High-End Accommodations Next to Rich Bonefishing Grounds
UPDATES ON ABACO CLUB AT WINDING BAY AND THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE DORIAN
At the present time, all travel to Abaco Club at Winding Bay is on hold, and all bookings for the immediate future have either been canceled or suspended. Most US airlines have suspended all direct commercial flights to Marsh Harbor until December. Bahamas Air is offering flights to both Abaco and Grand Baham via Nassau on a limited basis. Ceratin lodges and operations that we work with (including Abaco Club) were badly damaged or destroyed, and the timeline for rebuilding and re-opening these operations has yet to be announced. For those looking to fish the Bahamas in the near future, it is important to remember that all islands (apart from Abaco and Grand Bahama) are very much open and available to anglers. We have very good availability on Andros Island, Crooked Island, and a number of the other out-islands and the Bahamas needs our support! Once recovery and relief efforts wrap up on both Abaco and Grand Bahama, we will once again be booking and of course, supporting the lodges and guides that have been devastated by Dorian. If you would like to help with immediate relief and support efforts, we encourage you to visit the “Double Haul for Dorian Relief” landing page on the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation website at www.ydccf.org
This 780-acre property offers single bedroom cottages, as well as multi-bedroom townhomes and homes, which means they can match accommodations to the size and style of every group. All lodging units are outfitted with the highest quality fixtures, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a golf cart. The two, three and four bedroom homes all have well-appointed kitchens, living rooms, decks overlooking the water, BBQs, and tasteful works of art. There are units on the oceanfront, up on the hill and next to the golf course, so you’re sure to find something that fits your interests.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast and lunch are served beachside at Buster’s Beachside Bar, which is an open-air, tiki hut-style setting. Breakfast consists of American-style dishes, including fresh fruits, oatmeal, grits, French toast, pancakes, and eggs cooked to order. Lunch is a combination of sandwiches and burgers, as well as fresh seafood and classic Bahamian dishes. Buster’s is also the main social meeting place for cocktails as the sun sets over Winding Bay. Grab a cold Kalik from the bar and wander down the beach to stalk tailing bonefish!
The expansive Cliff House overlooks the bay and offers an upscale bar and dinner setting alongside a stunning deck and infinity pool. The cuisine ranges from imported meats to local seafood prepared in both American and Bahamian methods. This facility also offers a private dining area for groups too. You will find Wi-Fi at all the social areas while at the Abaco Club.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is where the Abaco Club at Winding Bay shines! This is an ideal destination for anglers and non-anglers alike. The club is perfect for children of all ages, couples, and large groups such as a wedding or reunion. The social hub of the club is the area around the golf clubhouse, Buster’s Beach Bar, and the Winding Bay Beach activity hut. In this compact area, you can walk (or take your golf cart) to the championship 18-hole golf course (rated #1 in the Bahamas), have a cold beverage at the bar, or stroll down the two-mile long manicured white sand beach. There is a barrier island just of the beach which makes for world-class snorkeling and keeps the bay calm. Big permit has also been known to patrol this key, so bring a fly rod with you! Here is a list of the non-angling activities offered at the Abaco Club.
- Full-service spa
- Gym complete with numerous work out machines and weights
- Men and women’s locker rooms
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Sea kayaking
- Electric paddle boats
- Tennis (hard courts)
- Golf – 18 hole championship course that overlooks the bay and ocean
- Golf short game facility and driving range – Lessons are available from a certified PGA professional
- Bird watching (The Abaco Parrott is prolific on the property)
- Island tours
- Kid’s club
- Daily social events
Internet / Communications
The Club does offer complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi to guests. Most U.S. cell phones will work on Abaco depending on your service plan.
How To Get There
There are direct daily flights to Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Delta also offers direct flights a few times a week from Atlanta to Marsh Harbour. Some major commercial flights also fly directly to Marsh Harbour from Nassau International Airport (NAS), including Bahamas Air and Western Air. There are also private charter flights from Nassau or Fort Lauderdale. Please contact Yellow Dog for more information.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
At the airport, you will be met by a resort representative and driven directly to the Abaco Club, a trip of about 25 minutes. When you arrive at the resort’s visitor’s center, a staff member will give you an orientation, a tour of the resort grounds, and show you to your accommodations where you will find your luggage waiting for you.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blanks, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Yellow Dog will arrange for day trips from the Abaco Club with local outfitters and charter companies. The drives range between twenty and forty minutes to meet the guides or a captain. We also have the ability to customize an itinerary by combining a multi-day lodge package with a stay at the Abaco Club. This is an excellent way to incorporate the “fishing focused” aspect of a fishing lodge with the resort-style amenities and setting of the Abaco Club to complete your vacation.
The closest fishery to the Club is an area known as the “Marls of Abaco,” an area that consists of over 250 square miles of marshy flats on the eastern shores of Abaco Island. If weather permits, you may also fish the central and southern parts of the island around Cherokee Sound, Sandy Point, and Cross Harbour. All these areas provide excellent bonefishing for high numbers or for targeting trophy fish. The guides are happy to customize your trip according to your preferences—either fishing from the skiff or wade fishing. The outer Marls and southern ocean-side flats are also well-known for big ocean permit and the occasional tarpon in the warmer months.
The bluewater (offshore) fishing off Abaco’s west coast is considered a world-class fishery for wahoo, tuna, dolphin (mahi-mahi), sailfish and marlin. We can create a customized itinerary that includes all the activities at the Abaco Club, offshore fishing and days on the flats.
Boats and Equipment
Flats anglers can expect to fish from Hell’s Bay and Cape Vantage skiffs, which hold up to two anglers. The decks are clean and spacious and all of the boats have lean bars, plenty of rod storage, dry storage areas, and comfortable seats with backrests. These are excellent skiffs that can be poled through the remarkably shallow water. All of the boats have well-stocked coolers for lunch and refreshments. As with all lodges in the Bahamas, it is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. Yellow Dog will provide you with a gear and equipment checklist prior to your departure.
The offshore boats range from center console contenders to larger, Bertram-style boats with a flying bridge. Prices vary depending on the style or size of the boat, but the captains will include all the conventional tackle and bait. This area is not a strong fly-fishing blue water destination, so be ready to troll lures and plugs with conventional tackle. When encountering busting tuna or schools of dolphin, then it may be possible to fish to them with flies.
Please call Yellow Dog for custom rates.