The sister settlements of Andros Town and Coakley Town are located on the East Coast of Andros Island about 40 miles west of Nassau and 48 miles south of the Berry Islands on Fresh Creek. Both towns have hotel and resort accommodations, but the better shops and one lone grocery store are located in Andros Town. South of the two towns lies the U.S. Navys Autec base, which is restricted; boats are not allowed here.
Andros and Coakley towns, and more specifically, Fresh Creek, are approached via a break in the barrier reef, which is located to the east of the town about 1.5 miles away. From waypoint N24 44.099 W77 45.801, set a course of 244 degrees true to line up with the opening of Fresh Creek about 1.5 miles away. Entry depths at the break in the reef are generally good at 13 to 20 feet.
About four-tenths of a mile off the northern side of the entrance to Fresh Creek is a shallow area that works its way out toward the east (this is visible as the dark patch of water to the left [north] side of the entrance in the image above), be sure to steer a little south to avoid running around on the shoal.
Once you have arrived in Fresh Creek, you will notice the Lighthouse Marina on the south side of the creek where you can tie up for the night. Additionally, you can anchor out or grab a mooring farther upstream near the bridge in six- to 11-foot depths over a sand bottom, but be sure to set two anchors if you drop the hook; the current can run as high as 6 knots through the creek at times.
See our Local Notices to Mariners blog for updates on the latest conditions and advisories for this area.