We’ve settled in at Green Turtle Club marina for a couple of days. They have a deal here that whatever you spend at the restaurant or bar comes off your dockage fees. At only $1.25 a foot (that’s $50 a night for JV) a couple nice dinners for the four of us covered our dockage fees through Junkanoo (New Year’s Day.) For landlubbers, $1.25 a foot is a fantastic price, we paid $1.50 for Great Bridge Marina and that place was FAR from paradise.
We want to hang out and experience Junkanoo here at Green Turtle Cay, apparently this is a very big festival even though Green Turtle only has about 300 residents. Their parade attracts visitors from Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour and it sounds like a big deal. It’s at 2:00 today, but the locals say that might be closer to 2:30 or 3:00. We’ll be posting pics.
We bid farewell to Jeannine and Dennis yesterday at noon. Before they left we had a nice breakfast at GTC and Jeannine and Sabrina were able to do a little kayaking through White Sound here on Green Turtle. They have a long trip home of planes, trains, and automobiles, and I hope everything goes well for them. Sabrina talked to them last night and their flight was delayed a few hours. Here’s their travel itinerary:
- Ferry from GTC to Treasure Cay
- Puddle Jumper from Treasure Cay to Ft. Lauderdale
- Tri-Rail Regional Train from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm
- Cab from West Palm to Old Port Cove Marina
- Pick up the parked truck at OPCM and drive home to Indiana
We wish them safe travels and hopefully everything goes according to plan.
Sabrina and I rented one bike yesteday to accompany the folding bike we carry and decided to explore New Plymouth before everything closes for the Junkanoo Holiday. It’s a cool little town with narrow streets, a couple grocery stores, and several bars. The “Original” Goombay Smash at Miss Ellie’s was a little disappointing, but the conch fritters at the Wrecking Tree Restaurant were wonderful. I was able to purchase a bottle of Cruzan Aged Rum for $12, so I was glad we didn’t purchase a bunch of hard liquor before we left the states, the prices are excellent here. Beer on the other hand was running $46 for a case of 24 Kaliks.
The preferred mode of transportation on the island is the gas powered golf cart, and with the Junkanoo party today, every cart is rented. We decided we’ll run the dinghy around and pull in with all the other cruisers. The number of boats in the marina has tripled since we’ve arrived, and the GTC is hosting a formal New Year’s Eve dinner tonight which is out of our price range. I think we’ll hang out here to watch OSU play Florida on the Club’s big screen tv on January 2nd.
We need to inflate the dinghy today to take it over to Junkanoo and we’re still working on cleaning up the boat. Here’s some photos from yesterday: