As we arrived the Churches were letting out and all the women and children were dressed in their Sunday finery. We couldnt help but wonder where in the Abacos could they buy such pretty clothes.
This picturesque community of about 200 make their living from the sea. We stopped by to talk to a couple of fishermen (not attending church) who went out of their way to tell us of their work. They also spoke of new work opportunities for their village due to its proximity to Gorda Cay eight miles off shore. Gorda Cay (to be later called, Castaway Island) was recently purchased by Walt Disney and to be the new out island home of Disney's Big Red Boats. Disney has purchased the Island and building facilities to accommodate their cruise ships on this remote island. Most of the labor will come from the folks of Sandy Point.
We can concur with the Yachtsman's guide description: Sandy Point is a picturesque and friendly settlement standing under the shade of an extensive plantation of coconut palms. The settlements small houses are brightly painted with colorful flowers and shrubs and well kept .
Having brought a picnic lunch, we found a spot on this tip of Abaco in the shade of some casuarina trees looking out at Gorda cay while thunderstorms loomed on all horizons.
That was then and we were now looking forward to seeing the changes to this little community in the 10 years that have passed. Now instead of fishing, whose the occupation is working for the Disney Company whose Castaway Island (Gorda Cay) lies off shore about five miles. The first indication of change(s) was the Sandy Point Airport - more like an Air Strip, just outside of town as you enter. As of yet it is not part of any regular scheduled carrier. There is also a brand new police station.
In Sandy Point it seems all streets wind up at a restaurant / bar called Nancy's. It's it one of those friendly fun joints that one happens upon completely unexpectedly now and then. Leslie, is the gentleman boss whom, if you run into can fill you in on the conch fest and all the happenings at Sandy Point. Youll often see a group of young men & women whom work for Disney on the porch having lunch or dinner. They are either coming or going to Castaway Island just off shore. At the dock is the sleek catamaran used for transport to the island. Sorry, employees only.
. Aside from that accomotations are few. A couple that come to mind are geared for the bonefishing sportsman.. Dr. Larry Towning of East Ohio says about Rickmon Bonefish Lodge, its a bonefisherman's dream. Great hosts, guide, food and location. My dad who is 78 is having the time of his life. This has been our best Father/son trip yet and we have been coming here for 6 years. Dr. Larry has provided a most of the picts below from his last trip. Also and not to be overlooked, there is the recently remodeled Oeishas Resort often described as a bed and breakfast. Check out their YouTube Video with pictures of the town. Finally, weve also heard of a new health spa being planned for the area.
Sandy Point is an easy trip from Marsh Harbour in a rented car. On the way down you can stop for lunch at Pete's Pub & Gallery in Little Harbour and check out the settlement of Cherokee. Hole-in-the-Wall may seem nearby but should be a trip unto itself and only in a 4-wheel vehicle. As mentioned we suspect Sandy Point to be a trendy new destination in the years to come and as soon as more accommodations become available. That new airport is the clue.
Picts below (except inside of Nancy's) by Dr. Larry Towning