Whilst looking on the web for a true silent island getaway, I occurred across Extended Island, Bahamas, a tiny island eighty miles extensive and only a few miles broad, aptly named “Lengthy Island,” 1 of the southern most out islands in the Bahamas.
As I began to browse about the deficiency of tourism, the attractive stretched out and secluded beach locations on each the Atlantic and the Caribbean sides of the island, I identified myself presently beginning to chill out and envisioned myself strolling down an extremely lovely seaside for hrs without the need of a care in the world…
Continuing my education and learning, I commenced to soak up the laid again way of existence. I felt a important urge to get myself to this island and the faster, the improved.
Like a aspiration appear real, as I commence to create this, I am sitting on the porch of a great, passionate cottage, The Whistling Duck, situated south of Clarence City.
Our tiny 20 seats or so aircraft landed at Deadman’s Cay Airport (Cay is pronounced “crucial” in the Bahamas) at the southern finish of the island. We have been greeted by Nancy, the caretaker for the owners or our private cottage, who drove us to The Whistling Duck.
She was friendly, experienced a hearty Bahamian laugh, and available to assist us with something (like a rental auto which we took edge of our next working day). She explained she was a mobile phone get in touch with absent if we had any concerns.
On our flight from Nassau to Deadman’s Cay, we uncovered ourselves presently questioning what may possibly be the most effective detail about what we would stop up contacting “The Other Prolonged Island”…
It certainly could be the amazing drinking water. There are the most gorgeous hues of Caribbean and Atlantic blues from crystal clear to mild blue to aqua to turquoise to deep bluish-purple to varying oceanic shades of environmentally friendly, I have at any time observed.
Then all over again it may be the astonishingly secluded seashores with comfortable sands, great shell looking and the consistent calming rhythm of crashing waves. Hold out, it’s likely that Long Island has the most down to earth, helpful individuals on the world.
If you have a craving for quiet adventure, there are many small roads angling off the one north and south major highway, Queen’s Freeway. Each a person of the small, predominantly dirt or sand “motor vehicle paths” ought to direct to a new head shaking “Wow!” check out and expertise.
No, essentially it really is got to be the water athletics from snorkeling, diving, sailing, boating, fishing, to kayaking.
In hindsight, the most effective matter about The Other Prolonged Island may be just one of the sights or actions that we failed to get to, these kinds of as caving or who knows what!
The most pleasing facet could be a mixture of any of the earlier mentioned, or possibly it is really simply wholly relaxing, currently being away from all the stress of perform and town lifetime.
This island takes your imagination again in time to what the Bahamas utilised to be like. Amenities are couple. The food items is good. Supplies are constrained but available if you locate out in which and when to go. Bahamian and U.S. bucks are interchangeable. The folks are warm, normally seem to be to have a welcoming smile planted on their welcoming faces and a lot more than hospitable and useful.
The Whistling Duck cottage was every thing it had seemed to be on the internet site and more. Our fowl feather namesake cottage had a best lined entrance porch with a double wicker swing, gasoline barbecue grill and two teak and canvas chairs to sit and soak up the views of the Atlantic and the harbor at Clarence Town.
We immediately discovered this was the fantastic location to sip morning espresso or tea, study to our hearts articles, or only rest.
There is yet another deck off the bedroom, finish with two chaise lounges and an outside shower, the one particular I applied all 7 days. Ceiling fans in the living place, kitchen region and the bed room support maintain the inside cozy with continuous gentleman-produced breezes.
There is a gazebo at the water’s edge in which we hung out absorbing the water’s sights and appears and expended time reading through throughout the week. Awesome bathtub and seashore towels are incorporated. A kayak is accessible for a little deposit. Laundry amenities are located at the Flying Fish Marina if desired. For an extra fee you can have Nancy clear the cottage just about every working day.
Two bikes were incorporated with the cottage and furnished exercising and transportation for our first days’ experience on the island to check out out Clarence City.
We stuffed our backpack with supplies from just one of the two small outlets and befriended a smaller boy, Horace, at the Accurate Benefit food and sundry retailer. Horace seemed genuinely intrigued by my silver and blue Asics running sneakers, shown by the awe in his massive eyes when he arrived at down to contact them.
We quickly found that a auto was a ought to if we seriously preferred to examine the island. Driving eighty miles on bikes 1 way to get to the northern tip of our silent island getaway was simply too a lot.
By the way, be absolutely sure to take more than enough money as some of the rental motor vehicle operators do not accept credit history cards. (If you assume fuel is highly-priced in the U.S., look at out the $6.10 for every gallon in the Bahamas, and this is in 2008!).
The tourist map of Lengthy Island is like a cartoon and tends to make it seem like all the streets on the island are paved. If you have an adventuresome spirit, really don’t be shocked when using a person of the quite a few off-taking pictures streets from Queen’s Freeway to instantly come across on your own on a compact, rocky, vehicle-width path that appears to be like like it is likely nowhere.
Rest certain that slow heading and tolerance will fork out off with amazing rewards as the startling, stunning ocean sights deliver stimulating visual overload, especially on the Caribbean aspect of the island.
During our initially week of July pay a visit to, there was a constant breeze. The different bird species have been gaily singing every early morning. We fairly promptly uncovered out why the cottage was named The Whistling Duck! There is indeed these kinds of a flying feather close friend on the island!
The hummingbirds have been fast paced flitting from flower to flower in the course of the day. My far better 50 percent unknowingly imitated a flower a person afternoon though carrying a vibrant yellow top and experienced to gently wave to get a hummingbird to leave her by yourself.
The humidity was pretty large and sweatily apparent. The mix of currently being in the shade and the breeze was quite nice and the most effective spot to be except if we were in the water. Working out on the entrance deck each individual morning received me drenched in just minutes. The ocean see absolutely stored me influenced!
On working day two, Nancy dropped off the rental motor vehicle we experienced organized the working day just before and we set out on our initial driving experience. Employing the tourist map, we headed south to Difficult Deal, just one of some thirty as well as townships up and down the island.
We entertained ourselves by pretending to determine out how Challenging Bargain got its title and arrived up with various possibilities. Turning east on a small gravel highway, we headed towards the Caribbean side of the island and finished up by the deserted salt fields of the Diamond Crystal Salt Corporation.
In the times right before refrigeration, salt was employed to protect meats and fish for ships setting out to sea and had been a massive organization. We assumed we were being missing when we rounded a curve in the road and at the same time gasped at the amazing, amazing spectrum of light blue Caribbean waters. This may perhaps have been the most beautiful eyesight of ocean drinking water both one of us has ever observed!
Following the sand and gravel street, we returned to Queen’s Freeway (a relatively little, two lane blacktop highway which operates almost the whole north-south duration of the island) and headed north. For the most section, the generate is not incredibly remarkable. There are occasional ocean views on a person side or the other. Taking just about any facet road will very likely direct to wonderful ocean sights, a deserted beach front, and a new adventure.
Seeking to look at out the Stella Maris Resort, crafted in the 1960’s, we identified ourselves standing on a hill in the middle of the resort where by we could see the deep pretty much purple-blue waters of the Atlantic searching one way and the stellar, azure blue rainbow waters of the Caribbean by only turning our heads 180 degrees, which was fairly astonishing.
The Stella Maris Resort is significant and is the only position on the island with tennis courts. We recognized many for sale indicators in the front of a few of the houses located inside the vacation resort, and found ourselves wishfully wanting to know… Sigh.
Lunching at the resort overlooking the beach front, we located the foods and services ended up alright but could use some top quality improvement. We did not get to see what are evidently some of the finest plantation ruins on the island, which are situated on the resort house.
We had hoped to make it all the way to the northern suggestion of the island to see a single of the other two resorts, Cape Santa Maria and the Christopher Columbus Monument, but made a decision we ended up managing out of time. We will make guaranteed we see both of those on our following check out.
Beautifully, the remainder of the 7 days we had no strategies whatsoever and just about every early morning casually made the decision what we would do for the up coming couple hrs. No anxiety, no phones, no technologies, no targeted visitors, no rushing close to. Simply just the consistent caressing breezes and soothing sounds of the Atlantic waves to chill out us, encourage our senses and soothe our souls.
We relished using prolonged walks on Lochabar Seashore. We speedily recognized that obtaining to the seashore from the gazebo was significantly easier at lower tide, which experienced to be lower than superior tide by at minimum 3 to four ft.
We uncovered several compact conch shells and two substantial conchs with the most lovely deep pink on the inside, sand pounds, and a lot of more compact shells in the course of the 7 days.
Strolling to the ideal for about 30 minutes on Lochabar Seashore, we rounded the bend and encountered a enormous blue gap. Blue holes promptly plummet from the encompassing shallow sandy waters to fairly serious depths.
1 of our coolest adventures was to see the deepest blue hole in the environment. Dean’s Blue Gap is located at Extensive Island and goes to a depth of all over 660 toes! We have been instructed that the second most significant acknowledged underwater cavern in the planet is at the base of Dean’s Blue Hole.
We had a fantastic picnic right here one afternoon, just the two of us. I was fairly anxious considering snorkeling out into Dean’s Blue Gap and I determined it have to have been the serious not known of what lies in the depths beneath. Locals dive from the lower cliffs on the bottom of the gap and swim in its waters all the time.
My much better and a lot prettier 50 percent, had no difficulties swimming out into the center of Dean’s Blue Hole… and loves offering me difficulty about getting a rooster to this working day!
The third early morning, I referred to as Nancy to locate out in which to get clean fish, contemplating there experienced to be plenty in the Bahamas. She stated Nick the fisherman and gave us his quantity. I left a concept and he termed us back again a couple of hours later on.
Nick the fisherman explained he experienced grouper and purple snapper he had caught the working day in advance of. It turned out Nick, his wife and 6 small children lived at the conclude of our sandy, gravel street. It took five minutes to walk up the hill to his dwelling where by we were achieved by a welcoming variation of man’s greatest close friend, who ran up to us wagging his tail excitedly and definitely received our petting consideration.
There was a fair amount of money of miscellaneous underwater sonar machines and a few fishing boats in the property. It was apparent this family members expended a ton of time by, in, on or beneath the h2o.
Nick greeted us warmly and invited us in.
There had been notice-grabbing shark jaws mounted on the wall in purchase from modest and harmless hunting, to, “no way you want to experience one particular of these in the water,” holy sh_ _! massive jawed, tooth stuffed specimens.
Nick shared a minimal about how they finished up on Very long Island. We discovered he was from Nassau. Nick and his wife Fiona have 4 boys and two girls.
20-a few a long time back he arrived up with the idea to make a indigenous Bahamian calendar, which the entire family members now contributes to. It is sold all through the Bahamas. The artwork is first and just about every month has indigenous Bahamian tidbits which includes historical past and recipes for these factors as soup and conch dishes.
We acquired two copies at 1 of the local stores to convey back again dwelling with us. We plan to just take gain of some of the community recipes and use them for our next gourmet club dinner in the mode of a Bahamian theme supper!
Nick started off conversing about a few of the ship-wrecks he had explored and showed us a number of objects of desire this kind of as a single hundred year previous antique gin bottles, 4 hundred yr outdated olive jars, and far more.
1 of the wrecks he stated was a ship named the Southhampton, which prompted me to share that my godson was attending Southhampton University in southern England to get his masters in Maritime Archaeology.
Five days afterwards on our way to the airport to depart the island I found Nick’s royal blue decide on-up truck coming toward us. His spouse was leaning out the window waving her arms and seeking to flag us down.
We pulled more than and Nick ran up to our vehicle. He mentioned “I have one thing for your god-son,” and pulled out a modest white pipe. He described he had recovered the pipe from a ship that experienced purportedly been established ablaze by Blackbeard the Pirate. Nick believed my godson, Tim, would like it. No question, Tim will love it!
I have never in advance of experienced this degree of friendliness, pleasure, exuberance and generosity on a holiday. What an island! Possibly we ought to continue to keep it a top secret. No way, this is a tale to share as an case in point for how the earth made use of to be, in some conditions still is, and definitely the way it should be!
The Outer Edge Grill, located by the Traveling Fish Marina in Clarence City, finished up remaining just one of our favored places. It is appropriate on the drinking water and is a excellent spot to experience a simple, neighborhood flavor for lunch or meal or to have a drink and dreamily look at the boats, drinking water birds and other creatures.
We had lunch at The Outer Edge Grill many occasions, taking pleasure in each individual stop by immensely. Just after 1 bite we concluded their conch fritters ended up most possible going to be the finest on the island. Cracked conch and grilled grouper made for savory meals.
Everyone at The Outer Edge was very welcoming. We appreciated conversing with Hermie and specifically with Stanlika. Soon after my mentioning all the fried foodstuff on the island, Stan prompt to specific buy anyplace to have our food stuff grilled, which was a excellent tidbit for the rest of our vacation.
It was enjoyable examining out the boats coming in and out of the smaller marina for the duration of the week. There have been a several fishing boats and some rather significant, magnificent vessels as effectively. Some of the names have been Les Belles, Carcharia, Island Hope, Liquid Gold, Island Dream, and Limitless Adventure. Home ports bundled Miami, Coral Gables, and Nassau amongst other folks.
Rowdy Boys at the Wintertime Haven Vacation resort in Clarence City is by the h2o on the other side of the modest peninsula by the marina. The foodstuff was really very good and the family that owned it was extremely welcoming.
We fulfilled the grandmother Chloe and her partner, a granddaughter Justine who waited on us and a single of the sons. Just one afternoon we supplied to buy Chloe a consume. She chose a concoction known as SkyJuice, consisting of gin and really sweet coconut milk. She before long began sharing some of her spouse and children heritage. She also shared that her son Ben experienced taken the house owners of the yacht Les Belles (see above paragraph) deep-sea fishing. Ben had learned they experienced no ideas and had been basically arranging their laid back experience day by day. What a great way to journey the sea!
Chloe and her partner experienced owned and operated a pineapple and banana farm, which experienced been ruined by a hurricane a couple a long time in the past. She had tears in her eyes as she shared some of the hardships her family experienced knowledgeable. Their three boys had argued considerably loudly by their young a long time and experienced been specified the nickname of the ‘Rowdy Boys.”
Rowdy Boys Building now builds throughout the Bahamas and experienced concluded The Winter Haven Resort and Rowdy Boys Bar and Restaurant just more than a yr back for their parents and family members to run. We look forward to traveling to Rowdy Boys and this loved ones once more.
The Forest Restaurant is a few miles south of The Whistling Duck. We experienced a amazing meal of cracked lobster, cracked conch, peas and rice and mashed potatoes in this article one particular evening. The proprietors, Dudley and Patty, were being good.
Just one afternoon we identified as in to unique buy grilled grouper and rooster sandwiches, which were awesome by the way. When we stopped by to choose up our picnic lunch, Dudley waited on us. I shared that my abdomen experienced been off all early morning. He insisted on making me a club soda and blackberry brandy to correct me up. They had been out of club soda, so he utilised ginger ale. I told Dudley I did not want any alcoholic beverages to no avail as he insisted I drink it straight down. I did so reluctantly and was pleasantly stunned at the taste. Thirty minutes afterwards my tummy felt fantastic. Practically nothing like a fantastic ol’ regional Bahamian medicinal beverage to deal with you ideal up!
We stopped in a number of of the little roadside stores to get water and a handful of meals objects through the 7 days. Almost everywhere we went the persons have been genuinely welcoming. We experienced absolutely nothing but terribly great “encounters” with Long Island folks the whole 7 days.
The Oasis Bakery exterior of Clarence Town has great property-baked breads, together with full wheat and multi-grain, cookies and decadent local desserts. You can order sandwiches for takeaway (the island term for “to go”) or take in exterior at the bakery. We noticed it was common for modest establishments to have a little bar onsite, and the Oasis was no exception.
Our beloved afternoon ended up being an impromptu prevent at Max’s Conch Bar in Deadman’s Cay. You won’t be able to pass up Max’s as there are intercontinental flags waving on each and every facet of the road and a couple of junk vehicles, a single of which has been spray painted with “Max’s Conch Bar” on both of those sides.
We sauntered in for a tropical consume and lunch. We positioned an buy for a white wine and a tropical punch with Liz. Liz and her spouse Gary have Max’s. She appeared really satisfied to see us and to meet up with us.
Sitting and sipping our thirst quenching cocktails we watched elements becoming chopped for what turned out to be fresh, selfmade conch salad, by none other than Gary, who wielded a machete sized, razor-sharp knife as deftly and swiftly as everyone I have at any time seen.
We understood we just had to have some of this contemporary island delicacy and placed two orders. Kathy had never had conch salad just before. She loved it just as considerably as I did and it was the finest I experienced at any time tasted.
1 of us asked how Max’s had arrive to be. Liz told us Gary experienced often employed a spear gun when he experienced been a fisherman. When he skipped his concentrate on he would retrieve his spear, normally swimming suitable by sharks. His fellow diving mates assumed he was mad and nicknamed him “Mad Max” immediately after Mel Gibson’s motion picture. As a result, Max’s Conch Bar, named immediately after the ridiculous fisherman!
People frequently came and went even though we consumed our delectable lunch. We figured Max’s have to be a single of the spots for socializing, foodstuff and drink. The decor is about as indigenous as it will get. The round, wood shack has many posters of many Kalik and other island beer ladies displaying off their healthier, curvaceous bodies. Shells, coral, shiny colors, and checker boards with bottle caps as video game pieces are scattered about in island designer trend. The bar is even a exceptional world wide web incredibly hot spot and there is no charge for signing on.
During our previous afternoon we stopped to test out the Extensive Island Library and Museum. We relished searching via the a variety of albums depicting and outlining numerous elements of the heritage, lifestyle and traditions of the island by means of the several years. There are examples of some of the community craftsmanship, historic information posts for the Bahamas, and even some home made condiments for sale in close proximity to the exit. It was absolutely well worth the $3.00 fee for the instructional and enjoyable practical experience.
We determined we experienced to return to Max’s for dinner our previous night time on Very long Island. This was devoid of a doubt our greatest food on the island. Grilled conch and marinated mutton had been Liz’s solutions and they were being unbelievable. In the Bahamas, mutton is both sheep or goat.
Mutton this night was goat, which was a to start with for me and it was mout-watering. Gary whipped up some mango daiquiris, produced with a magic formula mix of 5 rums and fresh new mango, which had been absolutely the ideal daiquiris I have at any time tasted. The four of us had a wonderful time getting to know each and every other a tiny. We talked about all types of matters from the Bahamas to the U.S., to drinks, to food items, to household and buddies, and even shared a handful of particular pleasurable stories about our prior life. We ended up unhappy to say fantastic night, though it was virtually 11 p.m.
Even even though our visit was only for just one week, there are seemingly countless tales we could share from our week on “The Other Extensive Island,” truly an amazing silent island getaway.
Although the island is laid back and peaceful, there are essentially many issues to do. Four pursuits we did not get to do were being scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling on a single of the coral reefs, and touring a person of the quite a few island caves. These are by now on our “to do” listing for our subsequent excursion to the island.
During our all way too temporary go to, we took walks on various seashores, including Lochabar Beach, Galloway Seaside, the seashore by Dean’s Blue Gap, and a couple whose names we do not know.
Incredibly, we saw a overall of two men and women and a pet dog even though going for walks on these beaches. They were being the softest sand and most scenic stretches of seaside, complete with a variety of varieties of rock formations, I have at any time observed.
Experience the plush sand beneath our ft and among our toes, the shades of the h2o, observing sea turtles, shell looking, the landscapes up and down the coastline, and the wonder of no folks, manufactured our beach expertise 1 that could not have been a lot more comforting, comforting and invigorating.
If stretches of secluded, tranquil shorelines are one particular of your prerequisites, the seashores of Lengthy Island make it just one of the very best romantic islands I can perhaps think about.
If you need shopping, higher conclude amenities, frequent service, and living in the lap of luxury, you probably want to seem for a 4 Seasons or Ritz Carlton type vacation resort. These are not to be observed on the peaceful island getaway of Lengthy Island.
If you favor peaceful journey vacation and aspiration of sensation like you have absent back again in time, really don’t treatment about current or higher-tech infrastructure, appreciate lovely desolate seashores, want to interact with genuine, helpful and unassuming persons, and just want to relax a lot more than you at any time considered attainable, you will want to examine out Prolonged Island in the Bahamas.
Peaceful and secluded are apt descriptive phrases for Very long Island, Bahamas. Continue to keep this in head if you’re taking into consideration a family trip.
I have by no means felt so completely calm and filled with such inner peace as I did when on Lengthy Island. This sentiment was echoed by my lovely soul mate. Kathy and I won’t be able to hold out to go again to “The Other Long Island,” an very superb and lovely silent island getaway.
Notice: If you’re looking for a secluded and passionate peaceful island, start preparing your vacation to Extended Island now! (See beneath to E book Empowered Travel!).
(The code for Deadman’s Cay airport on the southern tip of Extended Island, Bahamas is LGI. The code for Stella Maris airport on the northern tip of the Prolonged Island, Bahamas is MYLS).
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