After some beach time watching volley-ball, water-balloon toss, and other organized games (the resort has an activities director who tries to get everyone involved and revved up), we decided to go do some exploring at a near-by town of Port Lucaya
. We had to wait until we could hit the happy hour at Coconuts though. You wouldn't want to miss out on the double-fisting bahama mamas?
Port Lucaya is a small town/market place near the IslandSeas resort, and there is a regular, and free, shuttle from the resort to Lucaya and back. Port Lucaya is full of the regular touristy trinket-shops, beach-wear stores, a couple of straw-markets (complete with the pushy lady who all but forces you to buy a hat that smells like rotten hay), rum-shops, and a bunch of open-door bars and restaurants.
We had dinner at the PropClub right on the beach, with an Americanized menu and a few island favorites (conch fritters and other classics). Then it was time to try our luck at the casino. The Isle of Capri casino was relatively slow, but it was in the middle of the week. We made our donations and a graceful exit. The port itself is surrounded by bars that serve any rum drink you can ever think of, including Pirate Juice - a deadly mixture of four different rums served in a plastic bucket. When you have enough liquid courage in you, you can brave the port square - yes, there is dancing outside with a DJ spinning an eclectic mix oldies but godies and new dance music. Not exactly a hip dance-club, but with enough rum in you, anything is fun, right?