Green Turtle Cay was a quaint, picturesque resort … until 34 boats came to the marina, bringing 340 party people. We were bombarded by Bucketlust, and no amount of foul weather would stop their non-stop party. These people were WiLd, sporting different-themed costumes each day (think WWF Spandex, Unicorn tights, fuzzy vests, fanny packs, you name it) while drinking, dancing, and drinking some more from sun up until … well, sun up again during a wicked 3-day northern front. Bucketlust is a private boat charter/group vacation (primarily for the young wealthilites who have a smooth 10k to blow on a vacay), and boy were they entertaining. Tiring, filthy, and loud at times, but still entertaining. We also had a fantastic time feeding (and dodging) the rather aggressive Abacos swimming pigs at No Name Cay, celebrating Junkanoo with the locals at New Plymouth for New Years, even getting in on a little hand-stand throw-down at the Tipsy Turtle. Fun video for you all here, with photos below, from our colorful stay at Green Turtle Cay. Enjoy!
The entrance into White Sound at Green Turtle Cay was one of our most shallow, boasting a tide as low as 6 feet at low tide. For this reason, we weighed anchor before dawn at Manjack Cay to take advantage of the high tide when coming into the White Sound entrance around 8:00 a.m. And, thankfully, our planning and worrying paid off when we found we had a smooth 10 feet under our hull all the way through the channel.
A nice walk or jog fresh off the boat is one of our favorite ways to explore a new island.
Dinghying over to No Name Cay to check out the swimming piggies!
We got a real kick out of these guys. While they definitely weren’t the cuddly, fuzzy, friendly pigs I had imagined (most were caked in dirt with matted eyes, with patches of lost fur), but they were sweet and hungry! They hated selfies with Annie, though. It got to be comical, every time I pulled my camera up in selfie mode, they literally would snort, groan, and turn away. Every time. No pig selfies for Annie. : (
You’ll see in the video how these porkies nipped and clawed at us. You really had to be careful when feeding them. I started throwing huge chunks of bread at them to make them go away while Phillip got trampled near the dinghy!
Finally started cracking those coconuts we got from Manjack Cay! I busted out our “fancy tools” for the job.
Happy 2018!! We spent New Years Eve dining at the Green Turtle Club restaurant there near the marina. It was fabulous! And a very fun, intimate venue for the celebration!
Check out the moon!
Welcome to the Tipsy Turtle Bar! We got a little tipsy in there on several occasions. You gotta love a bar where the only “decor” is sailing pennants and dollar bills.
Getting Eddie the Rock’s fresh conch salad over in New Plymouth. I was fascinated by this long-time conch harvester who could shell each conch in less than 10 seconds. The first time I tried it (although I’m much better after our stay in the Berries), it took me five minutes. But, I did get that little squirmy alien out without macerating the shell, which I’ve heard is better than some. Can’t wait to share my first conch shelling with you guys. Coming soon!
The Junkanoo menu at The Wrecking Tree. Just our speed.
Pineapples is a tucked-away, quirky little bar that our buddy, Don, who lives on the huge m/v Status Quo on Spanish Cay told us about. Honestly, it reminded us exactly of Paradise Inn out on Pensacola Beach back home.
These two are ready for a Junkanoo parade! Junkanoo is an annual celebration in the Bahamas commemorating the three days the slaves used to be given off each year and they would sing and dance in colorful outfits and host an annual parade. It was so cool to be there (inadvertently) at the same time they were all celebrating such a unique, local holiday.
The Bahamas in a blow. Still beautiful.
Time to tuck in for some dinner at the best restaurant in all the Bahamas: s/v Plaintiff’s Rest! I seriously am so lucky to live and travel with such an excellent chef. Phillip rocks the galley.
Beautiful little beach on the north shore.
It was a drizzly, wet, windy couple of days at Green Turtle Cay, but we had been watching that front building and coming for about a week and were more than happy to be tucked in safe in White Sound for protection … and entertainment. Green Turtle Cay Marina, as well as the restaurant there and the wonderful staff, did not disappoint. GTC is a great place to spend a week in the Bahamas.
But, just remember, while we’re dressed like this … the Bucklust yAhOoS are dressed like this:
God love ‘em … We hope you enjoyed our stay at GTC. Next time we’ll take you out into the Atlantic through the notorious Whale Cay Passage over to Great Guana Cay for some wicked kitesurfing behind Nippers on the north shore and great food and walking trails on Guana Cay. Stay tuned!