After anchoring for over a month we decided to go to New Providence and stay in a marina. New Providence is the most populous island in the Bahamas, and the capital and largest city Nassau is located there. We really had no desire to go to Nassau, so we stayed at a small marina on the south side of the island, Palm Cay. This is a resort marina, and staying here gave us a chance to get fresh vegetables from the local supermarket.
Palm Cay is also the home of many charter catamarans. It has a harbor that is pretty small, and with the typical inexperience of people that charter these boats we were very thankful the marina crew moved most of the boats within the harbor. Apparently our concerns were well founded as we talked to another boat owner staying at the marina. He was on his own boat but had chartered an additional boat for family that was flying in to meet him. At the last minute the charter company had to cancel his charter as others had run several boats aground, damaging the running gear. They no longer had a boat available for him. He was trying to figure out how to accommodate 10 people and two dogs on a boat with beds for 5 or 6. He made it work though.
After we left Palm Cay we transited around the eastern side of New Providence, and then went through Hanover Sound on the north side of Paradise Island. Along the way we say Sandy Cay, shown below. A photo of this island was used in the first season of the TV show Gilligan’s Island as an image of where the crew was shipwrecked. I don’t think they filmed any of the show on this island.
After passing through Hanover Sound we passed near the Atlantis resort. This is on Paradise Island, and is part of Nassau. That’s as close as I desired to get to Nassau as I have no desire to visit cities.
After leaving the vicinity of Nassau we crossed the body of water called Tongue of the Ocean, and stopped in the Berry Islands.