Dollars Harbor was one of Rode Trip’s most beautiful Bahamas anchorages. We timed our entry for high tide and wove our way into the harbor through a narrow, deep channel between two small cays. Once inside, the channel opened to a large area of deep, blue water which was surrounded by sandbars that would dry at low tide.
I wish I could better describe the color of the water, it was breathtaking. Brilliant blues outlined by the white sandbars and green cays. It felt like we had walked onto the set of a Pixar movie.
You can see the deep water road Brian is kayaking through which leads into the cay. These are called “snakes” and are like little rivers that flush the water in and out during tide changes.
Inside the cay we found varying depths of water; very deep near the shoreline and shallow, mangroves throughout. Huge bonefish scattered as we paddled through, sometimes pushing our way through the sand. We soon reached the end of the navigable water.
We stopped for a stroll along the beach on our way back out of the cay.
Back to the boat…
Rode Trip and Serendipity got together to do some route planning for our jump to Jamaica. We’d planned to travel via Great Inagua, Bahamas. Our friends, Ren and Ashley (sv/Nila Girl) and their friends Lance (sv/EZ) and Nick joined us at Dollars Harbor. From here we’d all travel together. After our planning was through, the guys took to the waters for some fishing while the gals chatted. The guys made delicious coconut rum drinks from fresh coconuts, and then Ashley shared a beautiful spread of appetizers as we watched the sunset from Nila Girl. We were all headed back to our boats for a good night’s sleep before an early morning departure when…
Ren hailed us on the VHF confirming that the wind had shifted and it looked like a beautiful night for a sail. Well, here we go! We departed Dollars Harbor at 8:00pm and started our passage south.