Details for Spanish Wells Yacht Haven

Spanish Wells Yacht Haven

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 59 reviews

Address PO Box 27427
Spanish Wells, EL

Phone242-333-4255 /333-4328/333-4122

After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager





Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Credit card payment has no surcharge.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Follow the well charted channel to the west until you reach the docks. Stay on south side of channel until abeam the marina.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Great shape.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 165
Beam max: 30

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 30
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2017-02-13)

Other price info:


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

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

Additional info: Metered, reasonable rates.

Pricing info: $0.65 per KW.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

No - Metered reverse osmosis water supply, $0.50 per gallon.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


No - Office can arrange fill up for you.

2017: Carl Albury fills propane weekdays between 1730 and 1830 at his house. To get there, dinghy NW towards the Yacht Haven. On your right you will see a large dark blue water tank. Keep going about four blocks and find somewhere to dock the dinghy on the concrete wall by the road. Walk to 17th Street, turn right and go NE. The house is the first one on the right.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Restaurant now has a ramp access.

Launch service

No - Not really needed.

Pump out





Yes - Free for marina guests.


Yes - As of January 2016, there are two brand new unisex showers with heads. They are tiled and air conditioned.


Yes - One for each sex.


Yes - Purchase laundry tokens at $5 each. You will need 1 for wash and 1 for dry but machines are good size and dry well.


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

Easy walking distance to all you need. Locally owned co-op 4 blocks away. Quite large and well stocked. Shop Thursday a.m. after ferry has come in on Wed.

Spanish Wells Food Fair is the biggest, best stocked grocery store on the island.


Yes - Short walk to downtown. 3 marine supply stores near the ferry dock.


Yes - Wreckers is located at the docks. Open Monday through Sunday from 8 am to 10:30 pm.

Several good lunch spots nearby. Try the Generation Gap, Shipyard, or Buddha's

Norma's Take Away is a few blocks west, serving breakfast (beginning at 9 am), lunch and dinner. Norma's has a wide variety of items on the menu including a large serving of conch fritters. They will deliver to your boat 333-4192.


Yes - Three of the local restaurants have bars, e.g. Budda's and Shipyard.

Wreckers is the marina bar and they offer the full range of beverages including daily specials and Happy Hours.

Hotels or motels

Yes - The marina has 8 guest cottages/rooms to accommodate 2-8 persons built around the pool and very nice. See Destiny in the office to arrange rentals.

Repair capabilities

Yes - They have a resident mechanic and can hook you up with anything you need.

If you need sail or canvas repair, call Drew Underwood, 333-4575, at Spanish Wells Canvas.

R&B will coordinate for delivery of parts from the US via Defender and has their own freight forwardering service in Ft Lauderdale so you do not have international mailing rates. With your cruising permit, R&B works customs with resident customs officials so no customs duties. You do have to pay VAT though. POC at R&B is Robert Roberts at 333-4462.

Haul out capabilities

No - None at the marina, but a marine railway is available at R&B boatyard. Labor rates as of 3/5/2011 were $25 per hour.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi up and running at the slips with no fee and signal strength is good. 2016

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Golf cart rentals are available.

Other services

Buddha on 12 Street is a snack shop and liquor store. They will deliver to the dock, 242-333-4222.


Consider taking the Bohengy (fast ferry) to Harbour Island and rent a golf cart for a day visit.

Reviews for Spanish Wells Yacht Haven
Great spot, well protected, all the amenities you want, 2017-06-03
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (81)

I would give them 5 stars if they weren't so pricey. $2.50/ft. may not seem that bad but you can negotiate a lower rate at Romora Bay Marina in Harbour Island depending on how long you stay. But this marina is lovely and we always stay a few days. Pool, restaurant,bar (Wrecker's)- all new in 2016. wifi not good when marina fills up. they also have golf carts available for $50/day. great spot to pick up provisions, especially Johnny Cakes! Shipyard restaurant is lovely spot on the point for boat and sunset watching. we would stay longer if they offered weekly rates.

What a difference a few years make!, 2017-05-12
Captain: , Houma, LA (417)

It has been three years since our last stop here. It was a nice place that is now a great place. As the other reviewers have noted, a first class operation. Nice fixed docks, good power and water, a restaurant on site, and a pool. The front dest also helped me get a raw water pump for my engine delivered from the US. The town is great, with several restaurants, proper grocery stores, and mechanics who can fix about anything.

New facility excellent service , 2017-05-09
Captain: , Houston (10)

Staid 4 days very protected rest restaurant.

Excellent Marina!, 2017-05-08
Captain: , Daytona Beach (110)

After being on the hook for weeks in the Exumas, this was a welcome stop. Friendly, helpful staff, modern clean bathrooms and showers, metered power, nice pool and manicured grounds. Also cheap golf cart rentals on site.

Wreckers bar and restaurant on site is a little more upscale than your normal Marina pub, but the prices were reasonable and the food was excellent. Can't say enough about the place.

It was our first time time to Spanish Wells and we hope to be back soon as we loved the whole island and what it had to offer.

We exited to the Abacos out of the East Cut and headed north. The little cut in the reef that gets you to open water was easy to read in good light and flat water.

SV St. Somewhere

Thank you, Mr. Mosko, 2017-04-29
Captain: , Hollywood (462)

Putting a ramp up to the restaurant is the best thing you could have done for those of us who use a walker or a wheelchair. It is very much appreciated..

Great Spot, 2017-04-16
Captain: , Gulfport FL (80)

As previous reviewers have said, clean and one of the nicest in the area. The pool is clean, the laundry facility is first rate (and the only one in town), the showers/bathrooms are modern and clean. The docks are in great shape. A freindly staff and nice to have the restaurant on site too. A tad bit pricy, but doable.

First rate Marina, 2017-03-09
Captain: , Kingston (269)

This is hands down the nicest spot we have stayed in the Bahamas. The marina and resort have been completely redone as of 2016 so older reviews are not relevant.

The docks are well-built with 50' fingers and generous widths. The water is the best we have taken on in the Bahamas. Treadwell the dock master explained that they have drilled a new well and then RO treat the water.

Showers are first rate: roomy with ample shelf space, a small bench and kept sparkling. The grounds are beautifully maintained and there is a nice pool area.

The price is higher than the Abacos at 2.50/foot but not out of line with the Exumas and Eleuthera. The marina was busy the 3 nights we were there and we would definitely return. The restaurant and bar on site are nice.

Great place, 2017-02-22
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale (20)

Secound time there in past 6 months. Marina and staff great. Most everything you could need is on island. Not cheep but available. Recommend Budda Snack Shack. Good liquor store in the resturant w/ U.S. pricing. Get a cart and see the island.

Five Star Finish, 2017-01-31
Captain: , edgartown,ma. (30)

Have been watching the progress for the last four years. I was hoping they would finish this because you see so many places that tried and failed over the last 10 years. They ended up with a 5 star marina,everything is well done and Spanish Wells has always been a favorite place to stay. The only reason I give it 4 stars is the dockage rate. My old saying is you go too far you fall off. Arrived today and only 3 boats, I talked to one I knew and they said they were the only one here for a week. I think a better dockage fee and weekly rates would bring in many more. Just my thought , maybe weather crossings this time of year are a factor, but I wish them success because they did an outstanding job

Awesome relaxing place, 2017-01-03
Captain: , Oriental,NC (588)

Pulled in to get out of the North winds and explore Spanish Wells. The docks are brand new and super easy to navigate, and the entire resort grounds are freshly planted flowers. Facilities are amazing and the staff is super friendly. Wrecker's bar and grill is on site and a great place to hang out. If I ever make it back through Spanish Wells, I will definitely stay here again.

My Only 5 star Marina, 2016-12-26
Captain: , Milwaukee WI (939)

We stayed here Christmas weekend, our second visit this year. The Marina/resort is fully operational now and the facilities are top rate, sturdy docks, beautiful grounds, clear clean pool, sparkling showers and restrooms, adequate laundry, everything a cruiser needs. We had the pool to ourselves on Christmas Day. The staff is welcoming and extremely helpful. Issues mentioned in earlier posts re trash were not at all evident now, everything was clean and fresh.

We rented a golf cart to run errands, bank, provision and go to Shipyard for a great dinner. We also ate at Wreckers, the Marina bar/restaurant, while watching football on the giant screen. The service was good as was the food.

We love this town and it's wonderful friendly people. We highly recommend this Marina.

SWYH...Finally completed and well done! M/V Aurora, Capts.Steve & Di, 2016-08-02
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (360)

We were pleasantly surprised to see the marina completed and VERY much improved since our last visit 3 years ago. Applause to all involved in getting this job finished and in fine fashion. Very updated with well built docks, good power AND water, free WiFi, nice restaurant, bar, pool and laundry facilities and cottage/room accommodations available. The staff was very pleasant and made sure we were taken care of. Treadwell remains the attentive dockmaster and Leroy is managing things well. Destiny is the office manager and she will attend to your needs with a smile.
Restaurant manager, Matthew and his staff have created a nice menu with a Greek influence and daily drink specials and Happy Hour. We'll be back and suggest you make this a stop to enjoy it all....

Captain: , Marathon, FL (280)

Stayed 2 nights, over Bahamas Labour Day..Very noisy in the evening with lots of drunk fishermen (fishing tourny ). No garbage cans on the east dock, shore power was 206 to 216 volts. Lots of flys around the garbage that was left on the docks, and what cans they did have were not covered (more flys). The pool was green with algae, probably from all the "local" kids who used the pool on Labour Day. Many, if not most boats that pass by the marina throw wake, and do not obey the speed laws ( one drunk partierwent by at full speed). Fishermen were off the dock at 4:30 AM, and woke us up. That being said, the facilities are beautiful, staff was great, as per other reviews. Dockage is now $2.50 ft/nt ++.

The new Yacht Haven is a great stop, 2016-05-31
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (10)

We stayed four nights and were very impressed with the new facilities. What a difference from our last visit a couple of years ago. New docks, a very good restaurant and a friendly staff (thanks Treadwell) make this marina a great stop. Plus, Spanish wells is a fun town where people work hard and take pride in their community. We could spend a month enjoying Spanish Wells plus neighboring Eleuthera and Harbour Island.

Nice progress , 2016-04-09
Captain: , Leesburg VA (175)

Stayed 10 days at Spanish Wells Yacht Haven. Leroy or Treadwell are there to help with lines on arrival and departure. Showers are superb - equipped with hair dryers. Provisioning is an easy walk to Food Fair. WIFI needs to be improved and the channel coming into canal was being dredged when we came in.

Several boats ran aground but once barge finishes, there will be more space to enter but could remain a problem until town adds permanent channel markers.

For me, SWYH is a better option than hiring a pilot to navigate Devil's Backbone to get to Harbour Island where there are additional marinas. Fast ferry from Nassau picks up and drops off at Spanish Wells ferry dock enroute to Harbour Island ($52 round trip).

Must dine at Sandbar Bar and Grill and Budda's.

We could not make water with our watermaker in marina due to silt presumably from barge work.

Almost there!, 2016-03-27
Captain: , Little Creek VA (605)

Poll and bar are now functional! This will be a great place when it is completely finished. No water or power on the docks that we were on for two days in February, but now all docks have power and R/O water. Showers are great, but no hot water in restroom/shower sinks to shave/wash hands. The staff is great! But unlike the current dockage stated on AC, we paid $1.50 per foot per night. I expect it will be even more when the rennovations are completed. Only complaint is that docks are set up for mega power yachts...way too high for the average sailboat. We needed a step ladder to get off the boat at low tide.

Yacht Haven is the ONLY place to go, 2016-03-23
Captain: , Port Isabel, Texas (102)

Stayed here for 5 days in mid March 2016. Final stages of readiness. Beautiful landscaping waiting to mature. Very nice bungalows and facilities. Everything is brand new and lovely. Well thought out facilities including a nice open air restaurant/bar (opening the day after tomorrow-we leave tomorrow--drat!) and a nice pool. The docks are new well made fixed docks. Lighting and other amenities that you'd expect at the high end marinas are being installed. I am looking forward to coming back a year from now to see how it all came together. I'm sure I will not be disappointed. PS. make an appointment to go to the museum. interesting.

will be a 5 star shortly, 2016-03-16
Captain: , Point Edward (459)

Cannot edit price for some reason but it is now $1.50 per foot. Renovations almost completed. Rental units on shore are beautiful but don't know cost. Restaurant to open on site in a few weeks. Pool being filled as we left. Workers making great progress. Laundry is by tokens and take about half an hour each. Washrooms ready and showers are great but only two of them. Customers service is excellent.

Marina in transition, 2016-03-09
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1304)

I have been at this marina several years back. Now the docks are new, the electric is new, the water is just being plumbed in(city water-don't put it your tank, the new bathrooms are lovely, the pool is not done, and the bar and restaurant are not yet open. I will love to see it once it is done. Treadvell is still the epitome of service.

Will be a First Class Marina when completed, 2016-01-27
Captain: , annapolis (453)

Leroy, Mgr. and Tredwell, Dockmaster, are doing their best to make your stay as nice as can be expected considering the complete tear down and rebuild of the marina over the past two yrs. As stated under laundry services there are none at marina. Consequently, Leroy made arrangements to take visitors laundry to an island lady and have it returned within one or two days. Dockmaster Tredwell is a great man. He will meet you on the VHF and be waiting on the dock to catch your lines. He is a good local information resource. Tredwell will be on the dock to see you off. Considering all of the construction at the marina, these two men, Leroy and Tredwell have worked very hard to make the best of a difficult situation. I look forward to returning,

Will soon be 5 stars, 2016-01-27
Captain: , Plano, Texas sv Mariposa (345)

Leroy and Tredwelll, as my friend Ben described, are here to make your stay the best it can be. With the additon of power at more docks, the completion of the tiki bar and pool, and the many other features, this will be a fantastic destination, not just a place to get out of a storm.

Spainish Wells feels like a step back in time to the era of June and Ward Cleaver, and the Beaver. Wonderful place to visit, and this marina has a big part.

Looking Good, 2016-01-23
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (50)

Bob, Pura Vida III, Vancouver, B.C.
Stopped for a night & stayed 2 as this town is very pleasant & well kept. Great beaches on the north & west end of the Island. New docks at the marina are very nice & the whole facility nearing completion for this spring we were told. Treadwell the dock hand very helpful & informative about the town. Reduced dockage rate reflected the incomplete facilities we felt, most notable being no water yet.

update to restroom facilities at marina, 2016-01-18
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (209)

New restroom facilities with granite-like surfaces and "Roman" showers are now open. B. Ellis, S/V Second Option, Solomons, MD.

Town better than marina, 2016-01-10
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1025)

This used to be a solid four-star marina. The process of makng it into a five star marina, however, is destroying its reputation. While we were there, there was no water at the dock, no laundry service, no wi-fi at the dock and lots of construction noise. We stopped here to get out of bad weather and could live with these problems. If, however, any of these issues make a difference to you, you should ask about them when you call.

Otherwise, Spanish ells is a neat little town with severaal very good restaurants, a large grocery store, good marine technicians and some good ships stores.

Major renovation occuring, 2015-12-21
Captain: , Chelsea, NY12512 (561)

Horrible temporary bathrooms(2) and showers, one without a shower head. Wifi only at office which closes at 5. Will be nice at some point in the future, but not worth $1.50/ft/night. Beware of sandbar as you enter harbor.

Good marina in underrated Spanish Wells, 2015-07-27
Captain: , MIAMI FL (80)

Adequate marina for a stop in underrated Spanish Wells. Convenient golf carts for moving around the island.
Great beach on the north shore with pink sand but without the unneeded glamour of Harbour Island.
Construction still going on in the marina, they are supposed to finish the villas for rent before years end. Construction of the pool is still in the air, doesn't seem to be a priority.
Water quality still poor as stated by many reviewers.
Wifi is good and both dockmasters were also very helpful booking the pilot for the crossing of the Devil's backbone (Bandit), and a fishing trip with Ryan Neally (highly recommended).

Mud Puddle Rose April 2015, 2015-06-28
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL, USA (590)

I stop here every time I cruise to Spanish Wells. They are very friendly and the golf carts are fun for shopping and sight seeing. The marina is often full, so call ahead. Anchoring in the Lee of Meeks Patch or in Royal Harbour are options until there is space, if it is windy.

They do not honor reservations, 2015-05-15
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

We had reservations for two boats several days in advance because predicted high winds. When we arrived, we were told that other boats had decided not to leave because of the weather so they could not accommodate us. They said they could squeeze us in on the t-dock but we would not have power and they would not reduce the price of the slip since power was metered. So, be careful if you make reservations, it does not guarantee you a slip. Apparently, they should not take them if they do not honor them.
It seems they should have let the others stay if they have moved to the other inconvenient docks. We decided to anchor instead.

Construction, Medical review., 2015-04-14
Captain: , New Bern, NC (486)

Stayed here in April. The contruction was in full swing on the new marina and rental houses. The workers started at 7 am. Management said they will complete the new marina by end of summer 2015.
New docks will be going too.
We came here because I got sick and had to see a doctor. I went to the private doctor that comes twice a week. He was amazing. The only pharmacy in all of Eleuthera is in the store. It was closed for some reason on Weds. The doctor call George one of the owners and he came down in 15 mins opened up the pharmacy to fill my prescriptions. He handed me a bag and said Merry Christmas, no charge. Wow, wow... I cannot thank everyone enough.
Had a great dinner at Shipyard.

A Lovely place to stop, 2015-04-10
Captain: , Newport, RI (80)

We stayed here on our way to The Abacos the first week of March. we found the island to be very clean and well maintained. Lots of pride here. The marina was fine. We did not use showers or laundry but they did look very tired. Construction of condos made for an unpleasant view. Convenient grocery store and very accommodating. They allowed me to send a fax, no charge and all I bought was yogurt. We rented a golf cart for $50 for the day. Great trip to the Sand Bar for drinks and great way to see the island. Had diner at Shipyard and it was very good. Great place to revisit next trip

very pleasant visit, 2015-03-22
Captain: , Pungoteague, VA (272)

Started off with prompt help tying up. Fixed docks are adequate. Everyone was pleasant. Still $1.50/foot, which is okay but not fabulous, considering the scant services. It's the town that makes it great. Plenty of restaurants, big Food Fair restaurant, marine supplies, and a beach. Golf cart was $50 for a 4-seater. You can get hauled here if necessary.

Gem of an island, 2015-02-20
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (435)

This was the first time we stopped on Spanish Wells after passing it by many times. It seemed so industrial from the main channel. We were pleasantly surprised to see such well kept properties and extremely friendly people. In fact, it is one of the cleanest inhabited islands we've seen in the Bahamas. Hardly a junk car or messy property in sight. Biking is great as is the paddleboarding from the marina westward.
LeRoy and Treadwell are terrific. Bathrooms and shower and marginal but new ones are in the works.
Be advised that the Food Fair grocery is closed Wednesday afternoons. Visit Budda's for lunch or dinner, Kathy's bakery (across from Food Fair) for the Johnny Cakes and Pineapple cake.

Great stopover, 2014-10-19
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (181)

Spanish Wells is a great place to stop for a night or two on your way to Harbour Island or elsewhere. Food Fair is one of the best grocery stores I have seen in the Out Islands. Easy to get propane filled at the nearby gas station. Marina itself is ok. Docks are fine, construction still ongoing. Dockmaster is great. Wifi no problem with a booster, otherwise very weak from East docks. Shipwreck bar and grill was great, good happy hour. Did not fill water based on other reviews. Diesel available a few mins east of the marina.

Good for short stay, 2014-05-15
Captain: , Weston, VT (570)

Pulled in for one night while waiting for weather to cross to Abacos. Easy in/out. Docks in good shape and no problem with power. Did not use water based on other reviews but friends of ours did and contaminated one of their tanks. Required a shocking. Construction is certainly ongoing with completion who knows. Difficult to get from one dock to the other due to the construction. Wifi exists but you need to sit in or near the office to have a shot of picking it up. Friendly staff. Should be better when all is complete and wifi improved

under construction rough, 2014-04-12
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Building about 10 condo's out of Pressure Treated wood. Long way to go. Docks is rough shape but usable. Can rent a golf cart for $10/hr or $50/day. We rented the car and drove about 20 miles, interesting seeing both Islands. Power was OK. Made abig mistake and tried to charge me $33 for $7 worth of power. Bathroom rough but usable. Good hot water. Did not recommend drinking the dock water heavy chlorine and taste bad.
Ice available $7 for 20lbs,$5 for 10lbs. Did not use wifi need a code. Excellent grocery about 1 mile. Excellent museum of Island. Had a lecture for 45 min cost $5/pp gave a great history of Is.and past and present.
Easy in and out of fixed dock Marina. Fuel available on way in but not Marina. Good hardware and boating supply stores about a mile. Place to buy frozen lobster, fish and stone crabs about a mile. Ferry everyday to Harbor Island and Nassau. One round trip a day., docks about 1/2 mile away. Supposedly going to rebuild Marina but that is a ways off.

Lots of work underway as of JAN 2014, 2014-04-04
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (1220)

Is indeed kinda rough and ready as-is, but someone lit a fire under thier construction team and they were hard at it in March. Built half the restaurant/bar in the week we were there waiting out front passages. Town is beyond charming and very decent provisioning. There is now a liquor store, Buda's, a spare room within his house at his snack shack, I think it was on 14th between the water street and the high street. And Shipyard at the very eastern tip is a full-up bar/restaurant with 5-6pm happy hour. Clearly Buda opened the door and now that bar/restaurants are being allowed, the Yacht Haven is going hammer and tongs to get theirs done. Goal is to ahve it open by this coming December. And knowing the industriousness of Spanish Wells, they probably will. Rates are still $1.50/ft but I wouldn't be surprised if those got raised with the new and fancy facilities.

massive construction, 2014-03-26
Captain: , Santa Cruz, CA (150)

We stayed for several nights. Staff was very friendly, easy walking to nice beach, grocery store close by, but that's about it. The marina is currently in major reconstruction mode. Lots of noise from that. Bathrooms were not impressive. Some creepy crawlers a few times to greet you in there. Shower water was hot! Yeah right. Fixed docks, Treadwell the dock master/dock guy is great and always in a good mood. Local island people not our favorite compared to other islands. A very White Island, lots of history on that. Overall we would not visit again.

Good spot for a blow, 2014-02-26
Captain: , JUMBIE 45 ft sailing catamaran (407)

Strong winds out of the west were predicted so we pulled in for two nights. We clocked gusts up to 38 knots from the west and we're totally protected. The next day a couple came in who had been at anchor at Royal Island and said they had water spouts and dragging boats. We slept very well on the dock and we're glad we pulled in. The town was a fun place to spend a few days.

Under Construction but will be Nice, 2014-02-12
Captain: , Deltaville, Va (40)

We spent one night here and the people were very friendly and helpful. They are in the process of building a completely new marina but at the present time the facilities are very sparce. I think the $1.50/ft is too much for really no amenities except power, internet, one washing machine, and marginal showers/heads.

To Each His Own, 2013-12-22
Captain: , Mayport, FL, USA (317)

If you like quiet, friendly spots, Spanish Wells could be the place for you. Decent provisioning - not great, but good - and good marine services. If you want bars and casinos, this ain't your kind of place. The Shipyard restaurant serves liquor, beer and wine and has a good kitchen and good service and is patronized by a lot of locals as well as visitors.

The marina continues on again/off again construction and facilities are limited and not as advertised. Staff is excellent and very helpful and docks, power and city water are all in good shape. The city water is not RO and not the best in the Bahamas, but drinkable.

Spanish Wells Island -- So So, 2013-07-14
Captain: , San Diego, Miami (146)

This is pretty quaint island, loved the little house with garages, and there tiny roads, but if you are looking for a place that has nice restaurants and bars to go to,THIS NOT the island for you. There is only one liquor store which is real small and there are not restaurants that sever alcohol. This is pretty. Much a dry island, but the people are friendly and nice.

Construction...., 2013-05-12
Captain: , Pensacola (460)

A year from now the marina should be great, but now -- not so much. If you go, ask for a slip on western t-dock; it is better for getting on/off docks, without having to go thru the dirt and construction zone. The people were nice and we enjoyed seeing Spanish Wells, but the poor conditions at the marina spoiled it a bit for us.

Under Construction, 2013-05-09
Captain: , Daytona Beach (30)

Cranes, barges, tugs and pile drivers...oh my! The renovation and construction is finally underway. Be advised things are patched together now but great hope for the future.

aground at low tide!, 2013-02-05
Captain: , vashon is (100)

I called in and mentioned our draft (5'). Dockmaster diected us to inside slip, at which point I again mentioned our draft and asked our boat would be okay. He again assured me that there was plenty of water. Before the night was out, we'd hit bottom. Funny thingi is that there were plenty of slips further out, as we were the only transient boat there. He was nice enough, but to my mind what happened was inexcusable.

this place is old & tired, 2012-12-14
Captain: , Spragge, Ont. (150)

Friends stayed here to wash down their boat after a sloppy crossing from the Abacos - they were not impressed.
Single washer didn't spin dry (valves stayed open), no light in women's washroom (just use the men's), WiFi didn't work, overcharged for slip & water ($96 for 32' Bayfield, including 135 gal to wash boat ?). Will check meter next time.
Town was impressive but the marina really needs to improve it's standards & customer skills.

Good marina, 2012-05-15
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

The channel is well marked as you enter, but favor the south part of the channel after you enter the bay. Will not put there water into our tanks. Treadwell was very helpful. Laundry was OK, not great, and same for restroom/showers. Spanish Wells surprised us as to how nice it is. Like Bermuda. Good services within walking distance.

Basic Marina in Adequate Condition, 2012-04-28
Captain: , Mayo, MD (424)

No problem coming in with our 6.5' draft and water at the dock at low tide if you dock near the outside. Used W Coast of Eleuthera tide chart, which was wrong, you need to use the E Coast of Eleuthera so we came in a foot lower than high tide, but always had 1.5 ' below us. Helpful staff, nice showers. Water does taste a bit funny so we didn't fill our tanks but water tastes that way in the entire town (buy a fountain drink to check it out). Fast internet connection at marina. Good take away food nearby.

Dependable, 2012-03-15
Captain: , Saint Michaels (320)

You can walk to a real grocery store, get a decent pizza (Norma's SeaSide Take Away), go to the bank, take a shower, wash clothes, and enjoy Spanish Wells. No diesel and the water is a bit salty otherwise this place would have a 5 star rating. Tredwell, the dock master is a gem.

Good place for a short stay, 2012-03-12
Captain: , prospect, ky (415)

I stopped here for a couple of nights, and found it to be nice, and the docks are in great shape. You can rent a golf cart in town, and Spanish wells is a great place to stop. Very laid back; no huge motels condos etc on the island. Very quaint. BYOB. No liquor stores on the island. There is a charge for elec and water( .30/gal.). $1.50/ft. dockage

Great Place, 2012-01-11
Captain: , Orlando (60)

We stop here every year we go to the Exumas . The Island is a great place to stock your boat with groceries and has largest marine supplies outside Nassua. Wi Fi is good and we like to ride our bikes around town.

Nice staff and nice town- but with problems, 2012-01-01
Captain: , Portsmouth (163)

The marina is old and needs lots of repairs. Try the water before you put it in your tanks- it tastes salty and foul- smells bad too. Tested fine at around 225 parts per million, but it took weeks to get the smell and taste out of the tanks. Internet works rarely, and at check out they will try to charge you $5.00 per day usage fee on top of the $1.50 a foot slip fee. Pilot and local boats will usually throw up a wake a they go by- not horrible- just annoying. Treadwell and the woman at the desk are great- informative and helpful. R and B Boatyard offers lots of supplies and lots of help- can't say enough good about them. Grocery store a few blocks from marina is almost U.S. quality- with good variety.

A Very Friendly Place, 2011-05-12
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

The dockmaster, Treadwell, is very experienced at docking boats, unlike many other places I've been to. He is also very friendly as is Angela in the office. Ask Treadwell if he can get any Stone Crab claws for you. They're the largest claws I have ever seen.
You can rent a golf cart here for $40 per 24 hours. The island is small, but has everything you need, supermarket, bank, marine supply stores, mechanics and two or three very simple, but fabulous, local restaurants. For liquor you have to take a short ferry ride over to North Eleuthera. You can also take the fast ferry to Harbour Island for the day.
Be sure to go to the baseball 'Stadium' to see a game. The ocean view from home plate is spectacular.

Good place in a blow., 2011-03-11
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)

Its not much to look at but its tidy, the docks are quite good and its location makes it a good place to wait out a front. The grocery store is 4 blocks away and well stocked. We got haircuts while there, two for $17. What a deal. This is the tidiest community we have seen. They take great pride in the look of the town and it shows. Great place to just walk around and visit with the locals. Everyone is very warm to cruisers. One of our favorite stops.

Good place to spend a few days, 2011-03-03
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

We stopped here with intentions to head over to Dunmore Town, but winds caused us to stay here for an extended period. We were glad the winds blew.

Yacht Haven has good docks, and Treadwell, the dockmaster is very helpful and knowledgable. The water is from a cistern. The protection in here was terriffic. We had strong (25-30 knots) north winds and we were very comfortable in here.

The island has lots to do and the prices are quite low in contrast to the rest of the Bahamas. There is no liqour, wine, or beer sold on the island, but you can take a $8 ferry over to the mainland on Eluthera to take care of that.

The "Bandit", a local who manages the 10 mooring balls available on the east end and a "Pilot" who guides boats through the "Devils' Backbone" reef over to Harbour Island keeps his boat here and is a great fellow to chat with. He can trace his heritage here back to the 1600's when the first Scottish settlers arrived. His real name is Jock Morgan.

The town has 3 grocery stores (one is a large supermarket), bank, two computer stores, barbers, several good restaurants, and several places to get marine supplies and have your boat serviced ($25/hour labor rate). Good support for Yamaha, Suzuki, and Mercury outboards is also available.

The town is very nicely kept and the homes are very nice. The beach has a touch of pink and the bonefishing is reported as fantastic. The island is heavily reliant on the lobster (Crawfish here) industry and things have been a bit slow lately. The tourism seems to be picking up the slack though.

We took the fast ferry (runs between Nassau and Harbour Island with stops here and a couple of other places) over to Dunmore Town instead of taking our boat over. $40/person and about a 40 minute ride. Dunmore is a place for the rich and famous with prices to go along with it. We like Spanish Wells a lot better.

The wind also drove several boats into the marina and we linked up with several folks we have met before here in the Bahamas. Of course, that started a great dockside party.

Yacht Haven, 2010-12-26
Captain: , Full Time Cruisers (2244)

Good location to stores and services in town. Bathrooms need some work, but usable.

Nice place to stop, 2010-04-24
Captain: , Bear Creek (235)

Grocery store is just a couple of blocks away, there is great FM radio station that plays local music at certain times of the day.

Fabulous and friendly, 2010-03-02
Captain: , Block Island (1679)

This place is fabulous by Bahama standards. maybe only 3 stars by US standards. Everything works, even if it's not new. Treadwell the dockmaster is most friendly and helpful. Located close to everything you need, and prices are less than down islands. Good fuel docks nearby.

Good place to restock, 2009-06-10
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1244)

Yacht Haven is getting a little old. Dock planking needs replacement. Good wifi and electric. Prices have gone up to $1.50/ft and electric is metered at $0.55/kwh. Well protected with about 8 feet at the T heads at low tide. Vibrant community with most things one would need for boat of galley.

Quiet and Secure, 2009-01-04
Captain: , St Augustine (18)

This is a great place to relax, provision, repair. Everything is available. The facility is getting old and worn out, but good water and electricity, solid docks, friendly staff, and modest cost. This is not a party island! Family and business oriented. Inexpensive hi-speed catamaran service over to Harbour Island.

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