Caribbean Dreaming

Beaches are such a soothing and uplifting experience especially when deep into winter time.

A queen conch shell sits on a beach in Treasure Cay, Abaco, the Bahamas. On the horizon is Green Turtle Cay, a barrier island.

A weathered sign marks “Ye Olde Gaol” on Green Turtle Cay’s bright pink jail building, built in the mid-19th century. The main building and some smaller buildings in the jail complex now sit empty on this peaceful island of about 500 residents in the Abacos of The Bahamas in the Caribbean.

A popular destination on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas is Nipper’s. The restaurant has two pools, several decks and a stairway to a white sand beach. A gift shop sells t-shirts and other products. If you wear a Nipper’s t-shirt, you are likely soon to be greeted by a fellow Nipper’s visitor throughout the world.

The queen conch Lobatus gigas is herbivorous and lives in seagrass beds, although its habitat varies by development stage. The adult animal has a very large, solid and heavy shell, with knob-like spines on the shoulder, a flared thick, outer lip and a characteristic pink-colored opening.

Waves crash on limestone rocks on a beach behind Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill on Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas Islands of the Caribbean. Beautiful fluffy clouds decorate the bright blue sky. The water is many shades of blue and the sand is a lovely creamy white.

A pink golf cart is parked across the street from the historic pink jail “Ye Olde Gaol” in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos islands of the Bahamas. Most travel on the island is by golf cart. Tourists can reserve a golf cart, and it will be waiting for them at the dock when they arrive by ferry or private boat in New Plymouth.

Eroded limestone creates a dramatic shoreline on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Limestone is the only rock found in the Bahamas and is frequently worn razor sharp by the action of the wind and sea. Under water and along the shore landscapes are the result of coral growth on the plateau of limestone.The growth of coral reefs on the limestone plateau accounts for the beautiful clear waters of the Bahamas. Wave action over the centuries has produced the beautiful white beaches consisting of tiny fragments of coral, sea shells and limestone.

International trade in the Caribbean queen conch is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreement, in which it is listed as Strombus gigas. This species is not endangered in the Caribbean as a whole, but is commercially threatened in numerous areas, largely due to extreme overfishing.

The meat of the queen conch is featured in many Caribbean dishes, such as conch fritters, chowder and salad. The empty shells are used widely as decoration.


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