Part 2 of this series is set in Princess Cays– a tourist resort at the southern end of the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. This was our second port on our Caribbean cruise, this past January. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical since I had researched the island and saw that it was owned by the cruise line, and was a resort setting. I mean, how can I complain, but I love to indulge in some rich culture of a location, rather than stick to tourist spots.
When our ship rolled in, the first thing we noticed was the rich blue ocean shore. The water around the island is too shallow for the ship to roll up shore side, so we docked about half a mile away and had to take a boat-taxi from the ship to the shore. The closer we got to the shore, the bluer the waters got. Once we got off the boat, we realized this was going to be a beach day, which was totally fine with us. We walked past the vendors, the loud music coming from the cruise line staff, and went to a secluded beach area where we could really take in the scenery. We talked with a local, who served as somewhat of a guard of the rocky area of the beach, who told us that the beauty we were witnessing is “no big deal, I see this every day. Every day, another ship comes in. This is just my job”. Note to self- please don’t ever feel this way about where you live. 🙁 How can she see the blue ocean waves, crystal clear waters, on an island that is pretty much, paradise, and feel this way?
We settled our towels down into the sand and spent most of our time walking the rocky bottom sea area, looking down at fish all around us. We kept going out further, yelling to each other, “look, I can still see the bottom!” There is nothing to make you feel like a tiny little kid like some of Mother Nature’s beauties! The waves were small, came in easily, so we also spent time doing what we do best, lounging in the sand while the waves come in.
Before our day was done, we did venture to a walk-up tower to get a view of part of the Island. The great thing about a cruise is that you get a sampling of places you may want to visit again. I would love to return to visit the island of Eleuthera, and of course, Exuma Cays and swim with the pigs #bucketlist