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Lubbers' Landing
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We found Lubber's Landing right here on TA, and it was so easy. And now I cannot believe we scored like we did on this one. This place was more than a romantic getaway (in our case on Valentine's week). More than lovely, secluded beaches and incredible reef. It was everything we'd dreamed of rolled into one, including superb service and very, very special people with whom we hope we'll have lasting friendship with.

First, the area: This was our 7th tropical trip together, our third in the Bahamian out islands by rented boats. Our goal: nature. We love a fun place to meet other travelers and enjoy good food and all, but for us, those un-populated white powdery sands and blue, blue waters with wondrous reef below is what makes our money's worth. This place did not disappoint!

Then, the people: Austin and Amy Smith started the resort as mere children (married 20+ years now and still look like 20-somethings), literally camping at times in order to build their dreams on this "wild island" full of potential. After several properties were built and sold, Lubber's Landing was born. I'm always just as taken by people like this as the places in which they are found. Austin is a jovial, high-spirited entrepreneur who is always in for an adventure. And Amy is a sweet-spirited Georgia peach, full of playful, free-spirited art and music, and glows with a passion for health and fitness. He makes sure that the conversation never lags, and she listens intently for what their guests want in their vacation, then crafts it beautifully with southern hospitality and joy.
Darlene ("D") spins up a mean breakfast, a stout margarita, and meaningful conversation almost immediately. She's not afraid to make a difference in this world and her spirit cannot but rub off on others. Other staff are just as personable and fun, and we enjoyed them all a lot.

Now, the transportation:
We rented a 21' Dusky with an Evinrude 150 from Blue Wave rentals in Marsh Harbor. Lubber's has an excellent deal for its guests so when you book, ask Austin to hook you up. The area is somewhat shallow (and at low tide more so), so knowing how to read water depth is a plus. Plenty of tutorials out there on that. Order the Dodge Cruising Guide for invaluable info on the area. It's a must. Also, the weather can be a big factor. We had great weather, but if you aren't into taking a chance on not being able to use your boat for part of your trip (or you don't mind some pretty good chop on days when you must use the boat like on our last day-we got wet and bucked around pretty good) then this trip may not be for you. But the word on the street is that there will soon be a ferry to LL, which could change all that. Ask about that. Another thing to consider: LL's kitchen is down on weekends, but the bar is always available for cabin guests' use. Cracker P's next door serves lunch 11-3:30 Sat & Sun, apps till dinner on Saturday, and dinner on Thur and Sat. only (at least when we were there.) Might want to plan ahead. It's a good idea to get a few groceries on the taxi ride from the airport before picking up your boat just to have a little something just in case. Also good to know: area boat rentals don't want their vessels out after dark, so in Feb. that means you must be back to your dock by about 6. If you want night life, arrange for a ride with Austin a couple of days ahead of time.

Now, the property:
A lovely, deeply treed jungle/forest (but with very few bugs while we were there) embraces your little raised bungalow on all sides. Lovely, well-lit and solid raised boardwalks lead the way. It will be one of three. Ours was #2, the Hummingbird's Nest. It was even cuter in person than in the pictures. Amy has "painted this canvas" well - a fine reflection of her inner childlike art and hospitality. Stove/oven, pots, pans, dishes, fridge, coffee maker, all are there. Showers are tall (loved that, as a 6 footer) and water is from rain collected from rooftops, not de-salinated. -So good. Ladies, if you normally use a hair dryer, bring one along. A/C is adequate, but some nights open (screened windows) are even better. The dining is superb, by far the best in the area, in our opinion. D and Austin will take good care of you. The Island burger (tuna with special yummy fresh-cut spices), and the fish and chips are dishes you'll want more of, and the saltwater margaritas are tart, tasty, and just strong enough. ;)
The rain on the roof is like a lullabye, and the peace and quiet back in the woods lets only hints of the daylight in. If you want to rest, you will. And you'll need it, because there's so much to do here.

As mentioned, we love lonely beaches and beautiful water and reef. No shortage of that here. One can choose to go North to Man of War Cay, Guana Cay, and even to Green Turtle Cay if adventurous enough. Just across the "street" (or the channel) lies Elbow Cay with the lovely Hope Town settlement and its lighthouse and many shops and restaurants. Just to its South lies Tahiti Beach, a popular beach for shelling and just "hanging out." Further South are Tilloo Cay, the Pelican Cays, Lynyard Cay and finally Little Harbor, the Southmost limit for boat rentals.
Along this route, many gorgeous reefs can be enjoyed by taking up a mooring. We chose to play in this area most of the time. There is just so much! For more info, visit Abaco Forums.

So many stories, but here's just one. Amy loves to play mandolin. I shared that I play guitar, so she immediately whipped up a campfire jam session on Friday night, Valentine's night (our last evening there.) Thus, we thought we'd add interest with a one-on-one Valentine's dinner the night before. Rain showers earlier Thursday left us the sole guests in the dining room that night. We'd rsvp'd ahead for their special steak and lobster dinners which Austin grilled up suberbly. Johnny, our server, catered attentively, yet made himself scarce, knowing our plans to have a romantic time together. Amy played some wonderful oldies romance music on Sirius, and the clouds parted, making way for the full moon. We dined, danced and finally headed for our room, passing our hosts on the way and bidding them good night. They too were lost in the beauty and peacefulness of the night and seemed to be glad to have given up a night of socializing to see a couple of old romantics enjoying one another so much.

We're still enjoying this trip. It was just right for us. Adventure (but not too much), natural beauty (all we could handle) and meaningful connection with some wonderful people. We hope we've painted an accurate picture and given the proper heads-ups so that you, too, can determine whether this trip is right for you. Looking back, we wouldn't have changed a thing. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Message us for more info-we're happy to help and pay it forward. Thanks to other TA reviewers. Thanks very, very much!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank namastequila
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

I stumbled across Lubbers Landing while trying to find a true "off the grid" get away for our family. It would be our last trip as a family before our oldest son going off to college - we were joined by his best friend and his mother. To say that we are all in "high stress" professions and lives is an understatement and time stood still for us during our first trip to Abaco.

If I have one regret, I didn't do much research on what to do and how to go about booking it before arriving at Lubber's Landing, but thankfully Austin and Amy were the most AMAZING hosts. We ate at so many great locations, but no meal was ever better than when we were eating at Lubbers - the Island Burger and the Fish and Chips are to die for! I was thankful for the strong coffee and Zen music every morning, the true unplugged feel of the resort and their eagerness to make sure this was a special holiday. It was that - very special and memorable!

One of my fondest memories was sitting around a bonfire, Amy strumming the mandolin, our son's friend strumming the guitar and all singing and laughing. It was a magical night in a magical place.

We traveled by boat to Pete's Pub, Firefly, the Abaco Inn and enjoyed a Junkanoo one night. We loved our little cottages, the revolving door of interesting people at the restaurant, the ring toss (around the pole). It has been 6 weeks since our trip to Lubber's Landing - our son is off at college and the other has started high school - I will be forever grateful to Amy (who is an angel sent from heaven) and Austin (who is fascinating and the life of every party) for being so good to our family!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank KimiG
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

We really had no specific expectations of our hosts, accommodation or experience on our first trip to the Abacos. We were tired, stressed and just ready to get away, so frankly, a tee pee in the desert might have sufficed. We went with a group of friends and together took all 3 cottages on offer, making it our own private get away. The cottages are adorable, and once you meet Amy, that makes sense as they are an exact reflection of her personality and taste. Each cottage has a little kitchenette, sitting area, and beautiful four poster bed. I did not for a second miss television - we were in the room very little and when we were, I turned on the Sirius satellite radio and read a book and that was more than enough to keep me company. The coffee is made every morning by 6-ish, and thankfully Amy and Austin like it strong like we do, so we'd wander down the walk and help ourselves. No need to wait for, or encounter anyone else if you weren't quite ready. There is wireless in the main building/restaurant, but I did not care - in fact, I begged Austin to make it not work so I'd have an excuse not to care. But after 24 hours there, I truly didn't care - it's the most checked out and unplugged I've been in 15 years. The food was superb, but what really made it for us was Amy and Austin. Even though the weather was less than perfect on a few occasions (we were there end of season, so we want to go back in Spring to see the difference), they made every day a blast. We went to Pete's Pub, to Firefly (our second favorite place to hangout besides the restaurant at Lubbers) to a Junkanoo and otherwise played in the ocean, on Tahiti beach and around the dock at Lubbers.

We went together with friends as our possibly our last trip together before we sent our sons off to their first year of college, and thanks to Amy and Austin, the memories, laughs and photographs will last us a lifetime.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Michelle V
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We stayed in Hope Toan and stopped for lunch at Lubbers Landing. The food was so fresh and delicious not to mention original...my kids ate fish burgers thinking it was hamburger saying it was the best burger ever. The atmosphere is lovely, right on the beach, great design, unique seating area and friendly staff. Next time we hope to stay here...

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank finny123
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

My wife and I stayed at Lubber's Landing for 7 nights, July 20-27, 2013. Amy met us and showed us the property on her day off and let us know that we had full use of the bar, kitchen, kayaks, paddle boards and anything else we needed during our stay. This was perfect. We stayed in Cottage 3, which had every amenity for a romantic week in the out islands. We cooked breakfast every morning in our cottage and ventured out for lunch and dinner. The restaurant and bar at Lubber's are awesome. Tonya makes the best margarita out there, and we are from Texas, so we know. Beer was always cold and their specialty drinks are all worth trying. We enjoyed the Island Burger and the Fish and Chips, which were reasonably priced compared to other island restaurants in the area. If you go through Blue Wave Boat rental, Austin has negotiated awesome rates, but book early, as they will run out of boats. Troy at Blue Wave was more than helpful and we will rent from him again. I think that we took advantage of every possible feature of the resort, all included, except for spending the night at the end of the dock on Amy's luxury dock couch! The owner's were very helpful regarding tips on where to go and navigation tips. Austin even offered to take me spear fishing but I was a little under the weather from the night before. Austin and Amy really take the eco-resort to the next level of comfort and relaxation. It was the best vacation we've been on and we hope to see them again around Thanksgiving.

Room Tip: Cottage three is great for folks that like to sleep in and go to bed early. It is farthest from the resort and closest to the trail to the secluded beach.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mason M
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