This resort and marina located on the west end of Grand Bahama Island offers everything a visiting fly fisher and his or her family will desire.
Featured photo by Jimmy Jacobs.
Inns, Lodges, Resorts
By Polly Dean
Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour offers anything fly anglers and their families will need to have a memorable and comfortable trip. The accommodations and suites, with adjoining room options, are ideal for family groups and fishing parties. The property has all the amenities that the non-fishermen in your group will need to keep them entertained, comfortable and pampered throughout their stay. Meanwhile the anglers can venture out for some do-it-yourself fishing on the property or book a guided fishing trip for the added advantage of having an expert with local expertise and knowledge of the waters.
Photos by Jimmy Jacobs & Polly Dean.
One- and two-bedroom suites overlook the pool or ocean. They are designed with the most discriminating guest in mind. They feature high-speed wireless internet, custom-made furnishings, and expansive balconies to take in the amazing tropical scenery in comfort. The baths and kitchenettes are fully appointed and include a whirlpool soaking tub and marble accents.
Photo by Jimmy Jacobs.
In addition to world-class bonefishing, guests can enjoy the beautiful white-sand beach, fringed with palm trees. The 4,000 square foot oceanfront pool and lounge area is the perfect place to take a refreshing dip while soaking up the views and sun. Complimentary beach activities include paddle boarding, sea kayaks, fishing kayaks and snorkel equipment. Activities for children are available as well, including a waterfront playground. Tennis and basketball courts are also provided.
Photo by Polly Dean.
Guests can dine at the resort’s Dockside Restaurant and Bar overlooking the marina. Besides a full menu, a fully stocked bar is also on site.
Photos by Polly Dean & Jimmy Jacobs.
Another option is the Straw Bar, a beach bar and grill that is very casual, with a view that can’t be beat. You can dine in the adjoining pavilion on the beach or get take out to enjoy in your rooms. A favorite of ours was to order fresh conch salads, along with a rum punch or Goombay smash for a tasty dinner overlooking the ocean on our balcony.
At the Straw Bar you can pre order lunch for days on the water with a local guide. Breakfast also can be pre-ordered here, or you can pick up snacks from the gift shop.
Our fishing guide Bonefish Tommy Rolle picked us up on the beach at Old Bahama Bay. The locals use the app What’s App for communication and phone calls on the island and throughout the Bahamas.
Only 56 miles from Florida, Old Bahama Bay is popular with boaters. It has a full-service marina offering high-speed fuel (92 octane gas and diesel). The marina features 63 slips with 24-hour security and has a controlled depth of 8-feet at low tide. It is the only port navigable at night on Grand Bahama Island. It also offers quick and efficient on-site Bahamian Customs and Immigration with the option of pre-clearing through Island Fast Pass. Group rates are available and staff can arrange activities such as beach cookouts, mini-tournaments or whatever your group desires.
Old Bahama Bay’s Piper Navajo twin-engine private aircraft. Photo by Polly Dean.
Guests may also fly directly into the West End Airport on site via Old Bahama Bay’s private aircraft or through Envoy Aviation charter service. For more details, visit Old Bahama Bay’s website.