I’ve never been much of a Bahamas girl. Just the word itself makes me think of Spring Break and cheesy hotels. So you can imagine my surprise when I went to Abaco in the Bahamas and found myself in the most charming of beach destinations.

I stayed at the Abaco Beach Resort which offers hotel room, suites, condos, and boat slips. The marina was quite full when I was there and I liked the feel of that. I went sailing a lot as a kid and as much as I loved being out on the bay, I equally loved the time we spent at local marinas, enjoying the pools, and restaurants, and people.

That was precisely what I found at this resort too. I had a comfy room with bright linens and tile floor and enjoyed walking the property, toasting with other guests at the bar, and eating yummy seafood in their restaurant. Some nights, the staff sing during dinner, which is a real hoot!

I also had the very interesting experience of meeting a family who is away on their boat for a year with their three daughters ages 11 – 15, “home schooling” them as they go from place to place. That was the thing about the Abacos as a whole and that resort in particular. It was filled with the most interesting people, so many of which were eager to share their story.

jennyb150Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.