Goodbye Eleuthera, Back in Abaco

The sun sets over Royal Island in Eleuthera.

I was so happy to be back in the Abacos. While we were in Eleuthera I mentioned something about Abaco to another sailor. He sniped back, “That’s not the Bahamas.” I imagine the Abaconians would take exception to his remark. Still, I think I understand what he meant. Abaco is full of sailing snowbirds and tourists. They have invaded and taken over like squatters in a freshly abandoned building. It is hard to see the real Abacos through the Bocce Ball tournaments and St. Patrick Day parades. But it isn’t these transients and migratory retirees that I love about this part of the Bahamas, it is what they like to call, “the protected Sea of Abaco.”

The Sea of Abaco is like one huge sheltered anchorage. Through any inlet, you leave the deep currents and big waves of the Atlantic Ocean behind and enter calm clear waters. Any direction you look, you can see land and it is gorgeous. When the winds change another anchorage in the lee is just a few miles away on the other side of the sea.

This is the reason that Abaco is so blighted by tourist and snowbirds, the sailing is so easy.

But there were plenty of things I loved about Eleuthera. Not once while we were there did we hear country music, unless you count the island influenced remake of Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler” that seemed to blast from the fish fries and political rallies on the shores of the harbors we anchored in. Most nights the music booming over the water was Caribbean style, the one exception being the evening we got to hear Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album in its entirety.

I also loved the exploring on land – the caves, the Queen’s Bath, the ocean holes. Eleuthera is eat up with natural beauty. I’m sure the Eleutheran Adventurers thought they had found the perfect place to worship God among His wonders when they landed here in the 1600s.

I loved the chance to do more sailing in open waters. I loved the high cliff that is the western Eleutheran coastline. And I loved meeting people, Bahamians and other sailors.

We may return to Eleuthera someday, but not anytime soon. The rest of our stay in the Bahamas will be spent here in Abaco entertaining visiting friends, snorkeling coral reefs, relaxing in calm anchorages, and visits to Maxwell’s, keeping stocked up on fresh veggies and Ezekiel bread.

The sunset is beautiful no matter where you are in the Bahamas. Here, it sets in Abaco as seen from Tilloo Cay.

3 thoughts on “Goodbye Eleuthera, Back in Abaco

  1. Robert said:

    You guys are terrific. I enjoy reading this blog. Greg I’m ready to sign-up as a mate. DB2 versus the beauty that you guys are seeing and the trip of a lifetime. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey thru beautiful words and pictures.

  2. John McDonough said:

    Any interaction with Beryl, the tropical storm? We only found out about it when it came close to the US, but it may have been affecting you guys before that.

    • Duwan said:

      We got a taste of Beryl before it developed into a tropical storm. It rained on us for three days. Wind was reported to have gotten up to 42 knots while we were anchored in Marsh Harbor. There was also some tornado action on Great Guana Cay that did some minor damage.

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