Fodor's Expert Review Deep Water Cay

Off Grand Bahama's East End, , Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

Founded in 1958 by Gil Drake and iconic Field and Stream editor A.J. McClane, Deep Water Cay is the longest established bonefishing lodge in the Bahamas. But after changing owners and undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion in 2013, this now shabby-chic luxury lodge offers much more than time on the flats, including an on-site scuba dive shop, Hobie Cats, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, and tennis courts. Still storied for its consistently productive bonefishing, it continues to bring in the big fish like celebrities for the taping of the Outdoor Channel's Buccaneers and Bones, and a who's-who list from the fly-fishing world. The resort is situated on its own private island, available by reservation only. Go by car, less than an hour drive from Freeport, or go direct by private plane to the 4,200-foot airstrip with Bahamian Customs and Immigration. Whatever you do, just go!

PROS

  • Out Island feel and seclusion from commercial tourism
  • great on-site dining
  • unmatched bonefishing and expert fishing guides

CONS

  • far from other amenities on Grand Bahama
  • pricey

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Casual
On the beach
Casual Chic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 242-353–3073 | 888-420–6202

HOTEL DETAILS

7 oceanfront cottages, 6 villas
Rate Includes: Some meals