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Ben and Cathy Hickman

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

'Dolphin Lookout'- Oceanfront, Breathtaking Panoramic Views

55 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Central Abaco Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 2

Dolphin Lookout(TM) is like a 'ship on land,' anchored and secluded on the southeast tip of this tropical out island coral atoll. This wonderful newer hand-crafted Bahamian cottage, is perched on a bluff, providing spectacular views of the gorgeous Bahamian turquoise ocean and breath taking vistas across Scotland Bay to the beautiful little private coral island of Scotland Cay.

Guana's beaches are 'Fodor's choice' for the best beaches in the Bahamas. Just a few minutes from Dolphin Lookout, begin miles of white powdery sand beaches, where you may only see your foot prints in the sand. A magnificent outer reef, which is the 3rd largest in the world, runs the entire length of Guana Cay. Within a 'stones throw' from this very special oceanfront cottage are numerous inner reefs and coral gardens teaming with colorful marine life. Extraordinary white sand beaches, reefs, coral gardens, snorkeling, swimming, diving, kayaking are accessible by foot or golf cart and are only a few minutes from Dolphin Lookout.

About 2 miles west of Dolphin Lookout(TM) is a quaint, picturesque settlement, home to 100-125 permanent residences, descendants of loyalists, who migrated to the Bahamas from the Carolinas, Virginia and New York during the revolutionary war.

Here in the settlement, you will find Guana Harbour grocery store, several great restaurants, Donna's golf cart rentals, the upscale Orchid Bay Yacht club and Marina, a dive shop, boat rentals, and Milos fresh fruit and vegetable stand. Yes, this out island experience may be the closest thing to 'heaven on earth' for ocean lovers. To us it continues to be a fairy tale experience. Dolphin Lookout may well be that vacation or retirement home away from home you have been dreaming about. Sound and look to good to be true? Please note the comments by Dolphin Lookout guests, our photos, and then you decide.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ben and Cathy Hickman (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 55 traveler reviews

'Dolphin Lookout'- Oceanfront, Breathtaking Panoramic Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews
Roswell, Georgia
5

It was exactly as advertised. Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot begin to describe our experience. It was quiet, beautiful, and simply paradise. The view from anywhere in the house was fantastic.

Ben sent us great checklists so we knew what do to to prepare for the trip and everything worked out great. The caretakers met us at the ferry and made sure we had everything we needed.

If you have a chance to stay at Dolphin Lookout, do it!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We love it

  • 5 of 5

Hello Ben,

This is our third time at Dolphin Lookout and we love it-well maintained, grounds and inside. We tell everyone this is paradise for us, so private, and incredible views. Gina and team did a great job.

Stay well,

Paul

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Most beautiful location on the island

  • 5 of 5

If you are wanting a getaway vacation away from the hustle and bustle of busy life then this is it! The owners have created a spectacular home away from home. The views of the ocean and surrounding islands are second to none and the wrap around deck is perfect for your evening drinks or morning coffee. The gentle ocean breeze and rustle of nearby palm trees truly provided a most relaxing and calm environment. Even for a one bedroom house it felt so expansive given the large decking area and endless views. The owners have paid great attention to detail of the interior with sailing/nautical decor which was timeless.

We couldn't fault this place at all and we'd love to come back. Many thanks for a truly wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sam and Rhona, Again thank you for your very nice comments. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide us with your feedback. We look forward to your return to Dolphin Lookout someday. Best regards, Ben and Cathy
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5

A+ Trip

  • 5 of 5

Hello Ben,

We had a tremendous time celebrating our 25th anniversary on Guana Cay at Dolphin Lookout. What a unique place. We can't wait to return. We would like to share some of our favorite things about our trip:

+Coffee every morning on the Adirondack chairs under "perfectly placed" palm trees overlooking the ocean and Scotland Bay.

+Sunsets every evening from the dock on the Sea of Abaco. "Bob" the barracuda seemed to enjoy hanging out under the dock just before sunset.

+Caysera Beach. The whitest sand and clearest water that we have ever seen. Our beach umbrella was the only umbrella on the beach. Our footprints were the only footprints in the sand.

+The cool pathways from Dolphin Lookout to the ocean and bay.

+The Views! "WOW"

+We had a great time kayaking around the dock and in Scotland Bay.

+The golf cart rides to and from the cottage added an additional sense of adventure to the trip.

+Good fresh fish at Kidds Cove in the settlement on the harbor. We actually watched the boat come into the harbor with the catch of the day. We had to wait until the fish were cleaned, but the dinner was well worth the wait(grouper and wahu).

+Good dinner at Fishtails on the harbor. Neat sports bar atmosphere.

+Sunsets at Graebbers.

+Dolphin Lookout cottage was good in every way. We don't know anything we would change.

+Gina & Ronald, Caretakers. Gina met us at the dock upon our arrival and had our golf cart ready for us. We simply loaded our bags and were off. Gina and Ronald did a great job.

+The Knowles taxi service in Marsh Harbour(Joe & Susan). Per the recommendation provided in your guide, we called Joe and let him know our flight information. When we arrived, he was waiting for us at Marsh Harbour Airport. Joe's wife Susan greeted us with a hug. Joe took us to Maxwells for shopping and then returned an hour later to take us to the ferry. He kept our bags while we shopped. Only charged $25. We called Joe the day before our departure and let him know our flight information. Susan met our ferry at the dock and took us back to the airport. Only charged $15.

+Orchid Bay. Gated community. We felt very safe.

We are already thinking of our return trip.

Thanks again,

Doug and Becky

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Most perfect two weeks

  • 5 of 5

Dear Ben and Cathy,

What a wonderful two week vacation we enjoyed at Dolphin Lookout. Unarguably, the most perfect two weeks we ever could have imagined. Not using the internet service for the first two days, literally forced us to appreciate that we were on vacation in paradise, and to enjoy the infinite beauty and peace.

We used the beach chairs and umbrella every day for 12 days straight! We enjoyed going to the beach early in the day. We packed our lunch and stayed all day. We were timid about the reefs at first, but got more and more adventurous as we made discoveries like the precious coral nurseries and all of the colorful parrot fish and charismatic barracuda.

We were patrons of the local island restaurants most evenings, but twice got some nice steaks for the grill. When dining the at Dolphin Lookout, we ate out on the porch using the lovely polished rail for our table. We savored our meals while mesmerized by the picturesque cove.

We can hardly wait until the next time we visit Abaco and stay at Dolphin Lookout. With the stunning views and the nautical charm.....we were comfortable and felt right at home.

Thanks for the lovely two weeks. Best to you always,

Bryan & Sheryl

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whitmore Lake, Michigan
5

Beautiful and secluded!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from Dolphin Lookout. It was spectacular! It would be a perfect honeymoon location! You can see gorgeous views of the water all around you and the breezes were just heavenly! Every day, I did my morning yoga out in the yard, right on the edge overlooking Scotland Cay. Then we'd listen to the marine forecast...(same beautiful weather every day) and head to the beach. We were there before the "season" I think because we almost had the beach to ourselves every day. I've never seen such beautiful beaches! Crystal clear turquoise water and powdery white sand. We didn't leave the island or even use the kayaks so, next time, we'd probably rent a boat and explore the other cays. We bought our groceries in Marsh Harbour and ferried them over. I was glad we did it that way. The market on the island carries a lot but the store in Marsh Harbour is more of a "full on" grocery store so we were able to mostly cover our week. We also lucked out and got some fresh grouper at the dock. There is nothing like fresh grouper! Can't wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maureen, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to post your very nice comments. We appreciate it. We look forward to your return to Dolphin Lookout. Ben and Cathy
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Map

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Marsh Harbour International, Abaco, Bahamas
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Albury Ferry Service, Great Guana Cay
Car: not necessary

Guana Cay is conveniently accessible by ferry and is about 8 miles north of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Dolphin Lookout is OCEANFRONT AND BAYFRONT and is located on the eastern most tip of Guana Cay. It is a PARADISE for ocean lovers; honeymooners; anniversaries; sports enthusiasts; star gazers; writers; readers and romantics with a spirit for adventure; unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.

Other Activities: boating, kayaking, wildlife viewing, deep sea fishing, world class bone fishing

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Rates & Availability

Central Abaco Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,495
 
 
Low season
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,295
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,495
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $85

Rates subject to change without notice. Please contact owner for stays longer than two weeks and for 2017 rates. Min. stay requirement is 7 nights. Depending on the season, you can check in or check out any day of the week. Subject to a refundable $250 security deposit. Occupancy limited to a maximum of two adults. No pets allowed. No smoking.
Both Kayaks rent for $150 for the duration of your stay.

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Amenities

Central Abaco Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
VHF;gated community;newer custom crafted cottage, open floor plan with colorful nautical motif, and wonderful oceanfront/bayfront views from any room in the cottage;decks surround the cottage;located on secluded tip of island with incredible views;dock on bayside, 5 min. walk on picturesque pathway;dock provides for wonderful swimming in gorgeous,serene,secluded Dolphin Cove. Out of this world kayaking in our Hobie kayaks is just minutes from Dolphin Lookout dock and cove.

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