Details for The Marina at Emerald Bay

The Marina at Emerald Bay

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 85 reviews

Address Queen's Hwy.
Emerald Bay, Exumas


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - YES
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Resort


Customs and Immigration Point of Entry.

VHF channel

Hail on 16, working 11.


Email contact;

Owner, manager


Shavago McPhee


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Credit cards only, no cash.

Payment discounts

Active or retired military, and active police/firefighters get a 10% discount on all services except fuel.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


The entrance is marked with 3 reds and 3 greens, lighted markers. Boats entering should pay close attention to the marks.





Tide & current additional info

During large swell conditions the marina should be contacted for the status of the entrance.


Approach: 14
Transient dockage: 14
Fuel dock: 13

Other depth info: Other locations in marina vary from 8-14 feet. Depth changes are marked in marina.

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

Additional info: Full length finger piers for extremely easy access.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 240
Beam max: 50

Other info: 14 foot draft.


Transient: 133
Total: 133
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2017-09-18)

Other price info: Full service dock (40 foot minimum):
40-59 feet is $2.25 per foot.
60-99 feet is $2.75 per foot.
100+ feet is $3.25 per foot.
14+ night minimum stay $0.75 discount off the above rates.
30+ night minimum stay $1.50 discount off the above rates.
1 year + night minimum stay $0.54 per foot.
14+ night stay is $0.75 discount off above rates.
30+ night stay $1.50 discount off above rates.

Limited service dock (metered water, no electric):
$1.00 per foot (40 foot minimum).
3 day minimum stay. (This option was not on the price sheet as of 14 Feb 2016.)

10% service charge added to dockage fees.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

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

Additional info: 480-volt, 200-amp, 3-phase service.

Pricing info: $0.85 per kwh.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - Cable TV with large flat screen TV is located in the clubhouse.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Excellent cell service in marina.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - RO water available at $0.40 per gallon (July 2013). Marina welcomes passing boaters, no requirement to purchase anything else.

Dinghy access

Yes - On the H dock.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Crews welcome and others may liveaboard seasonally.


Fuel brand: Sun Oil.

Gas price$4.82/gal (2017-09-18)

Other price info: Includes VAT.

Diesel price$4.38/gal (2017-09-18)

Other price info: Includes VAT.


Yes - Propane delivery truck.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - $25.00 for pumpout.


Yes - $5.00 for a 10lb bag.


Yes - Free, on the service docks.


Yes - Free private showers.




Yes - Free laundry, nice new machines, 2013.


Yes - A small grocery store is about 2 miles east of the marina on Queens Hwy.

Bristol Wine and Spirits is walking distance from the marina.
Monday – Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed




Yes - Next to the marina is Grand Isle Resort which offers a restaurant and bar, or the shuttle can take marina guests the half mile to Sandals Resort which has six restaurants (access fee required).

Frankies is a local eatery at the south end of Sandals beach. A great place for lunch.

Palapa Grill at Grande Isle Resort is less than a 10 minute stroll.


Yes - Next to marina Grand Isle Resort and Sandals Resort offer multiple bars.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Sandals Resort and Grand Isle Resort have lodging.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Yes - Trailer storage for a monthly fee.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - Boat rentals, fishing charters, sunset cruises, sailing trips, customized special events.

Navtours Sailing Charters
Emerald Bay Hub (HQ. in Nassau)242-451-3534 t of Emerald Bay Marina from October to August. Accepts credit cards only, no cash accepted. Offers a discount for repeat customers.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. Reported to have a poor signal strength and poor bandwidth as of March 2016.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Marina shuttle. Marina will arrange for a taxi or rental car.

Other services

Diving and snorkeling trips, and equipment rental. Spa, golf, ATM, liquor and shopping. Port of Entry for Customs and Immigration. First class guest lounge.


Spa services available at Sandals Emerald Bay and at Grand Isle Resort.

Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club, 18 hole golf club. Marina guests pay a reduced rate of $85 per round and the marina includes a complimentary golf cart.

Reviews for The Marina at Emerald Bay
A Wonderful Place, 2017-05-25
Captain: , Sailing (660)

This is a great third time here. Nice floating docks. Wonderful friendly staff. An okay gym, for those that miss it...sure it's not LA Fitness. Everything is clean. Free washers and dryers. Wifi is getting better. Can get it from the boat with a booster. Lounge is beautiful. Free party on Monday nights. Can't understand what people are complaining about.
They have reinstated the fifty cents a foot price to stay on the wall with no water or electricity. The solar was free.

terrific marina and area, 2017-05-13
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Really enjoyed our two night stay. Friendly competent staff. Free cocktail party Monday night. Free laundry with new large machines,and nice laundry room. Free showers fairly clean. Excellent fuel dock and staff, cost $5.61/gal for diesel, much better to fuel here than Georgetown. Easy entrance to marina even with 15kts onshore wind. One negative is the surge in Marina , floating docks, just tie tight to them and live with surge.
Excellent restaurant at adjacent resort. Sandals can be visited by simply walking to Grand Isle resort next door then onto the adjacent beach, then walk into Sandals. Can buy day passes to Sandals for $95/pp 10-6 pm or $70/pp 6pm till 2 am, this pass gets u free meals and drinks. Sandals used to be the 4 Seasons and is spectacular. Grounds, pools, rooms, restaurants, bars all 5 star. We did not buy a pass but really enjoyed walking through Sandals giving ourselves a grand tour.
We rented a car from Airport by reserving through Marina office. Spent a day driving the whole Island, really interesting. Were able to thoroughly check out G town before heading down there . The Island south of G town was our favorite area, much history and variety there .
The Narina manager is a real pro, an American who has spent his life managing marinas in the Caribbean. Talk with him about his experience in Cuba, very interesting.
Staff has the right attitude and skill to do a 5 star job. Marina is deep and clean. Charge by kWh for electric and by gallon for water. Bill was accurate the first time which was unusual for our bills in Bahamas. Take Amer Express as well as Visa/Master Card. $30 cab ride to airport, takes about 20 min. Airport between Marina and G town.
Beautiful beach u can use next to Grand Isle and Sandals.
Updated May 2017-- Had a very good 3 night visit, dockage $2.25/ft, water .40/gal, electrics was about $65/ day for our Aquila 48, we ran a/c all the time.
Rented a car, delivered to us. Was $106/day with full insurance coverage, plus gas. Car was a/c, but not in great shape. Road shoulders are terrible, we bent a tire rim and had a flat due to a pot whole.
John one of the dock hands rebuilt our broken Volvo starter, he is a knowledgeable fixer. Staff was great. We used the free washer and dryers, were 3 of each, worked well. Machines are busy but free.
Walked on beach m beautiful, toured Sandals--amazing ! Have various plans for using Sandals facilities from $60/pp to $160 pp for whole day, all food, pools, clubs etc. Grand Isles charges $50/pp to use their pool but they do not check closely and u can take a free dip. Dinner there is $40to $60pp depending on drinks .
Highly recommend a visit. We entered with 17kt east winds no problem , great fuel dock.

Have you five-star raters been around?, 2017-05-10
Captain: , Buena Vista (20)

The place is in decay, falling apart. Nothing like its glory days of 2006-2008. Sandals has allowed it to become an embarrassment. Anyone who has been to quality marinas knows this place once was top drawer but has slid far below. To give this place five stars is an insult to true five star marinas. It does have a great staff.

One of the best in the Bahamas, 2017-04-16
Captain: , Gulfport FL (80)

Agree with the previous reviews, a great marina by any standard.
Friendly and helpful staff, the docks are in GREAT shape, the laundry is FREE and with 4 modern machines, the DVD lirbary is nice plus the cruisers lounge. Showers and restrooms are clean and modern. A great facility that can only be improved by adding a bar/restauant.
Tie your docklines carefully as surge can present some interesting tugging noises.
Gettiing in and out is easy but if there are strong easterly winds it might be a bit more challenging.

Loved this marina, 2017-04-07
Captain: , Aurora, NC (128)

We loved this marina. We got fuel at the fuel dock on the way in and then went into a slip. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, the slips were easy to get into and the entranceway was well marked. We got a free ride in a golf cart to the nearby resort for dinner, and another golf cart ride back to the marina. The marina office building is beautiful, with an upstairs" bring your own" lounge for marina guests to use. Every Monday the marina has a happy hour for the guests. Wish we'd been there on a Monday. There is a book exchange as well as a well stocked DVD check-out library. The showers were nice, and there is a great laundry with 4 washers and 4 dryers, and they are free! One washer and one dryer were not in service when we were there.

Better than Georgetown, 2017-03-31
Captain: , Boston (100)

We planned to spend a few nights here and then head to Georgetown, but instead ended pup here for 10 days. We had the cheap slip without power or water for 50 cents a foot. What a great deal. Free washer dryer and sometimes wifi with our booster. Staff was super helpful. Especially Ericka. Happier Hour on Monday was fun. Get there before the bell rings at 5:30 for conch fritters, chicken wings and more. We rented a car 3 times to explore Georgetown and provision and to drive north and south to visit settlements in Great Exuma, and do an airport pickup. We used Berlies Car Rental - about $60 a day and they bring the car to you.

We walked 5 minutes to enjoy the beach (and chairs) at Grand Isle Resort. Lunch served on the beach was great and we had a few nice dinners there too. If you want a more casual and local meal, walk 10 minutes to Emerald Bar and Pub.

We ended up staying a few extra days because winds were 30+. We were worried about surge but with extra long shock absorbing spring lines we were fine.

First Class Marina, 2017-03-21
Captain: , Milton, GA (322)

Stayed here for 14 days in late February / early March 2017 due to weather. Marina is first class, although there were a few service issues: pump out on dock out of service - not fixed during stay. Also - still trying to get a copy of my bill/receipt (14 days later and two phone calls) as we departed before office opened. Docks and facilities were the best we've seen in the Bahamas. There is a significant surge effect in the marina - fender up and get out the line chafing gear. If you want to access any areas outside of the marina - plan on renting a car - $75 to $100 per day. Marina is a long way from GT, restaurants, groceries, etc.. All in all - a great Marina and good staff but felt a balanced review was most fair.

Superb Marina, 2017-03-20
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1025)

March, 2017: This continues to be one of the best marinas in the Bahamas and certainly the best in the Exumas. I really can't understand the 1 and 2-star ratings. I guess (hope) they won't be back.

Emerald Bay has broken the code. Rather than have 100 empty slips available at an exorbitant price, the marina has some "full service" slips at typical Exuma prices, "partial service" slips at a lesser price and "no service" slips for song. Moreover, the Captain's Lounge is a wonderful, cool and comfortable buiiding -- espeically during the "Happier Happy Hour" Party on Mondays. When you add that to the free laundry (though it can be crowded at times, so get there early in the AM) Emerald Bay is a great value.

An additional note is that, while the marina does not have a restaurant, there is a bar and grill with an excellent menu at the Grand Isles Resort, about a mile away.

The only reason I wouldn't lobby for a sixth star is that there is not a whole lot to do in the neighborhood. If you want to stay for a longer period of time, I suspect you will consume your savings by renting a car. Still, this is a serious five star marina in the Bahamas.

so far so good..., 2017-03-17
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (10)

So far it's been a good experience. Very clean and nice. John was very helpful in getting us situated when we arrived - - also gave us a short rundown of the ammenities, local restaurants, stores, etc. We were only here for 3 days, but boat is here for roughly 3 weeks and it'll be in Wayne's hands (follow up review in 3 weeks).

friendly staff, 2017-02-17
Captain: , Dunedin (80)

I stayed her for a month and enjoyed the excellant facility at a reasonable price. One of the dockhand/fuel master name Shane always went out of his way to accomadate and help me. From helping with lines, giving you direction or local knowledge of the area, arranging for propane, resturant suggestions, to evan arranging shuttle services. Its a real pleasure when you meet such a person like this. Sure makes me want to come back.

Capt. Jack Youra

I read all the reviews, not so much.., 2017-02-15
Captain: , Marathon, Florida keys (131)

Yes it is, clean, everyone was friendly expect for receptionist the floating docks are nice, and there is a 50 cent dock, but you have to stay 3 nights which was not mentioned. We paid 500$ in over priced fuel then a night on the dock thinking 50 cents, nope. 88$ no power no water just loads of bugs. And no wifi
But, had I had paid the 2.25 a foot to be one dock over I wouldn't have been happy. There is no pool, there is no grocery, there is no car, I didn't see a lounge. 3 free washers to get. Good luck most are broken and the line is long!! Bring bug spray because they never did any landscaping so it's just dead grass all around and dirt roads. No view to see at all. I'm not sure where all the great reviews came from. Maybe it was different when it was sandals but not at all what I expected from what I read here. Total waste of money and time.
Update I asked to speak to a manager. I was told 11am he was in 5 mins before and won't be back. Can't even ask for a refund and no one here but a receptionist that can only run a card. Oh yea CC only no cash. Also Gas pump is broke and not planning to be fixed.

Excellent marina, 2016-06-14
Captain: , Kemah TX (60)

We stopped here on our way to Georgetown and on the way back both times were wonderful. The staff is great and the first time they had a happy hour with drinks and food. The clubhouse is really nice with a pool table and tv. We rented a car to do some provisioning and to go out to eat at the fish fry area. The floating docks are awesome. Would definitely return

Excellent Facility even by American Marina standards, 2016-04-17
Captain: , Palmetto, FL (40)

To deny this marina a five star rating because it was better in the past is not reasonable. The strong points here include; easy and safe access, floating piers with long fingers for bow in docking, good deck help with entering and leaving, excellent showers, free laundry, a beautiful lounge with TV, pool table, and bar. The small work out room is actually better equipped than most hotels. There are good restaurants within easy walking distance (and a liquor store).
One has the option of a day or night pass to the Sandals Resort at less than half of the cost if one is staying at the resort.
Beautiful areas to walk along the golf course and a nice beach.
Water is reasonable at $.43/gal.
They provide a print out of Predict Wind that is more detailed than what I get on my lap top.
Unfortunately the young lady is still at the desk and remains generally clueless. Don't bother asking nautical questions such as tide delay or weather. She is very pleasant, however, and explains that she is not from here.
In many respects this marina exceeds that at Atlantis, certainly from the point of view of convenience to the ammenities.

Just okay...wish I could rate it higher, 2016-04-06
Captain: , Baltimore (21)

No frills...I have to agree that the Main lobby and upstairs are very clean and beautiful. The harbor master was lovely offering a Happier Hour for all boaters and guests. Nice touch! BUT...a few things I must comment on:

Whoever the desk staff is (woman) was the most unfriendly, unhelpful, and unknowledgable staff I have EVER come across. I seriously hope it was her first day/week. WOW. The delightful manager had to come out to correct everything she mumbled as we checked in. Do the marina a favor and have her find a position better suited for her eh skills.

***Free laundry (which IS awesome in theory) a plus BUT be careful. They have front-load combos AND front-load dryers. The dryers/washers look similair and people have poured detergent into the "steam cup" of the dryers or filled with clothes, poured detergent in, THEN realize (after spinning it all) that they have there wash load in a dryer. MAKE SURE when you use them (and they are very nice and newish) that they are clean and as always in any marina, smell for bleach. I can't tell you how much of our laundry was ruined.

Touch of Luxury, 2016-02-24
Captain: , Havre de Grace, MD (264)

Like other sailors, we looked for a spot to wait out a blow and had heard of this marina. We reserved dockage with services (water, electric) and it was $2.25/foot but 40-foot minimum. The $1/foot is for docks with no electricity and yes, there really is $.50 a foot dockage if you don't need electric or water. Both cheaper options require 3-night stay. Regardless of the option you choose, all other amenities are included. Monday Night Happier Hour hosted by the marina was held on the 2nd floor of the very nice marina facility, laundry is free and there are 4 washers and dryers, showers are private and free, and there is a small fitness center. Wifi is poor, and we were only able to get it off and on if we were at the main building. We walked to a good liquor store 1/4 mile away and then hailed the marina on VHF and they sent someone with a gold cart to get us. There is a good restaurant nearby although we didn't try it. Some staff can be a bit petulant but others were very nice.

Great Place to Stop, 2016-02-19
Captain: , Kemah, Texas (202)

Stopped in here to wait out a storm and pick up a guest. Stayed 3 weeks and will be going back. No longer offer the 50 cent rate but $1/ ft and free laundry can't beat it. Access to beach and car rentals to provision. Have to go to the lounge to get WiFi. Lounge is very nice but WiFi is hit and miss.

Could be much better, 2016-02-14
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (375)

We were here in 2012 and it is unchanged. This time, we were here to wait out several days of strong winds, along with a lot of other boats. The docks are very nice and well protected. There are some big slips for large boats.

The entrance is a bit narrow, but well marked with both red and green bouys. We came in with a 20kn following wind and the waves were 3-4 ft in the entrance - very doable. We had 18 ft depth coming in just before low tide.

The laundry is free and works well. There are six nice showers, which can be very busy if there are a lot of boats in the marina.

But there are places along the waterfront where the boardwalk is pulled up to work on plumbing leaks. WiFi seems to be limited to about 5 people at one time. Many of the guests were trying to get WiFi service at busy times of the day. There was a price sheet in the lobby that showed higher prices than the Dockage info had listed. The $0.50 "no service" docks weren't mentioned on this sheet.
The nearest restaurant is a bar at Sandals about 1/2 mile from the marina. You can get a day pass to Sandals for a fee.

The lobby and lounge areas are very nice. The upstairs lounge has a billiard table and two othe rooms with TVs.

We're surprised that Sandals has not done more to make this a "destination marina". We think that it could be better managed and could be better maintained. The buildings near the pool have yellow tape around most of them to warn of warped and loose decking. Our recommendation is to fix it up and host boater events several times a week to make it a draw. And certainly improve the WiFi so that people aren't as frustrated when trying to use it.

Nice Facility, Nice Stay, 2016-02-08
Captain: , Brooklyn (40)

Came in for a blow and the Super Bowl. Channel markers ARE there. Download maplets from their web site. Really nice facility. Reasonable $1/ft plus water. Management very hospitable.

Nice and morend marina with lots of amenities, 2016-01-08
Captain: , St Martin (161)

Have been staying at Emerald Bay Marina for a month now.
Very nice and modern marina with floating docks, 6 very clean bathrooms (each with their individual toilet and shower), free access to laundry room (4 oversize washers and dryers).
The Club House is very elegant and comfortable, with lots of chairs and desks to work, relax, read or watch TV, there is also a billiard and a gym.
They offer free coffee and tea in the morning, you can borrow DVD, exchange book, and the internet has been good overall.
Staff is friendly and understanding.
Entrance or exit to the marina can be tricky with strong north wind.
On the down side: no pool... very strong surge: 2 dock line and 5 fender broken%u2026 so strong cleats broke on the dock%u2026

Near by: Very nice beach with beautiful blue water 10 minutes walk.
They are nice places to bicycle or walk near the golf course.
There is an elegant restaurant at Grand Isle (5 min walk) and a Pub/restaurant just outside the marina (10 min walk).
Rental cars are conveniently drop at the Marina (but with insurance, VAT tax, etc. will run $107/day).
Taxi to and from the airport are expensive $40 each way for a 15 minute trip.
Unfortunately the closest Grocery store is 20 miles away (so provisioned before).

Next is Blue Haven Marina in Turks & Caicos

Nice facilities, but dangerous in strong northerlies, 2015-12-20
Captain: , Lakeland (997)

We stayed here on our 42' cat for a month in Nov/Dec 2015. The facilites are first rate. Great captain's lounge with TV, Billiards, etc. Polite Staff. Free laundry with great machines! Palapa Grill, an easy walk from the marina, is excellent. The beach at Emerald Bay is a beauty (again a short walk). This would get 5 stars, except there is a horrible surge coming through the marina most of the time. In strong northerlies, it becomes an absolute danger zone. When we were there we snapped 4 dock lines, and nearly chafed through several others. Other boats (which didn't have as many lines out as we did) broke lose and sustained damage to themselves and also damaged the dock).

50 cents / foot not available any longer for short stay, 2015-12-20
Captain: , RStLYC (85)

50 cents/foot not available any longer as Of December 1st 2015 ( excepted for minimum one month stay) . Now min 1$/foot . Still a good deal .

Beautiful facility but uncomfortable and inaccessible in rough weather, 2015-12-11
Captain: , Newport (490)

we had planned to stay here on and off for a week with our kids due to access to the sandals resort facilities. The marina a staff was beautiful with free laundry, power/water for small fee and DVD library. We arrived in calm weather but the winds picked up and we felt significant surge while tied up in the marina. We made it out ok (dicey with the rage) but could not get back in safely after that. Friends were trapped in and the surge was so significant it broke cleats on the docks. Hopefully they put in a jetty or seawal to mitigate the surge.

Nice, but expensive, 2015-08-29
Captain: , ocean ridge (119)

Stopped for Check in and Breakfast. Good food and service. $120 charge to "tie up" to dock for customs check in and extra $50 fee from customs and immegration. Maybe stay overnite for the same amount. Check for "tie up fees".

Great stop over, 2015-07-05
Captain: , Anna Maria Island (573)

Our first night we went to the full service dock so we could wash our boat inside and out. A bit pricy the no service dock is another option which we moved to the following night and stayed there for three nights. A good place to off load the bikes and explore some of the outlying resturants and sight see. Dingy riding just outside the harbor and snorklling were great too.

Safe port in any weather, 2015-06-06
Captain: , kailua, hi (20)

This marina is well protected. Has great amenities (when they are working), and the folks here go out of their way to help. Large boats, small boats and a dock for as little as $.50 per foot. Clean showers, nice lounge, free laundry. This was a nice stop. BUT, there are no facilities for parts or repairs. Have to drive into town for parts, provisions, or entertainment.

Excellent deal, 2015-06-01
Captain: , Edmonton (279)

The 50 cent/ft deal (3 nights min.; no water/electricity; docks B or J) is a fantastic bargain. Showers are good, laundry machines are decent and free (yes, free!!!) and the lounge is excellent. Wifi is a bit spotty, but other open signals can be found. Some of the staff could use a primer in customer service, but that's a minor gripe in an otherwise positive experience. Liquor store is close by, as well as restaurants (some at nearby resorts) but it's a bit of a hike for groceries. It's bike-able, but rental cars (Berlie's) are high quality and relatively affordable. Makes a great place to wait out weather, or catch up on laundry after spending time in George Town or wherever. As with most of the cuts, strong E or NE winds, particularly on a falling tide make the entrance challenging if not dangerous.

Picked up Charter to NAS, 2015-05-26
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (300)

One night here getting familiar with boat be fore setting off to NAS, rude girl at Marina Office, no amenities, close by stores closed. Saddles nearby for $$ to visit, facility nice but not much else. A long way from GGT.

The Dog's Opinion, 2015-05-25
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (166)

First, it's an ok place to get out of bad weather. Nice floating docks, nice lounge, free showers, free laundry, low cost if you make your own power and water. There's some surge, but easy to cope for those who secure a boat properly (don't use old halyards and sheets as docklines, etc.). The biggest drawback is the remote location and high expense of transportation to grocery stores and supplies.
Ryder, our dog, rates this marina as 2 1/2 bones out of 4. Floating docks make access easy, and there are extensive safe walking trails around the golf course. Dogs are not allowed in the office or lounge and although there are large fields for walking, the rocks and dry scrubby weeds are tough on paws. There's a nice beach adjacent to the marina for off-leash swimming.

Pretense of luxury, 2015-05-17
Captain: , United States (3192)

Full disclosure: we stayed on the "no service" dock which is just $0.55/foot plus VAT, with a 3-night minimum. At that rate it is barely acceptable; I can't imagine why anyone would pay the full $2.65/foot rate here.

If they did not try to pretend to be something they are not, I would grant more stars. But anyone falling prey to the glitzy advertising for this place will be sorely disappointed in the reality. It was clearly inteded to be a luxury resort, but was never completed.

The one thing they did manage to finish was the marina office complex, which includes the nicest captain/crew lounge I have ever seen, complete with billiards table. They have free coffee there in the morning. But even this building is not complete -- there is an area designed and outfitted as a bar, but it has never been opened for business.

Other than the captain lounge, a small laundry room, and a recently added minuscule fitness room, there are no ammenities at all. No bar, no restaurant, no store, no pool, nothing, even though the "resort map" you can download from the web site depicts all of those things.

Much ado is made of the free laundry, and we did use it. But even though the marina was nearly empty, we had to wait, because every employee of the marina and of Sandals, which owns it, has learned about the free laundry and brings their household laundry here. The number of locals using the laundry outnumbers the number of marina guests by a factor of at least ten, and maybe more.

The marina is quick to advertise their $0.50 and $1.00 discount rates for the limited-service docks, but fails to tell you there is a mandatory 10% "resort fee" added to those, before VAT. So the rate is really $0.55, or $1.10.

The place is owned by Sandals (for now --Sandals is trying hard to unload it), and they will give you a ride over there, but a day pass will set you back $160, plus VAT, per person.

We did find a nice pub a short walk down the main road, and ate there a few times. It caters mostly to locals, who are mostly resort employees, and the prices and portions were decent. The very nice market that used to be next door is now closed. A liquor store in the same strip mall is still open.

We stayed in April '15; perhaps things will change when Sandals finds a buyer.

Deceived at the Miami Boat Show, 2015-04-26
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (10)

As many people have said this is a nice marina. The reason for the poor raiting is because Dale told us one thing at the Miami boat show and then when we show up we are told another and Dale isn't here and they said he wouldn't be here for a month or so; so we can't talk to him about what he told us.

He told us they no longer had a 3 day minimum on the cheaper docks and that they lowered the rate on the full service docks to $1.50. Well the rate has actuall gone up to $2.42 a ft with a 40 ft minimum and on top of that they charge a 10% service idea what the service fee even covers. They charge 94 cents a klw for electricity which is the highest I have seen in the Exumas and 43 cents a gallon for water.

The only difference between the 50 cent dock and $1 dock is that the $1 dock has water which you still have to pay for. Why on earth would I pay 50 cents more per foot to be next to water when I still have to pay for it. I can just go to the fuel dock and get water.

The captains lounge is very nice and the free laundry is great but again at $2.42 a ft (most expensive I have seen in the Exumas) i don't really cosider it free.

Which Dale was here so I coud talk to him about what he "told me" at the Miami boat show.

Doesn't get any better than this, 2015-04-25
Captain: , Lewes, DE (514)

This has got to be the place to stay for anyone wanting to visit Georgetown. We stayed for 4 nights in early April and could easily have stayed longer. We got the full discount docks at $.50 a foot. They currently have 3 dockage plans. Full service, water only for $1/ft and no service for $.50 a foot. Plus they have a 10% discount for military (active, retired or reserve), police or firefighters from the US or Canada. Our stay was cheaper than a mooring in the Exuma Park and came with free trash, free laundry, beautiful heads, great floating docks, an incredible customer lounge and happy hour on Monday night. Some may say it%u2019s in the middle of nowhere but so what? They have a beautiful beach, pool, the Villas restaurant and a great local bar a block away. If you want a car to drive to Georgetown they will get one delivered to the marina for you. If you want you can pay a resort fee and use all of the Sandals Resort facilities. Everyone we met was extremely friendly and I would look forward to going back and spending more time there.

The Marina at Emerald Bay, 2015-04-01
Captain: , Leamington, Ontario (710)

Great rates, starting at .50 per foot per day. Floating docks, ample showers, good free laundry facility. Good depth throughout. Nice beach close by, and a nice restaurant next door. About 16 miles from Georgetown, but a lot quieter, and rental cars easily available. Free finger food and rum punch on Monday nights! Pump outs for head tanks available @$25. Most of the staff very friendly.

Best floating docks in the Exumas, 2015-03-14
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale FL (271)

Dale and his crew do a good job running this top notch facility lacking some amenities. Surge is comparable to Charleston. Entrance could use a few more markers but the ones in place suffice. The huge windsock is a great aid to gauge your way into the basin.

Cool Stuff, 2015-03-06
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (185)

We stay in this marina for 20 days with a 82' motor yacht. we found some interesting things, there is a current 2 miles off along the coast where we could get wahoo and dorados. there are pigs swimmers 6 miles north in a small island called ''White Bay Cay''. The facility that this Marina offer is still very good, beautiful golf course, there is a very nice liquor store close by, a new bar was open just beside of it, and Grand isle is really good choice for enjoy a good cocktail beside the swimming pool with a nice ocean view.

One of the Best in the Bahamas, 2015-02-11
Captain: , Annapolis (434)

Stayed here on the way to Gorgetown to wait out a big westerly. Great slips. Berthed at the limited service dock for $1/night. Got there in time for the Monday "Happier Hour" where the marina supplies rum punch and hors d'oeuvres in the boaters' lounge. Get there early as the food goes FAST.
Everyone is helpful and friendly.
We opted for a day at the adjoining Sandals Resort. $120/person from 10AM to 2AM ALL inclusive. The day can be broken up into just the afternoon or evening for less cost. We got our money's worth.
The free laundry was a big hit. Lines started forming at 5AM.

The ideal stop southbound, 2015-02-09
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (586)

We stayed here for 3 days. Slip fees were $1/ft, min $40/day for 3 days. Our provisioning was running really low, so we rented a car at $65/day and drove to Georgetown to load up on everything. Near the marina there is a liquor store and a convenience store. Grand Isle restaurant will serve you a dinner not to be forgotten! Its a 10 minute walk away from the marina. The staff were very helpful and professional. Really nice clean laundry and bath facilities. Floating docks all in great shape.

Great place to stop!, 2015-02-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (181)

This is a great protected marina with nice facilities. Entrance is pretty straight forward, floating docks are fairly new and in great shape. The facilities here are the best I have seen - free laundry, free pool table, nice lounge overlooking the marina with large flatscreen TV open until midnight, clean showers, happy hour on Mondays, and more... as others have written, there is a bit of swell that rolls around the marina, and it is a bit far from Georgetown. On balance, this place is great for a stop or to leave you boat for weeks or months while away. A shuttle to downtown would be nice, but honestly, other than the grocery store, there is not much to do "downtown". The day pass for $120 to Sandals is totally worth it for unlimited food and drinks, plus use of the facilities, from 10am-1am.

Double standard in treatment of guests, 2015-01-20
Captain: , Miami, Florida (10)

Have to agree with Capt. Ian. When I was at this marina around 2007, prior to Sandals, it was so easy to access the resort then operated by Four Seasons and it was clear marina guests and resort guests were all treated the same. There was a time when marina helped boaters get to George Town but seems that is no more. Clearly there is a double standard as to how Sandals treats marina guests versus resort/hotel guests.

channel markers, 2015-01-09
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale, FL (297)

The 3rd and 4th markers are further into the channel than depicted on the chart. Two green markers are further down the channel as well.

There are two brand new markers behind the office. Dale is waiting for new chain to install them.

Nice place very Quiet, far from town, 2015-01-08
Captain: , Midland On (53)

I could not give a 5 or 4 star as Sandals does not live up their standard . as the marina is very far from any town, one would anticipate that Sandals would offer a shuttle to town. they do at the resort for guests. if this is truly connected to Sandals, then why doesn't Sandals offer this to their guests at the marina as well?... unless you rent a car, you are stuck far away.

Dale and his crew do a great job with Happier Hour! place is very clean, and I felt secure.

the marina is quiet and protected at least! I would come back but hopefully their would be a daily or some form of shuttle offered.

dale and his crew do a great job with Happier hour!

very disappointed, 2014-12-22
Captain: , san diego ca (10)

Unbelievable surge, broke 7 lines in a week. Entrance can be un navigable with wind and wave conditions. Water and electricty are outrageous. Would not recommend. No restaurant, no store, far from town.

great facilities, 2014-12-21
Captain: , Tarpon Springs (250)

Came in for a few days on our way to Georgetown. Physical facilities are 1st rate. great floating docks,great laundry, great gym and boaters lounge that is among the best I have ever seen. staff is very accommodating and knowledgable. rented car and drove into Georgetown to provision. The drive was beautiful and easy.

best in bahamas!, 2014-11-14
Captain: , Port aransas ,Texas (92)

We tucked in here for a two night stay and ended up here for a week because of high winds! Thank Goodness! Beautiful marina with floating docks. Nice protection from the wind but tie off well from the surge. That is the only negative, but don't let that scare you. Free laundry! The staff is the friendliest in any marina I have been to. Met some great friends on s/v alegria that I haven't seen since texas! Small world. Marina has very nice showers, beautiful lounge, wifi, ice, clean fuel, good water, a new weight room and a convenience store coming soon! Did I like this place? Absolutely! I not might but will be coming back!

Floating Docks, 2014-10-26
Captain: , Slidell, La. (1148)

Frendly staff, Great Floating slips, Very little surge (unless tropical conditions), No supplies close by but the marine is planning a small ships store for necessities, Clean fuel, Clean private restrooms, nice laundy area. We will return.

nice marina, 2014-09-13
Captain: , Beaconsfield (90)

Very cheap rate for short term stay ( 1$/ft without services for 3 days minimum ).
Staff is perfect. Buildings and accomodations very nice. I never go to marina unless I absolutely need to, but I'll come back to Emerald Marina even I don't need it; Water is cheap, wifi free, laundry free ...
Children love the place.

Floating Docks, 2014-05-28
Captain: , San Diego (300)

Stayed there for 3 nights. Modern and clean facilities with friendly staff. A nice lounge/party area if you want to relax and watch a game on their cable TV. Nice place to entertain guests upstairs also.
Good laundry facilities, showers and internet that they say is free but there is a 10% resort fee?
Sandles resort is nearby for golfing and day pass uses there is also a dive shop on site

Sitting here using the free wifi, 2014-04-20
Captain: , Weston, VT (570)

Have spent two nights here and have completely enjoyed it. John the dock attendent handled the lines and gave us the low down on the immediate area. Made use of the free washer/dryers and very nice bathrooms. Clubhouse staff called and got us reservations for dinner at Grand Isle resort across the street and it was very good and setting was superb
No I don't like being hit with 10% service fees and yes the place is far from Georgetown but for us and our guests who had to catch a plane this morning the marina was perfect.
We will return when we next get down to the Exumas.

Excellent, friendly staff, nice marina, 2014-02-28
Captain: , annapolis (453)

The marina information contained in both Active Captain and
Dozier's Waterway Guide - Bahamas 2014 is accurate! The Marina at Emerald Bay (MEB) answered the phone on the second ring and, as I approached, were equally responsive to the VHF. Upon entering the basin, I was directed to D dock and as I approached a uniformed staff, standing at the end of the floating dock, waived until I saw him. Dock lines were ready and everytihing went well. You ask, what is the big deal? I'm singlehanding a 37
ft sail and entering a new marina, it is very nice to maintain VHF contact until you are handed to the staff on the dock.

Check in went smoothly. And Mr Dale Westin, Manager, stopped to extend his personal welcome and if I had any problems come to him (I did,more later).

Facilities: nice docks, VERY convient trash containers (one on every finger pier), laundry FREE and the machinces do a very nice job. The second day of my stay, the laundry room AC was not working. I saw John, MEB staff, he said it would be fixed today,
and it was.

Between docking, registration, fuel dock and laundry I interfaced with four MEB staffers and Mr Westin. ALL encounters were
first rate.

On my third day, a transient boat was loud. Well, Mr Westin said if you have a problem, see me. I entered Mr. Westin's office, said I wanted to file a verbal complaint. I did. He said, I'll look into it.
As I left the marina office, I noticed Mr. Westin walking to one of his staff. Outside, I lingered to see what action, if any, would be taken. Within five minutes, a staffer went to the boat and the
noise stopped. This is the kind of marina I will return.

Some comments say there is nothing to do, maybe so. But
if you are seeking a nice marina (excellent, responsive staff, RO water, nice AC laundry, private showers, free trash removal) The Marina at Emerald Bay fits the bill.

Lastly, only a five minute walk to The Palapa Grill, Grand Isle Resort and Spa, a nice restaurant. Seating overlooks their pool and Emerald Bay. I had lunch ($29 entree, drink, tip) dinner ($39), both were fairly priced and excellent. Will dine again.

watch the extra fees, 2014-02-05
Captain: , Jupiter florida (40)

Not much to do. Power is great. Dock guys good. One of the best club house anywhere. Easy to rent a car. Wouldn't want to spend to long there not much to do if you don't like golf. Extra fees in bill at the end. 10% service charge per day for staff? Not nice.

Great Potential But Not Yet Realized, 2013-12-30
Captain: , Aventura FL (10)

We visited near Christmas and both Sandals and Grand Isle were not allowing marina guests to use their facilities, this despite having been reassured by staff at the time of booking that for a fee, the spa, pool, and restaurant were all at our disposal. We have since confirmed that this will occur whenever the resorts are fully booked. There are no other options for eating on site or nearby so that leaves one to getting a cab for dinner. With few exceptions the options are in Georgetown 25 minutes away and our cab ride for dinner was $106. In fairness the marina docks are excellent. On our visit the buoys on the north side were missing and since the channel is one way and very narrow, it is not for the faint of heart.

Arrived here Dec 10th-2013 at 16:45 in high ESE winds, 2013-12-13
Captain: , Vancouver (510)

Channel is well buoyed but it must be scary in any northerly winds. Stay well to right along the basin wall as you enter the marina after you are past the entrance channel since visiting boats are sent to the back behind the large power yachts. We were not given clear directions-ended up tying up to the nearest dock in entrance since we could see no-one helping us where to go. We ended up having to untie and turn the 50ft sailboat around in a narrow space and go back towards the entrance and hang a left to enter the small yacht area farther northwest of the entrance. Plenty of swell movement during the night and could hear the lines of other boats straining all night. Nice clean marina with free laundromat and great WiFi signal inside in the study. Golf course/Sandals Adult-only resort nearby. Georgetown (Exuma International) airport only about 15 mins away. Friendly staff who are willing to help - some cruisers staying there year-round.

Convenient to the airport but isolated and rough, 2013-10-15
Captain: , Miami, fl (3666)

Spent a night here in October with light winds 10kts and some surge could be felt inside the marina with lines stretching and fenders creaking. I can't imagine what it would be in the winter! Especially coming in the entrance.

Convenient for pick up and drop off as it is close to the airport. The upstairs lounge is very nice, probably the best I have ever seen. Wifi is free and Fast. Nice new laundry facility which came in handy as we had a short turn around time and using our own would have taken too long. Efficient staff, hands on manager.

But Overall the place is depressing... Like so many projects in the bahmas it has that unfinished look. Didn't go to the resort as we were only here for one night but there doesn't seem to much close by.

There is a cut parallel to the marina basin, I can't understand why they didn't use that as an entrance channel to cut the surge instead of having the channel leading directly into the basin.

Electrical cost are very high, I used to say the now defunct Samson Cay had the most expensive power on the east coast and Bahamas but now this dubious honor belongs to emerald... $192 for day on a 70 footer without running the watermaker or doing any laundry.

That said, all in all though since the laundry machines and the wifi are free, and the dockage rate reasonable, the overall price is not too bad. I just wished the place looked a little more finished instead of having to look at bare earth

And one last thing... They insist on keeping a copy of your documentation and cruising permit on file. A first in years of cruising the Bahamas...

excellent marina, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Miami (101)

I think the best marina in Bahamas so far.
good price, excellent facilities, very helpful and professional staff

Best Marina in the Bahamas!! Great customer service!, 2013-07-03
Captain: , Biloxi, MS (91)

We are staying here for the summer hurricane season and just can't say enough good things about this marina! Dale Westin, Vice-President, Marina Operations, Sandals Resort, is a hands-on manager. Dale and his competent team go the extra mile to deliver great customer service. Every guest is made to feel welcome and to make sure that they have whatever is needed to make them have the best stay possible.

Floating concrete docks in excellent condition. There have been some negative comments on this site regarding the surge here. Although there is surge, it must be taken into account when adjusting the lines and the lines must be kept very tight. We have been here with constant winds in the 15-20-25 knot range and have had no problems whatsoever.

The facility is top-notch. The Clubhouse is appointed with beautiful furnishings. There is a large flat-screen TV with cable-TV, computer, billiard room, DVD lending, and quiet reading area. Free coffee and tea. A weekly happy hour is held on Mondays with Dale as host serving rum punch, fresh fruit, and finger foods. Great opportunity to meet other marina guests and share information.

Many amenities are available: six spotless shower rooms; free laundry with 4 commercial washers and 4 commercial dryers; trash containers on every dock; free wi-fi with good connection at the slip; good cell-phone coverage; marina security on duty throughout the night.

Although this is a remote area, there are things to do. There are beautiful places to walk along the rocky peninsula of Emerald Bay and the beach.

Grand Isle Resort is within walking distance and has a very good restaurant/bar. A day pass may be purchased for $35/day which includes access to the resort's infinity pool and beach chairs on Emerald Bay beach. There is also an on-site spa.

All-inclusive Sandals Emerald Bay is nearby. A day, evening, or day/evening pass may be purchased, although it is pricey. Rates are $130/day pass; $110/evening pass; and $200/day/evening pass. There is a spa there with many services that does not require the payment of the day pass.

Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club is a great 18-hole golf course available to marina guests for a reduced rate of $85/round. Marina provides a complimentary golf cart.

Regarding provisioning:
Bristol Liquors is within walking distance and is well stocked and reasonable.

Exuma Markets is a good place for grocery provisioning in Georgetown. However, it is 20 miles away. The best way to get there is to rent a car ($74/24 hours). Pickup and drop off is at the marina. Re-fuel at the Shell station in town before heading back to the marina.

Fresh Market Meats is a good place to buy fresh meat. It is located in a small strip shopping center on the west side of the road north of town.

Top to Bottom is a small, but well-stocked marine chandlery in Georgetown.

Georgetown airport (GGT) is nearby for convenient flights out/in. Airport ride to or from airport to marina is $30.

All in all, this is a great place to stay. Highly recommended. Whether your stay will be short-term or long-term, you will not find a better facility for the price in the Bahamas!

Nice Place for a few days., 2013-04-19
Captain: , Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas, USVI (100)

Best thing about this marina....FREE LAUNDRY!....Surrounded by the golf course at Sandels Resort (formally Four Seasons), not a bunch to do unless you belong to the club...Very nice Captain/Crew Lounge here too. We were here 6 days, 4 days too long for me.

Very Nice Marina, 2013-04-16
Captain: , Wiscasset ME (1435)

Stayed here for three days on the no services dock and had a wonderful time. Monday night at 5:30 it was free drinks and finger food on the second floor of the club house. Nice concrete floating docks, free wifi, showers and laundry. Three night minimum stay at $1.00 per foot. We thought it was great. Did not experience any surge in the marina during our stay. We had not been in a marina in months, it was a nice treat and worth every penny.

Luxurious but not safe, 2013-04-14
Captain: , Seattle (188)

All of the goods things everyone has said about the luxury of this place are true. But, to my way of thinking, the most important luxury is a safe port for your boat in a blow. Unfortunately, for this luxury, this place fails miserably. I left my boat (Hallberg-Rassy 42) here during February and March to go back to the states to ski. In view of the surge, I left out 5 fenders. In mid-April, I received a call from another curiser who was kind enough to call me. He said 4 of the 5 fenders had been flattened by the surge conditions, and there was much chafe in my lines. I had a new fender installed (the only one apparently in Georgetown), but it was also flattened by the time I got back to the boat. I had also ruised about $250 worth of dock lines. Although conditions are appently worse on a NE blow, there is a bad surge almost all the time when the wind is blowing or has blown more than about 10 knots. I also saw evidence of cleats actually being pulled out of the dock by the severe surge. For this reason, I and others tied an extra stern line to the pile. It is too bad, because this could be such a great marina. There is a new manager who seems to be very sharp and has some good ideas.

Good, but ..., 2013-02-28
Captain: , boston (70)

Good for the Bahamas. 6 individual bathrooms with their own shower stall, toilet, & sink. 4 large high efficiency front loading clothes washers & 4 large driers (1 was broken at the time) that are free to use. Even the employees use them to wash their own clothes. Lounge area with large screen tv, DVDs to borrow from front desk, billiard table, computer & printer, desk & table space, good wifi.
The pricing at the no services dock is a little misleading. Although it is $1/ft, there is a 40 ft minimum, 3 night minimum stay, and a 10% gratuity. And they only take credit cards.

Great Spot!, 2013-02-10
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1019)

Came in here in advance of some weather. Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club discount on full service dock gave us a net dockage rate of $0.75/foot. Water and electric is metered at $0.40/gallon and $0.85/kwh. Showers, laundry, and Wi-Fi are free.

Easy entry in all but NE swell. Clean, well-built docks. Helpful dockhands. Beautiful lounge with Internet and printer.

Walk to Grand Isle for lunch or dinner. Golf at Sandals for $85/18 holes. Lots of walking opportunities. Small crescent beach nearby. Airport halfway between marina and George Town.

Can't find a thing wrong with this marina! Nice break from anchoring off the Cays. There is some surge in the marina but nothing to be concerned about.

The Marina at Emerald Bay, 2013-01-03
Captain: , Mayo, MD (41)

Very helpful staff, clean showers, laundry and large captain's lounge. A bit far from George Town, but excellent spot to lay over for fuel and laundry.

Lots of Pros and Cons, 2012-12-09
Captain: , Road Town (537)

First of all - if you are going to stay more than 1 night you should join RMHYC to get the 75 cents / foot rate.

Surge - yes there is a surge. It is not as scary as some reviews make it out (tighten your lines to the floating docks) but it is present. As much as the surge there is the wind We sat through a 25 k NNE and felt it every minute. This is a large basin and everyone is exposed to the wind. If it is going to b low - you will feel it.

The dock help (Shane) actually knows what he is doing and is good with lines. He actually will tighten or adjust lines on boats without anyone on them (the long term guys).

The Clubhouse is the best we have ever encountered. TV etc. FREE INTERNET is nice too. The showers and laundry are also fantastic. Clean etc etc - what you would expect from Sandals.

Try the restaurant at Grand Isle - nice atmostsphere and good place to take your sweetheart to make up for all those dinners she prepared at sea. 10 minute walk from the docks (take a flashlight as there are things to trip over)

If you golf - take extra balls. It is a ridiculasly tight course - not what you would expect from a "resort course" If you miss the fairway you have just lost your ball in the water or the bushes. The marina giuests get a great rate ($85/round)

Car rental - they will bring it to the marina for you. $65/day or $430/week

Hate to repeat other reviews...but...Best Marina Ever!, 2012-08-29
Captain: , Atlanta, GA (291)

Wow, this place blew us away with teh awesome facilities, amazing staff, and decent prices. When you factor in free internet, free laundry, 5 star showers, free trash...this place is a bargain. But not cheap. For a truly 5 star experience you could get a room across the street at an amazing resort. (Emerald Bay Resort, I think its called...$500 a night for a 2 BR house. Pricey but amazing. Seemed like a bargain to some of the folks on our boat who had had their fill of boat life. )
Not much in the way of shopping since the center nearby is pretty much closed up, but the dockmaster drove us to a store free of charge. How cool. Im embarrassed I can't remember his name, but I think it was Peter. What a great guy. Invited us to the island homecoming where we had a great time!

Best marina in the Bahamas, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Sunny Isles Beach (99)

Stayed here 4/3/12 for four days and can't wait to return! RMHYC members get $.75 rate and the floating docks are well-maintained. Free showers and laundry are kept spotless, and the staff is all Sandals-trained and very sharp. Grand Isles is an easy walk or short shuttle ride away for evening drinks or meals, and a nice beach is right next to that. Glenroy is perhaps the best dockmaster we have ever had the pleasure of working with! A definite place on our list of stops in the Exumas.

Great Bargain, 2012-04-12
Captain: , Houston (774)

We stopped here on the advice from some friends and could not have been happier. Did not want to leave. The no service dock (cruising dock) has metered water at $0.40/gal but no electrical available and is $1.00/ft for most folks. If you belong to the Marsh Harbour Yacht Club you can get on the full service dock for $0.75/ft. The full service dock has metered electrical that is $0.80/kwh. All docks have access to the free laundry and showers. There is a dive shop that charges $10.00 to fill a tank. The main building offers free coffee and has a large screen TV available all day. The Grand Isle Resort next door has a pool and poolside restaurant plus a beach. This is a great place for the price. Well protected harbour that does have some swell in when the wind si fom the NE. The WIFI worked well here all the time. The club room has a computer and printer available to everyone. The staff is great and goes out of their way to be helpful. We needed parts and used Reggie Express Service out of Ft Lauderdale. It cost $50 to ship from Virginia to Ft Lauderdale and $18 to ship from Ft Lauderdale to Georgetown. Dejuan at Reggie acted as our agent and handled all of the paperwork with customs. He charged $30 and customs charged $10 on a boat part that was not sublect to customs. The cab ride from the marina to the airport was $30 each way. The marina has a Wednesday van service to downtown for grocery shopping, etc. Great great place.

Good stop in a storm!!, 2012-04-07
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Mar 3-10, 2012
Stopped here and stayed for 6 nights waiting out a blow that we saw 56 kt gust. Acces to and from in a Ne winds and waves can be bumpy and challenging. However once inside we experienced little or no tidal surge. We tide up securely and felt very comfortable.
The staff was very friendly and the facilties are lovely with a nice computer /tv room, billiard room, bar that they opened for a few happy hours while 50 boats were there. Great place to walk and jog around the gold course and over to the Sanderling Resort. Good duty free liquor store about a ten minute walk. The bank and restaurant in that shopping center have been closed for a few months now. Great stay for $1.00 ft a night if you don't need or want power. We had water which is metered. You still have free wifi and free laundry and full use of the all the facilities.

Great Facilities, 2012-03-05
Captain: , Toronto (124)

The entrance to the marina can be a little wild if there are seas from the northeast. The docks are first rate floating docks. Not much scenery and and a long 12 miles to George Town but at $1.00 a foot if you can do without electricity it's a good deal.

In a northeast gale there can be a bit of a surge but it is quite negligible for catamarans. Monohulls tend to suffer a bit.

Do not use DHL for shipping services. I waited for 6 days for an International Express shipment. The local carrier, Top II Bottom, busy-out their phone lines so you can not reach them. My impression of DHL in this part of the world is that the priority is their employees and contractors. The customer is last in consideration. I ended up paying $90 in customs fees for a $46 part because they lost the copy of my cruising permit.

Reggie Express out of Fort Lauderdale flies in on Wednesday every week.

Federal Express, which may have been the better choice on reflection, does not have local delivery but the parcel can be picked up at the airport.

Great Marina, 2012-03-01
Captain: , Vinalhaven, ME (10)

Great marina. Doug and staff are very helpful and friendly. Wonderful club house with wifi (on the dock also), coffee, TV room, pool table, etc. Tike bar at Grand Isle has good food and drinks. Free grocery run into Georgetown on Wed. Best wine store on island is a 10 min. walk or golfcart ride by marina staff. Some surge with NE swells. Great floating concrete docks so tie off hard and you will be fine.

Back Again, 2012-02-18
Captain: , Washington, DC (840)

After visiting last year on our sailboat, we were really looking forward to visiting again this year. So far, we haven%u2019t been disappointed other than finding that the little shopping center is almost a ghost town. The only business left is Bristol Wine & Spirits. The grocery store is closed, but the marina provides a free shuttle to George Town on Wednesdays. The bank is closed, but they did leave the ATM, albeit out of order when we tried to get cash. The marina is still going strong, i.e., greatest lounge, bathrooms, and docks in the Exumas and possibly the Bahamas. With RMHYC membership, staying here is a bargain. We are going snorkeling off of Sandals%u2019 Beach today and to the bonfire social tonight.

the best value in the bahamas, 2012-02-08
Captain: , miami (120)

what can i say? there are minimal services (essentially fuel), but you can get a well protected slip at a floating dock for $1/ft/night, which entitles you to free showers, free laundry, and free internet (that actually works). What more can you ask? You have to ask to be placed at a no-service slip, otherwise they will put you at one with electical power and cable, which is $2.25/ft/night (frankly, still not bad by bahamas standards, considering the above freebies). Oh, and there are buoys marking the channel! when's the last time you saw that in the bahamas?

beautiful set up, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Southport, NC (916)

well sheltered basin, man-made with rock jetty. Sandals golf is nearby as well as provisioning. Downtown Georgetown is at least a 12 mile drive so be aware of that.

Excellent Marina, 2012-01-27
Captain: , Halifax, NS (400)

For a buck a foot this place can't be beat. Doug and the staff are fantastic. The facilities are first rate.

Incredible Marina, 2012-01-02
Captain: , Padanaram, MA (259)

Best marina in the Bahamas so far. $1.00 per foot, and free laundry. Not to mention 5 star club house with TVs and free internet. Don't miss this gem while its so cheap, it probably won't last.

All the good reviews are correct, 2012-01-01
Captain: , Portsmouth (163)

This place is the best marina that we have ever stayed at- Doug, the Manager, is very concern that everyone that stays there enjoys themselves. There is not a single staff member that is anything short of helpful and friendly. The surge can be very bad at times. If the wind is out of the N to E, try staying on the south end of the marina- you are a little farther from the free laundry and club house, but the surge is always much less down there.

Emerald Bay, 2011-04-11
Captain: , Babylon NY (341)

It is the nicest marina you will ever stay at. Best club house, floating docks, bathrooms. You thought you were in a 5 star hotel. The staff are excellent. The nearby resorts and food are great. The entrance can be very dangerous in N-NE winds but if you can wait for settled weather to leave it is not a problem. The only drawback is the surge. I used 10 docklines and 2 snubbers and still worried about the surge. If they fix the surge problem it will be one of the best marinas in the world.

Excellent marina, 2011-04-11
Captain: , San Francisco CA (1301)

We stayed here for six days, connecting with some friends who had rented a condo here. It's a really pleasant marina, and several boats were here for a month or more because it was extremely reasonable.

I have NEVER..., 2011-04-02
Captain: , Key West, FL (758)

....been at any marina, anywhere, where the staff was more friendly or more helpful. And the facility itself is absolutely top-notch. The lounge is as nice as River Dunes in NC. And the "no service" piers for $1.00 a foot are anything but no service. All you give up is a power ped. Also, btw, the Sandals resort is available w/out paying the daily fee, if you go over to the spa for a haircut or massage. Not bad.

So, then why is this place mostly empty? And why are we leaving two days ahead of schedule? Because the entrance is tricky (especially on the way in) when the winds are over 20 knots and from the NE. This is a situation that the owners are fixing with a fully engineered solution (I presume a breakwater) in the near future. In the meantime, work around it based on weather. With that fixed, this is a five star (and I imagine the price will go up to reflect that and its unique location).

Wow! This is Fine, 2011-03-25
Captain: , Wilson, NY (432)

Clean showers, free laundry, internet that works, water at $0.40/ gallon and all of this for $1/foot (plus 10% gratuity) at the "non-service" docks (no electric). The staff here earn their 10%, they are more than attentive. The boater's lounge is luxurious, with two wide screen TV's and free DVD's. This is the nicest facility we've been in, in the US and the Bahamas.
The only downside we saw is an entrance that is tricky in the prevailing easterlies and would be downright impassible in strong easterlies. We came at a time of light winds so we knew we could get back out.

Outstanding Marina, 2011-02-23
Captain: , Havre de Grace, MD (299)

Without question, the best marina we have ever stayed in. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The facilities are top-notch, as noted by other reviewers the laundry, showers and wifi are all included in the daily dockage. Even if you are not on the limited services dock this marina is still the best value we have encountered in the Bahamas.

The floating docks are in excellent condition. The only downside to the the marina (and kept it from getting 5 stars) is the surge. It must be taken into account when fixing your lines. We kept our lines very tight and so far have had no problem. Other boats with looser lines are moving a bit more.

They do not take cash. Credit/debit cards only; and add in a 10% gratuity, so take that into consideration when deciding if and how much to tip the staff.

Highly recommend this marina.

Best Kept secret in the Exumas, 2011-02-17
Captain: , Vandemere NC (418)

The Mariana at Emerald Bay is one of the best marinas I have ever stayed in. Extremely well kept and staff is fantastic. Non-service docks are $1 per foot and laundry, internet, incredible shower facility are all free. Lunch or dinner at adjacent Villas and Supermarket is a short walk away. The entrance is a bit tricky in bad weather, but water is clear and depth good all the way in. I'll stay here again any time in the Exumas. Don't miss this stop over.

Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club Discount, 2011-01-29
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

Use your RMHYC card to get $.75/ft rate at the full service dock. No minimum stay. This is a great deal and a wonderful marina w RO water ($.40/gal), fuel docks, electric is metered ($.85/KWH). There can be a wicked surge here, so check your lines and use chafe gear where needed. Keep your lines tight on the floating docks. The staff here is incredible and will go out of their way to assist you (filled up my dinghy gas can and brought it to the boat, etc.). Will take you on a golf cart tour of the area if you ask. The free laundry and great showers will bring us back here again.

A very well stocked (especially produce) grocery is a 1/2 mile walk and the marina will be happy to take you up there. There is also a Scotia ATM, and a liquour store. Just across the golf course, Grand Isle Resort has a great little restaurant (not cheap!), and you can use their pool for $15/guest (it is terrific). Beach access is available as well.

Sandals Resort is a bit futher down the beach, but they want $180/person/day for a day pass. No thanks!

The Marina at Emerald Bay, 2011-01-28
Captain: , Midland, Ontario (142)

Reopened 2010, excellent floating docks. Large slips, well equipped boaters lounge. Water, electricity, wifi at each slip. Jan 2011; 40 ft minimum, $2.25/ft, free showers, laundry, wifi. Unserviced slips $1.00/ft

Excellent Facilities, 2011-01-24
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario, Canada (558)

The best marina that I have experienced in the Bahamas and one of the best on the Eastern Seaboard of the US. Floating docks. Cheap rates of only $ 1 / ft if you take a no-service dock (no electricity, but you can buy water). Unfortunately, not much in the way of restaurant facilities, but free laundry machines, free satellite TV in the lounge, free wifi. First-rate showers and toilets. Not a coakroach to be seen. A good place to leave your boat if you have to fly home.

Beautiful resort marina, 2011-01-20
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)

Perhaps the nicest marina in the Exumas. Floating docks, very helpful staff. Free wifi, trash, shuttles. Caution, most of the surrounding services stated in guides have dried up. There is still a great grocery and liquor store close but restaurants are almost none. If you belong to Royal harbour, service docks are only $.75 a foot.

Emerald Bay Marina, 2011-01-12
Captain: , Full Time Cruisers (2244)

Very upscale marina now being operated by Sandals. They have a no services dock for $1 per foot. The dock fee includes free showers and free laundry and wifi. No services dock does have metered RO water. Very friendly staff

Marina at Emerald Bay, 2009-03-13
Captain: , Daytona Beach (340)

Both boater reports and their web site states that marina is closed as of March 2009.

In past has been a good source for RO water at 15 cents per gallon.

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