Old Bahama Bay, West End, Grand Bahama Island
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour
Why not join The Reel Candy Sport fishing crew at one of our favorite Bahamian destinations, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour. It provides the perfect destination for families and couples seeking total luxurious relaxation and tranquility.
The Bahamas resort is located just 58 short miles from the Jupiter Inlet and making the crossing on the luxurious Reel Candy you will be there before you know it. The resort features serenity at every turn with hammocks adorning the beaches, crystal clear blue waters, the most spectacular sunsets, luxury guestroom accommodations and exciting on-site activities including water sports equipment and games, as well as one of the, most luxurious spas in the Bahamas. We can also arrange island tours, shark diving and romantic picnics.
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbor is a proud member of the Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition portfolio. As always, it sits proudly at the westernmost tip of Grand Bahama Island, welcoming visiting families and water-sport enthusiasts from around the world to this little corner of Bahamian paradise!
The 47′ luxury sport fish, Reel Candy, comes fully equipped with everything required for your Billfish fishing charter so you can experience the excitement of catching one of the fastest fish in the ocean, the speedy Wahoo. Just a short run away to the “Corner” you can experience some of the best Yellowfin Tuna fishing on the east coast, and once you make the catch the experienced chefs at Old Bahama Bay will prepare your fish into not just an exquisite meal but a work of art too!
The Reel Candy team and the management of Old Bahama Bay enjoys a partnership that we can share with guests both young and those cherishing their retirement years.
About Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama is one of the larger islands in the Bahamas, approximately 100 miles long running from east to west and around 12 miles at its widest point north to south.
West End is the oldest settlement on Grand Bahama Island and is considered its historical capital. Before the development of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour in 1997, West End enjoyed a colorful history including the odd rum running trip during Prohibition.
In the mid 1950’s a Virginia financier named Wallace Groves began development of what is today the island’s principal settlement, Freeport. Since that time, Freeport has become a 230 square mile free trade zone, complete with extensive resort development, numerous golf courses, residential projects and major commercial infrastructure. Some say it reminds them of South Florida!
The island even has its stories of colorful residents. The famed recluse Howard Hughes spent many of his last years living on Grand Bahama Island, locked behind the doors of his rooftop penthouse in the Xanadu Resort.
In contrast to Freeport’s development, the vast majority of Grand Bahama remains rural in character, and life goes on with a slow out-island tempo. In 1948, while Virginian Wallace Grove was hard at work with his plans for Freeport, England’s Sir Billy Butlin decided to expand his British Butlin’s Holiday Camps to West End by building Butlin’s Vacation Village. This lasted only a couple of years as the Brits were still recovering from the financial problems of WWII and Butlins had no reputation with the American jet set. The property sat dormant for a while until the opening of the Jack Tar Village Resort in 1951 by the Sammons family of Dallas, Texas.
The Jack Tar
The Jack Tar was one of the most lavish resort properties in the Bahamas and was the first Caribbean all-inclusive hotel. The resort included an airfield, a marina, a complex of canals, a commercial wharf, a 424 room hotel, 16 tennis courts, a 27 hole golf course and the largest saltwater swimming pool in the western hemisphere. Jack Tar Village, along with the West End Community, prospered in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Although the resort was closed in 1988 when Mr. Sammons passed away, some past visitors still inquire.
The first hotel rooms came to market in May 2001. In 2004, 25 additional rooms and suites were added, and in 2007 a final 24 units were opened. In 2008 the resort became part of a mega-resort planned for other Jack Tar Village land, and has now reclaimed its independence to carry on its tradition of casual out-island hospitality.
We can assist with reservations, air travel, or join us for the ride over on the Reel Candy as we depart the Jupiter Florida Inlet. Pricing can vary for just transportation from Jupiter to Old Bahama Bay for the weekend, or an ALL inclusive sport fishing getaway. Guests of Reel Candy have their choice of accommodations at Old Bahama Bay from Pool View or Oceanfront Jr Suites to family friendly luxury 2-bedroom suites. All guests of Reel Candy will also receive special room prices – just mention you are traveling on Reel Candy when making your reservations.
Weddings at Old Bahama Bay
Planning a Wedding? Candy, I, and the Reel Candy team along with the entire group at Old Bahama Bay are proud assist with your wedding arrangements to make “ memories that last a lifetime”. Old Bahama Bay and Grand Bahama is the perfect setting. We know, it worked for us!
Our entire team is committed to assure you:
SPEND A DAY . . . . . . . . . . MAKE MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME!