CAPE SANTA MARIA - LONG ISLAND, BAHAMAS

 

CAPE SANTA MARIA - LONG ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Cape Santa Maria Resort is located on the northwest coast of Long Island in the far southern reaches of the Bahamas. The east coast of Long Island features 150-foot cliffs with crashing surf, while Cape Santa Maria on the west coast boasts mile upon mile of calm blue water, shallow bays, and pristine, white sand beaches. Many visitors to the area claim that these are the finest beaches found anywhere in the Caribbean! Cape Santa Maria Resort is comprised of twenty beachfront bungalows and a handful of beautiful new villas, each just steps from the resorts secluded main beach. A TV room and business center, complete with wireless internet access, is available at the resort’s Beach House. This is the perfect destination for families, couples, and groups of all sizes. The bonefishing is world-class, there are opportunities for bluewater and off-shore species, and there is plenty to do for the non-anglers in the group.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available. With all of the amenities and non-angling activities, Cape Santa Maria is the perfect place for family retreats, couple's getaways, group trips, and large corporate trips.

Accommodations and Lodging

Cape Santa MariaThere are two lodging options to choose from at Cape Santa Maria, including the bungalows and the newer Villas. Cape Santa Maria's spacious bungalows are designed in the classic Bahamian style, and each bungalow boasts a private veranda with direct views of the water and the picture-perfect sunsets. Most bungalows have two queen beds, and a limited number have one king bed. There are also a number of larger bungalows with two queen beds and a side room with two twin beds. These larger rooms are perfect for a family of four. Each bungalow is steps away from the water and features tile floors, air conditioning, and ceiling fans. Bungalows are also equipped with small refrigerators. A TV room and business center, complete with complimentary wireless internet access, is available at the resort’s Beach House.

For those looking for more privacy or a slightly higher degree of luxury, there are also the new Villas at Cape Santa Maria. The Villas are beautifully designed and appointed, with rich hardwoods and large, west-facing windows that flood the living areas with light. Each Villa features such high-end amenities as jetted tubs, a full kitchen, entertainment center, and high-speed internet. Most importantly, the villas boast stunning, uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea. The Villas are located on the south side of the property, just a few minutes by foot from the main Beach House.

The center of resort life is the Cape Santa Maria Beach House, often described as the most beautiful building in the Bahamas. Each evening, the Beach House becomes a hub of activity where guests can relax in comfort at the resort’s restaurant and Oceanside Bar. The Beach House is set among the oceanfront palms, and offers a 180° view of the beach and the stunning Caribbean sunsets.

Food and Beverages

Culinary delights prepared by the resort's chefs feature a huge variety of delicious seafood caught locally. From steak and lobster to grouper and crispy conch fritters, you’ll taste the best of Bahamas and Continental cuisine. Fine imported wines and delicious desserts compliment each dinner. Breakfast is cooked to order each morning, and lunch and beverages are packed in a cooler for each day on the water.

Fishing Information

Cape Santa Maria BonefishThe waters off Long Island have some of the Bahamas’ finest saltwater fishing. Whether you're a first-time saltwater fisherman looking for a productive and rewarding experience chasing bonefish, or a more seasoned angler looking to focus on large bonefish, then the Long Island fishery can definitely deliver. The guides that work out of Cape Santa Maria are experienced, professional, and hard-working, and all have the ability to make your flats fishing experience a rewarding one. The flats of the area are accessed and fished utilizing standard shallow-water skiffs.

If you enjoy wade fishing, there are two large lagoon areas located further north called Cape Santa Maria and Columbus Harbour, both of which offer great wade fishing in shallow, skinny-water situations. This area is home to impressive schools of bonefish, which can number anywhere from 40 to over 400 in a single school. The size of the bonefish can range anywhere from 2 to over 10 pounds. These schools can be found on the flats year-round due to the southerly location of Long Island and the warm consistent North Equatorial current. Permit are also occasionally found during certain times of the year. All of the guides are Long Island natives who are recognized by the Bahamian government as trained and licensed Bahamas Flyfishing Guides. For a deep sea adventure, fishing excursions are also available with experienced, professional bluewater guides. Using a variety of different tackle and techniques, you can fish for marlin, wahoo, kingfish, tuna, shark, dorado, sailfish and more.

Boats and Equipment

Guides utilize 16-foot skiffs complete with poling platforms, 50-90 HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. Each boat also has life jackets and VHF Raidios for emergencies. As with all of our Bahamian fishing operations, it is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Cape Santa Maria ResortLife at the resort is elegant yet relaxed. Wake up to the sounds of gentle surf and Caribbean trade winds as you plan another day in paradise. Explore the crystal clear turquoise water of the Caribbean sea with scuba and snorkel expeditions. In the afternoon, relax in the sun with a tropical drink and one of the most beautiful views in the world. After lounging on the beach under the Caribbean sun, add some excitement with some beach and water activities, including a sail in a Hobie Cat or a paddle in an ocean kayak. Explore the rustic beauty of Long Island by bicycle or car, and be sure to visit the Christopher Columbus monument — a unique site high on the white bluffs of northern Long Island. Nature tours and island excursions can also be arranged through the resort.

How To Get There

Long Island is a short, one hour flight from Nassau. Daily service from Nassau, Bahamas is available on Bahamas Air and Southern Air. There are also charter options available from Nassau through Southern Air, Pineapple Air, and several other companies. Please call Yellow Dog for more information on getting to Long Island.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Cape Santa Maria is a 12-minute taxi ride from Stella Maris airport to the resort. Upon arrival on Long Island, any taxi at the airport can take you to Cape Santa Maria Resort. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Rates / Package Costs

Please contact Yellow Dog for custom fishing package rates and for more details on non-angling and family packages.

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Accommodations for specified number of nights
  • All meals at the resort
  • Number of guided fishing days as outlined in your package
  • All taxes and GST's

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Long Island, Bahamas
  • Ground transfers from airport to Cape Santa Maria Resort
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Gratuities for guides and resort staff
  • Alcoholic beverages, bar tab, and soft drinks
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Equipment, flies and terminal tackle

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Situated in the southern Bahamas, Long Island is one of many islands that make up the spectacular Bahamas Out Islands. Long Island was among the first land discovered by Columbus in 1492, and in his ship’s log, he described it as “the most delightful island in the world.” The Eastern coast of the island features 150-foot cliffs with crashing surf, while Cape Santa Maria on the West coast boasts mile upon mile of calm blue water and white sandy beaches. As it's name suggests, Long Island is over 70 miles long and only five miles wide. A central road runs from north to south along Long Island, lined with the small villages and beautiful colonial churches that give the island it's untouched feeling. With names like Burnt Ground, Deadman’s Cay, Bunch's, Doctor’s Creek, and Mangrove Bush, these villages offer a glimpse into the relaxed Bahamas lifestyle.

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