As I gazed out at the water, I tried to figure out if the west side or the east side of the beach was prettier. I was sitting on the deck at Smokey’s At The Cove sipping on a rum less daiquiri and just relishing in the beauty of one of Anguilla’s 33 beaches. It was a beach that I had visited annually during my primary school days for picnics, selected because the water was so shallow. The landscape of the beach had changed somewhat since those days but adult Shellecia acknowledged gratefully that the beach was still spectacular.
The beach was quiet and I observed two persons paddling in the water. A large boat was also close to shore and I could make out a few persons on board. The sea was calm and glistened and almost seemed to beckon me for a swim. I was comfortable though under the shade of the umbrella simply taking in the beauty of my surroundings.
Earlier, the conversation between my husband Nash and I turned to what would we do for lunch. Nash had a brilliant idea that we should check out Smokey’s and that eventually led to us sitting and staring at the water deep in thought about days gone by and days yet to come, sipping on a rum less daiquiri.
The staff at Smokey’s was fabulous. Nash and I both ordered the Snapper – mine with french fries and his with rice and peas. The fish was tender and I added a touch of herb and garlic sauce. I savoured each mouthful Nash devoured his meal within minutes. He has a big appetite!
The melodious voices and rhythm of True Intentions had us singing along. I glanced over at another local family dining close by and they were also enjoying the music, as were the visitors. Singing, swaying and tapping of feet were contagious and natural when a band plays as well as True Intentions. You can catch them at Smokey’s At The Cove every Sunday from 1pm-4pm. There is tremendous local talent in Anguilla and you can bet that most places that you may choose to dine will have live entertainment. Local acts include British Dependency, True Intentions, Vanessa and Asher, Omari Banks, and the list goes on.
After lunch, I was stuffed but I could not turn down the offer of dessert, although Nash did. I selected the coconut tart with ice cream. The tart was different from what I expected but it was warm, soft and delish. After dessert, I was done. I could not eat a single bite more.
This outing did not disappoint. It was a great afternoon out and Nash and I will definitely plan to make it back to Smokey’s At The Cove soon.
– UYC Contributor Shellecia Brooks Johnson