The Bahamas are a little piece of heaven…and a private island in the Bahamas, even more so. No mass transportation, no crowds, nobody hard selling of trinkets or souvenirs make it yet another level of pleasant! The beach sand was was very fine. It felt as if you were walking on flour. The water had colors that could compete with the most beautiful places we have seen around the world, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Tahiti.
As you can see in the first photo, we were on the tiny island with another Holland America ship, and yet there were lots of open beach chairs, hammocks, and places to sit for the Island Barbecue, all free with our cruise tickets. We claimed a two-person hammock on a quiet part of the beach and slowly rocked, listened to the ocean surf, and talked. It was quite blissful, as it was in the low 70s, and there was a soft breeze that cooled us down and, of course, also circulated cool air from underneath!
There is a tiny chapel on Half Moon Cay, which you can see in the second photo. There were two pews, an altar, a lectern…and a table with four chairs!! Funny…maybe it was for coffee or a snack after the service?? There was a basketball court and a volleyball court, and for those willing, the ship had set up matches in each sport for the two ships to compete. The little cabanas and larger “houses” are for rent for the day, but we can’t imagine why you would pay for them for a day when the beach and everything else is free. The “misting stations” were all putting out a fine mist as we passed them, perfect for some refreshment. The pirate ship is a bar, Captain Morgan on the Rocks. No, bar drinks were not free on the island! And the last two photos are signs we saw around the island, which we found interesting.
There are more photos on this location, as we were here about 18 months ago. Check out Day 196 of our travel, August 15, 2018.