Grand Cays was our last main stop on this Bahamas trip. Depending on what you look at, it is referred to as Grand Cay or Grand Cays. It is really a group of small cays, South of Walker’s Cay. Little Grand Cay (according to the chart books we have aboard) is the main island where its 350 plus residence live and work. This is the closest Island to Walker’s Cay, which was destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jean back in 2004, and is where many of the residents of Grand Cay used to work.
We love, love, love the Grands. The people are wonderful. The cay is friendly. There is no pretense here. The tourists are usually a bunch of fishermen and their families, who just like to fish. They come over from Florida for a few days to a week, on whatever fishing boat they felt safe to cross the Gulf-Stream in. Some fly over to hang out on the beautiful cay. All of whom you will eventually sit down at the picnic table and chat with if you hang around long enough. And you’ll want to hang around a bit, there is plenty of options for having fun.
This is Little Grand Cay Harbour. The two story dock deck house is next to Flanigan’s Houseboat and usually flanked by the Big Daddy, Little Daddy and the Wee Daddy. The kids always enjoy jumping from up there too. Rosie’s place is the restaurant, but there is also a liquor store, grocery and marina and fuel docks. The guys from the Defense boat stopped by for a few hours for some “refreshments” dock side.
Our first stop is always Iris’ bakery. Her bread and baked goods are always yummy!!! We had bread, banana bread, and coconut sweets.
Dinner at Rosie’s is a must. we had grouper and much fun!
Cigars and sillies around Grand Cay.
We went kayaking all around Grand Cay. There were lots of coves and creeks and of course, beautiful beaches.
We headed over to Seal Cay because we heard about the cave. We always have to check out caves.
There were two memorials on Seal Cay, one for Joe “Big Daddy” Flanigan and one for Donald Wood. Be sure to bring your shoes, this is a rocky place.
Seal Cay was really small, but beautiful just the same.
If you didn’t know this was over here, you would miss it. After walking up the rocks, it just appears! Magnificent.
PHOTO BOMB! I took this shot with my iPhone and noticed something I thought would render this pic useless…
When I zoomed in, it was the biggest Eagle Ray we have ever seen. Thanks for the photo bomb, I love it!
Walker’s Cay was just a little further than Seal Cay, so we headed over to see what it looked like. We heard that even the customs officers were at Grands now, so we were shocked when we went in the marina and found someone mowing the hill. Walker’s was decimated by hurricanes Frances and Jeane back in 2004. We figured there would be ruins and remains, but everything was cleaned up and being maintained. The generators were running and the airstrip was in wonderful condition. Walker’s is for sale, if your interested, here’s the link. Only 14,000,000. Don’t miss out! And it comes with it’s own power company.
This is Marvin. Marvin does it all. He not only mows, he maintains the generators and anything else that happens here on Walker’s Cay…and he is a really nice guy! We had a nice chat with him while he ate his lunch, he drives the little whaler named M & M’s, that’s for Marvin and his three little boys. I’m pretty sure the Captain wants this job should he find he has to go back to work some day.
Marina will need some work, but the water is still as beautiful as ever.
Air strip, how about an air show here?
Walker’s Cay power plant. The two generators supply the power needed here and over on Grand Cays.
Toys for boys.
One of the things I have enjoyed around the Bahamas is the flowers and plants. They grow in dirt, if its available, and if not, rocks are good too.
The Captain found more bananas. Unlike the last ones, which were quite small, these are mega bananas.
I mentioned that I would like a little conch to take home in the freezer and the Captain fulfilled my request and then some. He is a keeper!
A few days before we left the Grands, we headed over the Wells Bay. There are so many beautiful spots in this area, its hard to pick a favorite.
Nyah started working on her fishing skills when we first arrived in the Bahamas. She was in her prime by the time we were in the Grands. There was no distracting her from her mission, she was all focused on watching and waiting, until it was time for the chase.
Rock outcroppings in Wells Bay.
I’ll have one more entry for our Bahamas trip, our passage home. I usually pick my favorite sunset to end, but this time, we were blessed with so many beautiful choices, I had to pick two. Thank you for following along with us, it is so good to have friends to share our adventure with.
Sunset Well’s Bay, Grand Cays Bahamas.