Green Turtle Bay Marina & Resort

Through most resorts are comprised of towering structures with spacious, well-appointed suites and luxurious amenities including everything from full service spas and casinos to restaurants, shops, and cafes, Green Turtle Bay Marina & Resort takes a different approach, creating an actual community out of their resort grounds to give their guests the ultimate experience of easy living at the lakes.

Since opening in 1983, Green Turtle Bay has proven itself to be a destination worthy of note, with more than 80 luxury vacation rental condominiums in its collection of lakeside gems that have given it ranking as the largest premier marina and resort in the tri-state area. “Everything you could imagine is right here at your fingertips,” says Assistant Director of Marketing and Advertising Brian McDonald.

Offering lakeside condos with as many as four bedrooms, Green Turtle Bay rents their units to guests and accommodates them with everything they need to enjoy their vacation including fireplaces, kitchens, washers and dryers, sleeper-sofas, and gas grills as well as linens, towels, and coffee to keep them perking right along. Ownership opportunities are open to anyone looking for an investment property, as well—so even if you’re not enjoying Turtle time for yourself, your condo could be bringing you happy returns.

“Green Turtle Bay is truly a destination vacation that offers something for everyone, whether you’re actually young in age or just young at heart,” says McDonald. And playtime is certainly encouraged, as Green Turtle Bay boasts playground areas, two outdoor pools, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, walking trails, and a variety of other ways to get out and enjoy the area.

For those who love a day at the spa, Jade & Earth Spa has everything from massages and facials to hair design and nail services. Health as a whole is high on the resort’s list, so guests can enjoy the use of the Health Club’s indoor pool, fitness room, weight room, sauna, and showers.

It goes almost without saying that a big draw to Green Turtle Bay is the lake itself, as the resort sits at the edge of Lake Barkley on the Cumberland River. And so it seems only natural that the resort takes full advantage of that fact, with a marina where members can dock their boats and guests can play captain for the day by renting a pontoon or tri-tune with a slide.

All that time in the great outdoors can certainly whet your appetite; and dining is a delight here—whether you’re dressing up for a meal at the lavish Commonwealth Yacht Club, digging in to some more casual breakfast and lunch fare at Dockers Bayside Grille, or sampling some of the unique eats at The Thirsty Turtle. “Our restaurants offer fantastic food that can satisfy any craving, and our guests love having that variety,” McDonald says.

Even fashionistas and shopaholics can find ways to get their fix here, as guests can shop at the Ship’s Chandlery Store for the latest resort fashions, souvenirs, housewares, lake and boating supplies, and gifts.

Time spent here is a gift of its own—as every minute is a way to come out of your shell and take a breath, to think like a turtle and let the pace of life slow down and soak in the beauty all around.

Green Turtle Bay Marina & Resort is located at Cumberland River Mile 32, 263 Green Turtle Bay Drive, Grand Rivers, Kentucky 42045. For more information, call (270) 362-8364 or visit