Most people won't have heard of San Salvador, which is kind of a good thing. You feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, yet still have access to all modern conveniences (unless you count Starbucks and fast food chains among life's necessities). Michelle is a gracious hostess, greeting you by name and making sure you are enjoying your stay. The entire staff is friendly and welcoming...in fact everybody we encountered on the island greeted us with a smile and a wave.
Riding Rock offers the option of buying meal plans by the day, but just having all meals included as part of the package is the most economical choice. Food is notoriously expensive on the islands, so even though the daily rates seem steep, they're probably close to what you'd be paying elsewhere. And there aren't many "elsewhere" options nearby, so you don't feel like you're missing out on all the local hot spots by having all your meals at the hotel. Agnes and the kitchen staff won't disappoint you.
Accommodations aren't 5-star luxury, but they're clean, quiet and comfortable. Water pressure and hot water can be iffy if there are a lot of people arriving back from their dives at the same time, though. Most of us just laughed it off as we took our chances, but if this the kind of trivial inconvenience that would ruin your vacation, then you're probably better suited for the Club Med down the road.
Riding Rock is essentially a dive resort, even though the hotel and dive operation are separate properties. There is little else to do here if the weather isn't co-operating, so again if you're the type of traveler who needs to be constantly entertained, Club Med is probably a better option. If, however, you just want to unwind doing nothing or hanging out with your friends, Riding Rock offers the perfect dive getaway.
Would definitely recommend Riding Rock to others, but beware of Bahamas Air! Almost half our group missed connections because Bahamas Air didn't stick to their schedule on two different days (and didn't seem overly apologetic). Riding Rock can usually arrange flights from Ft Lauderdale on Club Med's charter, which is a more reliable option but costs twice as much.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Riding Rock Inn Resort And Marina Hotel San Salvador
- Riding Rock Hotel And Marina
- Riding Rock Inn Resort And Marina Bahamas/San Salvador