My Adventures In Abaco

By Rogan Smith |
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Hope Town, Here I Come

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.

Taking in the fresh ocean air.
Taking in the fresh ocean air.

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.

Here’s Patrice. She extended her trip just to hang out. Whoo-hoo! Here she is looking like Nippy aka Whitney Houston.

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.

This Bahamian Gyal looking at lighthouse
Admiring this beauty.
A closer view
A closer view.

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.

Lobster and artichoke dip
Lobster and artichoke dip.
Tuna Tataki with sesame seeds
Tuna tataki with sesame seeds. Freakin’ delicious!
Coconut crusted fish tacos
Coconut crusted fish tacos

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!

I saw the sign.
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign. Ace Of Base rules!
Beautiful pink and green home
Beautiful pink and green home. I love the architecture. I think this used to be a museum that they are converting into a home or office. We went inside and it had the most amazing air condition. Chilly inside.
Breaking in
Breaking in. Damn, I forgot to wipe off my fingerprints.

 

Shop Closed
Shop Closed. We saw a lot of these signs at the stores on Hope Town. Nearly everything was closed because it was the off season.
Stealing off of the tree
Gotcha! Look at Patrice t’iefing off the people’s tree. She’s lucky they didn’t fix that tree. All of her toes would fall off.
Not ashamed
Look at this heifer. She ain’t even ashamed to show off the stolen goods.
Posing at Firefly
Chilling at Firefly.
Saving the best for last
Saving the best for last. What a feeling.

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