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Old 02-24-2019, 05:48 AM
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[COLOR=left=#222222]New to the site. Looking for some advice. Want to take the family to West End for a 3 day weekend sometime in June weather permitting. Looking for good places to snorkel, hang out and see the sights. We also plan on doing some fishing. We will be leaving from Sebastian on our new Cobia 280 (should be finished by then). Kids are adults so any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance![/COLOR]
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:37 AM
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If you do a search there are ten pages of threads about west end. I havent been yet so I cant personaly help you. But I would recommend you break in those engines correctly before making the run. Everyone needs passports and do not be tempted to drop a line overboard until clearing customs. NO spearguns! Rosies seems to be a place treasure coasters love to stay and eat at.
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Check out old Bahamas bay(OBB), blue marlin cove. OBB has had some marina slip closures and legal squabbling amongst different ownership so check and reserve if you go there.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:30 AM
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TangeRie, your choices in West End are limited . Blue Marlin Cove and Bootle Bay are both excellent choices for the serious fisherman. Old Bahama Bay, used to offer a higher end choice for both fishing, eating relaxing at the beach, and of course drinking. I say used to because recently there has been much conflict between the developer, who owns the docks, pool and other amenities and the condo owners. It is reported that he has closed the amenities in in attempt to get the condo owners to sell out . Again , this is based on what I've read on THT.


Based on what you've said in your post, I would take my family another 38 +- miled S E of West End to Lucaya. Lucaya offers so many more options for entertainment (join the locals and dance outdoors at Count Basie Square ), shopping, dining, culture , surrounding places of interests, and of course great fishing. June is a good month for tuna and dolphin.


I'm been to Rosie's , OBB, B M C and Bootle Bay often, and I can assure you there is much much more to offer your family in and around Lucaya.

I have reservations at Bootle Bay for early may, but that's for a guy's fishing trip. We will "cab" it into Lucaya at least one night for dining and to leave a contribution at the casino.

Whatever you choose, travel safely, enjoy your trip. Capt. Billy/ Right Stuff
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by dolphin44 View Post
Based on what you've said in your post, I would take my family another 38 +- miled S E of West End to Lucaya. Lucaya offers so many more options for entertainment (join the locals and dance outdoors at Count Basie Square ), shopping, dining, culture , surrounding places of interests, and of course great fishing. June is a good month for tuna and dolphin.
Whatever you choose, travel safely, enjoy your trip. Capt. Billy/ Right Stuff
That's very helpful, thank you Capt. Billy. I am lurking on these Bahamas threads trying find ways to convince my new wife to go with me. This should help a lot!
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That's very helpful, thank you Capt. Billy. I am lurking on these Bahamas threads trying find ways to convince my new wife to go with me. This should help a lot!
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:27 AM
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I would agree with some of the advice above. If you have time, check in at West End and keep moving towards green turtle/treasure. Much more to do there. But if you stay at West End, go north towards white sand Ridge. Some decent spots up there And swim with dolphins if that’s your thing.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:49 AM
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Check out this thread and this video


As others have said, West End, Rosies on Grand and some of the other places mentioned would be more appropriate for a guys/fishing trip. If you are taking the family, the best bet is Port Lucaya if you’re just going to do a couple of days. For anything longer, consider making the run to Abaco ... both a beautiful trip and a great destination.

Congratulations on the Cobia 280DC. It’s a nice combination for fishing and family!
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Old 02-24-2019, 01:00 PM
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Hopefully you read the whole Adventures In Online Dating thread first...

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Rofl Flybull - my timing is always off. Probably should have read it before this last wife. But, at least I bought the current boat before getting married this time!
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Thanks for the advice. Actually it is a Cobia 280CC. We ordered the Cobia 277CC and were told they were making a model change. The Cobia 280CC will have a integrated frame in the hard top with a full windshield, with a vent and wiper. We are looking forward to many fishing trips.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by dolphin44 View Post
TangeRie, your choices in West End are limited . Blue Marlin Cove and Bootle Bay are both excellent choices for the serious fisherman. Old Bahama Bay, used to offer a higher end choice for both fishing, eating relaxing at the beach, and of course drinking. I say used to because recently there has been much conflict between the developer, who owns the docks, pool and other amenities and the condo owners. It is reported that he has closed the amenities in in attempt to get the condo owners to sell out . Again , this is based on what I've read on THT.


Based on what you've said in your post, I would take my family another 38 +- miled S E of West End to Lucaya. Lucaya offers so many more options for entertainment (join the locals and dance outdoors at Count Basie Square ), shopping, dining, culture , surrounding places of interests, and of course great fishing. June is a good month for tuna and dolphin.


I'm been to Rosie's , OBB, B M C and Bootle Bay often, and I can assure you there is much much more to offer your family in and around Lucaya.

I have reservations at Bootle Bay for early may, but that's for a guy's fishing trip. We will "cab" it into Lucaya at least one night for dining and to leave a contribution at the casino.

Whatever you choose, travel safely, enjoy your trip. Capt. Billy/ Right Stuff
Lucaya is roughly 20 miles away not 38 and unless they rebuilt the casino very recently that thing was destroyed in the hurricanes a few years ago. I wouldn’t waste my time in Lucaya as it’s not what it once was. Find a nice house to rent in west end, cook your own food and drink your own drink. Plenty of snorkeling and fishing north of OBB that will be much more enjoyable.
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Old Bahama Bay is really nice and has a lot to offer if it’s still open! Close to a lot of good fishing and diving, protected beach, pool, bar and a really good reasonably priced restaurant.
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I don’t stop at Freeport/Lucaya unless I have to. Cheaper fuel is the main draw for me. Freeport is a lot like Nassau. More crime and not all that pretty compared to the rest of the Bahamas
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Casino is closed at Lucaya. And the entire waterfront at the square is a shadow of its former self

was over couple weeks ago and going again next month

best advice was already mentioned, rent a nice place, cook at home and fish all day
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Im just not a fan of the bahamas anymore, crime is up, keeping my head on a swivel not real relaxing . Cruise ships and too many people where there where none before. everything that was so attractive to me well just doesnt seem the same
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Im just not a fan of the bahamas anymore, crime is up, keeping my head on a swivel not real relaxing . Cruise ships and too many people where there where none before. everything that was so attractive to me well just doesnt seem the same
This saddens me. I've read all these amazing stories about crossing to the bahamas and I'm finally at a point in my life where I have a boat capable of crossing and can afford to do so.. Now all I read about is places closing and rampant crime.
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This saddens me. I've read all these amazing stories about crossing to the bahamas and I'm finally at a point in my life where I have a boat capable of crossing and can afford to do so.. Now all I read about is places closing and rampant crime.
Well said, loud. I am in exactly the same boat (pardon the pun).
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Don’t get all doom and gloom, still plenty of places to go in the Bahamas that are safe and fun. Just spend a lot of time reading up and don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path. Wander around Nassau drunk wearing a half pound of gold chains some bad things are going to happen. Go to bed with your new triple yammi go fast boat at the end of the dock in Marsh Harbour topped with fuel and the keys in it don’t be surprised if it’s gone in the AM. Just use common sense and all will be fine. I’ll estimate 95% of folks that visit the Bahamas out islands do so yearly without a hint of crime.
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