Details for Old Bahama Bay

Old Bahama Bay

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 137 reviews

Address West End, Grand Bahama Island

Phone242-350-6500, US: 888-983-6188, Fax: (242) 350-6546

After hours contact

Facility type

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


The marina was damaged during hurricane Matthew but has reported that they will be back in full operation by December 19th. Some limited services are available before then - call for information.

Old Bahama Bay serves as the Port of Entry and is accessible 24/7 with illuminated navigational markers to safely bring you in.

Customs and Immigration is available during regular business hours, transient/clearing dockage available during off hours. Currently the Bahamaian government is only accepting cash for permits and fees so be sure to bring cash.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Managed by Island Ventures Resort Club, LLC



Kyle Wilchcombe

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Payment discounts

Discount for Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club - 20% and you can decline water charges.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Marina is behind high rock sea walls, the only entry marks are on the ends of the jetties. Good water between the ocean and jetties but when approaching in the dark don't venture east outside the jetties as the water gets shallow.

Take it slow and ensure you are lined up properly when coming in between the jetties. Plenty of boats have misjudged and ended up on the rocks.

Navigational markers are visible day and night for easy access to the marina entrance.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 13
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 130
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 72
Total: 72
Transient price: $2.99/ft (2016-04-14)

Other price info: 30 foot minimum, does not include fees for water and electric, any government taxes.

Summer rates effective April 1st - September 8th, 2016 are $2.99 per foot per night with 30 foot minimum.

Long term rates available, airport now open to private aircraft and charter.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: As of 01/17/2014 30 amp is priced by the foot.

Pricing info: $0.70 per foot per night for 0 - 59 feet.
$0.90 per foot per night for 60 - 79 feet.
$1.25 per foot per night for 79+ feet.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Cable TV connection is included free of charge.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Mandatory fee:
$15.00 per day for boats 59 feet and under.
$20.00 per day for boats 60 feet and less than 79 feet.
$25.00 per day for boats 80 feet and over.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: You must have a permit from the Bahama government ahead of time. There's a great beach there where dogs can swim.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - At slip or fuel dock. $30 for first tank of 45 gallons, $0.40 per gallon thereafter.


Yes - 10 lbs for $4 delivered to the boat or fuel dock, 2014.


Yes - Throughout the marina.


Yes - Renovated, hair dryers. Located on the east and west end of the Marina.


Yes - 2 each right at the end of thedock, then a couple more in the fitness building.


Yes - Token-operated 4 washers ($2) and 4 dryers ($2) are available at fuel dock during operating hours.


Yes - Small amount of basics in the hotel lobby store.

Grocery service by or by calling 242-557-3663 (Nassau) or 855-3663-242 (North America).

Nearest big grocery store is Solomon's on Queen's Highway in NW Freeport, about 38km/24 miles from the marina. There are small van-style buses, but probably best to rent a car (available through the resort).




Yes - Three restaurants on site. One casual dining with an indoor bar (including breakfast at 7:00 am). Bonefish Follie's a gourmet white-table-cloth room which is excellent. A Tiki bar and grill (with spectacular conch burgers and conch salad!) between the beach and the fresh-water pool.


Yes - Straw Bar at beach and Bonefish Folley at marina.

Hotels or motels

Yes - On site at the resort.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing boats docked there.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi - excellent reception in the marina.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - You can borrow bicycles to ride to town, the bus runs into Freeport also.

Other services

All the facilities of the resort are available to boats in the slips: WiFi, kayaks, sailing catamarans, pool, beach and beach bar, bicycles, etc.


Bus available to Freeport/Lucaya.

Reviews for Old Bahama Bay
First Stop to Abacos, 2017-07-09
Captain: , Tall Timbers MD. (80)

Arrived 1800 June 24, 2017 after leaving Ft. Lauderdale 0700. Customs closes at 1700. Personnel were friendly and helpful. All facilities are available to cruisers. A little pricey, but nice. No see-ums really bad. The facility is 100%, but the village of West End is in bad shape due to hurricane Matthew.

Poor reservations, 2017-06-26
Captain: , Boca Raton (20)

Wow... It is a shame that you can't event get a nice person on the other end of the phone to make a reservation. She was so rude when I asked questions on simple pricing and availability that we decided to take the trip to Bimini instead. OBB just lost 4 nights dockage, and 2 rooms. Great job folks. I've also heard they still don't have power on most of their docks. Too bad OBB...

hurricane damage in repair, 2017-06-11
Captain: , Hull, MA (580)

lan, Capt Steve and Lynne
Now $1/ft including water. Check to see if electricity on the dock has been restored. Restrooms and showers and Inn Rooms have electricity. Welcoming, friendly staff. Lobsters from the local fisherman. Nice pool, sandy beach with beach chairs and tiki lounge. Stayed 4 nights due to weather. Well protected harbor.

Back to (almost) normal, 2017-05-04
Captain: , Carolina Beach, NC (391)

May 2, 2017. Dockage is now back to $2.99 per foot. Power/water on the docks. Friends on 45 foot boat paid $31 for 30 amp electricity for 1 nite. But, bathroom/shower facilities on east side of basin has no electricity. Facilities on west side, no hot water, mens side, has: no air conditioning, 2 of 3 showers have no shower heads, all 3 have no shower curtains and was not very clean. But - they do have new furniture around the swimming pool and old did not look that bad. So, guess you can tell where their priorities are. You'd think for $2.99/ft they could improve the facilities just a little.

Back up and running, 2017-05-04
Captain: , Caribbean (10)

After being hit by hurricane Matthew, OBB is back up and running. All new power pedastals at the marina, marina bathrooms both east and west hae been repaired and I was advised the a/c units will be installed next week. Pool has been completely resurfaced after the storm and new chaise lounges are around the pool. Was advised reconstruction of the tiki bar to begin by months end. The temp tiki bar is perfect for a beach side bar. Understanding that they simply cannot go to home depot a d all materials must be shipped in via container, OBB is restoring better then new at a rapid pace. T\They are renovating the dock office, laundry, customs and other facilities. Power is cleaner than it has ever been. Good things are coming out of the huricane. Repairs to the wood docks are underway for boards in need of replacing. Was advised repainting of all the docks are next. Happy to see how fact they are moving with the limited resourses of an island.

Great place to check in, 2017-05-01
Captain: , Sailing (660)

Wonderful place to check in. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Marina coming back to life...I was there in January.
The guys on the dock were helpful. They will bring you the customs forms.

Recovering Well! , 2017-05-01
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (40)

Dock the Power Cat with great help at the marina. Told us they had no power, but we knew that by reading the reviews. It was a great stop. Everyone was very friendly. Also noted there were lights to make the entrance and they were working.

Electricity in progress, 2017-04-27
Captain: , Boston (140)

Spent one night here before jumping off to Beaufort, NC. Rate was $2. Came in at low tide and had no issues with depth (we draw 6). Had to do a couple turns inside as someone jumped our spot at the fuel dock.
There are dozens of brand new shiny Siemens Transformers being delivered and wired up as we speak. The docks to the south already do have power. There is a good sized crew of people working on the wiring so I would expect it to move along pretty quickly.

The worst part about there being no electricity is that all the neighbors are running generators and engines all night.

Wifi was useless (surprise!) but we still had a couple GB left on our BTC card.

Still a Great Marina, 2017-04-23
Captain: , Toronto (40)

We have always been impressed by the great staff at Old Bahama Bay. This time, with no power due to %u201CH%u201D Mattheu, it was still great. I was very impressed with the fact that there weren%u2019t any %u201CNo-see-ums%u201D. In the past, the bugs were vicious!! -- Looks like they did something. We stayed on the wall this time and it was great, much better than the slips for our 18.5 beam. We hope we get the same spot in July when we come back. I didn%u2019t even mention the grounds, the gym, the pool and the Tiki Bar but they are great too. Many thanks again to the very warm and inviting staff.

Nice but needs electricity, 2017-04-04
Captain: , Ocala FL (546)

Very nice resort facility with EXCELLENT food and service.
Customs officers were very courteous as well as Immigration officers.
Dockage was $1/foot, no electric service available. Unknown when it will become available.
WiFi was only accessible in the resort lobby, even with WiFi extender.

expensive but nice DANGER enterance, 2017-03-31
Captain: , St. Thomas USVI (336)

came in because active captain said it was reasonanable priced and we can defer water cost it cost twice what we expected $600 for 3 nights for 49' boat ,nice place pool gym resturant ect. DANGER NO LIGHTS ON END OF BREAKWALL SINCE MATHEW dockage down to $1 per foot and free water but NO ELECTRICITY

There 8 Days; Enjoyed the Stay, 2017-03-21
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (554)

Other reviewers have written about the hurricane damage that the marina and resort are still recovering from. Any damage to the resort has been largely repaired. It's functioning and waiting for high season. Blue tarps are still evident at Customs and adjacent buildings. At just $1/foot, the marina was a great place to be to wait out fronts. It has a pretty beach, lots of water toys that marina guests can use, a gorgeous pool, a well-equipped fitness center, giant checkers and chess games, bikes, hammocks, a gift shop, restaurant, tiki bar, and Eddie's Gully Wash stand which sells a Bahamian drink with rum and vodka. It just doesn't have power at the dock or do-it-yourself laundry facilities. They didn't survive Hurricane Matthew. The resort can do laundry for you or you can take the free shuttle (+ tip) to the new laundromat in town (washers=$1.50; dryers=$1.75). The people at Old Bahama Bay are friendly, helpful and still struggling personally to recover from Matthew. A clerk at the resort front desk thanked us for being there because it gave her a paying job. We will make a point to stop there on our way back to the States.

cleared customs but staying due to weather, 2017-03-11
Captain: , Grass Valley, CA (320)

Staying a few days for better weather over to the abacos. No power in marina, but water does work. Great swimming pool and tiki bar. Kyacks are free to use and a great beach. Picked up lobster and conch salad at the marina docks. $5 a tail made a great dinner. Restrooms and showers are clean. Tides are around 3 feet but marina is protected with breakwater but wind will move you around.

Still Recovering, 2017-03-02
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (1234)

Convenient place to clear customs and get that done. Customs officals courteous and efficient (helps to download and prefill most of it ahead of time). No power and for our northern dock, no water. Facilities so / so. Use washrooms next to gym - they're kept up better. Restaurant was good. Just an overnite stay.

Cancelled , 2017-02-28
Captain: , Minneapolis (10)

I rescheduled my stay - due to bad weather conditions crossing the Gulf Stream. I never heard back after cancelling via chat.

Nice Place!, 2017-02-21
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (484)

As everyone else said, it's $1 a foot until they have power back. There is water on the docks, and they removed all the old, damaged power pedestals while we were there. They claim they'll have electric by summer, but who knows. The staff is super, the restaurant is excellent, and the free bikes (check the brakes B4 you go) mean you can go into town (which was really thrashed by Matthew).

2-8-17 Post Hurricane Stay, 2017-02-20
Captain: , Chicago (660)

Old Bahama Bay still didn't have power to the slips during our stay. We crossed from Ft. Lauderdale. Check in with customs was seamless and quick. The marina staff was helpful and friendly. We used the workout room, beach, pool, free kayaks, chess and checker boards. We also borrowed the free bikes and spent an afternoon exploring, collecting sea glass and shells. The restaurant was good. The staff around the resort were great. The rates are cheap since there is no power to the slips.

currently a good deal, 2017-02-11
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

Slips still without power and not a lot of activity suggesting they will have power soon. So it is $1/ft and that includes water and use of all the resort things like the showers (there is hot water) and pool. A Tiki bar is open for drinks and food they cook on the grill, it's kind of expensive and 2 drinks were almost $20. Ther are bikes and you can go to Settlement and there is a pretty reasonable grocery store. If you go you will see a whole different side of the area and what the hurricane did. Check-in was easy and there appears to be different rules for different people and I wasn'teven allowed to refuel till I was checked in. No cleats on the docks so be ready to tie up to the pilings. If you stay away from the Tiki bar and the resturantthis makes for an inexpensive stop currently as there isn't anything else to spend money on.

Pretty Darn Good for $1 per foot, 2017-02-05
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1025)

Ok, technically, since there was no electricity at the slip, maybe this is more of a three-star marina than a five-star marina. But they opened for cruisers checking in at customs and immigration, they did not try to gouge on price, fuel was available, the staff was extremely helpful and the rest of the resort was open for business. Not too bad for a facility lambasted by a hurricane and charging $1 per foot, water included.

1-19-17 No power but TV cable, water at the slip, restrooms/shower, 2017-01-29
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

Still $1 foot, stayed 4 days during high winds. Most slips were open and the docks were in good shape. The restaurant was open and the food was very good. Our first time to the Bahamas and found checking into customs a non event. Very friendly staff at the marina and throughout the facility. The staff made a good impression for a first time visitor. Dockage includes use of the paddle boards and kayaks at the beach. Four star with power.

Good value at $1 per foot., 2017-01-23
Captain: , Annapolis (560)

Agree with previous review. In addition, the beachside bar was wiped out in the storm, but they do have a temporary one going. It closes at 5 p.m.

One restaurant w/bar is still open.

What I like best about this place is that even though it got crushed in the hurricane, the people here are still smiling and are very friendly. They appreciate the business and it shows.

Good stop to clear customs/immigration, 2017-01-22
Captain: , Point Edward (459)

$1.00 per foot. No power. No internet. No washrooms or showers. Not sure if water as didn't need any. Not all docks are available as need repairs. Customs/immigration open for business with tarps on the roof. OK stopover for one night. Be prepared for a lot of generator noise.

Update on OBB, 2017-01-21
Captain: , Marco Island (242)

Was there 1/18/17. Diesel $3.73/gal. They have water. No electric. The docks were submerged. They need all new pedestals. They have not arrived as of yet. Everything else is fine. Shame.
The Indian Cay Passage is fine. Nothing has changed. Markers are all gone. Follow chart lines. I have Garmin/Explorer.

Always a good stop, 2016-12-26
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

Great place to pull in fuel and clear customs enroute to many other places in the Bahamas.
Restaurants were great the marina is in good shape and the staff were very friendly, including the customs officers who stayed past closing to process us.
Great swimming right off the beach.

22 Dec 2016 Update, 2016-12-23
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (650)

Thru phone call to Old Bahama Bay Corp in Ft Lauderdale 23 Dec 2016 found out that OBB marina on West End is open. They have water but no electricity nor bathrooms. One restaurant is open, the other being rebuild. While in this condition charging $1/foot. They have fuel but local telephone lines still out. Assume wifi out also. Customs check in office is open. Could not get good info on Indian Cay route just north of OBB. Has anyone been thru there since Mathew or know if route ok????

Hurricane Matthew update, 2016-10-14
Captain: , ft pierce fl (40)

Just heard from USCG and a manager at Old Banhama Bay: customs immigration office is ONLY open for entry of hurricane releief. No water no electric. Everything running on one generator. Government releif expected by early November (they are starting restoration of services in the east end of the island). Do not attempt to use this port as normal till the people themselves recuperate from the storm. They have NO supplies at present and are struggling to survive themselves- not service cruisers at this point in time. The OBM manager said early November, but having lived through 2 major hurricanes while living in the Caribbean, I can tell you that might be somewhat optimistic, so call first before making cruising plans involving West End.

Outrageous Price, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Key Largo (130)

Three stars.  The price of $2.99/ft is not comparable to other marinas in the Bahamas without floating docks, off-season( only four boats in the marina), and extremely remote (25 miles from Lucaya or anything else).
Upon our insistance that we did not/would not need any water, they waved the mandatory water fee of $15.00/day. Power was a flat rate of $0.70/ft.  The property is clean and maintained.
The Dockside Restaurant on property is very nice and reasonably priced, overlooking the marina.  The staff friendly and helpful.

Check in with Customs here!, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Tracys Landing, MD (266)

We always check in with Customs here becasue we can explore the other smaller islands on the way to Marsh Harbour. Just be sure to go to the customs office first thing in the morning. (they "official" open around 9, but you know how that goes when youre on island time). I usually make it out well before noon. It's easy.

Easy stop on way to Abacos, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Boca Raton, Florida (135)

Easy stop coming and going from the Abacos. Staff at the dock is great. Resturaunt is hit and miss. Great food one day not so much another day.

Always a nice stop, 2016-07-12
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (260)

Whether you are just stopping to clear and get fuel, or you plan to stay a while, OBB is always a nice experience. Friendly, helpful staff and resort like amenities.

Nice respite, 2016-06-26
Captain: , Chicago, IL (1056)

We were at OBB for less than 24 hours but really enjoyed our short visit before returning to FL. Kyle was very helpful getting us tied up and plugged in upon arrival; fixed docks in good shape; wifi was spotty; pool was refreshingly cold; shuttle will take you to 'town' if you need provisions; 20% discount on dockage if you're an RMHYC member, plus they waive the fee for water.

Help when needed!, 2016-05-23
Captain: , Tampa, Fl. (20)

We were struck by lightning in the marina in March of this year. The staff chose NOT to raise our rates on April 1st, even though they were disclosed to us upon arrival. Not something most marinas would do in the Bahamas - especially the higher end ones - in my opinion. The food was great - the pool and beech access was also very nice. Bicycles are provided for as far as you can ride - no questions asked. It's pricey, but you also can expect more service and be treated like they want you to be there.

BTW, we didn't see any RATS, nor was our credit card information exploited - also we didn't put our number on the sign in sheet - something they had no problem doing.

We will stop there on our return trip for a few nights to enjoy the spot.....

Good for one night, 2016-05-06
Captain: , warm waters (828)

Date of stay: 4/11/16
Nice marina but expensive. The only game in town, it provided a night of respite after a rough night at anchor. Wifi was almost non-existent. We enjoyeda tasty meal at restaurant. Tip: take a camera shot of the water and electric meters and check the bill for accuracy before checking out.

Expensive!, 2016-04-20
Captain: , Salcombe, UK (170)

Welcome from dock hands was efficient but perfunctory. Entrance straightforward, docks ok but beware of splinters. Nice beach and grounds.

A bit of paradise, a bit costly, 2016-03-30
Captain: , Tall Timbers (10)

We stayed there twice, coming and going to the Abacos.
Immigration and customs people were onsite, friendly and efficient.
Facility has easy entrance chanel , well protected harbor and reasonably good docks.
Two restaurants were pleasant. Tike Bar really had very good food.
Beach was beautiful.
Kyle and Steffano and the rest of the staff were cheerful and helpful.
I liked the "bread lady."
A bit expensive, but worth it.

Credit Card Fraud?, 2016-03-11
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (10)

Stayed at Old Bahama Bay Marina in West End a few weeks ago and just checked my credit card charges.

When we checked in my all of my credit card information was written on the check in sheet. Never ran through a machine. Stayed one night and the day we left fradulant charges started appearing.

This was a new card with a chip and since we were arriving from Flordida it was always used in a chip reader. I can not think on any other opportunity for the numbers to get out. Could be a coincedence, and I have no proof.

Credit card company canceled my card but can't send me a new one because Berry's do not have express delivery services.

Something to consider when giving out your numbers.

Very Well Run Marina, 2016-01-17
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2391)

We stayed here for two nights waiting out a cold front coming through. Endured 45 - 50 mph winds without a problem, very well protected marina. The grounds are very well kept - nice restaurant and tiki bar. Marina rates are average - good if you take the RMHYC discount. The flat rate for electricity is outragious - even by Bahamian standards. A 40 foot boat will pay almost $30 per DAY for power.

Nice marina, 2015-12-30
Captain: , Severna Park, MD (461)

The marina facilities are good and the staff pleasant. We would stay here again.

Great Place To Check In, 2015-12-04
Captain: , Tobermory On Canada (55)

Entered the marina at about 2:30 pm and took a slip for the night,Checking in through customs and imigration couldn't have been easier .Although the docks were almost empty they soon filled up for the night. The $1.50 dockage + .70 ft electric did not seem bad but the 15.00 flat rate for water was a bit high. I would definitely stop here again. Facilities were average....Good for the Bahamas

Gorgeous fun resort but $$$, 2015-11-15
Captain: , Chelsea, NY12512 (561)

Paradise for those that can afford it. $15/day for water whether you want it or not. Lots of fun things to do: shuffle board, horse shoes, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling stuff, ginormous chess board and pieces, beautiful pool, bikes, all included.
Don't try to anchor inside the harbor, you will be threatened with a $500 fine.

Easy check-in to Bahamas, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Lakeland (997)

We arrived in November, 2014 from Ft. Lauderdale after a less than tranquil crossing. We had difficulty getting an answer on the radio, but finally someone responded and helped us tie up on a face dock. It was incredibly easy to check in right there at the resort. It was very cold and windy (60's) while there, so that may have negatively skewed my overall impression of the place. The restaurant was okay. The resort beach was very nice. We rented a car and went into Freeport which was a nice day trip. Overall, I thought it was pretty expensive for what you get. We also had several rats come aboard while there. We caught three overnight with rat traps on deck. Fortunately, none were able to enter our vessel.

A bit pricey and out of the way, 2015-07-10
Captain: , Palm Bay, Fl (62)

This is a good place to stop and check into customs and recharge your batteries after a crossing. We landed on a Friday, and they have a Happy hour with free beer and music for an hour. We thouroughly enjoyed ourselves. But as others have said it is quite pricey. There is no night life, or shopping facilities near by. Also, the docks are clearly built for larger boats. We had a hard time coming up with a workable configuration for our 26ft sailboat, and we had to climb 5 ft up the dock bunks to get ashore. The next day we sailed further east to Port Lucayan and stayed there for a night. Had we known we would have just continued on to Port Lucayan to begin with.

A place to stop, 2015-06-21
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

This is really the only place to stop if you're going to the Abacos. The dockhand was great but the showers/heads are not airconditioned. The power went our for about 3 hours after we tied up and wear shoes on the docks - splinters.

Only for entering the Bahamas., 2015-06-06
Captain: , Chester. Nova Scotia (191)

Head further into the Abacos, this place is expensive with no shopping for miles.
Give it a miss and anchor outside for and early start.

Location,location,location..., 2015-05-14
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (166)

A great jumping off or arrival point for east and west bound boats. The marina is capitalizing on its location by boosting fees. Dockage is now $2.99/ft. We were charged a flat rate of $32.90/day for electricity, even though our sailboat could not have used a fraction of that amount. And we were charged a mandatory $15/day for water that we attempted to decline. We asked if we could check out after the 11 a.m. checkout time, and were told that if we checked out any time after 11, we would be charged for another full day, plus water and electricity. The marina was not full, but there was no flexibility. And for the most part, the WiFi did not work.

Bottom line, it's a nice marina at a great location, and we'll probably stay there overnight on our way somewhere else, but we found the fees for services to be excessive for our sailboat. A large motorboat that uses lots of power and water may find these fees to be reasonable.

dangerous is SW, 2015-04-29
Captain: , Islesboro, Maine (104)

hey it needs to be said that I am here at old Bahama Bay and it is blowing SW 25. the breakwater is completely closed out with 6foot breaking waves as is the entire bank and anchorage just to the north. I would imagine India cay Pass is suffering the same conditions. very dangerous!!!especially if you are headed this way looking for refuge in crappy conditions. best to make for memory rock and the banks in those conditions.

Good Stop Over, 2015-04-06
Captain: , Slidell, La. (1148)

Very easy to enter, Clear Customs next to marina office, Have a few Drinks, Enjoy a good meal, get a good night sleep and continue on across the bank the next day.

Be sure to bring lots of money for this place., 2015-04-05
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

I don't mind paying for value, but it wasn't here for us. As the previous post said, try to time it so you don't have to stay. The docks are not conducive for smaller boats and they aren't the greatest. Our original slip was missing the ladder. We have a Ranger Tug 27 footer, 30 foot minimum for the slip at high prices. We thought $113.00 for the night was a bit much. The staff, although they try to be helpful, are not very proffessional. If you want to pay for electric and do not have a 50 amp connector be prepared to pay the $300 deposit to borrow one. Oh, but when we were there they didn't have any! Water is a manditory $11.00 no limit on use, not too bad. A lot of pool chairs were broken. They seemed to always be out of pool towels and the place was not full. The cost of fuel wasn't too bad considering where you are. We paid $ 4.12 per gallon. Internet was marginal. The bathroom shower drains were somewhat clogged so try showering with a shower basin full of someone elses water. :-(

Easy check in, but..., 2015-03-28
Captain: , Little River, SC (476)

Check in was a breeze, but marina stay expensive. Try to time your arrival to not have to stay overnight.

What's not to like, 2015-03-16
Captain: , Hull, MA (10)

Sometimes, it's the only option, easy access for customs, docks are good but not much else around. They certainly capitalize on the location with prices but beware of the mandatory water fee of $15. Seems some get this waived if you argue this. We didn't and proved to be about the only one who paid the day we arrived!

Good stop for clearence, 2015-03-02
Captain: , Quebec, Canada (268)

Nothing much to had exept that the $15 water charge is a disguise way to charge more for the slip. If you are member of the Marsh Harbour Yatch Club, they wavent the water fees. If it was not for custom, I believe that not many people will stop there. they lend free bike but there was 5 broken one for 3 days and no body was fixing it until we made a fust about it.

Very nice people, 2015-01-30
Captain: , Pungoteague, VA (272)

This is a great spot to clear customs and get ready for the rest of the Bahamas. The customs official was as nice as he could be. We haven't tried the restaurant since everyone seems agreed that it's mediocre, but the beach bar is just fine. Free use of bicycles and kayaks is great. Local vendors bringing bread and conch to the boat is a nice perk. My only compaint: the fixed dock is kind of a pain at low tide, and the 2X4s nailed onto the pilings help protect the rub rails but they also make it even tougher to climb up onto the dock.

Great Getaway, 2014-12-13
Captain: , Mystic,CT (202)

Good fuel pricing $4.83 gasoline and $5.04 for Diesel, 12/12/2014

Old Bahama Bay provided friendly service. They were helpful docking and we used the free bicycles, snorkel trail and kayaks. They had a great beach for swimming. The restaurants diner service was on "Island Time" , but the mahi mahi was good. Hope to go back soon again.

Excellent Marina, 2014-12-13
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (483)

Great bathrooms, customs office friendly and fast, staff excellent, used the free bikes and enjoyed the beaches and facilities.

Great Marina, 2014-11-03
Captain: , Midland, ON (20)

The staff was very courteous. The marina very clean. Small bathrooms. Laundry facilities onsite. Beach and beach bar very close and alot of fun. Restaurant was a little slow at serving, but we were there in off-season. Vendors selling fresh lobster tails and conch most days at your boat. Will definitely go there again.

Double D's, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Charleston SC (581)

Great service, they open at 8:30, but be sure to get there early as everyone else is usually waiting on fuel at 8am.

Port in the Storm, 2014-07-26
Captain: , Palm City FL (164)

Stopped at OBB to avoid gulf stream storms upon return to Florida
Excellent facility and staff - will add OBB to future Bahama visits

West Enders, 2014-07-21
Captain: , Galveston, TX (599)

Friendly and easy to check in at Customs and Marina office. Already on Island Time. Easy snorkel off the beach for the kids and they loved the waterfall at the pool.

Enjoy Old Bahama Bay, 2014-06-30
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (162)

This is our 4th stay at OBB and we were there for 3 nights in mid June. The positive on this trip. Staff is friendly, nice beach area, good food at the beach bar, enjoyed snorkelig and paddle boarding in the bay with our youngsters. Docks are OK. Our disappointment this trip was the main restaurant as the food was medicore compared to past visits. The menu has changed and maybe the chef, basically the same menu items but the food quality has gone down. The steak & lobster was edible but flavorless, the flatbreads tasted freezer burnt, although they say they are freash hand tossed. We will stay at the marina again but not planning to eat at the main resturant until they make some serious improvements. Gas for the tender was $5.55 a gallon.

Stopover en route, 2014-06-02
Captain: , Bochum (318)

Stayed here overnight on May 17, it was pricey and water is obligatory, but installations are good and the staff are friendly and helpful. Complimentary bicicles are available for marina guest making getting about easier. Nothing much in West End but the beach and pool of the Old Bahama Bay Resort are great. Enjoyed the food at the beach bar.

New pricing, 2014-05-18
Captain: , Brunswick, GA (10)

We stayed a few days the week of May 11.
Monday - Thursday $2/ft
Friday - Sunday $3/ft

Beautiful Water, 2014-05-03
Captain: , Perry, Kansas (317)

Arrived here on 24 April after crossing from North Palm Beach. Many boats were arriving and the dockmaster performed an intricate ballet getting all of the large boats into slips quickly. Check in to Bahama Customs/Immigration was quick and easy allowing us to enjoy the marinas onsite beach which has complimentary water toys for guests. Great entry to this country.

Too Much Current, 2014-04-27
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (960)

Anchored outside the jetty, current too strong to rest comfortable,

First Taste of Bahamas, 2014-04-13
Captain: , Lighthouse Point Fla. (114)

Arrived here after a bumpy crossing 04-06-14 from Lauderdale for our first time to Bahamas. Now I know what the buzz is all about. Beautiful beach, great long docks, friendly customs official and fuel hands. Perfect. Just a little pricey at $160 a night all in for 42'. Diesel "only" $5.07 though

Nice respite before and after a crossing, 2014-04-10
Captain: , Hilton Head Island, SC (377)

We arrived on April 1, 2014, the day the slip prices increased by 50%! Bummer. Besides that disappointment, we found the staff friendly and helpful and Customs easy to deal with.

The bathrooms are basic and clean for the most part but could use a little maintenance (only one commode door latch worked in the mens bathroom). A WiFi signal was hard to get from the docks but was adequate the closer one got to the office.

The beach, pool and beach bar are first-rate...not to be missed. Bikes and free van transportation are available should you want to ride into The Settlement, but I can't really see the need to do that. We took the van in one night to find a different place to eat and ended up returning to he resort restaurant for our second dinner there.

All-in-all, not a bad place considering they really have no competition if you want to stop somehwere prior to continuing to the Abacos or the U.S.

Top Rated Entry or Exit, 2014-04-08
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Great place to stop if entering or departing the Bahamas.

Clean and pleasant with a nice pool and beach. The food at both dining venues is excellent.

Pricey but for a reason, 2014-03-13
Captain: , Carlyle, IL (364)

We stayed here 4 days to ride out a blow before heading across to the Abacos. Every single person here treated us incredibly well. Kyle was the best. It is a pricey place but if you have the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club membership you get a discount that helps. The docks are well maintained, the bathroom facilities are good, laundry on site, and a pool that's the best I've ever used, not to mention decent snorkeling for the area. We saw the biggest butterfly ray we've ever seen there off the beach. Checkin was super easy and customs and immigration were excellent. We will go back!

Absolutely beautiful spot, 2014-03-09
Captain: , Canada (56)

I have nothing bad to say about this place. Restores my faith in marinas. Fix up the toilets and showers and you get all the stars I can find.

Here I am back about a month later and the east side toilets have been renovated, fixed, cleaned and made generally pleasing. The west side shower building is also spectacular. All in all I think that this is the prettiest marina we have been in anywhere.

Best facility at West End, 2014-03-08
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (375)

Nice modern marina, decent restaurant and bar. Usually no problem getting fuel. Some huge high-end houses to rent here.

family friendly, 2014-03-02
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (341)

Great place to stay with the family. Clean and safe. Perfect jumping spot on the way to the Abacos.

Old Bahama Bay, 2014-02-19
Captain: , Montreal, PQ (141)

Great place, well maintained, nice facilities, great food at the restaurant, helpful people. Expensive but worth it. Great wifi.

Little bit of Paradise, 2014-01-13
Captain: , Annapolis (795)

Four and half stars - The marina is part of a resort with nice beaches, decent restaurant, nice pool, very friendly staff, very nice docks and unbelievable views. Fuel on site. Extremely courteous and accomodating customs office here. The entrance to the little harbor is well marked and easily negotiated. Price is not that bad - our 35-footer ran about $90 a day, which is less than the marinas in St. Michaels, MD, and they don't offer 1/10 of what this place does. Bathhouses leave a bit to be desired, and if they updated them, this would be a five star marina.

Almost all good December 2013, 2014-01-12
Captain: , Mayport, FL, USA (317)

Easy approach, easy docking, good assistance, good dock facilities, friendly people, all the normal marina facilities and access to resort facilities. Showers were dirty, but hot water plentiful. Marina restaurant okay, but nothing special. December prices reasonable. Customs are very nice and very convenient in the marina.
On second visit, January, 2014, everything was VERY clean. Learned of substantial discount for members of Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club (which is also available in a number of places around the Abacos - worth it to join if you're going to be in the Abacos for more than a week-

Good Experience, 2013-12-29
Captain: , Norwalk (303)

Very friendly staff. The customs officials could not have been more helpful and efficient. This is an excellent entry into the Bahamas. The restaurant was pleasant and some dishes were very good. The beaches are very close and the marina offers free rides into town, bicycles, and kayaks.

Great spot to cross from Florida, 2013-12-26
Captain: , Ottawa (1173)

Stayed here for two nights after crossing from Florida. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The grounds are quite nice and the beach is very nice. Didn't try the restaurant at the dock or the one on the beach, but heard from others that the food was quite good.

Customs official we dealt with was very friendly and efficient and had us cleared in to the Bahamas in very short order.

Nice place!, 2013-12-15
Captain: , st john, usvi (130)

Easy distance from Lake Worth inlet. Customs and Immigration on-site were friendly and fast. Marina employees friendly. We had an employee help us with docklines but we helped boats with their lines when there was only one person at the marina office. Docks are fixed, pilings have chafe protection. A local offering to get us some lobsters, at $20 per, was finally convinced we did not need any. Another boater used his services and was satisfied. Had excellent cracked conch at the restruarnt. Wife said her meal was OK. We paid $1.50/ft, $40 electric and $15 for water.

Perfect first stop, 2013-08-30
Captain: , Oviedo, FL (200)

Easy stop to check in and rest

Customs and marina are always great

first time... great place, 2013-08-20
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (1522)

Update 8/17/13: Came in to check in and get fuel on the way to Port Lucaya. Dock hands, especially a kid working, were great. Customs folks are always great. General niceness rules pertain. You are nice to them, they are nice to you. If you are coming from the US, be sure to fill out a float plan with CBP before coming over, and be sure to go to the Bahamas website and fill in and print the On Line customs forms before going. You'll save yourself a lot of time and they appreciate it. Be sure to print it out twice as Immigration needs two copies of their forms. Marina was very busy.

After all my trips to the bahamas, First time here. After nasty crossing from boynton beach, fl, arrived in this well protected marina. Staff was on top of it and took care of everyone even though a large storm hit. Great docks. Restaurant ok but breakfast on the beach was perfect. This was a stop on the way to white sands ridge.

Good but too expensive, 2013-05-22
Captain: , Ft. Myers, Fl. (361)

Checking in with Officials went easy. Fuel was good and not overly priced. Dockage rate was $3.00 pe foot. Nice resort but very depressed area all around. Do Not, repeat Do Not take the taxi to Freeport without splitting the cost with 4 or 5 others. I should have asked first!!!

Should be 5 Stars, 2013-05-21
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We love this place and would rate it four stars if it were not for the price. Winter rates are decent, therefore, it would get four stars. On our way back to the USA, we wanted to stay for a few days, but at $160/night for our 40 footer, we just could not afford it. Take away the mandatory water/electric fee, then we would rate it four stars. Showers keep it from being five stars. Staff is very good, and customs are flexible. We notice that some people give customs a gift - do not do this. Easy docking, fueling, etc.

Great stop we will be back, 2013-04-27
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Staff very friendly, great docks a bit on the expensive side for the Bahamas but we will definately be back. Did not have the tourist feel. Bonefish Follie's is closed, only the tiki bar is open. All outdoor dining, however rained all day one day we were there so they moved everyting to Follie's so we could eat indoors. Stayed the week prior to Memorial Day weekend.

UPDATE 4-7-13
Another great experience at the customs office. Bonefish Follies is open and has great food. Get fuel here, at least $0.50 per gallon less than in the abacos.

Great spot when the winds are blowing, 2013-04-16
Captain: , Stuart, FL (427)

We sailed up from Bimini today with strong NE winds. We had planned on overnighting in the anchorage of Indian Key, but opted for the marina given the conditions. I had heard that the marina was over priced, but I'd have paid double to get a good nights sleep and not be worried about dragging all night! Great beach, pool with swim up bar, restaurant, etc. Everyone needs a little pampering from time to time!

Over Priced and Run Down, 2013-04-09
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (785)

Arrived from West Palm Beach April 2, 2013 -- $3 ft &$ 15 mandatory water charge. Lights didn't work in the tiny dirty shower/rest room (mens) trash and slimmy standing water on the floor. Standard of hygyne is lower than what I've seen for livestock in the states. My boat is 32 ft and I was charged $300 for clearing. I spoke to a supervisor who said it (the rate) was changed. Since then, I've spoken to others and it looks like I was lied to and cheated out of $150. Boats under 35 ft are $150. Go somewhere else.

Return to Old Bahama Bay, 2013-03-26
Captain: , Weston, VT (570)

Plans had to change which brought us to Old Bahama again. Few boats but resort seemed busy. Again easy customs check in, friendly dock hands and pleasant place. Entered in 20 knot NW winds and the breakwater did its job.

West End Old Bahama Bay, 2013-03-23
Captain: , Sandusky, OH (370)

Old Bahama Bay has recently been improved as the Guides state. They don't tell how pretty the amenities are however and the pool and beach are spectacular. reat area to arrive from or leave for Florida. Gas and diesel were competitive for Bahamas as well. Customs on-site was a breeze.

Good place to repair problems and relax, 2013-02-27
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

We had oil pressure problems and Old Bahama Bay recommended Jack Michalski who did a wonderful job on not just fixing our oil pressure problem but found several other items that needed attention. He works at a very reasonable price.

Food at the Straw Hut Tiki bar was superb. Conch fritters are the greatest.
Nice sandy beach, free use of kayaks, and nice pool.

Charges becoming more reasonable, 2013-02-17
Captain: , Vero Beach (527)

Staff remains super cooperative.
Water charge no longer mandatory
WIFI now complimentary
Fuel dock heads are better than resort side
Conch Fritters are very good.

CAUTION: If coming hear to shelter from a cold front, ask for a slip that puts your bow pointing north -- the turning baisin offers significant fecth and a sloppy chop is the result. Also buildings to the east act to squeeze winds from the NW. When settlement point was reporting gusts of 36kts, we were seeing 48kts.

WARNING: When power goes out here, it can back up at less than 90 VAC rather than 120 -- loud humming from the docks indicates the system's displeasure -- this voltage is bad for everything that uses AC. If the power goes off, shut off all AC powered items and restart manually. If they restart automatically, they may overheat and might start a fire.

Overpriced marina, 2013-02-17
Captain: , Key Largo,FL. (241)

The marina is in good condition. The bathrooms and showers were not kept very clean. $2 a ft. $15 a day for water, and $20 a day resort fee is an unfair price and I will not stay here again. I will just clear in somewhere else.

be carreful at the season great place to entry, 2012-12-20
Captain: , Rouses Point (51)

it seam than you can paid between 1 and 3 $ per ft depend of the season, i just came 1 week later than my friend and paid the double price, the marina seem ok and the custom is very gentle and efficient.

Nice stop after crossing from Lake Worth, 2012-12-18
Captain: , Live-a-board (350)

Kyle, Jamal, Sharon were awesome. Erica at the bar and Dawn at reception were great. Prices were off-season rates, very affordable. Nice strong docks, 3.5 feet of tide. Resort is not a resort, on hard times, no one is there but if you don't care about that you have the place to yourself and the other boaters. I would definetly stay there again

OK But not great, 2012-11-21
Captain: , Road Town (537)

Easy in and out. Little help from the dock - we had to do everything ourselves.

The minimum electricity charge is a rip off - $1/ft per night. On top of the $1/ft dockage. There was a NNW wind which caused slapping noise on hull on the T. Maybe would not have been as bad further inside?

Nice Stay at Old Bahama Bay.., 2012-08-15
Captain: , Miami (53)

I liked it. Just got back from 4 days. Came over from WPBeach on my sportfish. Nice ride and a short route to the Bahamas. Clean Marina and well kept. Easy entry and good views. Of course the bathrooms are not real nice but I have not seen a lot that are. We did a little fishing, mostly bottom and yellow tail and a lot of lobster and spearfishing... the waters around OBB are great and if you travel up to Memory Rock there are lobster a plenty and some ok spearfishing... we also got some yellowtail up there as well. We had friends in the rooms and the rooms were excellent, newly decorated in island style and great views. Pool was good and the Tiki Bar was situated on a nice beach with great views of the calm side of the island... the people were nice and accomodating... turn off the phone and emails and enjoy... this is not the ritz and should not be... but for friends, family, fishing and enjoying an isolated island it is wonderful. We came here years ago and it is still a good spot to spend some quality time. And yes there is only one restaurant on the property and it is the Tiki Bar and it is fine.. we cooked our catch most nights on the boat and using the grills available by the marina... we will definatly go back for another stay.

Great place, 2012-08-05
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (114)

Great time there's slip was nice, fuel dock opens early with high speed pumps. Rooms are nice and food at tiki bar was terrific. Will stay at blue marlin cove next trip to try that out

Expensive!!, 2012-07-26
Captain: , Madeira Beach, FL (100)

$3.05 a ft plus $15 mandatory water and $24.95 mandatory electric. Makes for an expensive nights stay. We have stayed for $150.00 a WEEK else where in the Bahamas.
On the plus, the little restaurant on the beach has great food, the pool is resort quality and the staff is OK. The two fine dining restaurants are closed until further notice, a cab to Freeport is $70 one way, and the power goes out on a daily basis, sometimes for 10 min, sometimes for 3-4 hours.
Don't know if we will be back but if she says stop, I stop!!

Enjoyed Our Stay, 2012-07-23
Captain: , Sarasota, FL (130)

Was here for one night twice recently. Nice facility and the food at the Tiki Bar was fine.

So disappointed, 2012-07-13
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (1089)

While I understand the difficult times Old Bahama Bay must be facing during this economic downturn, it is unfair to those that DO provide them business to receive less than expected (and advertised).

The marina bathrooms and showers were not well maintained and quite honestly, filthy. And to only have one place to dine (at a Tiki bar outside) for dinner is unacceptable. The marina WiFi was not working and their fuel prices were way out of line. They either need to provide proper, fair and clean services, or stop advertising such to those looking for (and expecting) better.

not cheap - but a little piece of paradise, 2012-07-11
Captain: , Charleston, SC (101)

We just stayed at OBB for 8 nights over the 4th of July holidays. I always find it amazing, how one night can be packed and they have to turn boats away, and the next day can be half empty. So I recommend to make reservations ahead of time if you are on a tight schedule.

With limited cruising time and living close to Cape Canaveral, OBB is our closest Bahamas destination - so we love to pack up and head over several times a year. Often we think about going further, but then stay on because the grounds and docks are so well kept despite the severe economic struggles. We haven't used public utilities much, since we are normally using our own, so I can't speak to other reviewers issues there.

The staff is super nice and friendly, starting with the hailing and slip assignments entering the turning basin. They really do everything to accomodate everybody's wishes - and do it with a great smile.

Unfortunately the restaurant options are very limited at the moment, but I hope that the Bonefish Grill and maybe even the Aquos restaurant will come back when finacial condidtions improve. And these only get better with more visitors to the resort and the marina.

They have a new dive school in the marina, which is a very promising sign in the right direction. Also on the good news side is that I never had any fuel quality issues over the years.

The WiFi was on and off - but once you are able to sign on and get an IP address, you normally stay on. Pump out was temporarily down, and power went out in the whole development the night we left. I never get worked up over these things and consider it part of the Island experience...and adjust.

Yes, the prices are on the high side. But then I always feel the reward is very high too having a great time - and will be back as soon as time allows :).

nice bahamas port of entry, 2012-07-08
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

check in with customs at fuel dock conveninet. docks nice, but head and showers in poor condition. Pool bar and rest pleasant with great conch. Good snorkeling at beach and even better a dingy's ride away. We speared a bunch of lionfish and had a great dinner.

Good Arrival Point, 2012-06-12
Captain: , Nashville, TN (290)

Good marina facilities with convenient check in to the Bahamas. People were very helpful. Resort facilities are very good. Laundry and showers are quite a walk from the boat dock.

a bit wild, 2012-05-29
Captain: , Newport, R.I. (644)

Sat. memorial weekend was a zoo here... kinda like Miami and music from several ski boats played till past 1am but it was all in good fun...

Bought 6 Conch from Frank who had a boat laod to sell at $2.50 a each... yes they were excellent grilled with butter, chopped garlic and tad of Bristol cream on pasta!

Close, but if possible pass on by, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Jekyll Island Ga (482)

pricy not a place to stay on the cheap. check in was almost rude by the agent.
lot,s of high $$$ but no one was there

Not Cheap, but worth it for us., 2012-05-16
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (186)

A membership in Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club gets a 20% discount on dockage here and no mandatory $15/day water. This place is not cheap, but it's a good stop. The piers are well taken care of and the staff is very friendly. This is our 8th time here and we will come back again. I needed service for my air conditioner, and while the diagnosis wasn't good, someone was at my boat in under an hour. Treat the staff nicely, and they'll do the same for you in our experience. The resort part seems to be in stasis due to the economy, but the marina is up an running as of the date of this posting. They have a nice pool and a great beach. A taxi service runs on call for major needs into Freeport.

Repeat customer, quality dropping from last year, 2012-05-10
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario (1970)

Stayed last year was quite pleased, great way to end a cruising winter in the Bahamas. This year somewhat disappointed, staff was friendly but fewer of them, dinning room not open all meals at beach bar now, restrooms not so clean and no ac in mens. No help docking at fuel dock and prices are somewhat high. Also appears maintenance is faltering from last year. Free internet is still nice, and the polite staff are still there.

Great Pit Stop with pool, beach, 2012-03-24
Captain: , Westbrook, CT (453)

Great stop on the way into/out of the Bahamas. Fuel was clean, help efficient, except for over ambitious lady dock hand who pulled our bow pulpit right into a piling. Beachfront Restaurant/bar had good, if not inexpensive, food.

Old Bahama Bay March 2012, 2012-03-02
Captain: , Greenville TX (580)

Wonderful stop for a couple nights. Friendly and helpful dock staff, quick and efficient Customs officers, nice little beach side restaurant. This is probably one of the prettiest sites we've stopped at so far in the Bahamas.

Old Bahama Bay 2-25-2012, 2012-02-26
Captain: , Sturgeon Bay WI (40)

Only game in town at West End. 41 ft boat was 71.64 plus 15$ for water. 30amp power is .70 per ft but you don't have to take it. You do have to take the 15$ for water (unlimited).Diesel is 5.35 /gal. Restrooms a little cleaner but take you own paper. Great pool,beach,free bikes but were always all gone. Very good free nopassword WiFi. Good place to rest after a crossing but pricey.

Helpful and Reasonable, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Mayo, MD (424)

Easy clearance, helpful staff,gave us good line assistance when docking for imigration/customs and overnight dockage. Cost was $1.99/foot for our 46' sailboat and another $15 for unlimited water. Maybe they have lowered their costs. Can download and print out customs and imigrations forms from the OBB web site.

Great Check, 2012-01-14
Captain: , Washington, DC (840)

Custom and Immigration took 5 minutes or less, it would have been quicker, but I neglected some of the paperwork. They gave me 20% off of the normal dockage of $2.00 per foot and did not require a water hookup with RMHYC membership. Plan your weather window carefully because with a strong west wind component the inlet could become rather %u201Csporty.%u201D Other cruisers have reported being trapped in the marina by wind and waves.

Prices may have been cut!, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Port Elgin, Ontario Canada (10)

I see what everone is saying about being expensive, but they charged me $2 a foot based on 33" no water charge if I didn't need it, electricty was .50 a foot. Absolutely a great place to stop after the tough slog across the Gulf stream with great amenities infinity pool and what a beautiful beaches

Great place to jump on, off the Bahamas Bank., 2011-11-13
Captain: , Denver NC (329)

I've been to this Marina many times but never stayed here due to the very high price of the slips. 40ft minimum is tough for us small boats. The customs office and the fuel docks are very necessary for the small boat cruisers.

Wonderful place - just expensive., 2011-11-05
Captain: , Daytona Beach, FL (533)

This is a first class place and offers excellent protection. It's just expensive for the average cruiser's budget.

should have been a LOT better for the money..., 2011-07-29
Captain: , miami (120)

We were there on the night of 20 July 2011. Paid $210 for one night for a 50' sail yacht. The docks were fine, and the dock hands were polite and skilled. The facilities were generally pretty good EXCEPT that the showers were absolutely awful (dirty, in poor repair, hot). Further, we experienced a problem with shore power, intitally we thought that it was our A/c units, but after cleaning the strainer and the raw water intake and bleeding the unit, still had the problem. Tried a different 50a receptacle on the dock, same problem. Turned the generator on, and everything was fine, as was shore power in the following days at Port Lucaya and Bimini, so clearly a problem with the electical system on the dock at this marina. As I said above, at the rates that we were charged, I would have expected a lot better.

Good Reviews, 2011-05-21
Captain: , Ottawa, Canada (363)

The previous reviews are still accurate when we crossed through in March this year. Nice stop but the little town near by is nothing to see. Still, one of the best marinas in the Bahamas.

Good facility - Expensive - Very helpful staff, 2011-05-15
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

This was our first visit here - just an overnight stop before returning to Florida. The marina is well kept and well protected.

As others have reported, it is expensive but perhaps the most frustrating element was being charged for water even though we stated we did not want it, did not connect or use it. It's a "compulsory" charge. I have no objection to paying for what I use but that is just abusive. Internet access was fast, stable and without an upcharge.

The dockhand Jamal was just superb. Good clear communications before entering, good help with lines, uncommonly gracious welcome & briefing about the facility, etc. Really a top-notch guy and a great representative of the marina.

A particularly nice touch: we departed on Mother's Day and in the morning Jamal was delivering fresh-baked nut bread, nicely tied with a red ribbon, to each boat with a friendly "Happy Mother's Day" wish.

Price gouging, 2011-05-03
Captain: , Henderson, NV (64)

$122 per nite for a 32' boat, and that is without water or electricity. I told them that their unreasonable prices tended to force boaters out into unsafe conditions but they just shrugged it off. Would boycott, but they are the only game in town for slower boats. Don't get caught waiting for weather here.

Outrageously expensive!!!!!, 2011-04-14
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)

This is the only real stop in the area (excluding Lucaya/Freeport) and they know it so they command crazy prices. Very expensive to stay here compared to most of the rest of the BAhamas. Its a nice resort with all you could want including pool, beach, restaurants, etc. The staff is great. Just pricey. Many cruisers are boycotting it now because of the price issues.

perfection!, 2011-04-09
Captain: , Wilmington Deleware (330)

This is the spot to clear customs and get your first taste of the Bahamas. The marina is well protected and the staff friendly and professional. The grounds are beautiful and the resort layed back. The beach restaurant, Teasers, has the very best blackend fish and the view can not be beat. We loved this spot so much we got married on the beach!

A little luxury never hurt anyone, 2011-04-07
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

Great stop. Friendly and helpful staff. Drinks and restaurants have reasonable prices. Dock prices are a little painful, but the pool and other amenities make up for it. Having a Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club membership brings some pretty decent discounts along with the option for hooking up to water and metered electricity. Not a bad place to be "Stuck".

Good first stop, 2011-03-28
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (215)

Very easy to clear in, Customs and Immigration are right in the marina. I have heard that they can be a little stingy with the length of time on your permit, make sure you ask for more time than you need. Good staff and facilities but very quiet.

Great Stop Before Heading Back, 2011-02-26
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH, USA (518)

Very friendly, well maintained.
Great for a pre-dawn departure to Fort Pierce.

Very Well Maintained, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (385)

Excellent first stop in the Bahamas. Customs and Immogration clearance is very quick and easy and the facilities are very well maintained. Staff is very nice and all facilities are close by.

Great Weekend Destination From S FL, 2011-01-25
Captain: , Hernando Beach, Fl (300)

It is a very nicely maintained Marina with lot's of amenities. TV, Wifi, pool and restaurants. The bathroms are down and dirty. Great fishing and diving just outside the inlet. Fuel prices are reasonable. Good place to fuel up before venturing to the Abacos.

Overpriced, 2011-01-23
Captain: , Wilson, NY (432)

We didn't use the resort facilities, but for a marina thought this one was overpriced. Fixed docks so high boat was difficult to get on and off at low tide (had to use a ladder). Showers on east side had no hot water. Ladies showers on west side had no private dressing area. All is very pretty and in excellent repair. It was very easy to check in here, and one of the closest ports to Lake Worth Inlet for the crossing.

Good Marina, 2010-07-22
Captain: , Atlantic Coast (341)

Nice marina, pool, facilities. Very helpful staff. Relaxing atmosphere. Not a whole lot to do here except to take it easy. No shopping, etc. Very quiet in March '10 - probably only 25% full. Very easy to clear customs.

Good place to stop and clear customs, 2010-01-30
Captain: , greencovesprings, fla. (279)

Nice place to stop and clear customs. Pet friendly. Water and electricity were optional. $2.00 per ft.. min. 40.

Friendly gateway to the Bahamas, 2009-10-18
Captain: , Knoxville, TN (1788)

We arrived here planning to stay 1 night then cruise on to further islands. Due to a concern with one of our engines, we decide we should not go any further. So, with 2 kids onboard, we decided to stay and enjoy 4 days in the Bahamas. This was a fantastic place to do that.
The staff was extremely helpful in securing our boat in marina and brought us the customs paperwork we needed to fill out. Once completed, the captain simply walks over to the customs office with paperwork and passports, then over to the marina office to check in. Very simple. This is a resort with a hotel and marina. All amenities are included when you stay at the marina. Amenities include: 1) a double-decker pool with waterfall surrounded by palm trees & lounge chairs, 2) a playground on the beach, 3) snorkeling right off the beach (especially at the rock jetty where snorkeling is as good as any scuba diving we have done), 4) water sports available for guests (kayaks, small catamarans, snorkel equipment), 5) hammocks & lounge chairs on the beach, and 6) a fitness center. You can borrow board games and bicycles, or play at the ping pong table at the activity center on the beach,. The Straw Bar on the beach has a bar and offers a delicious Bahamian breakfast, as well as lunch (conch salad is amazing). Bonefish Folley’s dinner restaurant and bar at the marina has wonderful seafood dishes, as well as pizza for the kids.
Dockage includes cable tv. They charged us a flat rate for water ($15/day) and electricity ($27.60/day), which is a bargain considering power on the island costs $0.50/kwh. A small building right at the docks houses the air conditioned restrooms with 2 toilets & a shower for each. Additional restrooms are located next to the fitness center. They provide excellent wi-fi in the marina and a business center is available in the hotel lobby, along with computers you can us to get on the internet.
Remember that everything is shipped into the islands. So, while many dry goods are available on the island, they are expensive and dairy (milk, cheese, yoghurt) is hard to come by – so bring as much as you can store on your own boat. You can borrow bicycles and ride into town, but grocery shopping is limited, though there is a liquor store. The islands have no income or sales tax; they generate their revenue off a 10% “stamp” tax & 27% duty on goods brought into the islands. Therefore, be sure to load up on every spare part you might need before you leave the USA.
When you return back to the USA, you will suffer from Bahama Island withdrawal.

Captive audience, 2009-07-27
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (334)

Slow boats have little other choice. Good facilities but detected an attitude. Will return only because there is no alternative.

Great place to enter Bahamas, 2009-04-12
Captain: , Sarasota, FL - Newport, RI (435)

Diesel is $2.80 at this great marina to enter Bahamas. Just get into your slip, check in at the marina office and they give you all the paperwork to fill out for customs... once paperwork is complete just walk into the customs office next door to the marina office and you're cleared! Don't miss the Cracked Conch dinner at the restaurant!

slip fees and fuel price, 2008-05-06
Captain: , Sarasota (55)

$2.60 per foot, water $10.00 per day regardless if you use it.
D. fuel $5.40/gal
richard does great job of washing boat $1.50/ft

Nice, but expensive, place to be stuck!, 2008-03-22
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

This was our first stop ever in the Bahamas and we stayed for a week waiting for fair weather to go on. (Plus the weekly rate is far more reasonable than the nighly one.) Beautiful beach, nice beach bar and grill plus two other restaurants, heated outdoor fresh-water pool, etc. EXPENSIVE for a small boat because of 40 foot minimum and $30/night mandatory for electricity and water added to the basic dockage bill. Unfortunately, if you're a slow boat transitting between Florida and Abaco, it's the only place to stop.

Great Entry Point, 2008-03-02
Captain: , Neabsco Creek, VA (95)

This is a great marina and the customs immigration process was very accomodating. The marina staff was excellent and very helpful upon our arrival and departure.

Diesel fuel was $4.44 per gallon

First Class Operation in a Windswept Setting, 2007-05-23
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (258)

Old Bahama Bay is a super marina, great new docks, with clean power and good hooks ups. Free WiFi Internet. The place is clean and well kept and the staff is a delight to deal with. Ther eis a Immigaration office at the fuel dock and is a great place to clear.

But those that stop and mov eon will miss one of the best meals in the Bahamas. Their Aqua restruant is simply great and that they do not add the tip to the bill automatically is much appreciated.

The harbor is protected from seas and surge but is open to wind from all directions

Old Baham Bay, 2007-04-30
Captain: , Charleston, SC (86)

Very convenient for clearing in and waiting to cross out of Bahamas. excellent internet access. Good restaurant. Good staff. Rent a car for a day trip to Lucaya/Freeport.

Great First/Last Stop, 2007-04-17
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (1)

Great place to enter into or leave from the Bahamas. Very nice, modern, well staffed marina. Easy access. Dockage fee includes use of all resort amenities, including heated pool.

Beautiful place to enter the Bahamas, 2007-04-15
Captain: , Tampa (246)

Nice facility with great little protected beach and very nice pool

Easy in, easy out, 2007-04-03
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1306)

Good food, beautiful marina, service could be a little better, but , it is the Bahamas. Time to slow down.

Marina, 2007-02-16
Captain: , Stuart, Fl. (268)

West End a nice Marina and a good place to clear customs

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