Top Notch Accommodations on Andros
Previously known as the Emerald Palms, the totally renovated and vastly upgraded Caerula Del Mar Club is an upscale beachfront resort located in the northern part of South Andros Island. Anglers and non-anglers alike will enjoy a pristine white sand beach with no other structures insight, and a pool that is surrounded by lounge areas and a cabana bar. The restaurant will exceed your expectations with culinary delights prepared by world-class chefs. Whether you choose to fish off the beach, arrange for a guided flats day in the south bight, or charter an offshore day in the Tongue of the Ocean, the angling possibilities are as diverse as any destination in the Bahamas. The club offers numerous non-angling activities and can accommodate large groups making this destination ideal for couples, families (sorry, no children under 12 years old are permitted), corporate retreats, and reunions.
Whether you choose a single or double occupancy clubhouse suite or upgrade to a stand-alone signature suite or villa, all the accommodations at Caerula Del Mar are within a short stroll of the restaurant, both bars, beach, and pool. All the accommodations have thermostat-controlled AC, Wi-Fi, in-room and stocked fridges, sitting areas, high thread count bedding, phones, spacious and well-appointed bathrooms, a private porch with comfy furniture, and room service. You will feel the attention to detail with all the amenities and service, even down to the towels. The club also offers a state-of-the-art clubhouse complete with ping pong and foosball tables, board games, and a sitting area around an expansive flat-screen TV ideal for checking out the game on DirectTV. A compact gym has A/C with multiple machines and free weights. The club even has a pickleball court. Professionally instructed yoga classes are available each morning overlooking the beach, bay, and Tongue of the Ocean. The 50-foot freshwater pool is wrapped with decking and shaded lounge chairs and is steps from the beach. The private, white sand beach overlooks the crystal-clear waters of Andros and offers shaded tiki-style umbrellas and lounge chairs.
Food and Beverage
The main restaurant and bar are open all day. Chef Sebastian Perez and his culinary team will tantalize your taste buds with international and Caribbean cuisine – featuring fresh produce, meats, and seafood. The club specializes in seafood which is all locally and ethically harvested from the waters of Andros. We cannot express how impressed we are with the dining experience at the club. We rank the culinary experience at Caerula del Mar as one of the finest found anywhere in the Caribbean. The bar features the gold standard of beer in the Bahamas – ice-cold Kaliks – as well as Bahamian craft beers, a wide array of unique cocktails, top-shelf liquors, and an extensive wine list. Adjacent to the beach and pool is the cabana bar offering full-service drinks and meals from 11 AM to 5 PM. Room service is also available. The friendly staff is so welcoming and attentive, that you will feel right at home.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available. Travel to South Andros is so convenient that shorter weekend trips or extended stays are welcome.
Complimentary activities include kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycles to explore South Andros. Take it to the next level by choosing from a wide array of diving and snorkeling options, such as night dives, exploring the dozens of local blue holes, coral head dives, or descending along a reef wall that defines the Tongue of the Ocean, which plunges from roughly 100 to 5,000 feet deep. While with advanced notice you can be certified to scuba dive on-site, we recommend taking care of this before arriving to maximize your time in the waters of Andros. Guided eco and nature tours are also available to explore Andros’ pristine, tropical environment and inland blue holes.
The Spa at Caerula Del Mar
Utilizing mostly Androsian flora to heighten your senses, the spa offers various treatments that will ease you into a relaxing state, thus distancing you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Most of the fragrant ingredients used in the facials, deep tissue massages, or detoxifying treatments are from sustainable and renewable resources. We suggest booking spa treatments prior to arrival.
The resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. Most U.S. cell phones will work throughout the Bahamas depending on your plan.
How To Get There
There are several options for flying into Congo Town Airport (TZN). Please contact Yellow Dog for ticketing and scheduling assistance. Our recommended choice for reaching this part of Andros Island is through Nassau with Western Air. Western flies two flights each day to Congo Town from Nassau International Airport (NAS). Makers Air in Fort Lauderdale also services Congo Town almost daily. Groups of more than six people may consider a private charter from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau. Yellow Dog works with several charter companies in Fort Lauderdale and Nassau and would be happy to work with you to arrange a charter flight. Please allow at least two hours between your inbound Nassau flight and your connecting flight to Andros Island to pass through customs and immigration. On the way home we suggest three hours between the Andros flight and your international flight back to the U.S.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The flights from Nassau (NAS) to Congo Town (TZN) depart at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM and take 20 minutes. The flights return to Nassau (NAS) at 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Reservations can be made with Western Air (or Yellow Dog can make these arrangements for you). You may now book your Western Air ticket online or over the phone, but we do insist you check-in one hour before departure time. Once you arrive in Congo Town, a taxi will meet you at the airport to take you on the 10-minute drive from the airport in Congo Town on South Andros to the Caerula Del Mar Club. This taxi is included in the package price.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated or damaged in any way.
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The main fishery for Caerula Del Mar is the South Bight of Andros Island, where an expansive system of natural channels bisects the islands, creating hundreds of square miles of shallow lagoons and white sand flats where bonefish flourish. With easy access to the best fishing areas, guides will take you to where the tides and winds are most favorable on any given day. The guides have the ability to “chase optimal tides throughout the days.” This is due to the way the tides ebb and flow through this massive fishery, which holds great numbers of bonefish. Since the tides are always opposite on the west or east coast, you will never get stuck in an off tide, such as high tide when fish are inaccessible in the mangroves. Everything from easy-to-catch, schoolie-sized fish all the way up to some of the largest bonefish that swim in the Bahamas are available within the bights. The west side of Andros is only a 30-minute run, which is a great spot to be for large bonefish along with seasonal opportunities for tarpon and permit.
The Tongue of the Ocean, a 6,000-foot trench that begins one mile off the east coast of Andros, provides consistently clear water during all weather conditions. You will never be fishing an off-tide, chasing fish deep in the mangroves, or fishing in off-colored water during your guided days. Typical guided fishing days run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the area’s remarkable bonefish population, anglers can also target barracuda, sharks, jacks, snapper, and even offshore species. The club does work with charter Captains for bottom and offshore fishing. When jigging off the reef or coral heads, table fare is the target consisting of mutton and mangrove snapper, as well as grouper. When trolling in the Tongue of the Ocean one hopes to hook up with explosive tuna, dolphin fish (mahi-mahi, dorado), wahoo, marlin, or a sailfish. All guided fishing should be booked with Yellow Dog well ahead of time. We have known all the guides in the area for decades.
All the area’s independent guides are excellent captains with many years of experience. They run 16- and 17-foot Action Craft, Hewes, Hell’s Bay’s, and Dolphin Skiffs with 75HP Yamaha. All skiffs are outfitted with poling platforms, poles, plenty of rod storage, coolers with plenty of ice, and cushioned seats. For offshore days, you will fish aboard a 24-foot, twin-engine center console catamaran. Offshore spin gear, lures, bait, and plugs can be provided for bluewater days, but please bring all your fly gear.
Rates and Terms
Rates vary based on the season. There is a three-night minimum stay. The resort is closed from mid-August through mid-October.
Low Season (May through November)
- Clubhouse suites (one or two beds per room): $385 to $505 per night
- Signature suites and villas (one or two beds per room): $625 to $1,145 per night
High Season (November through April, excluding holidays)
- Clubhouse suites (one or two beds): $485 to $625 per night
- Signature suites and villas (one of two beds): $785 to $1,245 per night
Holiday (two weeks over Christmas and New Year’s)
- Clubhouse suites (one of two beds): $585 to $755 per night
- Signature suites and villas (one or two beds): $945 to $1,715 per night
Yellow Dog Culinary Experience
We offer exclusively for Yellow Dog clients our Culinary Experience, which is an all-inclusive plan – breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages (house brands only). Top shelf/premium spirits or wines paid separately. The cost is $285.00 per person per day plus tax (10%) and gratuity (15%)
- Ground airport transfers between Congo Town airport and the resort
- Non-motorized watersports equipment and bicycles
- Wi-Fi at the resort
- Bahamas VAT Tax and resort service fee on package listed
What’s Not Included:
- Guided bonefishing (unless specified as above)
- Full-Day: $800 (plus VAT tax and service fee)
- Half-Day: $500 (plus VAT tax and service fee)
- Airfare to and from Andros Island, Bahamas
- All meals and beverages, including alcohol, at the resort
- Additional excursions and activities
- Bahamas VAT Tax (10%) on all purchases
- Resort service fee (13%) on all purchases
- Flyfishing equipment and flies
- Bahamas fishing license
- Gratuities for fishing guides and resort staff
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
Cancellation charges are based upon the date upon which the Resort is notified of a Guest’s cancellation. Minimum cancellation charges are as follows: (1) If written notice of cancellation by the Guest is provided to the Resort at least 60 days prior to the Guest’s booked arrival date, there will be a cancellation charge of 25% of the purchase price of the Guest’s Stay. (2) If written notice of cancellation by the Guest is provided to the Resort at least 30 days but less than 60 days prior to their booked arrival date, there will be a cancellation charge of 50% of the purchase price of the Guest’s Stay. (3) If written notice of cancellation by the Guest is provided to the Resort with less than 30 days prior to their booked arrival date, there will be a cancellation charge of 100% of the purchase price of the Guest’s Stay. (4) For Entire Resort rental or group bookings, the deposit is refundable with written notice of cancellation received at least 60 days prior to arrival, with the exception of a non-refundable cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total reservation price plus any direct expenses incurred by the Resort on your behalf. (5) New bookings made after May 2019 with travel dates after October 24, 2020 will be subject to our standard booking policies and conditions. However, if travel to the Bahamas continues to be or becomes restricted again, you will be able to postpone your dates without penalty for up to one year from your reservation dates, subject to availability and/or any rate differences. If you prefer to receive a full refund, this will be considered only if travel is restricted to the Bahamas. If the resort is not open for your intended travel dates we will either provide a full refund or work with you to rebook your stay.
The cancellation charges outlined above are liquidated damages as a genuine pre-estimate of damages, and not a penalty. No refunds or adjustments will be made for any portion of a Guest’s Stay not utilized.
CHANGES TO RESERVATIONS
At any point prior to a Guest’s Stay, a Guest may make revisions to their booking to upgrade (e.g. upgrading rooms, adding nights, adding rooms, additional persons), at no additional charge. Any other revisions to a Guest’s booking (e.g. subtracting number of nights, subtracting rooms) will be subject to the following revision fees: (1) If the Guest notifies the Resort of such revisions at least 30 days prior to their booked arrival date, a revision fee of $200 per traveller will apply. (2) If the Guest notifies the Resort of such revisions less than 30 days prior to their booked arrival date, the Guest will be responsible for the full purchase price of their original booking.
All requested changes to reservations are subject to the Resort’s sole discretion, and any changes are subject to availability. If the revised reservation is subsequently cancelled, the cancellation penalties for the original dates of travel will apply.
The Resort cannot guarantee that it will satisfy special requests (including but not limited to requests for specific rooms or locations, adjoining rooms, bed sizes, and the like). The Resort is not responsible if such requests are not met.
The Resort may, for any reason, at any time, and without prior notice, substitute rooms for accommodations of equal or greater value than those specified in Guest’s booking. The Resort shall not be liable for any loss or injury to Guest caused by such substitution of accommodations.
LIMITATION OF DAMAGES
In no event shall the aggregate liability of the Resort or Owner, whether in contract, warranty, tort (including negligence, whether active, passive or imputed), product liability, strict liability or other theory, arising out of or relating to any booking made by a Guest exceed the purchase price paid by the Guest for its Stay. Nothing herein shall exclude or limit the Resort’s or Owner’s liability for losses which may not be lawfully excluded or limited by applicable law, in which case, the Resort or Owner’s liability will be limited to the greatest extent permitted by applicable law. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE RESORT AND OWNER AND THEIR AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS AND LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM USE OF THE WEBSITE, BOOKING YOUR STAY, OR ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN SUFFERED DURING YOUR STAY.