Tuesday, August 16, 2016

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE EXUMA, BAHAMAS ARCHIPELAGO!


 Video of the Exumas by Robert Morton

    

     Some episodes in the "CoreyPearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series  take place on this great Bahamian archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. There's three major areas- Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays.
     They’re all unique! Great Exuma and Little Exuma are laid-back and traditional. You cross a tiny bridge to get between them! The long string of Exuma Cays have become a playground for the rich and famous and private cays boast private homes and luxury resorts and beachside condos.
     The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by British Loyalists who fled the U.S. with their slaves following the American Revolution.
     Renting a car and exploring Great and Little Exuma, I was amazed at the miles of pristine beaches with talcum-powder sands. Sipping a Bahama Mama made by the one and only “Dr. of Livation” at the Peace & Plenty hotel in downtown Georgetown, Exuma was a wonderful experience. What a great person he is! The video features a few other Exuma hangouts I discovered when writing the spy series down there.
     There's a ferry boat that takes you over to Stocking Island...go there! Hint: If you stay at the Hotel Peace & Plenty, the fare is free. Stocking Island is a mile from Government Dock in Georgetown and is long and narrow, with a population of 10 people. It protects Georgetown from ocean waves and creates a natural harbor. Climb the hill, known as the Beacon for a breath-taking view of the Caribbean and harbor. There’s an unused gas beacon at the top, which is cool. The glass top portion is missing, but the concrete pillar is visible for miles.

     Hike along a path to the middle of Stocking Island to an inlet called Hurricane Hole. I met some yachters there and had a good talk, learning much about their sailboat experiences. Hurricane Hole is a protected inlet and boaters seek shelter there from approaching storms.
     Also, on Stocking Island, hit the Chat and Chill bar and restaurant! It’s located on a sandbar beach called the Split and accessible by boat only. I had a great talk with the bartender there, who told me about the local culture…great stuff for my Corey Pearson spy series!
     At the Chat & Chill you’ll meet locals and yachters. Grab a Kalik beer there and try the conch salad. By the way, their conch salad is called "Bahamian Viagra" by the locals and by Pedro, the conch man. Wade in the gin-colored waters and smell the ribs and chicken barbecuing on the huge outside grill.
     I devoted the 8/16/16 Issue of “Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets!” newsletter to cool places to visit and fun stuff to do in the Exumas…enjoy!
 
 
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), loves the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands, and authors the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.