Blackpoint Settlement is a gem! Located in Great Guana Cay, it has a great harbor with plenty of room in the anchorage. But, the most attractive thing about the settlement is the people – friendly, outgoing, and focused on being of service to cruisers. It is a must place to visit in the Exumas. Trash can be deposited in a trailer at the government dock (please leave a donation), and fill your jugs with free reverse osmosis water at a faucet just a bit south of the dock.
There are three terrific places to eat in Black Point—DeShamon’s, Lorraine’s and Scorpio’s. Listen on VHF 16 for special events and happy hours nearly every day. Try DeShamon’s for the pizza you’ve been missing or Lorraine’s for a full, traditional Bahamian meal. Scorpio’s has great pub food and the best happy hour deal in the Exumas. Ask Lorraine to take your order for bread to pick up the next morning.…oh it is that good!
Black Point is located on a large bay on Great Guana Cay, it has a population of 400-500 with nice roads and a useful airstrip. During the day, you’ll most certainly find some local women sitting under trees weaving baskets, hats and other items from palm leaves. If you need to get groceries, there are a few small stores and depending on the day, you can get most of what you’re looking for. Adderley’s Store has a good inventory of basic grocery items and will have an excellent selection of produce when the mail boat arrives.
Don’t miss the home made coconut bread made by Lorraine’s mom!
A short fifteen-minute walk northeast from the government dock will take you to a beautiful ocean beach across the island. Turn left at the dock, then right on the dirt and gravel road that leads across the island. At the top of the hill on the left is a natural blowhole. Big swells that run on Exuma Sound vent spectacularly through the hole. A little further up the road, you’ll drop down onto the beach. It’s a nice spot to catch some sun and do a little beachcombing.