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News & Views for Southern Sailors
ew places seem to illicit as much of a reaction among Bahamas cruisers as George Town on Great Exuma Island at the bottom of the Bahamian Exumas island chain. For those cruisers looking for quiet, deserted cays to get away from it all, George Town is to be assiduously avoided; as we sit here at Capt. Cindy and First Mate anchor, we are surrounded and deck ape Martin. by more than 300 other boats. Other boaters make a beeline directly for George Town and stay here throughout the entire boating season. George Town, a settlement of around 1,000 people, is the capital of the Exumas and is situated on the west side of Elizabeth Harbor around what is euphemistically called Lake Victoria. This roughly circular saltwater lake, approximately 200 yards across, is literally the heart of town. Access to town for boaters requires one to dinghy ashore and enter the lake by passing underneath a very low narrow fixed bridge; larger boats cannot enter the lake. A free-floating dinghy dock, as well as a free potable water spigot, is provided by Exuma Market on the east side of the lake. Large boats can dock at the Exuma Yacht Club. but the approach can be shallow depending on the tides. The town offers just about everything the cruising boater needs. It has two large grocery stores, a well-stocked boat supply store, a Yamaha outboard dealer, laundromat, hardware store, a NAPA auto parts store, several liquor stores, and a number of bars and restaurants. There are government offices for customs and immigration, and several brokers who can help you navigate customs laws and duties for bringing goods into the Bahamas, if what you need is not locally available. The recently-completed hospital provides medical care facilities for emergencies and George Town’s international airport provides easy connections direct to Florida. George Town and Stocking Island offer a number of eateries and drinkeries, many of which feature live island music throughout the week. Cindy and I prefer Blu, the restaurant and bar at the Exuma Yacht Club. Situated in George Town on the second floor of the EYC building, it SOUTHWINDS