No problems at Camp David!   We will be putting the deck furniture and beach toys out in the next few days to be ready for guests!

After Hurricane Matthew – Counting Our Blessings!

Thank you to our many friends who inquired about our safety and our houses!  Abaco was spared the hurricane force of Matthew, and the tropical storm winds did minimal damage.  Here are some pictures that show just how lucky we were! We are THANKFUL!

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Postcards from the Bahamas

The weather has been less than perfect during our stay at Abaco Palms on Abaco Island in the Bahamas but when the wind lays down enough to get out and do some fishing we have had some very nice days. I have had a chance to give the new Winston BIII Plus Saltwater Rod a work out and it’s been fantastic. I love the metal reel seat, ultra slick guides and fast action with “Winston feel”. This is one of the best saltwater specific rods available today without a doubt. The new Airflo Bonefish/Redfish “Super Dri” line has been solid as well. It floats considerably better than the Airflo Ridge Bonefish/Redfish. This entry was posted in Fly Fishing Gear Review, Fly Fishing Travel.

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Abaco Parrots at Casuarina Point

During our recent visit to Casuarina Point (September/early October 2015) Abaco Parrots were in our neighborhood everyday. We would hear them squawking loudly as they flew from tree to tree at feeding time – early mornings & late afternoons. We had just planted 3 new, tall Christmas Tree Palms on the street side of Kokomo, and they LOVED feeding on the berries! It offered me a great position on the porch to watch them and take pictures and these three videos.

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First Anniversary Fishing Trip

We’ve been back in Nashville for only 3 days and already our trip to Abaco seems like a fairy tale dream. I feel like I stepped through the closet in the Chronicles of Narnia to enter a magical universe and now I’m back wondering whether or not it really all happened. I’ve been going to Casurina Point for 18 years and I keep finding new ways to enjoy the area. This time Marianna and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in the same place where we got married. First of all, we fished… a lot! Mostly we spearfished, which to me is the most entertaining type of fishing. It’s more like hunting, except it’s way more fast paced and interactive than any other type of hunting I’ve experienced, and the reward is delicious. Pictured on the left is a 35 pound cubera snapper that I speared on the reef out by the two little islands you see to the right from the balcony of Abaco Palms.   Marianna and I were checking out a reef right off of the island.  I dove down with Hawaiian sling in hand, spotted him in a hole, and popped him right in the […]

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The Bridge House on Harbour Island at Schooner Bay, Abaco, Bahamas

Progress update from Abaco…

Hello from the Miami airport!  I am on my way home to Talladega after a short trip to check on the houses and inspect the progress on The Bridge House at Schooner Bay.  I am SO EXCITED!  The Bridge House is just as I hoped it would be!  I can’t wait to see it finished!  The finish dates keeps moving farther out.  (Is that surprising to anyone?)  I think it is possible that it could be finished the end of February, but there is still a lot of work to be done.  Luckily they have large crews that will work on the different finish processes – such as tile work, painting, etc. As you can see in the picture, the Bridge House is PINK!  There is trim on the main level that still needs to painted white and the landscaping will help tone down the pink.  Right now I think it looks TOO pink!…but I hope you can envision it with more white trim and some nice landscaping.  🙂 The main floor has 2 bedrooms (that will have king beds) each with an ensuite bath, and there is a powder room off the living area.  The ‘pop-up loft’ has 2 […]

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TOO many GORGEOUS sunrises and sunsets to post!  Amazing!

Recent Activity at Abaco Palms Properties….

We have been busy the past few months working on improvements to our properties, and I want to cover some of the highlights in this post. The Bridge House – Progress with our Schooner Bay Property Here are a few recent pictures of our newest house that is under construction.  We are excited that the current estimated completion date is mid-January! Camp David’s paintings have been hung. and the street side yard’s initial landscaping has been done.   We are really excited about our new beach level deck and grass at Abaco Palms. One of our MOST EXCITING projects from the past few months was moving 3 HUGE coconut trees!  One (the largest) is now in front of Abaco Palms, and 2 are in front of Kokomo and will be ready for a hammock next year.   We moved the largest of the 3 trees to the beach in front of Abaco Palms.     I was amazed as I watched the process of moving the huge trees.  It was quite a project!…but I think it will REALLY be worth it. I know this has turned in to a LONG post, but I didn’t want to have 3 or 4 […]

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Daniel and Marianna

Dream Destination Wedding at Schooner Bay in Abaco, Bahamas

After deliberating over the many options of having a larger wedding at home in the States or a smaller wedding abroad, my wife and I chose Abaco as a destination to host our wedding celebration.  My family has been going to Abaco for years, and my wife (Marianna) and I have already developed some fond memories there.  We didn’t know how it would all play out when we decided to do this, but it turned out to be the wedding of our dreams. The whole wedding party including guests (20 in all) were easily accommodated by Abaco Palms Properties (founded by Kathy Heacock in Casuarina Point), where nearly everyone had their own beach-side, private, and luxurious bedroom with a view.  Throughout the wedding week our whole party enjoyed kayaking, fishing and snorkeling expeditions basically whenever we wanted.  All of the amenities that they offered really relieved the pressure of organizing large group activities.  At the end of the day (as well as maybe a few times before noon) we enjoyed drinking Kathy’s famous Goombay Smash.  While her accommodations maybe not all-inclusive in the traditional sense, there is really nothing she hasn’t thought of.  I have now started drinking these at home in […]

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Camp David — ready for new guests!

Hello all, This is Laura, special guest posting for the day to tell you how excited we are about Camp David being ready to share with you. Kathy has spent months traveling back and forth to personally supervise EVERY detail, and we really feel like the house is something special after all of her hard work. We’ve come a long way from where we started! But before the pictures, a little background… Casuarina Point was originally divided up by the guest workers of a long-gone sugar plantation. These distinctive one-story, wide homes were built for the executives to relax and enjoy the spectacular views — and a few of them are still standing! When we bought the original Camp David property, we realized that the original structure wasn’t sturdy enough to be renovated, so we started from scratch. However, we decided to honor that classic one-floor look as we fell in love with the long, long porch that it offered. Since we love to come down with friends and family, it was important to have the same big open kitchen/living room/dining room that Kokomo, Abaco Palms and Calypso all offer. Because of the unique house design of Camp David, we […]

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It's about time to hang a hammock from the coconut trees!

Camp David – we are getting close!

First I must apologize for taking SO LONG to update you on the progress of Camp David!  This has been an VERY busy year!  We are in Abaco now waiting to receive the contents of our 2-40′ containers that are at the dock.  This is our third MAJOR shipment, and it contains all the furniture for Camp David, the cabinets for Camp David and Calypso, appliances, light fixtures and faucets for both houses, and MANY miscellaneous items.   It will be a busy work week, but a fun one, too – kind of like Christmas.  I select, pack and ship – and then the packages arrive – fun to open! The tile flooring is finished, so it will be convenient to store everything inside.  They are still working on tiling the bathroom walls, and then it will be time to install the cabinets.  I can’t wait!          

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Camp David Progress…

Hello from the Miami airport!  I am on my way home from a quick trip to Abaco to check on the progress at Camp David.  I was SO excited when I arrived – it is looking like a house! All of the regular windows are in – and the roof is on and sealed – just waiting on the metal roof to arrive and be installed.. This morning, before I left Abaco, I stopped by the house to take a few more pictures – and the siding is going on, and Lucger, our painter, is already priming to prepare for the finish. Our crew works SO well together – and make the building process very efficient.  Lucger is painting, while William, Roger and Steve continue to install siding, and Hartie and Andrew are putting in the door that faces the street.  I wish I could have stayed to see it installed! Camp David is going to be BLUE – with white trim.  The two shades under consideration are ‘Isle of Capri’ and ‘Windjammer.’  Lucger painted some samples to help with the selection.  They almost look the same. The only disappointing news of the trip was that when they opened the […]

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