Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort
Reviews of Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort
Excellent location for a resort with quiet time and easy access to local activities, shopping, casino and of course - beautiful white sand beaches.
Spent a wonderful week in a 2 bedroom suite. Full kitchen in all units. Whirlpool in master suite and separate bath for 2nd bedroom. Even the 1 bedroom units have whirlpool bathtub! Free Monday dinner and entertainment party. Restaurant on site has great Bahamian food and other dinners are very reasonable and very good. Both pools and outdoor whirlpool are great.
We rented a car, so we were independent; however, they have taxi on call and rates are very cheap! They have free van trips to grocery store, beach and other activities. We took the free SCUBA lesson in the pool but windy weather prevented going out on a dive. Many other daily activities on site. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful with details about other activities and how to get there.
Will be going back as soon as we can!
We stayed Thanksgiving Week 2008. This resort is not luxurious but they make up for it in heart and friendliness. The entire staff was great. The relatively small size of the resort and resort activities made it easy to get to know other vacationers. They have an information session with various tour operators on Sunday, and a free welcome dinner and games on Monday night. They have car rental on site that beats all the other rental options in price. We stayed in a 2 bedroom Admiral unit that was perfect for our family of five. The jacuzzi tub was a great hit and the large balcony overlooking the yachts was great.
They have a free shuttle to the beach, but the 1 mile walk is easy. City buses are also available for $1.25 each way. We walked to the beach and to the Port Lacaya market without difficulty. The beach was not crowded. Billy Joe's on the Port Lacaya beach was outstanding for fresh seafood - I recommend the grilled conch. Ocean Reef also rents bicycles and kayaks. We took a 2-person kayak down the channel to the beach one day. This is the shortest and quickest route to the beach. The snorkeling on the beach near the channel was very good (lots of fish and shellfish)
They also have two free shuttle runs to a grocery store (prepare for sticker shock!). We'll take some groceries when we return. Soda, lunch meat and bread were reasonable though.
If you enjoy fresh seafood, don't miss the Wednesday night fish fry at Smith's Point. You can get there by taxi or bus.
Grand Bahama SCUBA operates on site and they are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Two of our children completed the SCUBA certification program (SDI) there and my wife and I were re-certified. We enjoyed the dive sites tremendously.
My kids have abandoned Disney for Freeport. My family of eight loves the Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort. The best value in the caribbean. Our 3- bedroom was beautiful. This vacation was about a third of what we normally pay to go to Disney. We have recently purchased another week resale so we can go for two weeks. You cannot get to this resort through exchanges because most people rent their timeshare for $1500 a week or they go every year. Maintenance fees only $400.
We have been owners for over 10 years. The property is well kept, staff friendly and in a great location on the island. Close to Port Lucaya where all the action is. Located on the canal, you get free boat rental to cruise the canal and see all the beautiful homes and boats. Beach is close by and within walking distance, Too nice pools and a pool bar! Full dive shop on premises with lots of experience and safety a top priority. The resort is gated and all who enter need a code. You feel very safe there.
I have been going here for 15 years. The staff is friendly and always makes you feel welcome. You can have the staff arrange outings for you or you can go off on your own. The grounds are pleasant and always kept clean. The pools are crystal clear. The area is gated and secure.