Tuesday, March 10, 2015

French Cay Harbor to Jonesville Bight

We are currently back in West End enjoying some diving. We left West End about 4 weeks ago and headed to French Cay Harbor to weather out the next cold front that was coming our way. There was then another stronger cold front coming so we headed to Jonesville Bight which had great protection.  We met Doug and Quelin on s/v Dances with Wind in French Cay Harbor and they had told us about Jonesville Bight so we followed them over there. We spent about 2 weeks in these two ports and then came back to West End. 

First stop French Cay Harbor.  It is a well protected anchorage.  It also has most things you need while cruising, banks, grocery stores, hardware stores marine services, doctors/dentist and much more all within walking distance. There is a great grocery store there called Eldon's, for us it was like a grocery store in the US.  Although you had to be careful about expiration dates and not buy the overpriced items, they had lots of stuff! They carry a lot of vegetarian items so I was a happy camper!!!!  

Little French Cay is pictured below, it is an island in the Harbor that you can visit.  It has beautiful beaches on the other side.  We only went there once briefly before we left.  You can get to it by dinghy, of course, but if you are just visiting the Island they have a boat taxi that takes you there.  

Frenchy's 44 is the restaurant on the mainland that has the boat taxi. They take humans and horses across the waters.  The horses go over there so people can ride them in the water. The horses seemed to be happy and well taken care of.  

Below is the anchorage at French Cay Harbor, the Catamaran in the picture is s/v Adventure, the boat that was in West End with us when the front came through and they took pictures of our boat. They are our Front Finder Friends...LOL.

Sunrise in the anchorage.

Our friends Doug and Quelin on s/v Dances with Wind are pictured below. They showed us around Jonesville Bight and we found all the cool places to go. This is Puky McNab's Sunday BBQ, the food was excellent! 

There are several other bays east of Jonesville Bight and you can get to them by dinghy through passages in the reef.  The houses and businesses are built on stilts.  

Every Friday BJ's Backyard Bar and Grill has local (ex pat) musicians playing music.  They played some great music, our era of rock and roll.  We went there for a few beers and music with Doug and Quelin.  We went back a few days later and no one was there except the owner BJ and John (I think that is his name).  We sat down with them in what they call their living room, which is actually the bar and had a few beers and a nice talk.  They both have lived very interesting lives.

Traveling between the harbors.

Jonesville Bight Marina  is pictured below.  We had happy hour there many times during our stay.  

Our friends Patric and Nicole from s/v Southern Mist came over from West End and waited for the front to pass.  

Jonesville Bight anchorage and out boats Ka'imi, Southern Mist and Dances with Wind.

Below is a one of many Water Taxi's that takes locals and tourists through the harbors.  It is much faster to get around this area by boat because the roads to each town go all the way up a hill, then all the way back down which makes for a long trip.

Another great spot in Jonesville Bight is Hole in the Wall Bar and Grill that we did not get pictures of.  We spent a few happy hours there also.

We finally made our way back to West End and here we sit in this beautiful anchorage surrounded by a reef that makes for great diving and snorkeling.  The pictures below were taken by John and Robin on s/v Calusa.  They saw a double rainbow and our boat just happened to be below them.  The aerial view of the West End anchorage is from an airplane when Robin flew back into Roatan.  

Ka'imi is the 2nd boat from the bottom of the picture, closest to the reef.  Is that not beautiful!! S/v Southern Mist is also in the picture, it is the 5th boat up from us.

Cheers Kim and Mike


  1. Great pics !! Be there soon ! ;)

  2. Thanks for sharing your blog, it makes me want to go places far away!



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