Nettie's Heritage Club and Sea Shell Beach Resort
Please check out the Abaco Lodge
The Seashell Beach Club is located on the beautiful 8-mile Cherokee Sound beach and features natural accomodations and an exercise pool. The intriguing new lodge opened in May 1999. The pine wooded site, which borders a wildlife refuge, is set in the natural surroundings, and landscaped with hundreds of plants, including sapodilla, mango, sugar apple, coco plum, bougainvillaea, and sea grape. Hundreds of herb plants flourish in the gardens, and the house specialty drink Herb Tea is made with eleven different kinds of common and exotic plants. A zoo on the premises houses rare flamingos, hibiscus devouring iguanas, and free roaming peacocks, ducks, and geese. The new rooms are air-conditioned! Guests staying at the Seashell Club have a five minute nature walk to the dining room at the Heritage Club.
Some of the bonefishing guides are from the nearby settlement of Cherokee. The bonefish skiffs, which are similar to Dolphin super skiffs, have 30 or 40-HP engines which are more than sufficient as you won't need to travel very far. The lodge has added two larger boats which will put Robinson Flats, Little Harbor, and Snake Key within running distance of the lodge and open up some reef fishing for those interested.
Miss Nettie Symonette, owner of Nettie's Sea Shell Beach Resort on Great Abaco Island has a small problem. Nettie stocked the fresh water pond adjacent to her resort with about three dozen Tilapia. Now she has thousands of those fish. She invites her guest to take as many as they want and she will even cook them for you. We found out the little guys can't resist a Crazy Charlie.
Nettie's Sea Shell Beach Resort is the result of her dreams and a lot of hard work. With years of hotelier experience behind her, Nettie acquired 635 acres of Crown land, locally perceived as primarily swamp and waste land, and created what is known today as "one of the most unique Ecotourism resorts in the Caribbean."
The love of her native Bahamas and her tireless efforts to promote its heritage and preserve its natural beauty resulted in her receiving the Cacique Award for Ecotourism in 1996 and the coveted Order of Merit Award the same year.
She has won many other awards of distinction, among them: Most Outstanding Woman in Business (1988), Bahamas Who's Who Society Hospitality Hall of Fame Award (1990) and Silver Jubilee Award (1998).
Miss Nettie Symonette, philosopher, dreamer, herbalist, and healer turned innkeeper has the perfect escape. You might sleep better than you have in a decade! And Nettie's Heritage Club and Sea Shell Beach Resort is one of the best-kept secrets in the Caribbean. Come share Nettie's vision!
There are frequent 40-minute flights to Abaco's Marsh Harbor International Airport from West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami on Continental Connection, US AIR, American Eagle, and Bahamas Air. Nettie's Sea Shell Beach Club is 18 miles south of the Marsh Harbor International Airport, about 30 minutes by car. Round-trip transportation from the airport is included for stays more than four nights. If stay is less than 4 nights then transfer charge is not included.
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