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“It's better in the Bahamas and best on San Salvador”

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Riding Rock Inn Resort and Marina
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in San Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
Naples
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“It's better in the Bahamas and best on San Salvador”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

The Riding Rock Inn was a pleasure as usual. The food is Bahamian/American with the BEST conch chowder and several good fish dinners during the week. The resort is on a lovely stretch of beach with no one on it. Rooms are basic but the view is worth a million dollars.

Peaches was our bartender and friend. She will help you pick your beverage and can help with ring toss technique and island information.

We did 16 dives and had a fantastic time. Visibility was consistently good in the 150 foot range and on our last day exceeded 200 feet. All dives are wall dives with a minimum depth of 40 feet. We stayed on the edge of the wall on the second dive and went deeper through tunnels and crevices on the first dive and afternoon dive.

Diving in San Salvador, Bahamas is generally lee side calm water with no current. Trips were anywhere from 5 minutes to 40 minutes to the location. Two dives in the morning, leaving at 8:30 and returning about 12:30. One tank afternoon dives left two hours after the boat returned. The marina is about 100 yards from the hotel. All gear except wetsuits stays on the boat all week and the crew washes it down.

Wetsuits hang in rack area to air out the water recirculation.

Bruce was our boat captain, he is from San Salvador and knows all the sites well. Jim was our dive master, he has been diving and guiding on the island for a couple of years and gave great advice and easy slow paced tours.

The reefs looked the same as when we were here six years ago. There were less lionfish now as the reef sharks and groupers are starting to get a taste for them. Tom and Jerry were the friendliest of the many Nassau Groupers and we got to play with them twice.

We saw one or two Caribbean reef sharks on almost every dive. They have benefited from chowing down on lionfish and showed up within easy photography range. Several divers got to see hammerheads during our week but not us.

The Williams family; Michelle, Kevin, Carlos and Jason were all there on our trip and helped make everything go smoothly.

We got to several local bars on the island during our stay and got to play some great domino games. The local Bahamians are super friendly and have a great sense of humor. It is definitely worthwhile to get out and about. Clifford Fernander (AKA Snake Eyes) is the expert tour guide on the island. You can book his tour at the hotel front desk.

Room Tip: 2nd floor beachfront rooms in the main beachfront building have phenomenal views
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I had a great dive trip (excellent) and enjoyed the food (excellent) as well and good accomodations (needs a little sprucing up). The dive operation is safe, efficient and a real bargain (up to 17 dives in a week, typically wall diving starting at 40 feet). Both captain & dive master did great job of getting us to excellent dive sites. We had 2 to 3 reef sharkes on every dive, saw 2 hammer head sharks, lots of groupers, sting rays, parrot fish, colorful sponges, etc. This is a family run business & bar and restaurant staff were very helpful; really wanted us to enjoy the week. The conch chowder at lunch and pina coladas are almost worth the trip. Beaches were very nice & easy walking distance from our room. We also rented bicycles one day to get to further out beaches. There is a kerosine lightlhouse (still operating) and some caves to visit if you rent a car or golf cart; regretfully we ran out of time.

Room Tip: We got upgraded room at regular room price with nice view of ocean & beach area. The sea wall is...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Dive resort of legends amongst dive enthusiasts; now a very pleasant small older style family resort with personalized service, offering great diving in small groups. San Salvador feels like it's on the edge of the planet, laid back, undeveloped, ultra friendly and crime free. Please, San Salvador, establish marine reserves so that your reefs will remain pristine!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Carrollton
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I went to Riding Rock the 1st week in July 2013, and had a superior time. Here are some details:

We could not get there in one day. Needed to stay overnight to get the 11am flight to San Salvador. We stayed at the Orange Hill hotel just 10 minutes from the hotel, and it was just fine. We got there late - arrived just minutes before midnight - and all we wanted was a clean room, a bed and some air conditioning. Someone was waiting for us to show up and take us to the room. Breakfast was very good. We asked for a taxi to take us back to the airport, and the lady at the hotel asked if we wanted to share a ride with another person that had stayed the night. It was a gentleman from England named Martin, who was on his way to the Riding Rock Inn, also. So, we got to meet one of our dive buddies for the week a little early.

The room at Riding Rock was just fine, comfortable, working A/C (I've mentioned that twice - we HAVE stayed at places where A/C was NOT acceptable, and it is important, now.). Started off with lunch and conch chowder, (the chowder was a daily, welcome experience!) We specifically asked for hot peppers, and the cook remembered us the rest of the week and made sure we had extra heat with the chowder. All the meals were just wonderful.

First dive we had shark viewings. We had at least one shark sight every single day, some dives with at least 4 all around us. Reef Sharks, one hammerhead in the distance. We saw more sharks this week than we have seen in 25 years of diving.

Reefs here are really the best we've seen for 5 or 6 years, just in excellent shape.

One of our dive masters (Bruce) always brings a spear gun for lion fish, after making sure we were not squeamish about it. We are not - they really are spectacular to look at, but they simply do NOT belong in the Caribbean. He got 3 on the first dive, 3 on the second. I found the second one, signaled to Bruce. He came over, zapped it, pulled it out of the coral nook it was in, and one of those sharks ZOOMED up and snatched it off the spear head. Gone in one gulp. The second shark that came behind got nothing. This was less than 10 feet in front of me - maybe less than 5. I was so...shocked, delighted, don't know what emotion! I laughed out loud, which is the first time I've ever tried to do that on scuba. Mostly makes a lot of bubbles.

Jim Koepfle was the DM for most of the trip, and he was everything a DM could be. He let us dive, showed us stuff, and watched us carefully. Didn't herd, didn't instruct, just helped in any way we needed. He is one of the highlights of the trip, also.

We got a 4th of July fireworks show! Neat!

I hope that it won't be 23 years before we go back there again!

Judy Flayderman, at rsireservations.com helped put the trip together, including a sudden change of dates. Cannot thank her enough for outstanding effort on our behalf.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

I cannot say enough good things about the staff, accommodation and diving. It's everything a scuba diver could want and then more. The food is fantastic, the rooms are nice and clean, the staff is warm and friendly and their are sharks on virtually every dive. i will be returning ever year.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

I was here at the same time as Jason H, and I can only echo his comments, but perhaps not as eloquently. While it's not a sparkly marble and glass cathedral honoring recent architectural styles, the rooms were very clean, and very much in keeping what you would expect from a family operation that prides themselves on customer service and knowing their guests. I'm a vegetarian, but in a lot of places, that means just eating whatever everyone else has except the meat. Not here! I did contact them in advance to let them know about it, but apparently I'm not the first vegetarian who has washed up on their shores, because they were well prepared with a vegetarian alternative at every meal. Very good food, and lots of it available.

Never even locked our room door, and felt perfectly comfortable about it, even though there was expensive camera equipment and cash in plain view.

Diving operation was well run and well organized. Divemaster offered some great advice to me out of the water, and shepherded me on a few dives when he recognized that I needed to get some confidence in the skills I do have. And while I recognize that that is the divemaster's job, I've heard too many horror stories about poorly run operations where that is not done. Not here. We had 3.5 staff members (sorry Ryan!) plus the boat captain for an average of 15 -17 divers most days, which I'm told is pretty rare.

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Catherine G, Marketing at Riding Rock Inn Resort and Marina, responded to this review, 15 March 2013
Thanks to you and Jason for taking the time to review us on Trip Advsior. We are so happy that you both enjoyed your stay and that you found our kitchen happy to prepare your meals as you like.

We look forward to see you, our "family" again soon,

Michelle, Catherine and the Riding Rock Team
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

My wife and I just returned from a week in the Out Islands and we stayed at the Riding Rock Inn while diving. While not a five-star resort, Riding Rock has the kind of rustic homey charm we love. Clean beds, great meals and friendly, accommodating staff made the hotel a wonderful base from which to dive daily. The dive operation is well stocked and staffed, very safe and knowledgeable and the diving itself is some of the best we've seen, and we've dived a lot of places.

Our only quibbles were pretty weak water pressure, a noisy air conditioner and a running toilet. Oh, and the internet was spotty. Then again, you go here to get away from the Internet, right? Don't go here if you like sterile and perfect. But if you want hearty meals, clean rooms, a small staff that knows you by name, and incredible diving, Riding Rock is the place. I almost hesitate to recommend it because it's nice having a "secret spot." But go anyway.

Here's a video compilation from our week of diving on San Salvador Island:

https://vimeo.com/60389115

Room Tip: Get the second floor if possible to avoid entree of no-see-ums when you open your patio door.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riding Rock Inn Resort and Marina

Property: Riding Rock Inn Resort and Marina
Address: Riding Rock Point, San Salvador
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > San Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in San Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The small island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, just 360 miles southeast of Miami, is undisputedly one of the premier scuba diving and fishing Mecca's of the world. Perched on a pinnacle and washed by warm breezes and clear azure waters, San Salvador is also home to Riding Rock Resort and Marina.Riding Rock Resort and Marina was built, custom designed for dive travelers and anglers alike, with all of the facilities close at hand. Nearly 50 years later, the property continues to host dive groups, fishing groups and individuals from around the world who come to experience the quality and diversity of diving and fishing for which San Salvador is legendary. ... more   less 
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Riding Rock Hotel And Marina
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