Abaco, you have redeemed yourself.
If you read my previous post, you’d know that I had such a bad experience in Abaco 16 years ago, that I kept my distance. This time around, however, things were much different and I’m glad I gave the island a second chance.
I almost didn’t make this trip. A friend of mine had to cancel and I was about to skip out altogether. But, I figured, you only live once, plus I needed a vacation, so at the last minute I decided to go. What I had completely forgotten was that my colleague, Patrice was headed to the same island to give a speech at a business seminar. She’s down for whatever, so she extended her trip so that we could hang. Look at God.
Abaco has matured beautifully over the years. The island is huge and everyone I met was so friendly.
Patrice was staying in Marsh Harbour and I was 40 minutes away. Even though the distance was bananas, I enjoyed the solo drives.
A taxi driver, who was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find food so far out of town, offered to bring me dinner. So, on my first night, I feasted on three lobsters and salad. Now, let me tell you. Family Islanders (Bahamians who live on islands other than Nassau) are friendly and most of them are trustworthy. Had a taxi driver in Nassau offered to bring me dinner, I would have run for the hills.
My favorite part of the trip was when Patrice and I went to Hope Town. I couldn’t wait to see the famous lighthouse and it didn’t disappoint. She’s a beauty. We really wanted to go up close, but we didn’t feel like taking another ferry, so we scrapped that idea.
When we got off of our ferry, we rented a golf cart for the day and zoomed around the island in search of drinks (it was scorching) and food. We ended up at the wonderful Firefly Restaurant. Hands down the best service and food on the island. Plus, it has air conditioner. You will appreciate that, trust me. If you’re there order the lobster and artichoke dip and tuna tataki. You’ll thank me.
There’s also a cute boutique in the front of the restaurant that sells amazing clothing. Check it out when you go. Patrice and I bought a few gorgeous dresses. Can’t wait to show them off.
I could totally see myself living in Hope Town with its wonderful architecture and colorful houses. Take a peek at some of the pictures to witness my island-hopping adventure. I’ll post more pics in a follow-up post. Enjoy!