Great Harbour Cay to Nassau

The palm tree behind Beatitude at the dock

The palm tree behind Beatitude at the dock

The 60s Great Harbour Cay Clubhouse

The 60s Great Harbour Cay Clubhouse

Although we were both pretty tired from forty-eight hours of passage making, we chose rather to make the most of our one day in the Berry Islands than to take naps. In the late morning we walked the mile or so from the marina to a beautiful white-sanded crescent beach on the other side of the island. On the way to the beach we passed the now dilapidated old clubhouse in which Hollywood celebrities partied back in the 60s, including Cary Grant and Brigitte Bardot. Great Harbor Cay began as a getaway for the rich and famous and was even frequented by the Rockefellers.

Pulling our wagon to the beach

Pulling our wagon to the beach

The old celebrity clubhouse

The old celebrity clubhouse

How pleasant to be back in the islands and in the water! There was not another soul on this gorgeous two-mile long stretch of paradise. Cindy and I, quite warm and sweaty from our walk over in the hot sun, joyfully waded out into the beautiful, clear, 86° waters. How refreshing! After spending a couple of hours on the sand, we walked back to the marina to relax, wash the salt off the boat from our passage, take advantage of the wifi, and visit with our friends, Jay and Karen. After afternoon cocktails, we enjoyed dinner at the poolside grill, where I reacquainted my taste buds with cracked conch. It was,in fact, very good!

Idyllic Beaches

Idyllic Beaches

Clear 86° water

Clear 86° water

Cindy's footprints in the sand

Cindy’s footprints in the sand

The beautiful beach, all to ourselves

The beautiful beach, all to ourselves

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The Beach Club

The Beach Club

Something you don't see much in the states.  I man walking down the street with a machete  (He was part of the road lawn crew)

Something you don’t see much in the states. I man walking down the street with a machete (He was part of the road lawn crew)

Me and Rigger, one of Jay and Karen's dogs, aboard Largo

Me and Rigger, one of Jay and Karen’s dogs, aboard Largo

Dinner with Jay and Karen at the Pool Grill

Dinner with Jay and Karen at the Pool Grill

By the end of dinner, our sleep deficit was catching up with us, so we said our goodbyes to the Campbells, and retired a little early. Just before 6 am the next morning (Thursday), we pulled from the slip in the absolute calm of this protected harbor and began to work our way around the north end of the Berry Islands, passing the anchored Norwegian Sky just off Great Stirrup Cay, which serves as the private island escape for the passengers of Norwegian Cruise Lines. We motorsailed throughout the day in light winds (5 knots out of the ESE), first skirting the eastern edge of the Berry Island Chain. It was amazing to look over the side of our yacht and see the ripples in the sand on the bottom 40 feet below. Then, for the final 25 miles, we crossed the deep waters of the Northeast Providence Channel.

Leaving Great Harbour Cay Marina before sunrise

Leaving Great Harbour Cay Marina before sunrise

The Norwegian Sky at Anchor

The Norwegian Sky at Anchor

Another sailboat heading south through the Berrys

Another sailboat heading south through the Berrys

Airing out the sails on the way to Nassau

Airing out the sails on the way to Nassau

One of the Islands off to Starboard

One of the Islands off to Starboard

Nearing Nassau

Nearing Nassau

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

The Admiral at the stern

The Admiral at the stern

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Another gorgeous day in paradise wound down as we dropped our anchor in 8 feet of wonderfully clear water. The most fun part of the anchoring process in the Bahamas is getting to dive/snorkel on your anchor to make sure it is set properly. I enjoyed my one hundred twenty-foot snorkel from Beatitude’s stern to the spot we dropped our anchor to see that our anchor was buried deeply. The sea floor was littered with pizza pan-sized starfish. As we sat on deck enjoying the waning daylight hours and watching the setting sun, a sea-turtle splashed around Beatitude, welcoming us to Nassau.

Snorkeling to check out the anchor (with my multi-hued body)

Snorkeling to check out the anchor (with my multi-hued body)

Starfish

Starfish

Our anchorage

Our anchorage

Sunset from West End Anchorage, New Providence Island

Sunset from West End Anchorage, New Providence Island

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5 thoughts on “Great Harbour Cay to Nassau

  1. What a paradise! Bet that sand felt good & the water! Sunset beautiful …you guys had to have s feeling of accomplishment! Great job! Ily guys!

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