Tuesday, March 11

Week in The Bahamas

A travel recap from The Abacos, Bahamas

The beach in front of our house

We just got back from a long, relaxing trip to The Abaco Club in the Bahamas with my husband's family. The island is beautiful and very remote, filled with tropical plants, soft white sand, and turquoise waters. Our house was right on the beach and most mornings we would eat a big breakfast together (usually bacon and eggs, although one morning we made a delicious lobster hash) on our back porch and take in the ocean views before spending the day by the pool, in the sea, or on the golf course.

Everyone was on their own schedule for lunch, which mostly consisted of simple sandwiches at home or the fish tacos at Buster's on the beach. In the afternoon and evening, we'd all enjoy a few Kalik beers or tropical cocktails - my favorite being the Bahama Mama, Goombay Smash, and Pina Coladas - and come together for dinner and games.

The view from Pete's Pub

The club was on a pretty quiet side of the island, so we rotated through our only dinner options: eating at the clubhouse, at our house, or at the only nearby restaurant, Pete's Pub. We were lucky to have local chef Chaka cook at our house for three meals and got a real taste for traditional Bahamian food like conch fritters, jerk chicken, and peas and rice. Pete's Pub was another favorite: a local bar on the beach that turns out a small nightly menu featuring whatever fresh fish they just caught, served on paper plates and eaten on self-seated picnic benches in the sand. Our favorites were the mango grouper and the triggerfish.

Abaco is truly an island paradise and I can't say enough about its beauty, friendly people, and unique Bahamian cuisine. Now that we're home, I'm looking forward to trying my hand at recreating some of our favorite dishes from the trip.

The Abaco Club