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Long Island, Bahamas

2017 March 27
by Lyn

We finally made it to the tropics! Well, just barely. The Tropic of Cancer, the northern boundary of what is officially called the tropics, passes right through the middle of Long Island.  And it was definitely worth the effort.  It’s a beautiful, friendly and relaxing place.

Long Island sustained quite a bit of damage from hurricane Joaquin and they are still rebuilding. Some things won’t ever be rebuilt since they are just gone. We spent some time talking with locals who described the 36 hours the hurricane sat over the island. Not a pleasant memory! Hurricane Matthew then added to the work load this year.

But the people, like most Bahamians, are resilient and still very pleasant and welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would love to come back!

 

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Sailing to Long Is from Georgetown.

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It was a perfect day!!

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This is a Long Is snowman…..made of rocks!

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Walking the beach with Ron and Kathy( Stormy Petrel) and Tom and Sue (Sandcastle).

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A doll with seaweed hair that washed up on the beach.

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Tourist office

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Library and museum still closed because of hurricane Matthew but learned things to see while here.

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A Bahamian building a boat for the Long Is regatta in April.

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Anglican Church in Clarence Town.

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Catholic Church just a couple blocks from the Anglican Church

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Inside Catholic Church.

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Learning about Clarence Town from a Bahamian working at the Catholic Church.

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Warning Blue Hole is deep!!

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Dean’s Blue Hole where the world free diving records are set. We met someone “warming up” with a 200′ free dive.

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Blue hole

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Greg swimming in Deans Blue Hole.

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Beach around Deans Blue Hole.

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Touring caves on Long Is with Leonard

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Caves on Long Is

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Adderley’s plantation ruins.

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Kitchen fireplace.

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Several buildings

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Looking at ruins.

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They built really short doors.

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Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492.

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Christopher Columbus monument

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View from monument

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Another view from the monument

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One more view from monument

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Sue from Sandcastle playing her guitar on the beach at Tiny’s in Long Is.

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Tiny’s….the place to relax on Long Is.

 

He quieted the sea with his power

 

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