Warderick Wells

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

From Allan’s Cay we wandered on down the island chain and found ourselves a few days later at Warderick Wells, the headquarters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, a National Park under the protection of the Bahamas National Trust Act. As such, nearly everything you find here is protected, and you have cruised to a true paradise. You can volunteer to help with projects in the park, or just wander around, read, and relax. We did plenty of all three, and wished we could have stayed here for much longer than we did.

Joy Relaxing at Park Headquarters
Joy Relaxing at Park Headquarters

I was able to wander up to the top of Boo Boo Hill and look out over much of the park. On the east side is Exuma Sound with its big seas crashing against the shoreline, and on the west, the tranquil waters of the anchorage where we were safely tied to a big mooring.
View from Boo Boo Hill
View from Boo Boo Hill

¬†Unfortunately, this climb was too much for Joy’s Pride Mobility Go-Go scooter, and much too far for her to walk. She rested and read at the park center above while I made the trek to the top of the hill. We make the best of what we can do though, and this park is one of those places we plan to visit again. I wish I had known about the sign post for all the visiting boaters. Next time, I will be prepared and bring my own shingle.
Ocean Angel at Warderick Wells
Ocean Angel at Warderick Wells

There’s quite a current running through the anchorage at the park, and it took us a couple of tries before we hooked the mooring ball and I was able to hold on long enough to tie us off. Reservations are mandatory as there is limited space, but after we arrived, we decided to become annual members of the Park Trust as that membership keeps us informed about events and changes at the park with newsletters, and it gives us an advantage when it comes to making a reservation next time.
We really hated to leave the park, but we wanted to see as much as possible in the limited time available so after three short days, we dropped the mooring ball and headed south for our next stop.
Sunset in the Park
Sunset in the Park

Off to our Next Stop