New Year’s at Black Point Settlement


We departed Staniel Cay on New Year’s Eve and spent two hours sailing south to Black Point Settlement on Great Guana Cay. The weather was fair, but the inlet between Great Guana Cay and Gaulin Cay (Dotham Cut) was extremely rough with lots of current and 6-8 foot breaking waves.

We dropped anchor in beautiful turquoise waters in front of the Lorraine’s Cafe. Eager to get to shore, we ate dinner at Emerald Sunset View Restaurant, where they also refilled our propane tanks. 

We had read that Lorraine’s mother, Miss Pierman, makes the most delicious coconut bread. After some searching, we found her house and knocked on the door. She welcomed us in and gave us a fresh loaf out of the oven. 

We returned to the boat for a late-night swim. The boys and I couldn’t make it up until midnight, but the loud partying and fireworks kept Brandon up until the early morning.

On New Year’s Day, we headed to shore to drop off trash (free!). Then we stopped by Loraine’s Cafe and got two of her famous rum punches to go. We had an amazing lunch buffet at Black Point Yacht Club. We then spent the rest of the day swimming off the back of the boat in the crystal-clear waters. 

Laundry Day! Although we have a washer onboard, I was way behind on laundry because we were trying to keep our water usage down. Brandon dropped me and Abel off on shore at Rockside Laundry with two large contractor bags of laundry, which is conveniently located right on the water. We spent five hours washing, drying, and folding while making friends with the owner, Ida and her employee, Stick. On multiple occasions they asked me to “keep a watch” while they ran home. We also picked up a couple more loaves of bread from Miss Pierman. 

Meanwhile, Brandon, Gabriel and Isaiah went spearfishing at a nearby reef. They speared many lionfish, two grouper, and a triggerfish. 

Back on the boat, we ate some take-away pizza from Deshmond’s and the boys cleaned fish. 

The next morning, we made the best french toast ever with our coconut bread before heading off to service at Gethsemane Baptist Church. It was much different than we were used to, but the kids enjoyed shaking tambourines to the loud music. We stocked up on groceries at Adderley’s Friendly Market. 

We spent the next couple weeks getting to know many of the kind locals, grilling fresh fish, and most of all, swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful water.

Black Point Settlement was without a doubt, our favorite destination yet! 

3 thoughts on “New Year’s at Black Point Settlement”

  1. This is incredible! The photos are amazing and it’s such a cool experience! I can’t wait to hear and see more!

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