Long Island trip report, 2/23-3/2

Mar 16th, 2009, 02:12 PM
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kellybeaches: Glad Compass Point worked out well for you guys.
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Mar 22nd, 2009, 06:11 PM
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Hey there! Thanks for the pics from your fave villa in Mahoe Bay you sent today to my thread of Favorite Villa.
Like you guys, we have done several of the islands including St. John and often compare the others to the convenience of the town. Nevis was where we chose last year including St. Barts. We loved the fact that Nevis was much more remote which made for great exploration- it is also hilly like St. John which we have discovered is our fave terrain- however the beaches weren't as immaculate as those we have see on other islands. St. Barths was a different take on the Carib, but also don't let the glam-factor fool you...it is still the Carib and was not as high fashion as I expected, though I usually skip the high season as I did then.
You guys really need to try Harbour Island in the future- one of our most faves and easy for a quick trip as well. Golf-carts only on the island, very wide and gorgeous beach, great restaurants.
We have been looking at T&C for this year...or VGorda. Thanks again for the help and the trip report for LI!
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Mar 23rd, 2009, 04:36 AM
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Thanks for the great report kellybeaches. I had a feeling that you would post it while we were on St. John. Long Island is high on my list of Bahama Out Islands and I've been looking at a cottage near Clarencetown. I definitely need a conch salad fix.

Question: You describe the groceries as having a good selection. How did it compare to say Starfish Market in Cruz Bay and what town was the store located in?
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Mar 23rd, 2009, 05:13 PM
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RobertoB- I loved Long Island but if there is any store there as upscale as Starfish Market on St. John then we certainly did not see it when we were there. The grocery stores we found on LI were small and adequately stocked with canned goods and frozen foods so that you could get by- in the out islands finding fresh items(fruits and vegetables)usually depend on what day of the week you shop. I look forward to hearing from KellyBeaches as maybe there are new stores since we were there. Long Island is very beautiful but fairly primitive compared to some other places like the USVI.
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Mar 24th, 2009, 07:10 AM
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Blamona-get out! Painkillers in Annapolis? I am so there!

Lura-I just posted our other favorite villa to your thread. Are you looking for ideas for your next trip? I highly recommend VG. We really loved it there. Thanks for the tip on HI. Hopefully someday we’ll get there! Do you know if you can rent villas directly on HI, or do you have to rent on Eleu and ferry over? We just prefer villas over hotels.

RobertoB-How was your trip to St. John? Any trip reports we should look for? Where did you stay there? Regarding the food stores on LI, I would say the one we went to had almost as much as the Starfish Market (minus the excellent Sushi restaurant above starfish, Happy fish!). Not sure if you have any babies, but they had Gerber baby food and Huggies diapers. They had everything canned you can think of, plus frozen meats and fish galore (although if you want very fresh, inexpensive and delicious fish or lobster, to to Atlantic Fisheries –it’s about a 20 minute drive north of Clarence Town). They also had fresh fruit and veggies, and a section with toiletries, medicines, etc. I believe both the food store and Atlantic fisheries are around Millers (map at the link below). They were only about a 10 minute drive from our villa in Wemyss. If you’re driving up Queen’s Highway from Clarence Town, the food store would be on your right. The next road you would make a right on to go to Atlantic Fisheries-aka his house. The guy’s name is Daniel. There was also a larger food store I believe in Hamilton that we stopped at that also had a hardware department in the back. There are numerous liquor stores around as well, although the wine selection is very limited. The best food store we’ve been to in the islands was in St. Maarten, second best was Starfish in St. John, and the third best was probably this food store in LI. The most limited were the food stores in Virgin Gorda. We lived off of canned food for the week. Hope that helps!


Ps-if you’re staying in Clarence Town, definitely check out Dean’s blue hole-it’s not far from there-see Scrub Hill on the map-this is where it is-it’s about 5-10 minutes from there. Also, Cape Santa Maria will be a hike for you (probably about an hour drive). It’s worth it if you don’t mind the driving, but supposedly the southern most beach on the island (and all the salt flat beaches along the south) are just as nice with the white powdery sand but no hotels. Enjoy!
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Mar 24th, 2009, 01:02 PM
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You can rent villas/houses on Harbour Island. Everyone has to fly into Eleuthera (north Eleuthera airport -- ELH) and take a short boat ride (approx. 5 minutes to the dock. Very easy. (I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you meant by rent on Eleuthera and ferry over.)

Here are websites for rentals:




www.myharbourisland.com for lots of information on the island.

These will have some of the same ones but you may get different pictures of the property by looking at all of them. I would guess the rentals ON the pink sand beach would be prime rentals. It wouldn't bother me to have a rental that wasn't on the beach as the island is so charming and lovely (and I'm one that loves being at the water).

If you can't get a vacation rental, Runaway Hill, Coral Sands and Pink Sands are on the beach. Those are my favorites (only stayed at Runaway Hill and would again).

Harbour Island is such a charming, colorful island where we felt we had really stopped the clock and were most definitely on vacation.

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Mar 24th, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for the feedback kellybeaches. Any foodstore in the Out Islands close to Starfish is O.K. with me.

Trip to St. John was great. I'll get a trip report out when I catch a break from work. Stayed at Creolla on Ajax Peak. Great views and a relatively easy access road.
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