George Town Blues
Here is my ‘Love it’ and ‘Hate it’ summary.
Provisioning. We’ve found most of what we need in George Town at ‘reasonable for the Bahamas’ prices. Yes, it is more expensive than the US, but in some cases a lot less expensive than other islands down the Exuma chain. Definitely a good place to stock up before heading south.
Central. George Town is a good location to jump off and see other islands. The best areas so far have been the Ragged Islands. We can hop down to the islands in just over a day, and be worlds away from the chaos in the harbor.
|Worlds away with buddy boat s/v Sea Mysty - Ragged Islands|
|Dinner with friend aboard s/v Virage|
|Captain Frank and First Mate Julliane s/v Virage|
|Field trip with friends from George Town on secluded beach|
|Successful morning of spear fishing|
|Three kinds of lobster in one catch.|
Crowded. There are about 300 anchored yachts in the harbor. That is just crazy. We like this lifestyle because we can be secluded on remote islands with no one or a few boats hanging around. George Town is like living in a city of yachts.
|Dinghys at Volleyball Beach|
Chaos. Partly a function of being crowded, there are tons of dinghy’s zipping around. Some stopping by to knock on your hull at all hours during the day. While everyone has the best intentions to say hello, it is just over the top some days. I’ve thought about hanging a sign that reads ‘Knocking on other boat hulls, no one is home’.
Geriatric. No offense to anyone, but a lot of the people are fairly old. We’ve found boats with younger kids, and that’s been a plus. The vast majority of the people here are significantly older than our parents. You get the picture.
Some of us guys have had fun throwing the football on the beach, while dodging the occasional sand wheelchair…:-)
|Throwing the football on Volleyball Beach|
|The boys having a beer after a long afternoon of football...|
George Town is worth the stop. It's a must see, but only for a limited time. We can’t imagine how people spend a whole cruising season here going to Volleyball Beach every day. We will be heading south soon to the Caribbean. Bon Voyage.
|Sunset with Field Trip at anchor in Jumentos Cays|