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.Their property is very pretty with a lot of bougainvillea’s.
On 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. Music 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.
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!
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.
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!