Details for Berry Islands Club - Closed
Name

Berry Islands Club - Closed
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Average rating 3.1 stars from 37 reviews

Address Frazer's Hog Cay / Chub Cay

Phone504-655-8464

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

Hail on Ch 16 when within 5 miles.

Web sitewww.berryislandsclub.com

Email contact

Berryislandsclub@yahoo.com

Owner, manager

Harry Suters

Harbormaster

Harry Suters

Dockmaster

Harry Suters

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Major credit cards accepted with a 5% surcharge.

Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

The seaward channel markers appeared to be very close to a rocky point so pass safely to the east of them along the Explorer Chart track in 12 feet of water. The rest of the channel markers are fine.

It was reported February 2015 that there are no channel markers.

Tide

3

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info: Controlling depth is approximately 8 feet for outside face dock and 5 feet for the 2 inside slips.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: No beam restrictions on the face dock.

Slips

Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2014-07-21)

Other price info: Will be $1.25 when power is available.

Moorings

Transient: 2
Total: 2
Transient price: $25.00 (2015-02-14)

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Power was available in June 2012 and also November 2012. Power supplied by their generator so it only runs 12 hours/day unless boaters are there.

Pricing info: Power is not available at this time. Expecting it to be repaired soon, April 2012.

Cable TV (and pricing)



Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes - $0.37 per gallon.

Dinghy access

Yes - Complimentary to renters.

Liveaboard info

Yes

FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 5% surcharge for credit cards.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

No

Ice

No

Trash

Yes - Complimentary to renters.

Showers

No

Heads

Yes

Laundry

No

Grocery

No - Grocery service by www.FoodStore2Go.com or by calling 242-557-3663 (Nassau) or 855-3663-242 (North America).

Hardware

No

Restaurants

No

Bars

Yes

Hotels or motels

Yes - On-site.

Repair capabilities

No

Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities

No

Fishing supplies

No

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Bonefishing/Fishing Charters: Full and half day charters.

Internet access

Yes - The internet is up and running. You need to be near the restaurant to connect. $10 a day.

Boat ramp availability

No

Transportation



Other services

Yes - Boat riding, sightseeing, and shelling available. Customs clear-in available. Some nice beaches nearby.

Attractions



Reviews for Berry Islands Club - Closed
Closed and for sale, 2016-03-08
Captain: , Buffalo (832)

Nothing here, so don't waste your time. If you get stuck, anchor in Bird Cay across the channel.



Not close to hospitable, 2016-02-09
Captain: , Little Creek VA (484)

No power, therefore, no water, no showers, no toilets, no lights, no bar/club, no wifi...for a $1.25/ft/night you get warn out docks with cleats that are barely hanging on. Dingy access is poor/dangerous. There are just two, nearly new mooring balls that are only $25/night. Thank goodness for the caretaker Terrell! He at least took our trash and took us to a bar at the airport to watch the Superbowl.



Closed in Jan 2016, 2016-01-14
Captain: , Bay St. Louis, MS (734)

We anchored about 1/4 mile NE of the mooring balls. While the balls are still there, the marina is closed. In fact, while we were there a boat pulled up to the dock and two locals go out and broke into the main building. Someone saw them and called the owner and police. Owner came down with his shotgun and confronted them and they ran to their boat and left.

A small sailboat had tied to the dock for a while, but left when this commotion started. He reported that no one said anything about him being there. So perhaps it is okay to tie up even though they are closed. Only room for a couple of boats on the T-head. Several slips inside.



Simple and Remote, 2015-07-04
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (346)

The Berry Islands Club consists of a sturdy dock with an 80' T-head, and a few slips behind the T-head. They also have two mooring balls out from the dock. There are power pedestals on the dock but no power, or water. There are fuel pumps on the dock; we did not ask whether they are operational. There is a nice small restaurant and bar. As we approached the dock we called on the VHF. To our surprise a woman answered immediately, and walked to the dock to assist us with the lines. We paid $1.50 per foot for the dock. Prices for beer, bar drinks, and the food were reasonable. The dock has no protection from an easterly wind; it will be choppy. The man that runs the place is the dock master, the bar tender, and the chef. The lady collects the money, and servers the tables. Both are very polite and friendly.



Brand New Mooring Balls! 4/28/14, 2015-05-14
Captain: , Austin, Texas (191)

Howard no longer works at Berry Island Club. It closed last August. Sounds like it's barely up and running now. :( Mooring balls were put in last year but the owner did not have new chain put in. Beware.



desolate and shallow, 2015-05-05
Captain: , Mallets Bay (60)



A somewhat desolate place. It was open, but astonishingly limited.

The approach was nerve wracking. I draft 6.5' and the channel read 7' a few times. Once next to the docks, the channel is deeper and wider.

There were two morning balls. I dove on ours and several of the chain links were quite rusted and worn. I set and anchor alarm and had the anchor ready. The holding looked grass over thin sand and rock.

Ashore, there is a building, and two employees that were zombies. They would sit for long periods just staring at us. Not many visitors perhaps? They were happy enough to take our $25 for our mooring.

There was a bar, but the restaurant menu was slim picking. Wings and fries or burger and fries. We decided to eat on the boat. No soda for the kids either. There was wifi, but it didn't come with an internet. We were told it's very intermittent.

There was cold water for showers, and a dumpster. Unfortunately, there was a pile of garbage just round the corner, so the dumpster gets emptied right there and burnt.

Supposedly Ernest Hemingway used to come here. It must have been when he was drunk.....



open for business, 2015-02-10
Captain: , West Gardiner, ME (735)

Didn't stay here, but is open. Issues with water as of January, so no showers.



Disappointment, 2014-12-23
Captain: , Jersey City (72)

The place closed as of October. John BarleyCorn owns it now (if you get the drift) and as far as I've heard it is non operational.



Small and friendly, 2014-06-13
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale, FL (110)

Unfortunately, power was not available as of 6/12/14, but we tied up on the face dock and were quite secure. Howard was very friendly and we had drinks and dinner up in the clubhouse. Menu was quite good and pretty reasonable. Berry Islands Club is not fancy, but the hospitality would make me return again. The dockage price of $1/foot could not be beat. Moorings are available as well.



New Anchor Balls 2014, 2014-05-28
Captain: , Detroit, MI (42)

Howard runs a nice, friendly little marina with bar and restaurant if you call ahead. He makes great conch salad, fresh fish, and wonderful guava duff. The mooring balls are $25/night with 6th and 7th nights free, but it got a bit rough in NE winds. Very laid back and relaxing atmosphere! Bike ride to the airport - great little bar there called Bonefish Bar and Grill. Also there is a blue hole nearby and a great beach for swimming



Berry Island Club, 2014-05-15
Captain: , Vancouver, WA (10)

Spent 3 weeks here, May, 1---15, 2014, waiting for weather to go to Nassau. Spen 8 days in the slip, then moved to a mooring ball. Prices for the slip were $1/ft, & the ball was $25/day, paid for 6, & 7th was free. Water was 40 cents a gallon! & Diesel was $5.50. We really liked this area, & Howard was a big help and an excellent cook. This was not a fancy, cater to your every need, expensive marina, but we loved it's laid back homey atmosphere. Great place to stop.



No One Answered, 2014-03-25
Captain: , Slidell, La. (1055)

Passed over here, couldn't reach anyone on phone or radio. Looks like worth the stop if they are open. There were three mooring balls and only one looked ok to spend night on. We'll try again on our way back north.



decent alternative to Chub Cay Club, 2014-03-08
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (375)

area in front of the Berry Island Club can provide an anchorage, but dockage at BIC is very reasonable. BIC has modernized with some villas but is a tiny resort.



Berry Island Club is Open, 2014-03-06
Captain: , Noank, CT (10)

Berry Island Club is a nice safe stop on the way from Nassau to Bimini. We are riding out a storm here. The facility is basic. It has moorings, a wooden dock, showers and a restaurant. The highlight is the dockmaster Howard Hepburn. He is a jack of all trades and the only staff member at the Berry Islands Club which is probably why Royce (earlier post) thought the place was closed. He probably was running errands. He runs the marina, is the maintenance staff, chef, and chief bottle washer.

If you arrive at the marina, initially try contacting Howard on VHF channel 16. If there is no answer, call his cell phone is: 242-357-5617.



Is club defunct?, 2013-12-07
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (1039)

There appears to be nothing and no one here. Big diesel tanks, nice club house, stainless grill, fixed wooden docks, one boat tied up and not a soul to be found. The day marks shown on charts are all completely missing. There are four mooring balls but had no way to assess them.



Unpretentious dockage and restaurant, 2013-05-21
Captain: , Athens, NY (81)

Howard is the main reason to visit the Berry Islands Club. He is dockmaster, cook, and bartender, and he excells in all three roles. The fixed dock is exposed to prevaling east winds, so overnights can be quite rough. Overall it is a good, low cost alternative to Chub Cay.



Great alternative to Chub Cay, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (372)

It's not super fancy, but it's the real deal. Howard was very helpful and very entertaining (in a Morgan Freeman meets Fred Sanford kinda way). The showers were a bit dodgy (okay, a LOT dodgy) but the place has charm and character, not to mention very good food and spectacular fishing right off the dock.



Keep'in It Low Key, 2013-01-06
Captain: , Wheaton, IL (70)

We stayed on a mooring at the berry Islands Club for 3 nights in Dec 2012.

We enjoyed our few days here in the beautiful Berry Islands. There are several beaches within walking or dinghy range of the moorings. Fishing is great. Harold and the staff at the club are very service-oriented. WIFI is available.

The only real cons were the strong currents in front of the club and also the docks were a bit sketchy with really low water. If you draw 5+ feet, only attempt the tee dock and have good strong fenders.



Great little spot, 2012-11-19
Captain: , Galena, MD (1826)

Spent two nights and was enjoyable. The restaurant opens when boaters are around. Howard will help in any way he can to make your stay enjoyable. Need to watch that lag bolts on outside of dock do not catch on your rub rail.
Food here is excellent and reasonable.
Power is available and wifi up at the restaurant/bar.

June 2012 - We anchored here for a few days above the mooring field. Holding was adequate but had to reset the anchor once after dragging. The current is swift here.



Rode out 42 knot winds on the moorings, 2012-06-05
Captain: , Florida Keys (734)

When high winds were forecast for a few days, I moved from where I was anchored to a mooring at the Berry Islands Club. $25/night Make sure you grab one of the moorings that the line comes all the way through, rather than one that you attach to a line that is attached to a metal ring. I saw a broken metal ring on one.

There is a lot of current in the cut, which can make for some rolly conditions when the winds are contrary to the current. It was windy enough while I was there, that we pretty much laid with the wind!

The dockage did not have electricity when I was there 5/24/12 Dockage would not have been possible when I was there,

The highest reviews go to the staff. The people were exceptionally friendly, helpful, and accommodating. The little restaurant/bar had great food. Internet was available in the bar, but not on the moorings, even with a wi-fi amp $10/day



Moorings need work, 2012-05-27
Captain: , Pentwater, MI (415)

While new management is trying hard to improve things, the security of the moorings is questionable in my opinnion. While we were on a mooring another broke loose. We also spoke with another cruiser in Nassau who had the mooring they picked up break as they attempted to secure it. Also be aware that, the current in this tidal channel can be wicked at times.



They are coming back!, 2012-05-09
Captain: , Fort Myers (749)

We stopped here for the night on the way to the Exumas. The docks were not much to speak of. Still a lot of hurricane damage. No power the night we were there. Mooring balls have been upgraded and are good.

The restaurant and bar was fantastic. Highly recommend dinner....and Harry's rum punch. Can't beat the price.



Night time action, 2012-05-05
Captain: , WPB Fl (10)

The food and atmosphere were excellent. The fishing from the dock at night was awesome! Love this place



Looks like it s back, for good, 2012-04-13
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

I didn't stay but took the tender over from the Bird Cay anchorage to check it out. Nice and clean, freshly painted, nice landscaping. T-head can accommodate larger boats, nice and deep channel. Manager (Harry) friendly, hopefully this great alternative to Chub is back for good.



Good place and friendly people, 2012-04-11
Captain: , Dinner Key Marina (32)

We arrived late afternoon and received a quick answer on the VHF 16. After grabbing a mooring ball, which seemed to be new with a large concrete anchor, we dingied to the docks to check in and grab a drink. Howard opened the resturant and made fresh coleslaw and blackened mahi on the spur of the moment. The coleslaw Rocks!!

Harry, the new management, seems to be working hard to make improvements to the place. The resturant/bar was well kept and a peek into the kitchen proofed to be high standards. There are clean showers overlooking the water.

Depending on the wind and tide you might sit on top of your mooring ball for a while. Once the current starts moving you will self adjust.

If you want a friendly welcome and a low key stop over this is a great place. There is a nice beach only a couple hundred yards away.

If time had permited we would have stayed an extra day or two...



Great place to stop, 2012-04-06
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (80)

We spent a couple nights on a mooring and ate dinner ashore both nights. The moorings were very new and in great shape. The "anchor" is a very large concrete block, which is typical in the Bahamas. The food was great. Very friendly place. Not everything is fully up to speed yet, but Harry and the other new owners are dedicated to making continuing improvements. As others have noted there is a fair amount of current in and out. We recorded over 15 miles on the paddlewheel log while on the mooring for 44 hours. Winds up to 20 knots, but just a slight chop.

Definitely a good place to stop on the way to or from Nassau.

Navigation in and out was no problem. We came in at low tide and saw a minimum of 7.8 feet. Much deeper most places, including the mooring field.



Under new management, 2012-04-03
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1213)

Harry and Howard are trying very hard to attract new business. They were very helpful in docking, and cooked our freshly-caught mahi. Served with cole slaw, peas and rice and Bahamian Mac and cheese for $12 per person. Excellent meal. Great rum punches.
The moorings are new, and much better than the old ones. We had a 55', 48' and 44' on the docks, and they were full. Definitely not room for 12 boats at the docks, unless they are dinghies.
Power was not available, but for 1 night was not an issue. They hope to have it up again soon.
Give this place a try, it's well worth it, and a great stopover after a long trip across the Banks.



Great place, much cheaper and freindlier than Chub, 2012-03-03
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario (1890)

Main building under renovations and a bit understaffed, but very clean place and friendly folks. If not in a hurry to get to Exhumas would have stayed a few days. Moorings in excellent shape and regularly inspected. Mooring fee includes showers and garbage. Indications are they will drive you to airport for customs check in as well, making this a superb alternative to Chub Cay Marina.



Refurbishing, 2012-02-19
Captain: , Key Largo (127)

We anchored near the Berry Islands Club recently. The moorings are $25 per night. Harry and Howard are in the process of cleaning and restoring the business. The restaurant and bar is spotless and very reasonably priced. They give local knowledge for fishing, lobster, and conch. Diesel is cheaper than Chub $6.00 and I can't remember what he told me the gas price was but less than diesel. They went out of their way to be customer friendly. We WILL be stopping there again on our way back through.



Club has closed down - no services/facilities, 2011-12-31
Captain: , Auckland (20)

We arrived late in the afternoon and called repeatedly - no response. So picked up a mooring ball anyway. Another boater (anchored further upstream) called us on VHF to say that the club had closed in May and he had assisted in helping a yacht (with mooring ball still attached) off the bank after the mooring line broke.
So we dropped the ball and headed to the first designated anchorage but could not get the hook (Manson Supreme) to set. Returned to the mooring field and dropped the anchor there and it set first time. We were worried about tangling with the mooring balls but spent 2 comfortable nights there with no problems. Very strong current though!
Looking at the moorings there seem to be some old ones (one near us was dragged underwater at high tide), and some much newer ones which actually looked in good shape but we were too spooked to pick one up.
If you do use one - at your own peril, there is still someone on shore that will want you to pay your $25 per night!!!
We did not go ashore so can't comment on the docks.
So, NO fuel - NO restaurant - No accommodations - NO Wifi.



Under Construction, 2011-10-17
Captain: , Orange Beach, AL (356)

Still has fuel, dockage and mooring balls, but the restaurant and hotel are being renovated. I will update in 6 weeks when I visit again.



Great little spot with good food & drinks, 2011-06-15
Captain: , Madeira Beach FL (100)

Nothing fancy but quiet and unique had a nice overnight before heading to Nassau. Very inexpensive compare to Chub's rates.



More like the real Bahamas, 2011-04-20
Captain: , Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale (643)

If you are sick of slicked up Americanized marinas like Chub this is the place for you.



OK Place to stop, 2011-04-19
Captain: , Cincinnati (1810)

There is not much to do or see here. Staff is friendly and dock is ok. The electric is minimal with 102-105 volts.



Great for the price; and getting better, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Key West, FL (748)

The new channel markers put on by BIC make the transit up to the mooring field and dock a breeze. My charts disagreed on the proper channel for a six foot draft. Follow the markers to stay out of trouble. They are also making improvements to the pier and bar/lounge. This is a fine alternative to $4.35/foot plus metered water and power at Chub. Flat $30/night fee for power.



Better protection than you think, 2011-03-05
Captain: , Charleston (50)

We spent the night on one of the moorings here in a northerly gale. It looked too exposed, with so much shallow open water to the north and east. But we asked over the VHF if we would be o.k. The owners said we would be, and we were fine. It was too windy even to bother launching the dinghy, so we didn't make it in to the club.



Great place, 2009-12-05
Captain: , Block Island (1679)

Lincoln and Herbie are very accomodating and run a friendly marina. Docks are in good shape, and small bar/resturaunt serves good food. Clean fuel. I stayed on a mooring for 3 nights. Lincoln took us to customs for $25. Holding ground nearby is a challange. Much cheaper than Chub Cay

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