Weather windows crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas can get very dicey mid-January into March, as the cold fronts cascade across the country. After a great visit with Benj, we were scheduled to leave the Fort Pierce City Marina (well, kicked out as our 2 months was up) on January 9th, giving us 1 1/2 days with a rental car to finish up preparations. We would then head south on the ICW to West Palm to await (hopefully) only a week or so for a good window to cross to the Bahamas.
However, a great weather window was opening up on January 8th, which meant only 1/2 day of final prep & leaving from Fort Pierce, much further north & a poor angle to cross the Gulf Stream. But … when the weather looks good in January, you go!
As common this time of the year, our great weather window was short, but “Windy” & our other weather apps showed this calm area moving south towards the Exumas. So if we didn’t stop at Bimini, but just keep going, we’d be enveloped in calm winds the entire way! While not crazy about doing a 240 mile overnight, we were in Palm Cay Marina, New Providence (near Nassau) 27 hours later clearing Customs. We were set to rest up & wait for another window, but our great luck continued! The next AM the weather was calmer than the forecast so we got underway once again & headed to Staniel Cay, Exumas. After a quick grocery store trip, we headed to nearby Black Point for lunch at Lorraine’s, do our laundry & most importantly pickup some of Lorraine’s Mom’s coconut bread – the best ever! Then another move to Little Bay & then Big Farmers for beach combing. And then a perfect window to continue on to George Town, but wait … there is more!
The weather was so calm that we rafted up with our friends on Adventure for a great fish feast. Oh, ya – the fish – we caught 4! One barracuda we threw back & one mahi got away, but that left two beautiful & tasty 3′ mahi!
Then the next day, onward to George Town for several calm days anchored at Monument Beach to see our friend Cort & start paddle boarding in the beautiful, blue water! This was all in 10 glorious days!! We know it won’t last, but absolutely enjoyed every minute!