Upon arriving at Grand Bahama Island, I realized that I found paradise. It was a private beach with a bar. I spent $13.00 on my refillable cup while I was still on the cruise so I actually saved money by visiting the shops to purchase my alcohol (balling on a budget!). There were several umbrella covers and benches in the sand so I ran like I was Sonic the hedgehog to reserve one for my family. Little to my knowledge did I know, I would be racing around Grand Bahama Island later on. I saved a spot for us on the beach and rested for a few minutes. The sun was blazing hot so I advise anyone visiting the Bahamas to stay hydrated. The bar sold water bottles for $3.00 so it came out to about $12 dollars for 4 bottles (kind of expensive for me but I really had no choice).
The water was so clear and so beautiful. I became mesmerized by the water. I was interrupted by a Bahamian and he offered my family and I a boat ride to a private island. We took a quick stroll to eat something to eat because the island was was empty without a single restaurant. The palm trees danced in the cool Caribbean breeze. At this moment, time was not a concept for me as I lost track of it. We received a recommendation for a Greek restaurant but we wanted to try some local Bahamian food. We headed to the Port Lucaya Marketplace.
It was a quick six-minute walk to the marketplace. There were people selling souvenirs, jewelry, and crafted art. I was rushing to eat so I politely thanked them and kept it moving. We found a local Bahamian restaurant with a nice & sweet woman inviting us to eat. We sat down and ordered because I was timing every minute in order to make it back for the boat trip. We sat down, ordered and waited patiently. All of sudden, a roach came out of nowhere and walked across the table. It didn’t bother me at all. However, my family acted like they saw a ghost. No one yelled nor screamed but we canceled our order and left without making a scene (that roach kept it moving it too). We hurried out and went to the Greek restaurant that was recommended to us.
We finally ate and I was becoming impatient. I wasn’t happy to miss out on Bahamian food but like the saying goes: happy wife, happy life. We were pushing for time so I power-walked back to the beach. I felt like i was missing something but I was too focused on making it back in time to visit the private island. We made it back to the beach and I looked all over frantically for the boat tour operator. I found him and was shocked to find out that the boat was actually a canoe. My family was so upset and declined to go. I was so upset and frustrated. Then I noticed that my phone was missing.
I automatically went into flight mode and ran back to the Port Lucaya Marketplace. I ran so fast that I couldn’t hear my wife call me from a distance. I gave myself a self-tour of Grand Bahama Island. I went back to the restaurant with the roach and my phone wasn’t there. I went to the Greek restaurant and asked the server but she was no help. Then I wondered if I dropped it on the floor and someone took it. I started to panic and it seemed like everyone was using Iphones. I started looking at everyone very suspicious. I asked security guards and hotel staff. No one seen my phone. I was just about to cry when my wife came stumbling with my phone. She explained that my phone was safe and secure in a secret pocket in my backpack. The level of relief could not be expressed in this post! I kissed my wife and went to play in the water like a 2 year old kid. We all laughed and even joked that I ran off all the weight that I gained on the cruise.