The snug Little Harbour anchorage attracts cruising sailboats from near and far.
|For the landlubbers looking for more relaxed recreational opportunities on terra firma, there are multiple walking and biking options
available. At the villa house is a map of several remote beaches easily accessed by foot.
Follow the Harbour Road around past the Foundry. Just
before you reach North Beach, turn right onto a footpath, which leads up to the
Lighthouse. This used to be a manned light, and the lighthouse keeper and his
wife were the only inhabitants of Little Harbour. The house, now in ruins, is
over 100 years old. The light now runs off solar power. If there is a big swell
running, walk down to the cliff top in front of the lighthouse, where a blowhole
known as the Dragon will be roaring and shooting out clouds of spray.
Follow the Back Road south until you reach a 2-story, pale blue house
on a corner lot. Keep going straight. Take the next turn to the left, and follow
it until you reach a set of gate posts. Turn left onto a footpath to Bookies
Beach. The beach is all sand, over a mile long, good diving, good beachcombing.
Winding Bay Trail #1
From the south end of Bookies Beach, continue south on the moonrock
(wear stout shoes or boots!) for approx. 20 minutes. You will pass one house on
the way. Check out the "new" (since hurricane Floyd) rock bridge. When you reach
a stand of casuarina pines, turn inland. Once over the barrier dune, head just
to the left of a line of low cliffs. This will lead you to the start of a
footpath over the ridge. You will end up at the very north end of Winding Bay
For the intrepid explorer: Instead of turning inland at the casuarinas, continue
south on very rough moonrock to Ocean Point, and the "old" rock bridge.
Winding Bay Trail #2
From the junction of Little Harbour Road and Cherokee Road, go left
approx. 100 yds, past a driveway and a low swampy area. The trail starts in the
middle of the first seagrape bush on your left. This trail winds through
buttonwood marsh (check out the cycads), and along the foot of a ridge festooned
with wild orchids and airplants. It comes out at the very north end of Winding
Bay beach, close to Winding Bay Trail #1.
Winding Bay Trail #3
This is the easy one. From the junction of Little Harbour Road and
Cherokee Road, go left approx. 1.8 miles. Turn left onto a sandy cart track
leading down to the beach.
Go approx. half a mile down Little Harbour Road. You'll have come to
the bottom of the hill. Look for a rocky pool on your right, then a small
cleared area on your left. Approx. 50 ft. past the clearing there is some yellow
flagging on a tree on your left, marking a vague path. Follow the path 30 ft.
back into the woods, to a hole in the ground. Crawl in. (Wear old clothes and
take flashlights!) Inside, the cave opens up into a large chamber, complete with
stalagmites and bats. For the intrepid explorer: At the back of the cave is a
tunnel you can crawl up as far as you dare. Take a spare flashlight and fishing
line so you won't get lost.
From the back of the tennis court, follow a path out to the shore and
then turn left along the beach. (Best to go at low tide). At the far end is the
remains of Ezra's hut, and a good picnic and swimming beach.
Old Cay Road
From the junction of Little Harbour Road and Cherokee Road, turn right
and go 1.1 miles, to the start of a series of curves. At the first curve to the
left, look for a long black road-mending patch running diagonally across the
right hand side of the road. Just before this patch, also on the right, is a
footpath running out to the Bight of Old Robinson. This is one end of the Old
Go back to the patch in the road. Continue along the road approx. 50 ft. until
you come to an open area on the left. Follow a series of small cairns across
this area to a line of old fence posts. Alongside the fence posts you will find
a drystone causeway running for over a mile across the mangrove flats and ending
at a drystone jetty. In two places the causeway crosses a creek - there used to
be wooden bridges there, but nowadays you have to jump the gap or wade across.
Also check out the blue hole on the way. This causeway was built over 100 years
ago by the British Government to service the Little Harbour lighthouse from
Cherokee. A ferry boat was kept at each end of the road.
Kayak to Cherokee
Launch the kayak at the end of Little Harbour Road and follow Yellow
Wood Creek to Cherokee. (1-2 hours each way). When in doubt, keep to the left.
You need at least a half tide for this trip, and the tides in the creeks run
approx. 3 hours later than Nassau.
Many of these holes are only accessible by kayak at high tide. Some
have lateral tunnels that extend for thousands of feet. Some are interconnected.
Some "boil" on an incoming tide, as water is forced up through them. Many have
fish and lobster in them. If you don't want to do all that kayaking, there is a
pretty blue hole just down the road from you on Tom Curry's Point, on the west
side of the road behind a cement and PVC gatepost.
PLEASE! take only photos, leave only footprints. Some of these trails are on
private land. Some are used for hunting. Show respect for the environment and
your fellow human beings.