What a place. We arrived on February 19th. We were planning to stay about 4-5 days. Over a month later we getting ready to depart.
What kept us here? Well there were boat repairs, a visit from Amy’s parents and sister, the cruiser’s regatta, lots of kids, and weather.
Georgetown’s Elizabeth Harbour is a large well protected harbor. The city of Georgetown is located on the west side of the island. We stayed in Georgetown at Exuma Yacht Club during the times we were working on the boat. Most of the time we anchored on the eastern side of the harbour in the lee of Stocking Island. Stocking island has miles of beaches, great hiking, and great places to just hang out.
Headquarters for the Georgetown Cruisers Regatta is a restaurant on Stocking Island called the Chat and Chill. Chat and Chill’s beach is also known as Volleyball Beach. It has picnic tables, volleyball courts, swings and treehouse for the kids, and benches for “Beach Church” on Sunday. Chat and Chill completes the scene with BBQ, hamburgers, a Sunday pig roast, and lots of refreshing beverages.
The Georgetown Cruiser’s Regatta is a really a series of fun events which includes some sailing races. Events included the hilarious coconut challenge, Texas hold’em, volleyball, homebuilt model boat races, and the in harbor and around Stocking Island races. It’s a fun family friendly event with Dances on the opening and closing nights.
Mostly, Georgetown is an almost ideal setting for a cruiser’s paradise, which is why you will find more than 250+ cruising boats here during the season. The Bahamians here are very cruiser friendly. The Exuma Market is a grocery store with its own protected dinghy dock, free water, and free wifi. The water taxi offers services like special events trips as well as shuttling people to and from the Chat and Chill.
I have already talked about how helpful the cruising community is in my previous post. The community is also friendly, experienced, organized, and interesting. Some of the cruisers have been cruising for more than thirty years. People have amazing stories. If you have a question, you call it out on the radio net in the morning and somebody will respond.