Our stay at Betty and Peter Oxley’s Sandy Palms apartment was exceptional. By far the best part of the vacation was the beach on Hooper’s Bay in front of the property. We spent days relaxing on the beach, kayaking and paddle boarding on the crystal clear waters, and snorkeling with the fish and turtles near the shoreline. It’s a perfect beach for ending the day with sunset walks and reclining under the brilliant stars.
It’s a fairly short walk to the local grocery store for food and beer supplies, which helped keep our dining costs down. The restaurants are also a bit further away and would require a car or taxi service, as there are no bicycle rentals available. Peter was very accommodating with transportation. He gave us an informative tour just after our arrival to familiarize us with the local stores and restaurants. Shirley’s was a good one; the mixed seafood was delicious. He later brought us a car to rent for a day of exploring the island and also arranged for transportation to a full day’s tour out to Thunderball Grotto. We were able to visit many of the places that had been recommended, including Santana’s for lobster and grouper, and Chat & Chill for delicious conch salad, fresh from the sea. We got to pet some sting rays and hand feed them our left-overs.
Peter also helped arrange a great snorkeling trip for us to a small island, Fowl Cay. It served as our private beach for the morning, to relax on between snorkeling forays. Both the beach and the undersea life were gorgeous - highly recommended!
With all of the great things to see and do, though, we would have to advise any visitors to do what we did for the last few days we were there- simply stay “home” at Hooper’s Bay and enjoy the beautiful scenery on display right in the back yard. Pick up some snacks and beer at the store, and enjoy long relaxing days on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!