We arrived at Great Inagua, Bahamas late morning and anchored just north of Matthew Town. We’d been forewarned that this anchorage was rolly – boy was it! But visiting Inagua was well worth the rockin’ and rollin’ because the people we met really made us feel at home. Brian and I took a walk through Matthew Town to get our bearings after a mid-day brunch on the boat. Every person we encountered was friendly, talkative, helpful, and just as curious about us as we were about them. This was not a touristy town and we were thrilled to get to know Bahamians. We paused for several sidewalk chats, during one of which we were directed down the street to sample some delicious lemonade. We spent the rest of our afternoon with three sisters; Bo, Debbie, and Shea and their cousin Kayla. The family’s roots lie at Inagua but the sisters now live in the US and visit Inagua annually. The sisters have a lemonade and grill stand open in the afternoons for take-out orders. This is sort of a start-up business in preparation for a restaurant that Shea is building. We had a lovely afternoon in the lemonade stand getting to know the gals and meeting some of their extended family and neighbors. We also used the shelter of their tent to hide out from a series of rain storms. We felt very welcomed! Bo invited us to celebrate her birthday the following afternoon…and that is just what we did.
Brian made a home made birthday cake for Bo and the next afternoon we revisited the lemonade stand. As the day progressed more and more family, friends, and neighbors joined the fun. We met Bernie, and the sisters’ parents, and their cousins Jeff, Darcy, and Stafford. We hailed Serendipity on the handheld VHF and invited Matt and Jess to join the party. We ate, drank, sang, danced, and were thoroughly entertained listening to stories about life at Inagua. Shea took us for at tour of her restaurant site. It’s going to be beautiful!
Brian and I could have spent days, or even weeks with this amazing family. But we were still on the move and had a great weather window to sail to Jamaica. So, unfortunately without saying goodbyes, we got underway. I do hope to be in touch with the gals and I certainly plan to revisit Inagua and enjoy a meal in Shea’s restaurant.