I hesitate to give a review because I don't want anyone else to know about this amazing home & island! I can't speak highly enough about OceanSound, Audra, Brian & Long Island.
We selected this island because it is non-commercialized- we wanted a quiet escape with a bit of adventure. If you want Starbucks, strip malls, & shopping- this island is not for you!
We were anxious about booking a rental home for our honeymoon. Once we set foot on the property, our anxiety melted away. OceanSound is airy & comfortable. The hexagonal floor plan provides ocean views from nearly all the windows & a constant breeze.
There is an adjacent home within a stone's throw & several other homes within viewing distance. We still felt the home was secluded & private- never saw neighbors on the beach (Once we saw the neighbor's dogs who were friendly & fun to play with).
The house has everything you need: washer, dryer, snorkeling equipment, beach & bath towels, bathroom toiletries. The kitchen has cookware, utensils, spices, etc . Audra & Brian even stocked us with bread, eggs, butter, fruit & champagne.
The home has wonderful outdoor sitting areas. We loved relaxing in the hammock on the porch & marveling over the shells of our hermit crab visitors.
A short walking path leads to the semi-private beach. Neither of us were confident enough to swim with the constant waves of the windward side of the island, but we did splash around. BUT you don't get the biting bugs & mosquitoes the leeward side does. (TIP: Use bug spray or baby oil when visiting leeward beaches!)
AMAZING beaches are a 5-10 minute drive. You receive a document with directions for the best beaches, sites, & restaurants. We visited all the beaches on the list & a few recommended by locals, & NEVER saw anyone else on the beach.
Bonnie Chord was our fave- a protected, calm swimming cove with clear water & no bugs! Galloway Beach's sands are white & soft as fine flour. At Gordon's Beach we found amazing shells- make sure to walk as far north on this beach as you can go- you won't regret the view.
You could spend your entire vacation without leaving OceanSound, but I strongly suggest renting a Jeep & exploring Long Island because it has so much to offer.
This is truly is a special home & island. The people are genuinely gracious, happy & welcoming. We've only been back home a week & have started talking to family & friends about organizing a group trip. We will be back!