Last week was my Spring Break (a perk of being in school again!), so John and I spent the week in the Bahamas with my parents. We stayed on their boat, Rhythm ‘n Blues like we did on our trip to Maine and had a fabulous time — beautiful sites, perfect weather, and special time with family! Here is a recap of the trip with photo highlights (you can click the pictures to view them bigger):
John and I flew out of Atlanta on Saturday morning and arrived in Freeport around 12:30pm to meet Mom and Dad at the Old Bahamas Bay Resort and Marina where Rhythm ‘n Blues was docked. It was unexpectedly breezy/a tad chilly from rain the night before, but still sunny and gorgeous. Lunch was waiting for us — salad with the Spanish Mackerel that Dad caught the day before!
That afternoon we walked to the beach then read/relaxed on the flybridge. John and I then biked the whole resort part of the island. It was a bit eerie because the island was beginning to be developed before it went bankrupt, so there are street lamps and dilapidated electric boxes but no houses. We biked to the end of the island and got off our bikes to explore the old coral. When we got back back, we played a game of chess on the life-size board at the resort (fyi John won).
By then it was time for happy hour! We had dinner outside and saw the most gorgeous sunset with reds and pinks across the sky. We then all watched March Madness together.
After sleeping in and Dad making us a big breakfast, we went out on Reel Rhythm, the fishing boat. It was still breezy but very nice out, and the seas were pretty calm too. Unfortunately we didn’t catch anything or have any bites (though something did eat half of the ballyhoo bait without our knowledge!)… We did however see a huge sea turtle! That afternoon we headed to the beach, and then John played basketball before dinner. We had another beautiful sunset and ended the evening with a game of Cranium (fyi John and I bet Mom/Dad).
Today was Dad’s birthday! We set off around 7am for Great Sale Cay, which was about a 6 hour trip. It was calm, and John and I sat on the flybridge, reading most of the morning while we traveled. We arrived/anchored by 2pm, and it was a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere. It was amazing to anchor (there was no harbor/dock) and have a 360 view of the ocean and cay — open sea for miles. John and I kayaked for about 2 hours, first going to the middle of the cay to explore. We couldn’t make it to the other side of the island to see the beach because it was too overgrown. We kayaked up and down along the cay but couldn’t find any spot to snorkel. We did see another sea turtle though! John and I then relaxed on the boat while Mom and Dad kayaked.
That evening we had a special dinner for Dad’s birthday (Liana made us prosciutto wrapped asparagus, cauliflower with orange zest, steak, and delicious roasted potatoes, and rum truffles for dessert). It was so beautiful with the sun setting and the boat slowly rotating to see all the views. There were about 20 other boats on anchor nearby. Dad compared it to an Imax theater in real life! That night we sat outside and looked at all of the stars.
We woke up around 8am to head to Baker’s Bay for another beautiful, calm, sunny day! It’s about 65 miles/6 hours. As soon as we arrived, we didn’t stay on land long but hopped onto Reel Rhythm to fish. The water was calm and the prettiest turquoise color. Today was our lucky day! John had on the anglers belt, Sven and Dad coached him how to reel in the line, and he brought in an 8 pound mahi mahi! It was a gorgeous green color!
When we got back, we got ready and hopped in two golf carts to head to Nippers (a semi-famous local spot) for dinner. The ride was eventful to say the least! It was supposed to be a 20 minute ride, but we got lost (including a bumpy ride with dad flying over speed bumps, almost throwing mom and I out the back!) and almost getting stuck in sand and mud. The fresh caught blackened grouper was great as was the Bahamian dish peas (aka beans) and rice. Then on the way home, we got lost again and John almost drove us into the ocean when we turned down the wrong road! We did end up making it back safe and sound eventually 🙂
After breakfast, the four of us headed to the beach. Baker’s Bay is a really nice area that they are quickly building up into a resort spot. The water, homes, landscape, and green areas are very pretty. We were also able to snorkel right off of the beach. The reefs were gorgeous, and we saw a lot of fish- parrot, Nassau grouper, schools of gray fish, a barracuda, and John followed a sea turtle around, to name a few. After snorkeling, Mom, Dad, and I relaxed on the beach while John went back out to spear fish. (He didn’t see anything to spear.) That afternoon we went fishing again with no luck, so when we got back John and I played corn hole then went to the pool. Dinner was John’s mahi mahi from yesterday, which was delicious, and we ended the evening watching Mom’s show, American Idol.
After breakfast, John and I headed straight to the beach to get another round of snorkeling in. Again the beach was empty, and we used the GoPro to film what we saw snorkeling. We came back around 11am to head to Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbor, about 15 miles away. Upon arriving, we took Reel Rhythm to Hope Town to climb the lighthouse. The views at the top were stunning!
We then walked around Hope Town and found a nice spot to enjoy drinks and the views. This whole trip, the weather was perfect (not too hot or cold and yet warm enough to swim.)
That evening, John and I tried to go paddling boarding off the beach, but the current was too strong, causing me to almost crash into the rocks and John to fall off his board twice trying to make sure I didn’t crash! However, the sunset and dinner on the boat were again wonderful.
Today was our last full day in the Bahamas. To make the most of it, we got up early to fish, but unfortunately it was too windy and choppy for Mom and me. We headed back, and Mom and I relaxed on the beach while John and Dad went back out. They were gone for hours, which we knew was either a bad or good thing — but it was good! They caught an 18 and 16 pound mahi mahi! The boat was a disaster afterwards from blood squirting everywhere, trying to get one of the fish in the boat, but well worth it! Mom and I then hopped into the boat (after it was hosed down!) and we headed 5 miles to Mermaid Reef. John and I snorkeled, and it was a beautiful reef with tons of fish. It ended up being a good thing that they caught the mahi because stores were closed for Good Friday, and we ran out of protein options for dinner. Again, the fish was delicious and we enjoyed our last evening on the boat again beating Mom and Dad in Cranium!