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Tahiti Beach, at the south end of Elbow Cay by Tilloo Cut, is one of our favorites.  It’s beautiful, yet often deserted.

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Goldwin is leaning against the root ball of a casuarina tree which was apparently upended by a storm.  Now its branches are lifting up perpendicular from the old tree trunk.

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But what is really amazing about Tahiti Beach is that, at low tide, you can walk out on sand bars – for a long, long ways.

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The sand strand I’m on is about 200 yards from shore; it’s underwater at high tide.

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Sometimes you find dozens of sand dollars, or bright red/orange/yellow starfish, or skinny needle fish, or conchs.  They can be easy to find in the shallows of low tide.  Or not.

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The sand has a pink cast from the pulverized coral, shells and tiny single-celled Foraminifera which form it; wind and sun play with the water, painting the shallows a changing mix of white, blue and green; and ocean rollers cascade in a froth of white over a rocky bar that shields the beach from Tilloo Cut.

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It’s a perfect place for a lovely beach day.

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Then on your way back to Hopetown, you can stop for a sundowner at “On Da Beach,” overlooking the ocean.

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Nice.

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And after a beautiful beach day, a rainbow over the harbor.

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Here’s Goldwin’s description of our beach trip:

Wednesday we got bikes and rode miles and miles.  I had not expected mountains in these islands.  I discovered mountains; Nancy called them dunes.  I got off and pushed.  At the  beach I lay with my back against a palm while Nancy waded in the shallows as the tide went out.  It went way out, so did she.  I am becoming a sloth.

On our return we stopped at “On Da Beach”.  I could not see Africa even through the bottom of a Kalik at the top of a mountain.  The ride back was fun, especially hitting a sand covered patch, in a curve, after freewheeling down a steep mountain grade.

Twas a good day.  And I felt very healthy after the ride.  I’m glad Nancy voted for the bikes rather than a golf cart.

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One thought on “Tahiti Beach

  1. I showed Dan the pictures today and now he is envious as well. Sounds so wonderful and I am so happy to see you guys there and know it’s going so great!

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