Great Guana – A Crowd Favorite for Gypsies Palace

Nippers Beach on Guana
Nippers Beach on Guana

Great Guana is an island that is 7 miles long protected by a reef that stretches for 5.5 miles off of the beach. It was a frequent stop for us.   The beaches are gorgeous with every shade of blue, aqua marine and turquoise. Not much is on the island – a couple of souvenir shops, a food store and a liquor store. That is what makes the Bahamas special. The pace is slower and the scenery is spectacular. We found it a great place to anchor that was protected.   They even had mooring balls at $20 a night.   The holding was good so we just anchored unless we      expected high winds.

At one end of the island is the Orchid Bay Marina. We never stayed there because the anchoring was so good at Guana.   However, we would take our dinghy over on Saturdays because they had a wonderful fresh produce stand. Oh, the $5 bloody marys didn’t hurt either!   I think we paid $27 for the produce and the bread.Produce on GuanaTheir property is very pretty with a lot of bougainvillea’s.Orchid Bay on Guana

Nippers SignOn Sunday all of the boaters come for the pig roast at Nippers. Nippers is the most popular bar in the Bahamas and we were anxious to check it out. The pathway is clearly marked as we walked up the hill.   Nippers DancingMusic and dancing is a must at Nippers.   It is a lively crowd and we met several Loopers there at various times. One of the nicest draws about Nippers is that it is on a bluff with snorkeling from the beach. The first time we were there the beach area was large. After there was a big winter storm, the sea took out their stairs and a lot of their beach.

Nippers Shirt
A Nippers Shirt is a must! Crew from Imagine This.

Barefoot Man

Barefoot Man Concert
Barefoot Man Concert

One of our highlights is that we were there for the annual Barefoot Man concert.   He has been performing at Nippers for years and is a legend. Well, of course, we couldn’t miss it. The place was packed and we met many of our fellow boaters there. The Barefoot Man is a hoot and we really enjoyed the music.   He told the crowd that next year may be his last appearance there so we are going to need to mark it on our calendar for 2019!

Grabbers Beach
On the beach at Grabber’s

Another reason that Guana is so popular is another bar called Grappers.   This is the place where all of the boats dingy to when they are anchored at Guana. It really is a perfect sunset bar. They have their own conch salad stand and we saw live entertainment.

One night we came back to Guana for the Full Moon Glo Party at Guana.   Everyone was supposed to wear white for their black lights.   This was a lot of fun with their decorations and party favors.Grabber's Glo Party

We returned to Guana numerous times. We had guests that came to cruise with us and we made sure they got to have the Nipper Experience!


3 thoughts on “Great Guana – A Crowd Favorite for Gypsies Palace

  • June 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    What fun
    I want to go !!!

  • June 6, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Oh I can’t stand it nippers is one of my favorite places I’m so happy for you guys jealousy is killing me I wish I could be there I love the full moon party though that had to be a blast

    • June 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Nippsers seems to define a great time in the Bahamas. We went so many times! But, seriously Great Guana was one of our favorite places. Last Barefoot Man concert is next year!


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