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Abaco Day 2 – Marsh Harbour to Lubbers Quarters & Tahiti Beach

An easy eight mile sail from Marsh Harbour and a half mile east of Elbow Cay’s Tahiti Beach, Lubbers Quarters is a small island in the archipelago. If you arrive early in the day, consider anchoring off Tahiti Beach near Baker’s Rock – one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in all of Abaco – for swimming and beach combing and a gradual conversion to island time……..

Later in the day, you can either dinghy the half mile to Cracker P’s on Lubber’s Quarters for dinner – located in the middle of the island’s east side. Or upanchor and move closer, which is what we did – after a lesiruely dinner a long dinghy ride loses its appeal. Be sure to anchor far enough offshore so as not to foul their power cables. Then dinghy to the 200 foot dock (they ask you to throw out a stern anchor so there is room for everyone).

Cracker P’s is fun and funky. You are greeted by a row of philosophical “Burma Shave” style signs that line the dock. It’s a beach shack that sits on a seven and a half acre bay-to-sea estate with lots to do. A small beach lies off the dock on the Lubbers Channel/ Tilloo Cut side. But climb their steps up and over the forty foot high sand dunes to find a large sweep of pristine beach at the edge of the Sea of Abaco.

Lubbers Quarters is surprisingly lush with many sapodilla (planted by the original Cracker P), mahogany, tamarind, and mangroves. Houses are scattered throughout the cay – with a concentration in two subdivisions – Lubbers Quarters Cay and the Abaco Ocean Club. Head a little off the beaten path to find Bougainvillea interspersed with Wild Orchids, Bromeliads, and Hibiscus. Along the beach, one might spot an egret or heron and perched in the mangroves and mahogany trees White Crown Pigeons, West Indian Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Banana Quits or Hummingbirds – and maybe even a Man ‘O War circling overhead.

If the kids are bored, Cracker P’s keeps a closet full of board games as well as the equipment for volleyball, bocce ball, croquet, horse shoes, badminton, ping pong, dominoes and darts. Or tell them the Legend of Paul John Simmons, alias ‘Cracker Pinder.’ The story, along with a picture of the infamous Cracker P, is posted on a wall near the bar. The short version is that Simmons shot the sheriff of Oglethorpe, GA and had to get out of town. He headed to Florida and ended up in the Abacos – finally ending up on Lubbers Quarters. Here he fished and farmed, trading his vegetables for meat and staples, and planted hundreds of sapodilla trees. Today the fruit is the base of the eatery’s barbecue sauce. In 1954, he left………….. .