March 22, 2013 by Last Star blog
Back in Black….Black Point Exumas
The people of Black Point are very proud of their city and are the backbone of the workforce in the region. Every year they have a big family reunion/celebration in August bringing about 2500 friends and family to the island. The sign in the bulkhead entering Black Point says “get the point! Black Point”.
We left Staniel Cay after dropping off Cole and once we had our propane tank filled we pushed to Black Point. The harbor offers great holding, free WiFi (though slow with everyone tapping into it), and arguably the best laundry facility in the region. With departing guest, laundry is always a necessity.
We got to Black Point late Saturday afternoon (still low on gas for our dinghy motor) and decided that an evening at Scorpios for dinner and a few beers would be a nice end to the day. We got showered, put on our best flip flops and headed ashore to go to Scorpios for burgers and fish fingers.
We got a warm welcome from Waggie the owner and started with Conch Fritters and Kaliks. We really like the local atmosphere and flavor of the place. Waggie does a great job in the kitchen and running the place for both tourist and locals alike.
The next day was a Sunday and we knew that getting anything done in the Bahamas is near impossible on a Sunday so we just piddled around on the boat reading and doing little chores until after lunch. We’ve finally clued in that going ashore for a “walk” between 10:00 AM-2:00 PM is a nightmare…..so this time we left at 2:20 genius!! Now as we are low on gasoline for the outboard we row when we can. It’s not a big deal, it just takes a bit longer in the “floppy sausage” we call the dinghy. Folks will ask if we need help, we tell them we are low on gas and just economizing. Imagine their surprise as most are now coming from Georgetown (the land of plenty) as they head north. Local knowledge says gasoline is scheduled for Friday; this was Monday after a 10ish day lapse in fuel so far.
We got to the Gov’t Dock without incident and started out trek to go see the “Marina” that was under construction but abandonded in 2006. It is about 2 miles south of town and was to offer protection from a westerly blow. Now the walk took us quickly out of town and onto a dry dusty road heading south. As usual the heat became intense as soon as we left the shoreline. We had vague directions and our trusty map….the map being a photo I take of the chart book with the camera then reference as needed from the camera.
This can be a viewing challenge in the bright sun. We walked for miles, saw some interesting folks. Met an old man with grandkids that was picking some white fruit off the low plants, sweetish but not very luscious–too arid. Best for jam maybe? We saw the “Castle” but it blocked our way and had to backtrack. We finally made the marina and saw the beach then started our return trip.
We also took some photos of Black Point and the more known stores/bars there. Details for all are in the photo captions below.