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Bomba Shack

“I Wouldn’t Want To Be A Fish”

IMG_2878longbay IMG_2886.kcnatureboybar IMG_2912bombashackThe a.m. taxi ride to Long Bay Resort had its moments, especially during the switchbacks, which are the hairpin turns winding throughout the island of Tortola. Once

there, any discomfort is quickly forgotten as one gazes upon one of the most serene and breathtaking beaches within the Caribbean. A leisurely day was on the group agenda on Wednesday

following lunch ( a really large juicy cheeseburger in paradise) at the restaurant and a brief tour of the grounds.  One of the highlights on the beachfront was pelican watching. The acumen 

and accuracy was astounding as you watched these birds target their prey below within the crystalline waters. Another was the discovery behind a large monolith farther down the beach of

the Nature Boy Beach Bar, a delightful makeshift island style bar made of natural sand and rock formations and canopies of spray painted multi-colored palm fronds. Underneath a small 

tent was the island bartender with coolers of iced cans of beer, and another filled with some type of local rum punch. Music from a connected iPhone was played if you purchased a drink; 

if not, it was turned off. Even the sign was innovative, made from a kayak holding a flag from the British Virgin Islands with handwritten advertising. Only in the islands! You could never

have a young entrepreneur like that at home with all of the rules and health regulations.

 

Of course, a visit to Tortola isn’t complete without a taxi ride to Bomba Shack, where there are no rules. We were too late for the infamous Full Moon Party, so we had happy hour

instead. The interior is literally made up of colorful planks of wood which form a makeshift series of spaces with assorted graffiti added on surfboards and censorable montages of former 

visitors throughout. If the walls could talk, you wouldn’t want to hear those stories.

 

Naps and showers prefaced our ” formal” evening out for dinner at Bananakeet, which had been recommended in Cane Garden Bay. The quiet dining crowd, low-key music,

and dinner of lamb, mixed veggies, potatoes, shared wine, and dessert were a nice contrast to the previous hours. The location and view from the mountaintop was both serene and sublime.

We ended the evening there talking to a couple celebrating their first few days of wedded bliss with a local islander on the dance floor. Sandman, our singing taxi driver who shared our love of

the music of Keb Mo’, returned us to Myett’s for a nightcap before the trek to our rooms.

 

Thursday was again laid-back with sun-stroked hours spent on the beach at Cane Garden Bay in front of Tony’s and back to Myett’s for happy hour and Island Special: 

mouth watering lobster dinner prior to ending the evening briefly at Quito’s bar for a final nightcap. Plans were discussed for the next day (and our last) snorkel and sail excursion to the 

Norman Islands and the Indians.

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