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floridacrakrfloridacrakr Posts: 22 Greenhorn
Headed to blue marlin at the end of the month, was wondering if there were any other options for eating other than the restaurant there? I've stayed at blue marlin before and ate there, just found the menu sort of limited and looking for possible other options. Old Bahama Bay is about a 20 min boat ride, anybody had experience eating there? Any other local options? Thanks in advance

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  • sleepwalkersleepwalker Posts: 101 Deckhand
    Headed to blue marlin at the end of the month, was wondering if there were any other options for eating other than the restaurant there? I've stayed at blue marlin before and ate there, just found the menu sort of limited and looking for possible other options. Old Bahama Bay is about a 20 min boat ride, anybody had experience eating there? Any other local options? Thanks in advance

    OBB has a nice place to eat, plus the place is amazing. I'd also recommend going into West End and hitting up some more local places. There are 3+ great conch shacks, plus a few other places to eat. I hadn't thought that West End had such a cool strip until the last time I went. It's a bit off the path, but very worth going. I'd try to hop a ride down as it's on the North side and taking a boat would the a long trip. Have a blast!


    PS. The place called Coffee by the Bay is very cool.

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    Nice Conch Salad


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    Never saw pickled Conch before…

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    Cruising the strip…
  • floridacrakrfloridacrakr Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Where exactly is the area you are talking about? Would I leave out of blue marlin and go north like towards OBB? I'm def interested in checking local places out. Every time I've been to west end, all we ever did is fish. So any inside tips like this are great! Thanks
  • sleepwalkersleepwalker Posts: 101 Deckhand
    The area that you are looking for is only 3.83 miles by road from the entrance of Blue Marlin on the hwy. Bikes would be great, or i'm sure you could catch a ride down for $15-$20. It's really got the "fishing village" feel. Maybe it's not quite a quaint as some others, but it's the real thing. It's fun to walk along the road and check out the fish being cleaned, etc. We found everyone to be pretty cool. You can't go wrong with this.

    I know the feeling of being to a ton of different spots in the Bahamas and never really getting out of the boat. Now I always push to have a few beers at different local spots. I've found some great contacts, and have gotten excellent beta on dive and fishing locations by simply hanging out. These guys are the real deal, and they like to share knowledge in the right setting. West End is no different.

    I remember going to Sandy Point many years ago. We were primarily spearing, and looking for a few pelagic's offshore. We met a local fisherman at the bar and he pointed us to the best Mutton fishing spot I've ever been to. The guys were very welcoming, and invited us to pull up right along side. We wouldn't have slayed them that day without a little "beer recon".

    Have fun!


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    The long ago "haul" made possible by info solicited via "beer" interrogation. Worked good then, works good now!


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    Map from Blue Marlin to West End---
  • FWCSnookFWCSnook Posts: 886 Officer
    The town of West End is a neat place for sure! Good people and great conch. I walk there from BMC, but it's a hike.
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    While the town of WE is all of the above, at night there are some undesirables and there have been violent incidents towards tourists there in years past. FYI
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,666 Captain
    love crossing over, but i hear of more incidents every day at WE and Bimini. to the point that i generally do not leave the marina where i am staying at after dark. it sucks, but the risk is nothing work to me and mine.


  • SlipkidSlipkid Posts: 241 Officer
    Never felt funny at night anywhere in the Bahamas except West End and Bimini. Grand has a bit of a vibe too but IMO you have more to worry about from the drunk Americans there.
    2003 Viking 45C
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,246 AG
    We love OBB and if you want to see what they serve up there, look for my May, 2012 OBB-A-Thon report in this section.....

    The food at "Teaser's" down on the beach at OBB is excellent. Everything on their menu is great or you can bring in fish, steaks, etc and let them cook it up right there. Great little bar there too......

    Had lunch at Coffee-on-the Bay one day and it was good.
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,666 Captain
    Slipkid wrote: »
    Never felt funny at night anywhere in the Bahamas except West End and Bimini. Grand has a bit of a vibe too but IMO you have more to worry about from the drunk Americans there.

    nassau? ????


  • SlipkidSlipkid Posts: 241 Officer
    alacrity wrote: »
    nassau? ????

    LOL. Only spent two nights there and never left Atlantis.
    2003 Viking 45C
  • AlwaysOnTopAlwaysOnTop Posts: 210 Deckhand
    I've felt that same "vibe" at grand. But after many years of going there I noticed it was all in my head. The locals there really appreciate the money we bring to their island. Great place and great people!
  • FWCSnookFWCSnook Posts: 886 Officer
    At Grand, I'm pretty sure Rosie has a standing order not to mess with tourists/fishermen. I know I wouldn't want to cross that guy...

    I have found that if you don't walk around with a lot of money, leave the nice watch off your wrist, and say hello to people, that you are unlikely to be a target. Stopping by the small shops and restaurants and making friends is part of the experience. Only place I have EVER felt unwelcome was Nassau.
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