by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
The Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort is located overlooking its own 55-slip marina on Grand Bahama. It features well-equipped suite- and apartment-style accommodations. Efficiencies, one-, two- and three-bedroom units are available. All but the efficiencies have separate living rooms, dining areas and kitchenettes. Many rooms have sofa beds, Jacuzzi tubs and views of the marina.
The resort has two swimming pools including one with a swim-up bar, a dive shop offering daily snorkeling and diving trips, putting grounds, a tennis court and a volleyball court. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hosts weekly “Dinner and a Movie” nights. Other activities for both children and adults include bingo, Karaoke and a weekly fish fry.
Car, boat and bicycle rentals are all available directly front the resort. Parking and Wi-Fi are offered free of charge. Complimentary local shuttle service is available, and there is a public bus stop within close walking distance.
Our Editor Loves
- Multi-room accommodations
- Two swimming pools
- Restaurant onsite
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms are spacious with a plethora of clean towels. We didnt really know what we were getting into with this being our first vacation booking through Armed Forces Vacation Club .com. We were here during the off season in August, atleast I think that's the off season for the Bahamas. The resort has a bar/dining area and the food is pretty tasty but the menu is small. The drinks they pull from the cooler aren't that cold, more like lukewarm. The pool area is nice with a swim up bar and a hot tub. They sell cigarettes at the bar but no menthols. We purchased a room with two beds and one was lumpy and the other was perfect. Taxis are very expensive at the price of $25 to go anywhere. Solomons grocery store was expensive also, spending $150 on just a handful of items. Shopped at Cost Right grocery store also for a handful of items to last 3 day at a price of $115. The Cost Right is further away so the taxi ride was $20 there $20 back. Everything on The Great Bahamas Island seems to be more expensive but we made do. Had to pull $500 dollars twice from the ATM at the Lucaya marketplace for taxi rides and food. Manta ray beach is ok, found some glass in the water ????. You will not see manta rays, stingrays, iguanas, fish, conch shells, coral life, turtles or any wild life at all there. It was drastically different from the US Virgine Islands witch was flourishing with all the above. Your best bet is to rent a vehicle instead of waisting tons of money on taxis. You will slent thousands and thousands of dollars on taxis if you dont, since they dont have Uber here. There are mosquitos here also and you will have your blood sucked from you more than once at night. You will have diarrhea also atleast once. The staff were very nice and did not pester us to buy a time share once we told them we were not interested. On two separate occasions individuals out on the town and the beach approached us and asked if we would like to buy weed, witch we declined. Make sure to put lots of sunscreen on and reapply after you get out of the water and at every chance you get. Better to be that person with lots of sunscreen on than to be sunburnt and have to stay inside until it turnes into a tan.
Location was great, it was 30-45 minutes tops to everything. They offered a shuttle, at a discounted rate, that ran to specific spots during the week (beach, grocery, etc). The rooms were clean and included the basics for kitchen ware. There was a small fee for wifi but not bad. They were in the process of doing some upgrades but construction wasn't too bad. The tile on the pool was falling off and was a little grimy, but not horrible. Overall, a great place to stay!