Black Point is one of the largest out island settlements in the Exumas. Having said that, the population is still very small. I am not certain what it is exactly, but I would say most likely under a hundred of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Always making us feel welcome and at home, they even invited us to share Christmas dinner together, more on this in our next post.
The amenities include everything you’ll ever need to stay for a very long time, or at least until the wind starts blowing from the west. There is no westerly protection in this beautiful harbour/anchorage. You’ll find a police station, a couple of Churches, Marine store, medical services, repairs, water, two grocery stores, cottage rentals, a laundry mat facing the harbour with a dinghy dock, a few restaurants, my favourite being Lorraine’s Cafe which really caters to the cruisers. Lorraine’s provides local cuisine, self service bar which is really cool and an internet cafe.
Black Point was our first anchorage since we left Georgetown at about 11am this morning. We should have left earlier at sunrise in order to arrive before dark, therefore we arrived later in the evening. The moon had not come out yet, so we had to navigate the entrance by charts, GPS and assistance from our radar. We had to stay fairly close to shore coming in due to the large shifting sandbar in the middle of the anchorage and harbour entrance. There was about a dozen boats anchored here as well, we want to make sure we don’t bump them in the night. Roxane felt our first anchor drop was to close to a near by boat, I felt we were fine, lots of room. Well I guess the Admiral trumps the Captain, so you guessed it, we decided to drop again a little further back. Better safe than sorry. Fortune’s Favour and Black Diamond were still anchored side by side and ready for a good nights sleep.
We explored the island, went for a swim, visited with the locals, did our laundry, and got our hair braided. We are starting to look like pirates aren’t we? On the ocean side of the island there is a lot of exploring to do, amazing views, you can also hike out to Dotham cut if you wish. We combed the beach for a while, and I found an old fuel tank that I am now repurposing as a storage bin in my dinghy. I use it for my anchor, chain and other sharp objects I don’t want to puncture my dinghy with, or a dry place to put things while under way in the dinghy.