Each year, for the past 12+ years we have gone to the Bahamas, going to a different Out-Island for a few days and then returning to our favorite, Staniel Cay, in the Exuma chain for a few days. We have not found anything to compare with Staniel Cay. To find Shell available to rent was more than we could ever hope for on this highly demanded cresent bay with white sugar, Windex-blue water, and perfect beach just steps from your door. On this secluded bay, Shell is your own personal tropical compound which is remote yet safe. When we were not cooking on the beach or in the BBQ, we took our golf cart to one of the several local restaurants to meet up with the locals we have become friends with over the years. There is so much to do in the Exumas - snorkeling, diving, fishing, shelling, eating, hiking, relaxing etc. Everything is here. Shell has all the modern conveniences of home, although you probably won't turn on the flat screen TV other than to get a weather update each morning. Since the owners are there often, the pantry is well-stocked, just in case you need a jar of spaghetti sauce before the supply boat comes in (borrow a jar, replace a jar). The locals are wonderful people. It was a joy sharing in their community party the week we were there. This is a remote island chain, to become one with nature and all it has to offer. If you are looking for Blockbuster and Dominos Pizza, this is not the place for you. If you want to visit a tiny village island atmosphere, get to Staniel Cay and stay at Shell. While there are a few places to stay on Staniel Cay, we have never found anything to rent directly on this bay other than Shell. We were there in October. We loved being in some thunderstorms for a couple of days. We sat on the screened porch and watched the waves roll in. Be sure to feed the nurse sharks, the swimming pigs, and the iguanas on the surrounding islands. You'll have several choices of boat rentals, captains for fishing and other private charter events, and golf cart rental to get around the 2-mile-long island. Shell is the perfect home away from home - not your usual rental vacation property. From the moment you pull into the sugary white sand driveway and wind yourself around the fruit and herb garden before you get to the front door, you will never want to leave. Never. We can hardly wait to return. We will someday call Staniel Cay our second home.