We had an awesome dinner of cracked conch and conch salad at “The Bohemian” here on San Salvador in the Bahamas.
Andre was the chef and he did a fantastic job. The evening was a lot of fun and the food was out of this world. Not only did Andre prepare and cook all the food but him, Tommy and Rodney went out on a boat the same morning and dove for conch. So, it could not have been any fresher !!!
The guys came back to the house around 6 pm and brought a cooler full of conch.
We all got a drink and now the work started. We chopped the conch, tomatoes, onions, red and green peppers and hot pepper and squeezed a bunch of lime and sours and to finish it all off we add just some salt. This is probably my most favorite dish in the world and it can’t get any healthier.
After that Andre made Cracked Conch. He pounded the conch very thin and then dipped it in eggs and floured it and put it in hot oil.
Fresh out of the pot we eat conch with a tomato based hot sauce and a spicy mayonnaise dip. It was sooooo good.
See, to me this is Island living at it finest. No fancy white table-cloth and sitting still at the dinner table, no, flip flops, shorts, nice friends, good conversation, a few drinks and lots of laughter !
It was a beautiful meal. Thank you again to Andre and Tommy. Things like this can happen on this beautiful Island of San Salvador in the Bahamas !!! Life feels so real here………..not sure how to say this. You got to come and visit San Salvador and see for yourself.
Never a dull moment on this little Island of San Salvador in the Bahamas.
You wonder what I do all day? Well here is a story from last week.
For years, Tommy had a little aluminum fishing boat about 16 feet with a 9 horse power motor. When he wasn’t using it, he kept the motor in the garage and the boat in Pigeon creek, the east side of the San Salvador coast line. One day he was all excited to go fishing with a friend, packed up his motor and fishing gear and went to Pigeon creek, only to find out that his boat was gone !!!
Well other than cigarettes and booze people do not really steal anything on San Salvador. Keep in mind, it is a little island in the Bahamas and everybody knows each other and stealing and keeping it a secret is impossible. Especially something as big as a boat.
BUT where is the boat ???
A few month ago Tommy somehow found out that a guy from the Island had “borrowed” the boat without asking and then abandoned it somewhere ……. Just recently and by accident a friend of Tommy’s found the boat on Treasure beach , FULL of sand and imbedded into the beautiful beach.
So, today was the day, off we went to resume the boat. Two cars, seven people and six shuffles, beer and egg salad and home-made bread.
7.30 in the morning we left the house (which was a real challenge since we all had way too much to drink in Club Med the night before)
The pictures will tell the rest of the story from our boat rescue operation on San Salvador In the Bahamas.
T&T (Tommy and Tony) arriving at Brian’s boat dock in Pigeon Creek on San Salvador’s east coast.
Loading up the Boat in Pigeon creek and getting ready for our San Salvador boat rescue mission.
After a beautiful boat ride we arrived and Brian is pointing out the boat. Yes, I do understand if you can’t see it, it is this tiny little sliver of red sticking out of the beach by a few inches. To this day I have no idea how Brian spotted it. Treasure beach in San Salvador is a very special place, you can find all kinds of things from all over the world that somehow make their way onshore.
Boat is beached and we are unloading the shuffles and some refreshing drinks like water and maybe some beer…… Everybody is in high spirits, ready to rescue Tommy’s boat and bring it back to the west coast of San Salvador for much needed maintenance.
And the digging begins ! Didn’t really go as fast as we hoped.
Can you see it, we are making progress ! Well maybe I should not say “we”, I was taking the photos and the guys were doing all the hard work. San Salvador is a special place, if you get in trouble you will always find people to help you out. Even if it involves digging out a boat in 86 degrees temperature.
How awesome, the boat is nearly empty.
First try to get it out but this boat was still so heavy.
Yes, everybody is feeling good, boat is moving.
Some more digging but we are nearly done.
Boat is out, the guys flipped it a few times to get the last bit of sand out.
That is me, bringing egg salad and fresh baked bread to the “digging site”
Breakfast is served, San Salvador style in the rescued boat.
Happy Tommy (on the left) he has his boat back and was fed, what more can you ask for on a Saturday morning in San Salvador?
Before launching the boat in the water we all took a well deserved break, This is Andre, he found a brand new drum while walking on the beach and he was determined to bring it home.
Stefan and Brian took a walk up the hill to one of San Salvador’s Lookout towers and took this beautiful picture of Treasure Beach.
All set, ready to leave but wait a minute, Brian (boat spotter) and Tommy (happy boat owner) wanted one last picture of the “boat hole”
Getting ready to leave, bringing everything back.
This is the big test, will the boat float? answer is YES. San Salvador boat rescue mission successfully accomplished. (drum made it on board too)
On our way back we took the time to admire Pigeon creek and the crystal clear waters of San Salvador here in the Bahamas.
We stopped the boat and walked through the shallow water and soak in the beautiful scenery
Here is Brian, playing with some star fish.
Time to leave, guys are walking back to the boat.
It was just another awesome day on this beautiful little island of San Salvador
with a bunch of friends.
When I left Florida mid February my friends were taking bats on how long it would take till I get totally bored and rush back to Fl. Most of them thought it would be two month and only a few had three month, nobody gave me more than that. By now it is beginning of June and I am still not bored….. And this was one of the stories that keeps things interesting here on San Salvador in the Bahamas.
Just a few days ago the announcement was made that five new national parks are added to the Bahamian park system. All of them in San Salvador. This is a big step for the Island and towards preserving it’s incredible beauty. The San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation has been working towards this goal for many years and finally they got rewarded. The Bahamas are really steeping up their efforts to protect mother nature.
Graham’s Harbour Iguana and Seabird National Park – protect iguanas, the highest diversity of seabirds in The Bahamas, in addition to healthy reef systems and sea grass beds.
West Coast Marine Park – protect an extensive coral reef system, including a spectacular coral wall and vertical drop to more than 13,000 ft, popular dive sites on San Salvador, the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, tropic birds, shearwaters and a migratory route for humpback whales.
Pigeon Creek & Snow Bay National park – protect the only tidal creek on San Salvador, Pigeon Creek, and an indispensable nursery area to support fisheries stocks.
Southern Great Lake National Park – protect an extensive mangrove system , nesting seabirds, and another population of the San Salvador rock iguana, and:
Green’s Bay National Park – protect sea grass beds, and a major iguana population.
Why San Salvador ? Well, I could just let the pictures speak for themselves……….
San Sal has a lot of advantages over nearly all other Bahamas Islands. The most important thing is accessibility. San Salvador airport is a port of entry with an 8000 feet runway, big enough for all planes to land. The runway is paved and in great condition.San Salvador is only 55 minutes from the United States by Air.
San Salvador already has a power plant, a reverse osmosis water plant and fiber optic high speed cable. There are shops and restaurants, a gas station and a coin laundry, churches and schools, hotels, diving facilities and kit surfing resort.
The main Highway, Queens´s highway is paved and circles around the whole Island. For more then 12 years Club med has successfully operated a first class resort on the island.
San Salvador Bahamas is one of the most incredible sites in the world for diving. The visibility is very good, pristine reefs and lots of tropical fish and other sea life.
Every year there is a Billfish Tournament, they call this the best fishing area in the Caribbean, Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. Plenty of Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper and Snapper.
Christopher Columbus discovers the Bahamas by landing on the Island called Guanahani. Which was renamed to San Salvador
The Company of Eleutheran Adventurers, founds the first republic in the New World, in order to colonize the Bahama Islands and claim them for Great Britain. They took over an island the Arawaks called Cigatoo, renaming it Eluthra, after the Greek word for freedom.
Six Lord Proprietors of South Carolina were granted the Bahama Islands by King Charles II of England.
The Lord Proprietors authorized construction of a fort/ city on the island of New Providence. The city, called Charles Town in honor of King Charles II, was renamed Nassau in honor of King William III.
Captain Woods Rogers was named first Royal Governor of the Bahama Islands and restored order by ending the rule of pirates.
The Bahamas House of Assembly officially convenes.
Construction of Fort Montagu begins at the eastern entrance to Nassau Harbor. Completed in 1742, it stands today as a tourist site.
During the American War for Independence from Great Britain, eight colonial warships captured Fort Montague and Fort Nassau.
Spaniards takeover the Bahamas, disgusted by pirate raids on their ships,
The Bahamas is restored to Great Britain by treaty with Spain.
The immigration of American Loyalists begins as they bring slaves to set up a plantation economy.
Completion of the main portion of Fort Charlotte overlooking the western entrance to Nassau Harbor.
Fort Fincastle was built at New Providence Island’s highest point.
Slavery is abolished in the Bahamas. Wrecking, controlled by licenses, flourished until lighthouses are built on the major islands.
The American Civil War brought great wealth to Nassau, a major supply base for the Confederacy (which was fighting for slavery!).
The first telegraph underwater cable is laid from Florida to Nassau.
John Ernest Williamson shoots the first underwater motion picture in the Bahamas.
The American prohibition of liquor brings an economic boom to the Bahamian economy, where liquor was legal and plentiful.
Famous writers come to live and work in the Bahamas, such as Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.
Nassau becomes a hot spot for the jet-set rich and famous.
Signing of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which paved the way to establishment of Freeport/Lucaya.
Bahamian women are permitted to vote.
The Bahamas gains internal self-rule as Sir Roland Symonette is named Premier.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) wins the majority of House of Assembly seats as Lynden O. Pindling became the new Premier.
The Bahamian Constitution is revised. The Colony of the Bahama Islands became the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the Premier becomes the Prime Minister.
The Bahama Islands gain independence from Great Britain, and became a sovereign nation on July 10, ending 325 years of British rule.
Lynden O. Pindling is knighted by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II , Bahamas head of state.
The $300-million Crystal Palace Resort and Casino, Cable Beach opens.
The Free National Movement (FNM) was voted in as the new government August 19, ending the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)’s 25-year rule. The Hubert A. Ingraham became Prime Minister.
Bahamian Frank Rutherford wins a bronze medal at the Olympics for the triple jump.
The Bahamas celebrates the 500th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus at San Salvador.
The Bahamas celebrates 20 years of independence from Great Britain
Sun Intl. Hotels Ltd., of South Africa, opens the Atlantis-Paradise Island resort and casino, featuring the world’s largest outdoor aquarium.
Huchinson Whampoa plans to develop Freeport Harbor into a major world transshipment hub with development of the multi-million dollar container port.
At the Olympics held in Atlanta, The Bahamas track and field team wins the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay.
The Bahamas have their best tourism year on record with 1.6 million stopover visitors.
According to Caribbean Travel Organization and the Ministry of Tourism, The Islands Of The Bahamas is recognized as “The Most Popular Destination Among All Caribbean Islands.”
At the Olympics held in Sydney, The Bahamas women’s track and field team wins the gold medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay!
Real Estate San Salvador. Nice size buildable lots, vacant land here on San Salvador in the Bahamas starts at $5000. Most of them are just a mile off the beautiful San Salvador Bahama beaches. Direct oceanfront lots / beachfront lots start around $ 150,000
Where else in the world can you find this? Also there is a new development coming up and prices should be stating at $450,000 for brand new homes with beach access and all the amenities.
Beautiful crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, friendly people, incredible diving, unbelievable fishing, amazing sunsets and and and. Only 360 miles south east of Miami Florida. So do not wait around, this opportunity will not last forever. Buy your own piece of paradise in San Salvador, the Bahamas.