Staniel Cay Yacht Club – The Friendliest Little Beach Bar in the Bahamas

Staniel Cay Yacht Club could be painted with adjectives. Peaceful, exclusive, secluded, tranquil, romantic, heaven…these are the words I would choose to use. Located half way up the Exuma island chain in the Bahamas, Staniel Cay Yacht Club is surrounded by blazing blue water and a host of interesting things to see. It is a boating paradise and one of the more upscale yet casual beach bars I’ve been to.


On any given night you can find hotel guests, visiting yachtsmen, Staniel locals, celebrities and private pilots. People come together to share in experiences and tell stories of pirates, lost love and tales of catching that big one. The night we spent at the yacht club was no less memorable. I sat around the bar watching Monday night football with locals as we talked smack on the other’s team over some cold Kalik and Sands. The rest of our group played pool and enjoyed the nautical atmosphere of the famous watering hole.

Staniel Cay Cottages

Staniel Cay Cottages

After hanging in the bar our group retired to the two story water front cottage we were staying in. We soaked up our surroundings, told stories of characters we have met and prepared for the next adventure. It was a great night.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club gives you several adorable cottages to choose from. The one and two story suites show off their unique charm and tropical decor and continue to make the Staniel Cay experience one to remember.


Ready for some fun? You have a host of interesting activities to experience while touring the waters around Staniel Cay. There are countless secluded beaches, coves and isles surrounding Staniel Cay that provide the perfect setting for your imagination to run wild.

Thunderball Grotto

Thunderball Grotto

Snorkeling at the Thunderball Grotto amidst the vivid colors of the Bahamian sea life will give you that “Oh My God, I can’t believe I just did that” feeling. Want to try something crazy? Climb to the top of the Grotto and jump through the skylight hole in the top and plunge 23 feet down into the waiting water. Yes, this crazy bald guy jumped!  I’ll write more about the Thunderball Grotto and its James Bond connection some time soon. I have some cool photo as well, just need to get them developed.

The area around Staniel Cay also features the swimming pigs of Major Spot, petting the Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay, feeding the iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay and some top-notch shallow water fishing. Despite the areas seclusion and lack of development you will really have a ton of things to do while creating some life-long memories. The Exuma Cays are a magical place and Staniel Cay is the hub, and the hub of Staniel Cay is the yacht club and bar. Go visit this little spot of paradise and you will see for yourself just how special it really is.

How To Get There

Guests can come to Staniel Cay in many ways. Based out of a comfortable private hanger in Ft. Lauderdale, Watermakers Air operates frequent and reliable flights to Staniel Cay. Staniel Cay is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Nassau and about 35 miles northwest of Great Exuma island. It is possible to find water transport at both island hubs. We took the Four Cs Adventures charter from Great Exuma. Captain Pat and first mate Andrew showed us a great time on the way up to Staniel. We dove for conch shells, explored the cays and drove by the private island of Faith Hill & Tim McGraw. The entertainers have a magnificent island home. We also pulled up to Nicolas Cage’s island but it didn’t have a home on it. The island is now for sale.

If you’ve been to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club we would love to hear about your visit. Leave a comment below and tell us your story of the friendliest Little Beach bar in the Bahamas.



By |2016-12-31T11:58:27-04:00October 19th, 2010|Caribbean Beach Bars, Exuma Islands, The Bahamas|12 Comments

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  1. Camels & Chocolate October 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    But I don’t understand…your photo of Staniel Cay, it’s just so…sunny 😉 It definitely looks a little different than when I saw it (i.e. under a torrential downpour). Still, very lovely place!

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    RumShopRyan October 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the comment Kristen. You know, I was going through all my photos of the Yacht Club and gray skies didn’t do the place justice. So I had to painted the blue skies into the story! I wish we had more time on Staniel. I would have really liked to take the bikes they had their and explored the explored the rest of the island. Next time right?! Cheers!

  3. BahamasDread October 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Looks like you had an awesome time bro.

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    RumShopRyan October 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

    It was a great time Dread. You have a beautiful country! Can’t wait to go back.

  5. Tuacamo Steve March 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    My wife and I got married on Staniel Cay back in 2004. We have been back several times since then, and each time the blazing blue waters never cease to amaze. The people are as friendly as they come, and it is one of the most secluded, romantic (insert adjective here) type of places you will ever find. My hope is that most don’t find it, and it remains a hidden gem for years to come. Cheers, and happy travels.

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    RumShopRyan March 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the comment Steve. I agree, the waters of the Exumas are out of this world blue. Cheers my friend.

  7. GreekatTheBeach March 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Simply a little slice of Heaven on earth. Looking forward to my visit in October.

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    RumShopRyan March 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the comment GreekatTheBeach. Yes it is and enjoy your trip! Cheers!

  9. Laura Mann March 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Having been born and raised in Staniel, I think your story is wonderful. A good description of your island experience. Makes me homesick, but thank you!

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    RumShopRyan March 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for the comment Laura. Wow, born and raised on Staniel, I bet that was quite an experience. I can’t wait to go back and really explore. We only spent the day and one night on Staniel. Most of our time was down on Great Exuma. Cheers to the beautiful Bahamas.

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