Con­cep­tion Is­land

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From Long Is­land, we made the trip east to Con­cep­tion Is­land (shown as Con­cep­cion on some charts). Con­cep­tion Is­land, one of our fa­vorite stopovers in the south­ern Ba­hamas, is a land­based na­tional park that has been ex­panded to in­clude the wa­ters im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing the is­land as well. It is a small, re­mote is­land with no hu­man pres­ence, not even from park rangers. Dur­ing our two-day stay on Con­cep­tion, we did not encounter an­other per­son or boat. The pre­ferred an­chor­age, West Bay, is pro­tected from all but west-mov­ing seas. The is­land fea­tures two beau­ti­ful white-sand beaches, one of which is about a mile long. A small “climb­ing wall” can be scaled with the help of a rope al­ready se­cured from the top. The sur­round­ing reefs are teem­ing with fish and lob­ster prob­a­bly due, at least in part, to the “no-take” pol­icy. Bay is the town of New Bight. Host of the an­nual Cat Is­land Re­gatta that draws sloops from all over The Ba­hamas, New Bight is un­like any other town we en­coun­tered in The Ba­hamas. The set­tle­ment con­sists of a small un­paved street with brightly col­ored food stalls on both sides of the road, reg­gae mu­sic blar­ing from the speak­ers, kids swim­ming on the beach, and plenty of lo­cals milling about. We strongly rec­om­mend vis­it­ing Duke’s Conch House for a conch salad and Gooly Wash, a con­coc­tion made of co­conut wa­ter, rum, gin, nut­meg, and other spices.

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