When I (Ryan Nelson) first posted about Firefly Sunset Resort closing due to Hurricane Dorian, the initial poster created said they would reopen on Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019. Little did we know that Hurricane Dorian would make landfall on the idyllic paradise that Firefly Sunset Resort is on – Elbow Cay – as the most dangerous Category 5 hurricane, carrying the strongest winds in recorded history for the northwestern Bahamas.
Lorenzo and the hard-working staff know the intense preparation that goes into hurricane prep. Most of the staff are native Bahamians; and hurricanes and the prep that comes with these storms is something they’ve endured since they were children. Many of them also have worked in the hospitality industry for years, so their extensive knowledge on guest evacuations, structure stability, supplies needed, and more.
They worked overtime to secure the resort. But even with their professional preparedness, they could never imagine a monster hurricane with wind guests at 220mph beating Firefly and Elbow Cay. This is just one headline that makes you cry to read it. “Hurricane Dorian unleashes 220-mph wind gusts as it slams Bahamas:
As of today, 9/2, The cell service is very spotty (if any) as the hurricane is still slowly hovering over Grand Bahama and Abaco is still being lashed with storms. Ann Irvin sent me these photos this am. And they’re hard to look at.
According to Ann, “Georgia Peach is 3/4 gone …the resort looks bad hit BUT Lorenzo and all the folks that took shelter are safe and alive! Thank you Lord!” We don’t know all the devastation on the island at this time but we thank you for your support. Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages have been bombarded (in a fabulous way) with messages of Hope, Help and Love.
***For those wondering how these updates are able to be posted, I (Ryan) have worked for years with Firefly Distillery, Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Sunset Resort on marketing/PR/social media and more. I am in Charleston and gathering as much information as possible to share with our visitors, friends and families. Please DM me on the Firefly Sunset Resort Facebook Page, Twitter Page and Instagram and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
For our guests’ and employees’ safety, Firefly Sunset Resort will be closed Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Monday, September 2, 2019. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Stay tuned to our social media networks for the latest.
Below are the details of what’s happening including a new release from Bahamas Air on their updated flight schedule.
Thanks to our visitors for posting “ROOM TIPS” on TripAdvisor. We love hearing from you!
“Best view is Java Rum and Mint-To-Be; for large groups do Sweet Tea or Georgia Peach.”
Firefly Resort delivered on every level! I recently stayed at The Firefly Resort for a Girls weekend and it didn’t disappoint. The service was amazing. The cottages were clean, comfortable and well decorated. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were delicious. I felt safe and welcomed the entire time we stayed at the resort. All the staff (Lorenzo, Ericka, Patrick, Tanis, Francis and Davaro…to call out a few) were quick to answer any questions and always with a smile on their faces. It is a peaceful and incredibly beautiful destination. There is something for everyone from snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, swimming or just relaxing in a hammock! I look forward to going back and would highly recommend this resort and area!
Perfect Place to Maximize Bahamas VacationGreat facility and staff. It has everything you really need for an awesome Bahamas vacation:
Clean, nice, updated cottages.
The kids loved snorkeling and playing games around the swim beach. Milo kept the kids entertained. There are large live conch, fish and rays right off the dock! The staff helped us with golf cart and boat rentals… would definitely go again.
I’m sure we can all agree that if you’re heading to The Bahamas, you’re probably planning to spend time in the sun. Some people spend time in the water, some are on the water, and tons are enjoying my personal favorite; by the water. There isn’t much better than a perfectly sunny day, with a nice light breeze blowing in from the water and through the nearby palms while you sit and enjoy a good book or a refreshing cocktail atop the soft sands overlooking the beautiful blue waters. If you’re an avid beachgoer, you’re likely aware that beaches can be extremely different from one another and no two are the same. This isn’t a bad thing, because it makes visiting different beaches something to always look forward to, and a new experience each time.
Depending on how long you’re visiting for, you may have time to visit all of these glorious spots, but if not, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay – At this private beach club, you’ll find beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s secluded and relaxed but provides opportunities to windsurf, snorkel, kayak or enjoy water sports you love. If lounging is more of your thing, lounge away under a thatch beach umbrella.
Treasure Cay Beach – This beach is highly desirable to many tourists thanks to it having some of the finest and whitest sand on earth. Not to mention the vibrant turquoise waters of the Sea of Abaco to look out onto. 3.5 miles of picturesque beauty. Calm waters are common here, and you won’t want to miss a sunset view from this spot. This beach was actually voted one of the 10 best Caribbean beaches and it’s no surprise why.
Tahiti Beach – You’ll find this beauty south on Elbow Cay. You can only access it by foot, bike or by boat. Get ready for relaxation galore on this secluded beach with soft white sand and clear waters. You shouldn’t have a hard time nabbing a spot here. Most of the time you’ll find that the sandbars extend pretty far out into the water, keeping the waters shallow and calm for your enjoyment.
Guana Cay Beach – It won’t be hard to nab your own piece of paradise along this seven-mile-long beach. Endless views of the Atlantic Ocean and white sands make this beach unforgettable. Depending on the time of year, the water can be a little rougher making snorkeling a little more difficult, but still enjoyable.
Ocean Beach – You will find this beach on the eastern end of Abaco. There is no shortage of water spots including diving, fishing, sailing and windsurfing. This is also a great spot for beach bars and restaurants. This beach may be more crowded than others.
Sandy Point Beach – A haven for shell collectors. This beach is located on the southwest tip of Great Abaco. Sandy Point is known for it’s large number of seashells, so bring your bucket and get ready to pick some beauties for your collection.
Gilliam Bay Beach – If you prefer no breeze and some hot, hot heat, this is the beach for you. This beach is protected from the wind and only a 15-minute walk from the main town of Green Turtle Cay.
One final thought
As previously mentioned, you can’t go wrong with any beach and each offer a different style. With that being said, we kindly remind you to take care of our beaches like they were your own. Keep them clean of litter or debris, and respect the beautiful natural elements while you enjoy your stay in The Abacos.
Join us Tuesdays at 6pm for Sushi by Chef Gereko Swain. Fresh and delicious.
Bahamian Independence Celebration at Firefly on ????????July 10, 2019 at 9pm with Willis and the Illest Reggae band. Make your reservations now.
Albury’s Ferry Service is more than just a way to get where you need to go; we’re a family owned and operated transportation and tourism company that’s focused on identifying and serving the needs of our beloved Abaco community as well as the visitors and guests we love welcoming here. In addition to ferry service throughout the Abaco Cays, we proudly offer point to point charter service, bespoke adventure and sightseeing tours and provisioning and delivery services.
Since the day the airport opened in Marsh Harbour, Albury’s Ferry Service has been the leading provider in transportation around the cays. With over sixty years experience navigating the local waterways, it’s no wonder we’re the most trusted name in tourism and transportation.