Yet we found a safe spot we’d recommend on New Providence without hestitation. Palm Cay Marina. It’s gated at the marina entrance, and on the land. While it’s a bit tricky getting in – do follow their websire directions and call in ahead — that location offers one of the best angles into the Exumas; we hopped easily the 33 nm to Northern Exumas’ Highborne Cay from there.
These were not miniature palms; this was a big chess set at Palm Cay Marina!
Yes, I admit we were lured there with a coupon to stay free for a week* — the regular price there is reasonable, $1-2 foot, depending on your timing. When we were there, the marina was nearly empty.At the time, other cruisers were paying $1/foot and happy to do so.
Even though the bathrooms, showers and laundry weren’t completed, the folks at the marina graciously found ways to help us out with viable alternatives.We were still able to use the marina’s gas station, head up to use the free WiFi from their then unfinished clubhouse, and they even offered to set us up with a car as they are a bit off the beaten track.We didn’t get a chance to take them up on their offer.
Scalloped beaches at Palm Cay, viewed from their clubhouse.
We also enjoyed supporting the marina’s “turtle crossing” with our veggie discards, with the marina staff’s encouragement. It was a truly peaceful spot. Quiet, awakened by sweet birdsong in the morning.
Journey, docked at Palm Cay Marina near Nassau, Providence Island.
BAHAMAS retrospective.This blog post is a recent retrospective of our visit to New Providence Island, near Nassau, BAHAMAS (N25.01.129 W77.16.277) February 4-7, 2014.My hard drive is finally happy but most of my recent cruising season photos are still inaccessible.Please wish me luck with that!We are currently working over hurricane season in Jacksonville FL; this time with our boat “on the hard” in Green Cove Springs, until just before we leave in November, bound for the South Pacific via the Panama Canal.
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