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Chat ‘N’ Chill™, a volleyball beach bar and grill, is an international playground for those seeking adventure and those loving the sun, sand and sea. Boaters, yachties and visitors come worldwide to enjoy the casual laid back atmosphere, menu of grilled island foods, tropical drinks, 6 regulation volleyball courts and over 1000 feet of pristine white sand beach where shoes are never required.
Chat ‘N’ Chill™ was created and built by Kenneth D. Bowe (also known as KB), a native Exumian. After receiving his MBA in finance and economics from The University of Chicago in 1973, he went to work for a prestigious bank in Chicago. As a researcher in corporate finance, KB discovered future trends in leisure vacations would be in the areas of power yachts and sail boating.
With this vision, KB purchased the land back in 1980 and continued to permit the cruisers organizing the George Town Cruising Regatta and Beach Church to use the volleyball courts and picnic area to hold their daily volleyball games and weekly events…which is still in place today. During KB’s travels to Europe and Asia, he developed the concept for the design. KB built Chat ‘N’ Chill™ with his own hands along with his good friend and local artisan, David Smith, and opened the doors in 1998 to serve the visiting 400-800 winter boats that make George Town’s Elizabeth Harbour their home port each year from November to May …and for some even year around. KB says, “We’re not just food, drinks and a beach, Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is an authentic ‘out island’* experience that we are committed to being memorable; come see for yourself how we make your life ‘Better in The Bahamas’”.
Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is one-of-a-kind. Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is the most unique volleyball beach bar and grill in the West Indies where many consider it a great meeting place. Our clientele are diversified and inclusive of winter and local residents, many ex-pats that call Exuma home, as well as hotel guests who are looking to enjoy an island experience within an island experience that is distinctively “out island”. The draw to Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is the cool mix of nationalities and experiences of its guests in unpretentious, simple surroundings and natural landscape. Guests often leave a business card, shirt, hat or some other “little bit” of themselves to claim their mark and join the many thousands of others that have discovered this little, unspoiled island paradise.
Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is also home to a variety of special and corporate events including beach parties, bonfires, teambuilding events, volleyball competitions and much more. It’s “out island” location is the perfect venue that feels like “a world away” to host a Bahamian-style event or any beach theme party. Chat ‘N’ Chill™ also features a full service Exuma wedding planning division, A Wedding Breeze, and has a Certified Wedding Specialist and Destination Island Wedding Specialists on staff.
Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is situated on The Point on Stocking Island in Elizabeth Harbour ½ mile across from George Town, Great Exuma in The Bahamas. The only way to get to Chat ‘N’ Chill™ is by boat or seaplane.
A 5 minute boat ride from George Town will put you amongst a host of amenities to enjoy including volleyball, games, over 1000 feet of white powder fine beach to sun, swim and snorkel plus the option to see 90 foot sand dunes on the Atlantic side and to trek to the highest point, The Beacon, to glimpse a breathtaking aerial view of Stocking Island and Elizabeth Harbour. The weekly events at Chat ‘N’ Chill™ are Sunday Beach Church, a non-denominational service at 10 AM, Sunday Pig Roast at 12 PM and Bahamas Friday Bonfire Beach Bash on select Fridays and Rockin’ Ron’s Ribs, Rum & Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance on Tuesdays during season. The bar and grill is open from 11 AM to 7 PM seven days per week and is closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
*Out-Island: a term also commonly known as the Family Islands is defined as every island outside of the most populated islands in The Bahamas-Grand Bahama (Freeport) and New Providence (Nassau)/Paradise Island, which has come about due to the fact that the two big islands are the center of population and commerce and have been the focus of international attention.