We never had the opportunity to eat at Guana Sunset, but I can tell you, their house rum drink, the Guana Grabber, is aptly named! A yummy concoction of Rum (of course!) and various fruit juices, they are delicious, and deadly.
Another special feature about Guana Sunset is their weekly Pot Luck. Each Wednesday evening, all you need to do is bring a prepared dish, sufficient to feed 4 people, and show up. All the food goes on to a table, and you dig in! This weekly event attracts both cruisers and cottagers alike, and its not unusual for the locals to attend too. Its a wonderful evening of great 'specialties' and terrific company and stories. Unfortunately, this was the day we didn't end up eating lunch until after 3pm, so dinner at 5:30 was out of the question. But you can bet its on our list for next year.
Food and drinks aside, Guana Sunset is THE place to watch sunsets on the island. It is surrounded by palms, and the sun sets over the many sailboats moored in Fishers Bay, on the Sea of Abaco.
Nippers is THE hot spot on Guana Cay. Located high on a dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Nippers offers great views, good food, an an excellent beach, complete with snorkeling right off the reef. The also have a 2 level salt-water pool, with a little waterfall. However, they are famous for 2 things – The Frozen Nipper, and their Sunday Pig Roast.
First the Frozen Nipper. What’s in it is a very well kept secret, but it is made up of rum, some form of fruit juice, more rum, and then to top if off, even more rum. Then it’s frozen in a special machine that somehow changes its molecular structure, making it even more potent. Ok, I’m kidding on that part, but these things are deadly. We would pop in and have just one, and we were good to go. Although they didn’t taste ‘rummy’ they sure pack a punch – and they are delicious!
Now the Pig Roast. It happens every Sunday, starting around 11:30, and it’s the social event of Abaco. Albury’s Ferry runs extra boats all day Sunday just to get everybody to & from Guana Cay. They have a great live band, and the food is all you can eat. The buffet offers a Roasted Pig cooked in a huge firepit, Peas & Rice, Conch & Rice, Bahamian Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and 2 desserts. Although I was looking forward to the Pig Roast for months, when we visited it was also Regatta Time, and Nippers was a madhouse so we left. We did come back another couple of times, but it was either closed, or we found friends who had already been waiting an hour for their order, so the Nippers Karma just wasn’t there, and it didn’t work for us. Next year – I’m not going to miss it! But a word of warning, those Frozen Nipper’s really do catch up on you, so if you’re visiting with your kids, you’ll want to leave right after lunch. Things can get a little wild there, even in the afternoon. So I’m told.
But wild Pig Roasts aside, Nippers is a great spot on a quiet afternoon to just relax with a drink, and enjoy the view.
Although we tried to eat at other restaurants on Guana Cay, we always seemed to end up at Guana Seaside. It’s located at the end of the road, beyond where the pavement ends at the north end of the island so their motto of ‘A little off the Beaten Path’ certainly isn’t an understatement. Located directly on the Sea of Abaco, it’s easily accessible by boat too.
The resort itself is small, only around 15 rooms, and is built in a U shape. In the middle of the U is the bar, complete with a gorgeous view of the Sea. It also offers a small pool, as well as great fishing off their dock. You can eat at the bar, in the pretty little courtyard directly behind the bar, or inside for dinner.
The also serve dinner, great “Jolly Bobs”, the house rum drink, and have a wild Karaoke night every Friday. Leigh’s disappointed we missed the Karaoke, but since we’re planning on 2 weeks next time, he may be in luck!
Favorite Dish: We arrived in time for lunch and promptly ordered a couple of ice-cold Kaliks, and sodas for the kids. We ordered lunch while Hubby & the boys went off exploring. When they returned, lunch had arrived so we dug in - it was excellent! Leigh had Conch Fritters with the standard Bahamian side, Peas & Rice, I had Grouper Fingers & fries, and the boys opted for a Grouper BLT, and a Cheeseburger. Everything was excellent.
We ended up returning another day for lunch, but as we arrived around 2:45, the kitchen was closed and the cook had gone home. Another day we found ourselves there shortly after breakfast. Their dock is private, and they don’t mind you using it to fish, as long as you’re leaving some cash behind too. So while Leigh and my eldest fished, my little one and I took it upon ourselves to be responsible tourists, and ordered ‘Second Breakfast”. I just had coffee & toast, but he ordered their Breakfast Sandwich, 2 fried eggs, cheese and bacon. It was so good, that Leigh ordered one when they were done fishing!