"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

March 16, 2015

Mar. 15 - Treasure Cay

Treasure Cay – Anchorage

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water." —Loren Eiseley

The Sea of Abaco is divided into two sections by a shallow area that runs from Treasure Cay to Whale Cay. The Don’t Rock Passage cuts through this area and can be done by a boat our size as long as you make the passage on high tide. Unfortunately for us high tide today wasn’t until 4:00 this afternoon, much later than we wanted to leave. The other option is to go around Whale Cay, which takes you from the calm Sea of Abaco out into the Atlantic Ocean for about 2.5 miles. On a day like today it was a fairly easy run with moderate swells that gave us no trouble. But on a bad day The Whale, as it’s known, can be a very uncomfortable and a hazardous passage. The cut is fairly shallow and when the wind blows out of the north for any length of time, the ocean waves get larger and larger and start breaking across the cut…making it impossible to use.

Our destination today was Treasure Cay, which is not a cay, but the name of the resorts, region and airport serving this area of Great Abaco Island. We are anchored off the Treasure Cay Resort and Marina and have full access to all the amenities. We truly feel like we’re staying at a resort…pool, bar, restaurants, gift shops and the whitest, softest sand in the world. Being anchored in a cove on an uninhabited island is great sometimes, but so is having the luxuries of an island resort.

Wave breaking on Whale Cay (to the right is the Sea of Abaco)
Back in the calm Sea of Abaco
Cafe La Florence - the local bakery. We enjoyed sitting on the deck visiting with other cruisers and the owner 
Beautiful Brigantine Beach. The sand and the water were unbelievable. The sand was almost as fine as powder sugar. This beach is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world. 
Looking across the Sea of Abaco to Green Turtle Cay
The pool at Treasure Cay. What great deal, we got to enjoy all the amenities of the resort for $10...dinghy dock, wifi, pool, laundry, showers, bar, restaurant and trash disposal. The pool and the shower were wonderful.
Sounding a conch shell horn at sunset is a long standing tradition in the Keys and the surrounding Caribbean islands
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