Allens Pensacola has what real estate agents call “location, location, location.” It is 24 n. miles west of Green Turtle Cay and 30 n. miles east of Great Sale Cay. Everyone who travels the western reaches of the Little Bahamas Bank stops here eventually.
The entrance to the anchorage is wide open. The anchorage itself is generous. We arrived too late to “read the depth”; but no problem, just follow the Garmin chart plotter all the way into 7 or 8 foot depth. Holding is good in sand (which is rare in this part of the Bahamas). There is excellent coverage from the north through the east. Since White Pepper's wind was 20 knots out of the NE, we were golden. This would not be a good place to be in southerly or westerly breezes.
White Pepper spent a comfortable night here. In the morning several beautiful beaches beckoned. We dingied in. The beaches are indeed exquisite, but “no see 'ums'” (gnats) drove us off after a quick walk and a bath. We did see a gratifying large amount of sea life on the beach and rocks.
Jan's Toes in the Crystal Clear Water of Allens Pensacola
There is said to be excellent snorkeling on the Atlantic side of the cay. There is also an abandoned NASA missile tracking station further down the island. White Pepper did not have enough time to tarry.
White Pepper includes this stop in the blog for completeness. Anyone passing this way when the wind is out of the north through the east should consider stopping and maybe staying for a few days.