“Hi, I’m Bugaloo. Thanks for coming to Bugaloo’s.”
With a spirited smile and a hearty handshake, we were welcomed by the man himself — stationed right near the front door to personally greet each guest on their way in.
Sunday’s scene was a mix of both locals and in-the-know visitors coming together to dance, drink and limbo under the tall, shady palm trees, children chasing seagulls down the beach, and kitchen staff wading out into the water to harvest some more fresh conch — all backed by a live 6-piece calypso band and an incredible ocean view. Tables are literally dug into the sand, with a few even set up actually knee deep in the water. Each one is covered in plentiful plates of conch, any way you like it – cracked conch, coconut conch, conch fritters, spicy conch salad — alongside specialty mango margaritas and glasses (or pitchers) of powerful rum punch.
Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl opened at the end of last year to a legion of new fans and longtime devotees who remember Bugaloo from the old days, when he owned and operated a slightly shabbier namesake shack in Blue Hills. His new place is just what the island needed – a classic Caribbean experience you won’t find at any of the international resort restaurants in town.
Mention Bugaloo’s to a local and their eyes light up. “Best conch fritters on the island — and I’m from the Bahamas, so I know,” raved our rental car rep as she readied the paperwork on our bright blue jeep. “Right down this road is where the party is tonight,” whispered our taxi driver from the airport. “Bugaloo’s….” put most simply by our snorkel guide with a huge grin, “That’s the spot.”
Full of personality and true island charm – it’s worth the 20 minute trek from Grace Bay through somewhat-sketchy Five Cays to find this beachside gem.Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl Five Cays Settlement | Beach near Fish House, Providenciales 941-3863