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Trip Report A Great Trip to Treasure Cay

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My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Treasure Cay. The beach was everything we heard it would be -- stunning white talcom powder beach with clear turquoise water.

This all started with a "Ding Deal" from Southwest Airlines we couldn't resist that took us to Ft. Lauderdale where we overnighted and flew Continental first thing in the morning to Marsh Harbor Airport. Upon arrival, we took a taxi to Treasure Cay which took about 20-25 minutes at the most and cost $65.

We rented a villa through www.vrbo.com and was very happy with the location on the beach. The shopping area was a very short walk to rent our golf cart as well as the grocery, Florence's Bakery, and the liquior store. We bought delicious breakfast rolls with egg, cheese and ham as well as her cinnamon rolls! Grocery store closes around 6 as well as the liquior store. Golf cart was around $200 for 5 1/2 days.

Because of our great view and proximity to the beach we grilled a couple of nights so we did not make it to Coconuts or Touch of Class. Coconuts seemed to be everyone's favorite over ToC. We did eat dinner at the marina restaurant a couple of times. The food was very mediocre and the prices high. Daytime lunches at Coco's on the beach side were alright. View is Treasure Cay beach, the food is typical bar fare -- burgers $9, grouper fingers $11, grilled cheese $6.50, cokes $2.50 and cocktails $6.50 and up. We were told by a local that the recent change of ownership/management at the marina has allowed the quality to fall and raised the prices. I cannot recommend eating at the marina restaurant "Spinnaker" but the daytime beachside "Coco's" is fine. We did notice on our last day that on Tuesday's at Coco's by the beach, they will have a band and beach barbeque. Sorry we missed that as the only bar was the marina bar "Tipsy's".

Also, for lunch don't miss the lunch wagons that are around the community center. Steamed pork chops with rice & beans, grilled bbq chicken or steamed chicken with lots of food for $9 (locals are $7). Black truck with silver trailer was the one we were sent to.

I read on the Abacos message board that the Heritage Festival on Green Turtle Cay would be the same weekend of our visit so we rented a boat from JIC Boat rentals at the marina for 2 days ($260 plus $10/day snorkle gear each). We went over on Saturday and it was packed with people. And the food was wonderful!! Fresh conch anything and a new drink was offered to me. Coconut water with gin. It was delicious! Chunks of fresh coconut in it, too. Tents were around to provide shade and met some great people. Our new friends took me to Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar so we could buy a gallon! of her famous Goombay Smash to take back to the festival. Cute bar and delicious goombay smash!! Well, we had so much fun on Saturday, we decided to leave our boat at Green Turtle so we could stay at the festival past dark and we would ferry back that night to TC. The next morning we took the cab to the ferry ($18) and went one-way back to Green Turtle ($9). Well, we thought it was one way until my DH realized on the dock that he had left the boat keys in our villa!!!! So after going back and forth we FINALLY left Green Turtle for Nipper's on Great Guana. We did notice that everything is pretty much shut down on Sundays on Green Turtle. What a place!!! We found a slip and took the walk up and around to Nippers. It was a lot bigger that I anticipated. A small pool behind the bar had several sunbathers and drinkers but the action was in front of the band! Is this where shots of "girls gone wild" is taken?? It was a hoot! We all ordered from the menu once we bought our tokens -- one is for drinks ($6) and the other for food ($12). The roast pig buffet was downstairs. It was so hot that day we couldn't stand the heat by the buffet so we grabbed a table in the shade upstairs on the deck with a view of the stunning beach. There were lots of people swimming and sunbathing. Bring your snorkel gear, too, as there are areas just off the beach. When you wanted to come up the long stair case to Nipper's they had a fresh water shower to rinse off. Word of warning: The Nipper's house drink will kick your butt!! Drink slowly or you could be the next one dancing on the table!! LOL

We saw several cranes on Great Guana for the huge development "Baker's Cay", I believe, that is going in. Lots and lots of protest signs. We talked with a few store owners about it understand that the development could/will kill the reef in 3 years. Do we really need more golf courses??

Also, on Treasure Cay we walked down to Banyon Tree and saw many of the roofs still damaged from the hurricane. But we did notice a new single-family development going in down from it called The Cottages. At the other end of the beach we could see a lot more units going in and I can't recall the name, but they are the pink buildings. All 3 phases are sold out. Looks like Treasure Cay is building up.

All in all, a wonderful trip. Thanks to those that helped me put it together on short notice! And my pics are coming soon.

Beachgirl

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