|Cape Santa Maria, Long Island, Bahamas|
Photo by Joe Boulay
Long Island's prominent white cliffs and often turbulent seas at Cape Santa Maria in the north are in sharp contrast to its tranquil, shallow bays along its western shoreline at the Thompson Bay and Salt Pond anchorages. Areas south of the Salt Pond settlement are typically lower lying hills descending to mangroves and salt marshes.
|Simple Life at anchor St. Peter's Point near Cape Santa Maria|
|The world's deepest blue hole at Deans, Long Island|
The world's deepest blue hole at Deans on the eastern shore plunges to a depth of 663 feet and leads to the eighth largest underwater cavern. Next November an international free diving competition has been scheduled at the site where elite free divers will gather to test their mettle for large cash prizes.
Not all contrasts on Long Island are topographical. Some happen to be a bit more subtle such as an ad placed by a local business in the island's Ministry of Tourism map. It read, Treco's Meat Mart and Building Supplies, Hamilton, Long Island. Specializing in Meats, Produce, Grocery, Soft Drinks, Lumber, Cement, Plumbing & Hardware. I found it interesting that meat could be sold alongside plumbing supplies. Evidently, Long Islanders know the meaning of diversification when it comes to making ends meet, no pun intended.
Thompson Bay and Salt Pond are both centrally located anchorages. For those cruisers who don't mind the inconvenience of moving to more protected areas in the harbor these anchorages offer the opportunity to make Long Island a winter base. Most shuffle from the shallower Salt Pond anchorage to Thompson Bay as the wind clocks around.
|Three "girls" Julie, Michele and Diane at Long Island Breeze|
|Photo at Long Island Breeze by Jim Austin|
|Beach party with "repurposed" plastic flotsam and jetsam|
found washed ashore on north side of the beach
Now that we have the magic of the internet once again I'll be posting a follow up blog on Long Island in a few days featuring the Friday night music jam and a road trip to the blue hole at Deans. Be sure to check it out.