Although deep-sea fishing is certainly available, we opted for the more laid-back, shore fishing variety. As Guana Cay is an island, boating is the only way to get around. As a result, docks abound, and you only need to drop your line in for a few minutes to be successful. Although hubby brought along a full tackle box, they seemed to have the best...more
Ok, it's not really original, but the sunsets are awesome! On an island this tiny, there aren't a lot of 'fabricated' things to do, (a fact we thoroughly appreciated) so enjoying a beautiful sunset can be a definite highlight.We found that the best place for sunset watching was from Guana Sunset Resort, located on Fishers Bay in the Settlement....more
We opted for the full day trip offered by Dive Guana. In addition to being the Guana Cay Fire Chief, and the Guana head of BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association), Troy Albury is the owner and operator of Dive Guana so you know you’re in great hands. He is assisted by Nerad and Domenic, 2 great local guys who also know their stuff.We left at 10...more
Great Guana Cay, , Great Abaco Island, Caribbean
Good for: Families
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...more
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...more
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...more
Unless you decide to rent a boat, or arrive by one, there’s only 1 way to get around from Cay to Cay. Albury'’s Ferry. From their ‘hub’ in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco island (where the airport is located), they travel to and from the various cays several times each day. The company was founded in 1959, and is still owned and operated by the Albury...more
Do you like the feel of the open road? Love to feel the wind in your hair? Then perhaps this is your way to go - rent a bike!Faster than walking, and much more quiet than golf carts, bicycles are a great way to get around Guana Cay and see the sights. Typical of island style, these bikes only have 1 gear and are reminiscent of days gone by, but...more
Once you arrive on Guana Cay, you will be met by the caretaker of the cottage you have rented, who will deliver you to your slice of paradise. From there on, you’re on your own, and you’ll probably want to get out and do some exploring. Because the island is so small, there are no rental cars. In fact, there are only a few cars and trucks on the...more
There are really only 2 places to buy groceries on Guana Cay. The first is Guana Grocery, which is about the size of a small 7-11. The other is Milo's Fruit Stand.
Each day, Milo can be found at his stand, making shell jewellery and chatting with passers-by. As you can see, the stand is very tiny, and was recently fully rebuilt by Milo and several locals, after it was totally destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004.
What to buy: He sells his handmade jewelery, locally caught fish and conch which has been freshly frozen and an assortment of fruit and veggies, which changes daily, depending on what is available. Milo also sells T-shirts, including his famous 'It's Gooder in Guana', a take off on the old ad slogan 'It's better in the Bahamas'.
What to pay: As usual, prices are high, but please don't barter. If you can afford to get to Guana, you can afford a little more for his products. Their cost of living is very high.
Abaco is no exception. I'm not a big beer fan, but I must admit, I liked Kalik. Whether its because of all the hype surrounding it, and the fact that it is very difficult to find other than in the Bahamas and occasionally in South Florida, but it definitely changed my mind about beer. It's available in the regular brew, and the 'hi-test', which...more
As with most tropical destinations, Geckos abound in Abaco. This little guy here is the most common variety seen, although they usually curl their tails up over their backs.They are very fast, and impossible to catch, although my son tried and tried. And of course, they are harmless.more
Conch is readily available in the waters around Abaco. It can be prepared many ways, the most common of which are Conch Fritters, breaded and deep fried, and Conch Salad. The Salad is a staple around Abaco, and is sold in all the restaurants, and at roadside stands.It is very simple to make once the conch has been cleaned, as it consists of...more
On Guana Cay, we noticed several familiar looking wild plants growing very large by comparison to the ones we have at home.Poison Wood is one example, as it looks very similar to our Poison Ivy. Like Poison Ivy, it is very common to see it growing beside the roads, however, it can grow into a full tree, up to 20' tall! It also closely resembles...more
It is very important for all visitors to Guana Cay to follow the stringent rules put in place by the propietors of the various establishments they will frequent on their visit.These rules have been posted adjacent to the pool at Guana Sunset Resort. Please adhere to them. Those caught breaking the rules, especially #6, will be dealt with.Consider...more
One day, we took a snorkle trip to Fowl Cay Preserve with Dive Guana, owned by Troy Albury. The day trip is exceptional, and I would highly recommend it. However.... After we had been snorkling around for a while, my husband and I went off to look at some interesting coral he had seen. I happened to look over to my right, and saw this guy, about 4...more
Luggage and bags:
You will definitely need a rolling cooler if you are staying at a rental cottage. On your arrival in Marsh Harbour, ask your driver to drop you at the grocery store and wait while you stock up on essentials. The selection in Marsh Harbour will be much better, and probably less expensive, than what is available on Guana Cay. We packed ours with our snorkel equipment for the plane, then moved the snorkel stuff into a backpack style dive bag on arrival in Marsh Harbour.
Also, when possible, stick to backpacks, so your hands will be free. Although your caretaker will pick you up at the ferry dock on arrival, depending on the location of your cottage, big rolling suitcases may be more trouble.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Here's where you can go really light. On Guana Cay, it is totally acceptable for ladies to throw on a pair of shorts over a bathing suit, even if going for lunch. Men can also wear a T-shirt but this is not required.
In a nutshell, for a week, you'll need:
If travelling non-summer, also bring:
Also, be sure to bring a large T-shirt or other form of cover up, as the sun there gets really hot, especially during the summer. SPF will help protect you from burning, but not from heat-stroke.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual, but don't forget sunscreen (30 SPF) and bug spray.
We brought Immodium, but never used it (and I always need it!)
Photo Equipment: Perhaps this is a bit extravagant, but think about splurging on an underwater housing for your digital camera. The 3rd largest barrier reef in the world is 50 feet off-shore in some places, and the snorkeling is amazing.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We brought along 2 beach umbrellas to leave behind, but that was another story altogether. Great idea, but only if you have really packed light, and your cottage doesn't already have one.
We also brought along collapsible fishing rods & tackle, as well as our own masks, snorkels & fins. If travelling with kids, check to see if your cottage provides appropriate PFDs.
Miscellaneous: We found the Cruisers Guide to Abaco to be invaluable. Written by Steve Dodge, The 'Dodge Guide' as it's commonly referred is mandatory if you plan to boat in and around Abaco, as it has maps and charts indicating the location of all the shoals, reefs, rocks in the area, water depth, etc. Even if you're not boating, its a great reference tool, with tides charts, VHF listings, advertisements for local establishments, etc., as well as some great photos. You can order it online at www.whitesoundpress.com
I think another 'must have' would be a journal, to write down everything you did. We were so busy during our week, that if I didn't spend half an hour each morning recording what we did the previous day, it would have all been lost in a blur.
Our last night on Guana Cay was very low-key, as we were all sad that we had to leave. Hubby fixed us up with a couple of his famous frozen Rum & Coke Roadies, and Koolade for the kids, and we headed across the road to the deserted Coco Paradise resort for a last look at the beautiful colours of the Atlantic.
While there, we noticed a couple of large hermit crabs scurrying around. Hubby rummaged around in the deserted kitchen and came out with an old, rusted chafing dish to put the crabs in so we could watch them. After a few minutes, we put in a piece of shingle they could use as a ramp to climb out. Let me tell you, hermits aren't that bright, as even when we put them on the ramp, they would try to climb back in. They finally figured out how to get out, but they must have thought they were on a very long road home, as they kept going round and round the top, sometimes lapping the slower ones.
After about 10 minutes, we decided they had had enough, and we picked them off the top, and let them go.