We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Greenwood

Cape breton
Level Contributor
74 posts
51 reviews
Save Topic
Greenwood

We leave next week for 6 days at the Greenwood. Any suggestions or comments?

Gasport, New York
Level Contributor
147 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Greenwood

I was there in Feb., and have gone there every Feb since 2006. Stayed 11 days. I love the place! The food is great, the owners and their staff are very friendly, the beach is spectacular!

Fly into New Bight (TBI). If you're not renting a car, ask Greenwood to have a taxi meet your plane. Taxi will cost about $60 for 2 people, its about a 40 minute ride to Greenwood.

I suggest you buy the breakfast/supper mealplan. There are no restaurants within walking distance. You can buy your lunches, or pack some ready to eat lunch stuff, which is what I usually do. There is a liquor store and grocery on the road to Greenwood, ask your driver to stop if you want to pick up supplies along the way.

Take plenty of cash. Very few local businesses take credit cards. Of course you can charge your stay at Greenwood, and food and drinks at the other resorts, but all the Mom & Pop places take only cash. Everyone accepts American, so you don't have to change your money.

Since this is toward the end of the tourist season, you may have the place nearly all to yourselves. You'll probably have 8 miles of pink sand beach all to yourselves also! Take plenty of sunscreen, it's expensive there.

I've always enjoyed Greenwood, and I hope you do, too!

If you have any specific questions, just ask.

Cape breton
Level Contributor
74 posts
51 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Greenwood

Thanks so much for your prompt reply. What do you recommend we pick up at the Nassau airport or the Cat Island store? I have no idea how much cash to bring? We will be sticking fairly close to the resort. We will be packing lightly because we plan to bring our flippers and snorkel gear. I am so excited

Gasport, New York
Level Contributor
147 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Greenwood

I'm glad you're excited, this is gonna be fun!

You can rent snorkel & scuba gear at Greenwood if you want, you don't have to bring your own. I think mask and flippers and snorkel is about $5/day. You can rent a wetsuit too, but you might not need it. I usually bring snack food like crackers, chips, fruit bars, granola bars,tuna in a pouch, crackers n' peanutbutter, etc. (I usually bring it from the states.) That way I can carry a lunch with me if I want to spend the day exploring, or stay on the beach. You can easily walk 2 hours to the north or the south, and then 2 hrs back again. The pink sand is beautiful. Bring lots of sunscreen.

If you buy the breakfast & dinner meal plan (recommended) at Greenwood, you won't need a lot of cash. I recommend renting a car for a day of exploring the island, $80 from Donnie Newbold in Port Howe. (Gasoline is around $5/gallon, you refill the tank when you bring it back.) Reserve it the day before. Buy your lunch while you're driving around. Allow $20-$25 each, depending on 1 beer or 2. The Bluebird restaurant in New Bight has a great lunch, as do other little resaurants along the road. If you go to another resort to eat you can probably put it on your credit card.

Souvenirs are kind of hard to find on Cat. If you want to buy some straw work, there are lots of little old ladies that sell baskets, placemats, hats, etc. that they have made by hand. Probably around $20/item. If you stop for a beer anywhere, figure $5 for a cold one. For some reason beer is expensive in the Bahamas. You can buy a case for $42 at the liquor store on the road from the airport, or a bottle of rum for $15. The rum is easier to carry!

Don't be afraid of taking cash with you, but don't go waving it around either. The crime rate is very low on Cat Island. Everyone carries cash, because its a cash economy. If you're concerned, ask Anna to put it in the Greenwood safe. If you're staying in Nassau on your way, put your cash in the hotel safe there. You can always bring your leftover cash back home again.

Plan on wearing lots of shorts and T shirts, but bring a couple sweatshirts or light sweaters and a jacket. You'll be right on the edge of the ocean, and it can cool off at night and get breezy.

Since it sounds like you've never been to Cat Island before, you should know: there's no McDonalds, or Dunkin' Donuts, or Starbucks, or Hilton, or casino, or shopping mall, or night club. There's also no noise, or pollution, or traffic jams (there is one traffic light in Arthur's Town), or wailing sirens. When people toot their horn at you on the road, they're being friendly! Wave or toot back!

If you use any kind if medication, bring plenty of it with you, because you probably won't be able to refill your prescription there. There is a doctor, nurse and a clinic, but its pretty basic.

When you drive, go slow. People and animals walk in the road. And remember: Stay To The LEFT!! They drive on the left in the Bahamas, like the Britts. Don't even consider driving in Nassau.

Anna and Waldemar Illing are your hosts at Greenwood, and maybe one of their sons, too. Anna is tall and thin and beautiful, Waldemar is round and gregarious. Anna can help you with anything you want to know, or need. Waldemar can tell you anything about the ocean, and he knows all the best places to snorkel and Scuba. He's been a diver all his life. (Tell them Robert from Buffalo, NY says Hello)

Well that's probably enough. The rest you you'll find out when you get there. Just remember, you're going to a different country, with different ways of doing things. It's a quiet little place, and everyone knows everyone else. Except you. If you go with a smile and a good attitude, and you're not in a big American hurry, you'll get along just fine. Say Good Morning when you see the local Bahamians. They'll say Good Morning. They don't bite! Be friendly. Smile. You'll love it!

Gasport, New York
Level Contributor
147 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Greenwood

PS - I almost forgot....

When you go back to your room after dinner, turn off the A/C. Turn the fan down low. Open the windows. Let the sound of the waves on the beach put you to sleep. Nighty night.

Cape breton
Level Contributor
74 posts
51 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Greenwood

Thanks...we're off tomorrow

6. Re: Greenwood

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:17 am, October 14, 2010