Having selected The Flamingo Bay Club largely on the basis of rave reviews, as we set out for Cat Island I was somewhat nervous that my expectations were too high. I should not have worried. The experience was better than the high expectations.
Our “villa” was attractive, comfortable, and well appointed. The queen-size bed was welcome. The ceiling fans were adequate for climate control during our stay, and it was nice to have the A/C available for use if needed. There are many choices on where to sit and read. As advertised we were able to kayak to a cave and bicycle to an Atlantic beach. Not trivial for an island setting, The Flamingo Bay Club produces its own good-tasting fresh water. Fruit and warm breads or bagels arrived at our door each morning. The daily cocktail hour was educational, entertaining, and relaxing. In short, we had the creature comforts.
Since the potential for snorkeling without a boat weighed heavily in our deciding where to vacation this time, I’ll elaborate on that aspect. Flamingo Bay provides excellent “off the beach” snorkeling: a wide variety of coral and fauna going beyond the usual wrasse and tang to rays (eight majestic rays swimming in formation were awesome) and turtles. Most days we went in twice because we enjoyed the snorkeling so much. According to wind and tide, however, some days were choppy. We have snorkeled enough in the past not to be put off by waves, but beginners might wait in vain for smooth water.
What makes The Flamingo Bay Club stand out are the hosts. Jerry seems to have a mission to provide whatever he can to make your stay memorable. If he has not anticipated a need, your identifying one throws Jerry into action. The remarkable service is in the category of friends wanting to take care of you.
Beyond what “the Club” provides, you should be prepared for the peculiarities of the area. You really are dependent on the Club and what you bring along. Night life for us was reading and watching DVDs (from Jerry’s huge collection). The little restaurant seven minutes’ walk away was not ordinarily open except for lunch. We talked with the cook/waitress and scheduled dinner there one night with no menu choice other than, “Is fish all right?” The “grocery store” associated with that restaurant carried a minimum of food - you cannot rely on it to provide what you might cook. Shopping on the island in general is limited - although signs along the road imply the existence of “straw stores,” you would have to search for the owner. We could not find a post card of Cat Island. Although we went into the water without hesitation, the locals consider the ocean temperature too low for swimming during the winter, when we were there.
If you do not want to cook for yourself, a car is necessary. We did not rent a car. (The going rate was $80 per day.) Although a car would have given us more freedom, we were happy to rely on Jerry and The Flamingo Bay Club. In sum, if it fits your style, the Club is a true winner.
- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Bay Club Cat Island, Bahamas