FISH FRY FOR FREE SPIRITS IN GRAND BAHAMA
Abandon the idea that staying in a resort does not allow you to discover and experience destinations. If you join us at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach you just need to rent a car or hop on a taxi to spend one of the most fun Wednesdays of your life.
We are not talking about the famous movie Big Wednesday but an event that happens every week, starting at 6 p.m.: FISH FRY at Smith’s Point, near Taino Beach, which is one of the 43 beaches on Grand Bahama Island.
We actually recommend you take the whole afternoon and aim for Taino Beach, as a pleasant park with free access winds through the nature reserve and bird sanctuary.
When finished, you arrive at the adjacent Smith’s Point – Bahamian Village, best around 6 p.m. or shortly thereafter; at that time the ritual begins in which to savor delicious seafood while socializing with locals on a beach bordered by palm and pine trees (not for everyone!).
The booths teem with specialties but you’ll feel like you’re attending a big party with your neighbors! Every Wednesday, sleepy Smith’s Point comes alive: people line up to sample traditional specialties such as conch salad, local Kalik beer, or a refreshing rum punch.
Locals and tourists enjoy dishes of lobster, snapper, grouper, turbot, fresh seafood, grilled or fried Bahamian-style. Among the various booths Toni Macaroni is a self-proclaimed “the most unique man in the Bahamas” and loves chatting… You can also try Outriggers or Da Bus Stop. Around 9 p.m. the atmosphere gets even livelier, the food gives way to dancing; bands perform live to the rhythms of calypso and reggae notes.
Curiosity: the settlement is named after Michael Smith, commissioner of the island in the early 19th century. The fish fry night was originally started to raise money for the construction of a church, but the town decided to repeat the event and due to its great success it has remained a staple.
Have we captivated you? We look forward to seeing you at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach
The resort is open year-round, conveniently accessible from Florida by a 45-minute flight and Balearia Caribbean ferries; the distance is only 55 miles.