For a tiny island under three miles long, Stocking Island packs in a whole lot of paradise. Located across the harbor from George Town on Great Exuma, this barrier island is the remote island hideaway of every honeymooner’s dreams. But one can only lounge in azure waters and sugar-sand beaches for so long before needing to refuel eventually. Not to worry, for a place with just ten permanent residents, Stocking Island boasts an impressive number of dining choices.
Blu on the Water: That’s right, Chef Ty is bringing his Jamaican-influenced menus across Elizabeth Harbor to the new location at Lumina Point Resort on Stocking Island. Fans of Chef Ty’s jerk chicken wings and lamb chops can rest assured because the new and improved menu will still feature local favorites. The grand opening of Blu on the Water at Lumina Point Resort is scheduled for October 6th, 2018.
Chat’n’Chill: This legendary beach bar and barbeque joint is the place for soaking up casual island vibes. For the freshest conch experience of your life, sidle up to The Conch Bar to watch the magic happen from shell to salad right before your eyes. Also, don’t miss the Sunday pig roast featuring authentic Bahamian food and music, which is the social event on Stocking Island.
The Lookout: Offering 360-degree views of Stocking Island and Elizabeth Harbor, this dining option at Lumina Point Resort features a light lunch and cocktail menu made with local ingredients. Try to save room for the guava duff, a classic Bahamian dessert of sweet dough spiraled with fresh guavas and drizzled with a rum butter sauce.
St. Frances Resort Restaurant: For a great lunch spot with an even better view, try the restaurant at the St. Frances Resort, where chef Angela serves up a mean Goombay Smash. Often less busy than the Chat’n’Chill, it’s the perfect place for enjoying your conch chowder with a side of serenity.
Getting to Stocking Island is half the fun! Frequent ferries and water taxis are available to take passengers the 20-minute ride across the turquoise waters of Exuma Sound. Club Peace & Plenty offers a free ferry service for their guests, and non-guests can catch a ride for $12, departing at 10 am and 1 pm daily. Alternatively, it’s easy to grab a water taxi from the Augusta Bay Docks and Government Docks in Georgetown.
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