainbow out over the atlantic.
One day we were walking on Poponi Beach and a cruise ship was going by. All of a sudden we could see many, many camera flashes going off at the same time. It was if the captain made an announcement about the beautiful beach on the port side of the ship. We felt very fortunate to be on the beach rather than on the cruise ship.