On Green Turtle Cay, your own private club in the Bahamas


“What’s the name of this bar?” »

“I don’t know, and I work here,” says Sheena Newbold, who is the heart and soul of the legendary Green Turtle Club bar on Green Turtle Cay in Abaco.

“Some people call it the Turtle Bar, some people call it the Green Turtle Club Bar, some people call it the Dollar Bar,” she says.

Anything would be appropriate.

There’s the signature Tipsy Turtle rum punch; and then there’s the hallmark of the bar: the seemingly endless dollar bills, mostly American and Bahamian, that have been assigned to almost every corner of the bar, walls and ceiling, all signed by whoever put them there, inscribed with messages and memories of the place they love so much.

The more time you spend here and the more Havana Club 7 you drink, you might even be persuaded that it is surely called Sheena’s Bar.

What can’t be disputed, however, is that this little bar is the hub of the Green Turtle Club, the little resort on tiny Green Turtle Cay that’s carved itself quite a niche in the consciousness of travelers for decades. decades.

Sheena Newbold.

The Club’s history began in 1963, when English biologist Allan Charlesworth arrived on his yacht and believed that the property where the Green Turtle Club now exists was the most beautiful place he had ever seen,” according to the hotel history.

The following year, he bought the land and the club soon saw the light of day.

Room 7 at the Club.

Over the next six decades it changed hands a few times, but White Sound’s bright yellow main house and cottages remained, entrenched as one of the Caribbean’s true must-see destinations.

It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a place called Green Turtle Cay, and you feel that when you come here; travelers and boaters who go there know they have found a rare and special place, that special destination that makes visitors feel like they have discovered it themselves.

Indeed, Green Turtle Cay occupies a mythical space among travelers, especially among connoisseurs of the Out Islands of the Bahamas; after all, you can only get there by boat, either by your own or by a quick ferry from Treasure Cay in Abaco.

The Treasure Cay ferry.

The hotel itself has 29 rooms, spread across cottages and villas (room seven is a must for its stunning harbor views), plus the aforementioned waterside bar and restaurant, plus as well as a number of club-style rooms in the main house perfect for light afternoon reading or endless conversation in the evening. (There’s also golf cart rentals on-site, it’s the exclusive mode of transportation on the island.)

This is a simple formula, cultivated by the countless yachtsmen who come to the island and stay in the marina which is the central place of the property.

Coco Bay Beach.

Mornings and afternoons on the beach (neighboring Coco Bay and Ocean Beach are two of the best on the Out Islands) or on the water; a late afternoon Goombay Smash (after all, the drink was invented on the island); twilight walks in downtown New Plymouth; timeless evenings at the bar; and a delightful, intoxicating serenity throughout the day.

Because apart from the evenings when the excellent Island Spice performs near the wharf, this place is wonderfully quiet, the kind of place where you could spend a month writing a novel.

It is a place where one feels an endless friendship and sanctuary; it’s your own private club in the Bahamas, where you know you are at home.

The kind of place that doesn’t even need a name.

To learn more, visit the Green Turtle Club.


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