Comfortable Beachfront Lodging in the French Creek Settlement
The Coakley House is an oceanfront, private, two-acre, ocean home located at the point where the Fresh Creek waterway meets the tongue of the ocean. Located in the heart of Northern Andros, this four bedroom home is ideal for anglers and non-anglers alike. This is a perfect destination for those seeking total privacy from other anglers and guests. Whether you are looking for a short add-on fishing vacation from Nassau (since Andros is a short 15-minute flight from Nassau), or an extended stay, the Coakley House provides the perfect private experience for small groups. Yellow Dog will match you up with the island’s finest independent guides, such as Benry Smith, Solomon Murphy, Shaun Riley, or Ricardo Mackey.
Overlooking the ocean and fresh creek which feeds an extensive inland flats system sits this four bedrooms private home. The Coakley House rests on a point surrounded by water on three sides, and the settlement of Fresh Creek on the backside. The three master suites all have king beds and private bathrooms. There is an additional bunk room for four guests in two bunk beds. There are spacious living and dining rooms that overlook the water for interior social spaces. The up-to-date kitchen is perfect for preparing meals. The outside patio offers expansive views of the ocean and creek. You will find the lounge chairs, BBQ grill and fire pit a perfect setting for intimate group gatherings. A dock and small cove allow for swimming, but there are numerous pure white sand beaches within a 15-minute drive. Night fishing for resident tarpon is a prime activity from the dock.
Food and Beverages
Meals are prepared for you by a local chef, or you may choose to cook on your own. There is a local grocery store with limited supplies. The liquor store is just a few blocks away in Fresh Creek. Typically prepared meals are fresh seafood consisting of snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, wahoo, conch and spiny lobster. Fresh veggies, soups, and salads accompany all meals. Breakfast is cooked to order eggs, bacon, and your choice of pancakes or traditional Bahamian grits. Lunches are customized, but typically sandwiches are prepared.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes the Coakley House the perfect getaway for a week-long excursion or just a quick weekend escape.
Non-Angling Activities & Options
The Coakley House is surrounded by the natural wonders of Andros Island, otherwise known as the “Big Yard.” Once you drive out of the settlement of Fresh Creek, you will find pristine beaches for beachcombing. There are minimally organized eco-activities based out of the Coakley House, but snorkeling and dive excursions may be arranged at Small Hope Bay Lodge which is only 20 minutes away. The private patio is ideal for those seeking a quiet, private setting to enjoy a good book or just take in the vast ocean views.
Internet / Communications
The lodge does offer complimentary Wi-Fi for guests.
How To Get There
Most travel to Andros Island’s Andros Town/ Fresh Creek Airport (ASD) should route through Nassau International Airport (NAS) due to the frequent flights and reasonable costs offered there. Whether flying into San Andros (Western Air), Andros Town-Fresh Creek (LeAir), Mangrove Cay (Flamingo and LeAir) or Congo Town (Western Air), there are two flights daily into every small airport on Andros. The first flight is typically early in the morning (approximately 6:30 AM) and second is usually scheduled for later in the afternoon (approximately 3:30 PM). We always suggest adding a buffer of at least two hours between all arriving flights and departing connecting flights while in Nassau. Charter flights from Florida to Andros can also be arranged. Contact Yellow Dog for more information.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Once you arrive on Andros, any taxi will deliver you to the house, which is 10 minutes from the airport. The cost is around USD 25.00 each way. On departure day, make sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip to account for time spent in customs and immigration (we recommend at least 1.5 hours). Private air charters can be arranged by contacting Yellow Dog.
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 hand-pick your independent guides for your stay at the Coakley House. They can trailer the skiffs to numerous boat ramps located throughout the northern part of Andros. Some of the top guides in the Bahamas work from the Coakley House. It is advisable to book your guides well in advance.
Fresh Creek would be considered the Coakley’s home water, and the guides would pick you up right at the house’s dock. This large, east coast creek is fed by the Tongue of the Ocean and nearly reaches the west coast of Andros. Having a fishery migrate roughly 18 miles inland allows anglers to fish optimal tides throughout the day and always be able to find protection from the wind. Even though Fresh Creek is one of the more populated settlements on Andros, this fishery experiences minimal angling pressure. The bones in the area average between three and five pounds, but trophy fish can be targeted any time of year. This is an excellent fishery in which to target double-digit bonefish and particularly dynamic in that the guides can wade or boat fish during any tide. Barracuda are plentiful and tons of fun for anglers of all ages.
Made up of small islands and flats that are protected by the reef, the Mastic Point/Staniard Creek area is another coastal fishery in the area. Larger ocean bonefish inhabit this area because all of the flats are adjacent to deep ocean water. This is an excellent wade fishing area since the bottom is hard white sand.
Also, the famous Joulters Cays—a collection of small islands just north of Andros that is surrounded by endless white sand flats—is only 45-minutes away. The Joulters Cays are framed by the Tongue of the Ocean and Great Bahama Bank, making it one of the most highly-populated areas for bonefish in the world. Tailing and schooling fish can be found in abundance and can get large. The northernmost cays and flats are well known for big ocean permit during settled weather. Barracuda and sharks are also plentiful in this region.
The Red Bays boat ramp, just 30 minutes away, allows easy access to the Andros’ famed West Side. This side of the island is renowned as one of the top “trophy bonefish” areas in the world, and it also offers opportunities for tarpon and an occasional permit from April through to October. The flats are a soft silty bottom, so all the fishing is done from the skiff.
Do-it-yourself anglers can rent a car and drive to Mastic Point, Staniard Creek, Sommerset Cove, Young’s Sound, and White Bight. These areas are very tide dependent and all oceanfront, so the flats are hard white sand with big bones.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers targeting the flats with the island’s independent guides fish from Dolphin, Action Craft and Maverick skiffs with 75 horsepower Yamaha engines. You must furnish all your equipment and tackle.
Guided package with all meals included and prepared by a local chef. All rates are per person and based on two anglers per guided boat.
3/2 – $1,900 per person for two guests, $1,500 for four, and $1,350 for six guests
4/3 – $2,600 for two, $2,500 for four, and $2,450 for six
5/4 $3,300 for two, $2,650 for four, and $2,450 for six
6/5 – $4,100 for two, $3,300 for four, and $3,000 for six
7/6 – $4,500 for two, $3,650 for four and $3,350 for six
- All meals and appetizers
- Bottled water, tea, coffee, and juice
- Guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare between home and Andros
- Gratuities for fishing guides and staff
- Airport transfers
- Bar tab (liquor and beer can be purchased at the local store)
- Any taxis
- Rental car