Bahamas

NATJA 2016 Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism

NATJA Awards Excellence Travel Journalism

Sometimes you have to jump right in, even when you may not think you are experienced enough or talented enough.  It was back in 2011 that my husband convinced me to enter the Caribbean Travel + Life Photo Contest, and it turned out that I won the grand prize.  But that competition was primarily for amateurs.  I was eager to…Read More

Kamalame Cares: Help for Andros After Hurricane Matthew

Kamalame Cares

There’s an old rhyme about hurricane season in the Caribbean: “June too soon, July stand by, August come it must, September remember, and October all over . . .”  Unfortunately, this year, October was not “all over” as Hurricane Matthew slowly crept through the Caribbean and up the coast of the United States. After nearly two weeks, it left over 1,000 dead, along with…Read More

September is Film Month!

September is Film Month!

September is film month here at My Irie Time.  We’re featuring our favorite film images on our Instagram feed all month.  All images were shot with the Mamiya 6, the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, or the Canon EOS 1v, using Ektar 100, Fuji 400H, and Porta 160 or 400.  Follow our Instagram feed all month! All words and images ©2006-2017…Read More

Video Tour of Kamalame Cay

Kamalame Cay Tour

We’ve taken you on a photo tour of Kamalame Cay, but here’s a short video tour.  Enjoy! Kamalame Cay from My Irie Time on Vimeo. We also have some video of our visit to the Rat Cay Blue Hole.  While I’m getting that ready, read more posts of our trip to Kamalame Cay, Andros, Bahamas here: All words and images…Read More

A Visit to Androsia Batik

Androsia Batik

Since the time I started planning a trip to Andros, I knew I wanted to visit Androsia Batik.  We had previously ordered from their online store, and picked up some items on a trip to Eleuthera, but I really wanted to see where and how it was made.  Courtesy of our taxi driver, Mr. Pinder, it was a short drive…Read More

Blue Holes of Andros, Bahamas

Andros Bahamas Blue Hole

You don’t go to Andros, Bahamas for the night life or casinos or shopping.  You go because of its natural beauty, the beaches, the wildlife, the wetlands, and the third largest barrier reef in the world. If you like to explore the natural environment, Andros is for you. One of the most interesting natural features of Andros are its blue…Read More

Understated Elegance at Kamalame Cay

Kamalame Cay

“I’ve never been to a place where the palm fronds clack together,” my husband said while sitting back in his beach chair facing the calm of Kamalame Cay.  Coconut palms surrounded our chairs on what seemed to be our own personal beach.  “You have,” I replied.  “You have just never heard them before.”  We have been to quite a few…Read More

How to Get to Andros, Bahamas

When people ask where we’re headed for vacation, it often prompts two questions: (1) How did you hear of that place? and (2) How do you get there?  The first question is easy to answer.  I am an avid reader of all things Caribbean.  I love to search out new places and go to those places which are a little…Read More

Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2015

It’s been a great year here at My Irie Time. 2015 saw our Instagram account getting going, and here are our top 10 Instagram photos of the year!  Happy New Year to all! #10 Fins up!  A view of Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla. For more on our trips to Anguilla, read our reports here, including our most recent visit in November of 2014. #9…Read More

Holiday Traditions

Wendy G. Gunderson

It’s the fourth week in November and I’m not wearing a bikini.  Or donning flip flops, or slathering on the sunscreen. In Wisconsin, that would be expected for this time of year, but for us, it’s a bit unusual.  It has been ten years since we haven’t traveled to the Caribbean at Thanksgiving.  With our oldest now in college, her free…Read More

What’s Important is the Color of My Sand

With all the hullabaloo about the color of a dress, whether it be black with blue or white with gold, let’s not forget the important things in life, like the color of my sand!  We take a look at sand from some of our favorite beaches, Pinney’s Beach on Nevis, Rendezvous Bay on Anguilla, French Leave Beach on Eleuthera, and…Read More

Sunday is Beach Day! Our Favorite Caribbean Beaches

Best Caribbean Beaches

Sunday is beach day!  Pull on your suit, grab your sunscreen, and join us in strolling along our favorite Caribbean beaches!  Click an image for more information: All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.  

Our Best of the Caribbean

Best Caribbean

After traveling around the Caribbean for a few years, we are regularly asked about what is the best resort, best beach, best restaurant, etc.  We have a long way to go in our travels through the islands, but these places have impressed us over the years.  Enjoy this list of “our best” of the Caribbean, from the best rum punch,…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Sands, Bahamas

It’s National Beer Day here in the United States, the day we celebrate the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which went into effect on April 7, 1933.  The Cullen-Harrison Act legalized the sale of 3.2% beer and wine, which had been prohibited by the 1919 Volstead Act.  Subsequently, Congress passed the Blaine Act, which enacted…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Goombay Smash, Bahamas

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Welcome back to Eleuthera, as “Spirits of the Caribbean” enjoys a Goombay Smash at Tippy’s.  Made from a mix of pineapple juice, orange juice, and coconut rum, this refreshing cocktail will remind you you’re in the islands.  Said to be the national drink of the Bahamas, the Goombay Smash was created by Miss Emily of Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar,…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Stone Crab Claws – Eleuthera, Bahamas

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Today’s “Taste of the Caribbean” takes us to the Bahamas, specifically to the island of Eleuthera, for a helping of stone crab claws from Tippy’s, located on Banks Road in Governor’s Harbour.  Stone  crabs regrow their claws, whether they are lost in battle or harvested by fishermen, so long as the joint which linked the claw to the body is…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Spicy Conch Chili, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Taste of the Caribbean takes us to Harbour Island in the Bahamas, a short 10-minute boat ride from the northern end of Eleuthera.  This island known best for the famous Pink Sand Beach on its eastern shore, is also home to some fantastic restaurants, including Sip Sip, known for cocktails and gossip, “sip sip,” but also for delicious food by…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Rum Bubba, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Rum Bubba is a Friday Night tradition in the town of Governor’s Harbour in central Eleuthera.  Every Friday night, locals and tourists alike partake of the weekly fish fry and its famous cocktail, the Rum Bubba.  Come with us as we explore all the food and drink offered on the Caribbean’s friendliest island in part six of our Eleuthera…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Sip Sip Rum Punch, Harbour Island, Bahamas

  This “Spirit of the Caribbean” can be found steps away from the famous Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island, Bahamas.  This is the Sip Sip Rum Punch, a perfect blend of pineapple, guava, and passion fruit juices which make this rum punch a winner.  For more on why Sip Sip is one of our Favorite Beach Bars, read more…Read More

Is That Sand Really Pink?

If you read our posts on Eleuthera, you can tell that we loved the pink sand.   I had seen many photos of French Leave Beach and Harbour Island before our visit and some looked a bit unreal – – almost a cotton candy hue.  I suspected that many of these images are the result of a heavy hand on…Read More

Our Complete Eleuthera Trip Report

Our Eleuthera trip report is now complete!  Click to read! Travel with us as we make our way to and around the island.  Visit our home away from home, the beautiful two-bedroom, Whel-Appointed villa. Enjoy the tapas and seemingly endless cocktails at our favorite beach bar on Eleuthera, The Beach House on French Leave Beach.  Join us as we take a walking…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 6: Local Food and Drink

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No trip report is complete without talking about the food and drink.  Vacation is not just about the beach and the ocean.  We need to recharge!  We tried a wide variety of local food and drink, from local stands off the side of the road to the pricier restaurants which you read about in the magazines.  Let’s get started! Friday…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 5: Day Trip to Harbour Island a/k/a A Tale of Supermodels and Superheroes

It’s time for a day trip! The fifth part of our Eleuthera trip report takes us on a day trip to another of the islands of the Bahamas, Harbour Island.  Harbour Island, “Briland” to the locals, is located just a mile or two off the coast of Eleuthera.  Although it is only 3-1/2 miles long and 1-1/2 miles wide, the…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 3: Favorite Beach Bars -The Beach House

Even better than finding a great new beach bar is finding a great new beach bar a short walk down the road from the house where you are staying.  The Beach House, located on Banks Road in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, is just steps from the pink sand of French Leave Beach and offers some of the tastiest food and drink…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 2: Our Home Away From Home – “Whel- Appointed”

We had never rented a house before, so I was a bit apprehensive.  We had learned through years of traveling that we used few of the amenities at the resorts where we stayed, and it seemed silly to pay for tennis courts, swimming pools, and spas, when all we wanted to do was hit the beach.  This year, we decided…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 1: “Eleuthera, It’s Not for Everyone” Because Not Everyone Likes Beautiful, Unspoiled Beaches, Great Food & Friendly People

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I always wondered about that slogan, “Eleuthera, It’s Not for Everyone.”  Eleuthera has beautiful beaches.  Eleuthera has fresh seafood, lovingly prepared by friendly people, people always interested in if you are enjoying your visit and willing to help you along the way.   There are no big grocery stores or Hertz or Avis rental cars. You shop at local, family-owned…Read More

Just Back from Eleuthera and Harbour Island!

We’re just back from Eleuthera and Harbour Island! This was “our beach” for nine days, the mile-long French Leave Beach! And yes, the sand is pink! Stay tuned for our trip reports coming soon! All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.