Saturday, August 11, 2007

Arawak Cay

Known to Nassau residents as "The Fish Fry," Arawak Cay is one of the best places to knock back a Kalik beer (brewed right on New Providence Island), chat with the locals, or sample traditional Bahamian fare. You can get small dishes such as lobster salad or full meals at one of the pastel-color waterside shacks. Order some steamed, grilled, or fried fish or fresh conch salad, a spicy mixture of chopped conch (just watching the expert chopping is a show as good as any in town) mixed with diced onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and hot peppers in a lime marinade. Twin Brothers and Goldie's Enterprises are two of the most popular stalls. Try their fried "cracked conch" and Goldie's famous Sky Juice (a potent gin and coconut-water concoction).

To reach Arawak Cay, head west along Bay Street, follow the main road around the British Colonial Hilton hotel, and continue west past Western Esplanade, which many locals also call Long Wharf Beach. The cay is on the north side of the T-junction of West Bay and Chippingham Road. It's approximately a five-minute drive or 30-minute walk.

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