We had a week in the Bahamas so we decided to split our vacation in two; three days doing touristy items (dolphin swim, scuba diving, restaurants) in Port Lucaya and four days fulfilling our desire to relax away from the tourist areas and really soaking in the island at Eden Cottage. We could not have been happier with our decision as Eden Cottage was everything for which we were looking.
First off, the cottage is small but fully utilizes every inch so we were never crowded. To the contrary, by the end of the week I was wondering why we have so much excess space back home. A full kitchen made making our own meals a snap.
We couldn't believe how close the beach was. The first thing we did when we arrived was break out the snorkel gear and take a swim. Within 1 minute, I had already spotted a huge starfish. That was followed by a plethora of fish and conch. Over the next 3 days, we added to that list a small shark (the locals confirmed they are harmless), stingray and barracuda. All way enjoying a quarter-mile strip of beach all to our selves. Amazing!
The locals were the next great benefit of Eden Cottage. Some neighbors came over and introduced themselves. Also, I ran every morning and everybody waved and said hello. We made our way down to Bishops to visit with Ron the bartender, Renae the waitress and Mr. Bishop himself. We also walked the half mile to see the lighthouse built by the local pastor (whose mother is in her 80s, has lived in High Rock her whole life, and still walks to church).
The reminder of the time was spent visiting Lucaya National Park and Gold Rock Beach, reading, talking, and eating at the cottage itself.
For those who looking for something different than your same old same old resort, we definitely recommend Eden Cottage.