We’ve been enjoying Great Exuma Island. On Saturday afternoon, we rented a car for a day so that we could go to church on Sunday. We did it this way so we could drive to dinner on Saturday evening. So, we hopped in our Corolla (with over 100,000 miles – rentals are not exactly like we are used to in the U.S.) and drove the length of the island to Little Exuma to eat at what is reported by many to be the best restaurant on the island, Santana’s. Unfortunately, although they advertise being open for lunch and dinner, when we arrived just after 5 p.m. they were closing. Island time means you open and close when you want. So, we drove back towards Georgetown and found none of the other restaurants open along the highway. We ended up eating at Club Peace and Plenty again — which was okay because the food was good.
On the way back from Santana’s, we stopped at Tropic of Cancer beach, which many guide-books describe as the most beautiful beach in the Exumas, if not the Bahamas. A treacherous, narrow, washed-out sand road must be braved to reach the beach, but, wow, was it worth it! The powdery crescent of white sand bordering the translucent blue-green water was gorgeous, and… once again, we were the only ones there. And… we were officially in the tropics.
On Sunday, we drove back into Georgetown to attend church at St. Andrew’s Anglican church, founded in 1802. The service was very nice. And long… very long! Two and a half hours long. I need to remember to eat breakfast before going to church in the Islands. The service was unique, blending the traditional Anglican liturgical worship which we’ve grown to love, with the spirited worship of our Pentecostal background. It was almost as if there were two completely different services combined into one. After finishing grand hymns with blaring organ, the praise band took over with drums, keyboard and praise singers. The gregarious rector preached a pentecostal-style message prior to the eucharist (with Apple Juice! Or, at least that’s what it tasted and looked like, maybe it was white grape juice, but, I could’ve sworn it was apple juice.)
Otherwise, we’ve been enjoying our time relaxing here in the Exumas. We’ve made a couple of trips over to Palapa’s Grill at Grand Isle for lunch. We’ve swam in the stunning waters of Emerald Bay. We’ve enjoyed the beautiful, graciously-accommodated Captain’s lounge at the marina. In sum, we’ve been enjoying our cruising life.