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Top 5 Bahamas Family-Friendly Fly Fishing Destinations

May 03, 23

There is always time to think about the next great family vacation

The Bahamas is blessed with a variety of options to accommodate everyone in the family. Many of these lodges are ideally suited to cater to anglers and non-anglers. If you’re trying to plan an adventure that will please everyone involved, then we’re here to help. 

Here at Yellow Dog, we actually rank and rate each of our destinations based on exactly how “family-friendly” they are, taking into consideration such factors as the availability of non-angling activities, specific programs and services for non-anglers, separate non-angler rates, and more. We combine all of this information with the realities of exactly how good and how diverse the fishing is as well. In the end, we’re able to offer a number of lodge and destination options that can easily cater to a mixed angling / non-angling couple, while at the same time offering a great overall fishing experience.

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Small Hope Bay Lodge
(Andros Island, Bahamas)
Established in 1960, this all-inclusive beach resort caters perfectly to couples and families seeking a reasonably priced vacation in the Bahamas. Small Hope Bay Lodge is a family-owned and operated resort that offers numerous non-angling activities, including one of the top-rated snorkel and scuba programs in the Bahamas. The lodge overlooks a white sandy beach, with direct access to the ocean, a protected shallow bay, and an inland creek—all of which are ideal for fishing, kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling. This is indeed one of the finest values in the Bahamas for hardcore anglers, families, and couples.

H2O Bonefishing and Pelican Bay Resort (Grand Bahama, Bahamas)
World-class bonefishing with all of the comforts and amenities of a high-end luxury beach resort. This private waterfront resort sits adjacent to both the white sands of Lucaya beach and Count Bassie Square, offering a wide selection of restaurants, bars, duty-free shopping, dancing, a casino, golf, tennis, water sports, and evening entertainment. This is a large-scale operation that can easily be compared to the large resorts of Hawaii or Mexico, but with much better fishing! The guides are fun to fish with, educationally focused, and know BIG bones, which Grand Bahama is well known for!

Swain’s Cay Lodge (Andros Island, Bahamas)
This is a strong value for a honeymooning couple seeking a beach experience in the Bahamas. Opened in 2012, the facility is well-maintained, clean and comfortable. It is on a white sandy beach that overlooks a bonefish flat, small island, and reef, so you can fish or kayak right from the quaint lodge! The fishing and eco-guides will show you the middle and south bights of Andros, which is a beautiful inland flats and lagoon system teeming with fish and wildlife. The meals are well prepared and the staff is lots of fun. The guides are true professionals, and are fine instructors!

Kamalame Cay Resort (Andros Island, Bahamas)
One of the nicest lodge/resort options in the entire world of saltwater fly fishing, Kamalame is a bit on the expensive side compared to many of our other Bahamas lodges but very, very nice. Located on a private island on the north end of Andros, Kamalame features great private accommodations options (houses and bungalows located directly on the beach) and the nicest beaches on the island. The spa offers guests a wide range of treatments, that is very soothing after a long day of fishing, relaxing by the freshwater pool, or a session on the tennis court. You also have a huge system of home flats, meaning you can easily fish on your own on your non-guided days. For guided days, you have access to both the West Side and the Joulter Cays; two of the most incredible fisheries on Andros.

Stella Maris Resort (Long Island, Bahamas)
This beautiful ocean-front resort offers a wide range of tropical vacation accommodations, superb beaches, and numerous water activities. Three hotel pools dot the manicured grounds, as do seven hidden beach coves, all nestled into a splendid panorama of tropical foliage and dramatic shorelines. Long Island is peaceful, uncrowded, and hardly touched by modern tourism. The cool thing for the angler is their outfitter – James “Docky” Smith. Docky is one of the best guides in the Bahamas, and he loves to focus on bonefish and permit. This is another more reasonable option in the Bahamas for couples seeking a Caribbean beach and water sports honeymoon.

For more information on Bahamas lodges, trips, how-to articles, and more visit our Bahamas Fly Fishing page or learn more about Recommended Gear for The Bahamas.

To view all of our family-friendly trips and destinations, visit our Family Fly Fishing Trips page.

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