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Exuma 2011

by on Jan.24, 2011, under Happenings

Joyce and I flew to Fort Lauderdale for a few days visit Jennifer, Mike and Alexandra then on Tuesday January 18th we flew to George Town in the Exumas. It’s a one hour and 50 minuet flight over gorgeous water. Our route of flight took us over Bimini, Andros, by Nassau and then down the Exuma chain of Islands. We had flown over these islands on our way back from Stella Maria, last year and vowed to return. We landed at Exuma International Airport, which serves commercial as well as general aviation aircraft coming into George Town. We stayed at Sandals, formerly The Four Seasons, which is an all inclusive resort on Emerald Bay about 10 minuets from the airport.

Sandals turned out to be a great place to stay. There is a magnificent beach, both a large high activity pool and a quite pool, several restaurants, tennis courts, a golf course, spa, gym, manicured grounds and a butler to look after your every need. We enjoyed a ocean front room overlooking Emerald Bay, that was very comfortable. Food and booze are included in the price and both were good quality. We hung out and met some nice people, including three fun couples from Nova Scotia that invited us up to visit them, which we just might do later this year. We played a round of golf, and took a trip into George Town. George Town is pretty laid back and the big thing going on is providing anchorage and provisions for a large number of visiting yachts. There are the obligatory tee shirt and island craft shops, found on most of the Islands, a few hotels and restaurants, as well a few places to get out of the sun and have a Kalick (local beer).

George Town is about a 20 minuet drive from Sandals, and worth the trip.

Our stay in the Exumas was very pleasant and we definitely will return. The temperatures in the 80’s, the Sandals property and the friendly accommodating staff made our stay special. We did a lot of reading and just gazing out from our deck at Emerald Bay, which provided us with gorgeous sunrises and a beautiful moon rise.

We originally planned to return on Saturday January 22nd, but extended a day, we then were going to go on to Key West but the weather forecast convinced us to take a rain check and fly home Sunday.

We had a great flight to Fort lauderdale to clear customs and refuel then on to Hilton Head. In all it was a great break from a unusually cold winter in the South.

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