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Crows Nest (Bahamas Vacation Rental)

 
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Bahamas
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Abaco

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Crow's Nest, a non-smoking rental, will accommodate 4 to 6 people. There are several good coral reefs for snorkeling within swimming distance of our dock. Also, diving and spearfishing are among the many activities available. Crow\'s Nest became our call sign because of the 6-person lookout that is firmly secured to the peak of our roof. From there, you can oversee the Atlantic Ocean, ships at sea, Little Harbour, Abaco Sound, Old Robinson\'s Bight and the Little Harbour Bar. (The Little Harbour Bar is what the locals call the ocean inlet. That is definitely not to be confused with Pete\'s Pub, the open air, sand-floored watering hole and fine dining emporium that is safely located on the other side of the harbour.

Crow\'s Nest is sited on a 2-acre cross section of \Tom Curry\'s Point\ which forms the western arm of Little Harbour. Our point ends as a limestone cliff that is a nesting preserve for a colony of beautiful White Tailed Tropicbirds.

On the East Side, of our property we have a dock and small breakwater at the mouth of Little Harbour, looking towards the ocean, harbor and sunrises. To the west we have a tiny beach that looks out a mile or two across the bay of \Old Robinson\'s Bight\ and farther on to the blue holes, herons and sunsets.

At Crow\'s Nest, your electricity comes from the sun, your water comes from the sky and your food comes from the sea (provided you are a lucky fisherman, of course, otherwise it will come from the grocery stores in Marsh Harbour or Cherokee and lunches, Fish Feasts and Pig Roasts at Pete\'s Pub).

When we began to build , in the 70\'s, there were no wells, power lines, telephone lines or roads. The only access was by water and all building materials had to be sailed down on the deck of our sailboat. Nowadays it\'s relatively easy to get to Crow\'s Nest as you can drive directly from the Marsh Harbour International Airport right up to our front door in about 45 minutes.

Our self-contained photovoltaic power system includes an inverter to provide 120 volt household power for any reasonable needs. It is a powerful enough system that we used it to supply 90% of the energy used to construct Crow\'s Nest. Please keep in mind that excessive and indiscriminate use of lights, appliances and especially hair dryers might eventually overtax the battery bank, especially during overcast weather. Common sense will insure plenty of renewable solar generated power.

Crow\'s Nest is a very carefully crafted timber frame home built from old growth Douglas Fir and Red Cedar. The gracefully curved knee braces prompted one construction site visitor to inquire as to the denomination of the church that we apparently were building. In these photos taken during building, we have placed the traditional branch at the peak. Our extra care seems to have paid off as CrowsNest has, so far, shrugged off hurricane wind speeds of up to 185 MPH as measured by the US Navy when the eye of Hurricane Floyd made landfall at Little Harbour in 1999. Except for about 6 feet of missing rain gutter and some loss of gray weathering on our cedar shingles, we were pleasantly surprised to find Crow\'s Nest was not bothered by the power of that storm. Our missing dock and oceanside vegetation was a different story. In the spring of 2000 we were able to replace the missing dock with an improved version that will hopefully last for another 20 years or so.
Crow's Nest was designed to accommodate 4 to 6 guests quite comfortably. There are 4 levels to explore. The ground floor houses utility rooms, a garage and workshop and a 20,000 gallon water tank. The primary floor is one floor up and has a wrap around deck, screened porch, kitchen/dinning/living area, shared bathroom and a master bedroom with its own half bath. The upper floor has a second bedroom, an open sleeping loft on the other side of the atrium and a porch that leads to the top floor which is, of course, the CrowsNest.For sleeping, there is a queen sized bed in both the master bedroom and in the open sleeping loft. The second enclosed bedroom on the upper floor contains two twin size beds.CrowsNest is a non-smoking property.Walking explorers could rest at Winding Bay, shown in the photo above, about half way to Cherokee, the closest village outside of Little Harbour. Cherokee is less than 6 miles away and is a classic Bahamian fishing and former boat building settlement that used to produce some of the finest boats in the Bahamas. There is a small grocery store and a Bahamian communications office where you can make telephone calls if the phone system happens to be working. If you absolutely must have phone access while in Little Harbour, bring down your own phone to roam on the Batelco cellular system (not necessarily easy to set up) or simply rent a phone from them.
North Beach has both sun and shade so it might be the best of many local beaches to start on a tan or find a starfish or explore the remains of the nearby lighthouse and Light House Point or snorkel on the reef that starts at the waters edge. To get to it you'll walk around the harbor and have a chance to stop and browse at the gallery or have an outdoor lunch at Pete's Pub.Small secluded beaches like this are easy to find if you walk a little farther past the main beaches.Snorkeling is worth learning at any age. The clear water and nearby reefs are treasures awaiting your exploration. Perhaps you too will find a few cannons or old anchors encrusted in the coral as we have.Collecting Fresh Seafood for Dinner is one of our favorite ways to spend some time. You can catch fish right off our dock. Unfortunately the dolphin (Mahi Mahi) shown here were not caught right off our dock, but we occasionally see 50 lb. Grouper swim by there. You can also try to catch lobsters living in our breakwater. There are several good coral reefs for snorkeling within swimming distance of our dock. You could look for conch in the Bight, go spearfishing off the ocean beaches or hitch a ride on someone's boat out to the deeper water for some more serious diving and fishing. It would be a shame to come all the way to the Bahamas and not bring, or buy, some comfortable snorkeling equipment to take advantage of the clarity of the Bahamian waters and the beauty of the reefs.The anglers here to the right said that their week in Little Harbour was the best vacation they have ever had!If you are an experienced boater, a great way to visit is to rent a boat in Marsh Harbour and run it down to Little Harbour. Your own boat will dramatically expand your options, but even without a boat, there are plenty of spectacular beaches and reefs within easy walking distance. If, after exploring North beach, Bookies beach, the caves, the lighthouse, the creeks, the Gallery, Pete's Pub, Baby beach, and the stub reef; you still have energy, then you might try hiking the three miles to incredibly beautiful Winding Bay, with its miles of white sand. If you go on a really crowded day you might see a few other people there, probably a dozen at the most.Hole in the Wall is named for the natural bridge shown in this photo and is about 30 miles away at the South East tip of Abaco. The drive will take you through a national wild parrot preserve. The parrots tend to fly around and are easier to find closer to dawn and dusk. The trip rewards you with a beautiful lighthouse and some fascinating rock formations.It makes for an adventurous side trip and provides an outstanding picnic spot. You will however, have to bring your own picnic, as you won't find any stores along the way or even at the lighthouse. (Nope, not even a gift shop). Now that the lighthouse is automated, you might not even find any people either, just some whales off shore.And if you are still not tired...Our neighbor's tennis court is just a hard serve away from CrowsNest and if you let the owner beat you...he might let you use it.If you are looking for bright city lights, you should have already hit the back button on your browser, cause they ain't here babe. Which is precisely why Little Harbour can show you a nightly view of the stars like you may never have ever seen before (among many other things).

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