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Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

With over 800' of gorgeous beachfront, on 10+ private acres, Crow's Nest, situated atop the highest point of sunny Staniel Cay, features the finest views in all directions: sunsets over the harbor, sunrises over the ocean, myriad cays and inlets up Pipe Creek to the north, and a long white sandy beach to the south.

Additionally, there is a protected sandy beach and swimming hole on the blue lagoon (other side of the property) where the Crow's Nest gazebo enjoys views down the length of the inlet, and the Crow's Nest mooring provides a protected harbor for a boat.

Overlooking the beach, Crow's Nest is a spacious contemporary cottage with 2,200 square feet of living space. The octagonal living room takes advantage of the spectacular views in all directions. The cozy tropical furnishings compliment the sparkling azure waters, dazzling coral sands, and abundant underwater splendors. Experience paradise at this very special place.

-- Lounge on the expansive screened porch -- and enjoy the ocean breezes.

-- Soak up some sun in the very private patio area.

-- Dine overlooking the ocean beaches.

-- Wake in the loft to watch the sun rise over the ocean.

-- Shower with views of the harbor.

-- Prepare dinner with one of the best views in the world

We do not accept online bookings until after a follow-up conversation.

We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation -- with the balance due 30 days prior to your planned arrival date. The rental fee is nonrefundable unless we are able to re-book the dates that you reserved.

The small island of Staniel Cay offers the rare mixture of a quaint village, Bahamian family island culture, beauty, and tranquility.

The people are some of the friendliest you'll ever meet.

Crow's Nest is less than one mile from the village. The village includes the Isle's General store, Pink Store, Blue Store, Mt. Olivetti Church (everyone is welcome), a beauty salon, several straw shops, a clinic, All-Age School, a telephone office and tower (with cell coverage), and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

North of the village are Pirate's Trap beach and pristine rugged land that's ideal for hiking and exploring.

In addition to the Staniel Cay restaurants, you may want to experience dining at some of the nearby islands.

The warm waters are crystal clear, with varying azure hues. You'll find an abundance of brilliantly colored marine life in less than fifteen feet of water throughout the cays.

Of special note is Thunderball Grotto (so named because James Bond 'Thunderball' movie scenes were shot there).

The grotto is a naturally hollowed-out cay, opposite the Yacht Club. Schools of beautiful and tame fish live there in a setting of colorful sponges and coral.

If you visit, you'll swim through a surface entrance to the interior cave that is lit by a hole in the 'roof'. Once inside, you'll discover the 'hidden' passageways out.

Several miles farther north is the beginning of the 22-mile Exuma Land and Sea Park, a wildlife and underwater preserve. The park stores many treats for the visual explorer. And an island just south of Staniel Cay is a wildlife preserve for iguanas.

Whether underwater or above, the Exuma Cays are spectacular.

More Details

Pam or Glenn
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Pam or Glenn

Pam and Glenn, now retired from creating software solutions for the financial services industry, spend their winters on Staniel Cay. Crow’s Nest always has been their children’s’ favorite place since they were infants.

Pam or Glenn purchased this cottage in 1984

Why Pam or Glenn chose Exuma

Crow’s was built in the late 1970’s by the original developer of Staniel Cay, who selected it as the best location on the island for his personal residence. Atop the highest point of the island, in the middle of 10+ acres, it is an historical icon that is visible by island-goers from miles away. Situated in the middle of a long white sandy beach, with views in all directions, Crow’s Nest enjoys the most spectacular vistas on the island.

What makes this cottage unique

Crow’s Nest has been welcoming guests since 1985. Many of our guests have returned year after year, making it their vacation home. Crow’s Nest’s charm, breezes, amazing views, privacy and comfort offer you an unparalleled out-island Bahamian experience in the beautiful central Exumas. The island’s amenities are only a few minutes away. Great snorkeling, the swimming pigs, iguanas, Thunderball Grotto and more are right here in the Staniel Cay area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great time as usual. No real problems except had to leave. Food on island and Compass Cay great. No bugs. Look forward to returning.
Jul 2014
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Exuma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Online booking not accepted until additional criteria met. Contact owners for details. See information package for cancellation policy.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Also, fresh-water outdoor showers by the house and gazebo.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Master Loft - 1 queen , 360 degree views
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Mooring with out-haul available by gazebo; bread maker; boats & golf carts available locally. Wireless internet is also available at various spots in the village. Nature trail & fishing guides locally available. Chefs available for an occasion. 3000 foot airstrip for private planes, charters and daily air service on the island. Airport pickup and drop off included.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Boston, MA

The perfect view of the perfect island

  • 5 of 5

Crow's Nest's amazing bluff location will stun even Caribbean regulars. It sits high upon a bluff on Staniel Key in the Exumas. A bluff in the Caribbean? It's true!

The master bed room atop the octogon-shaped house provides 360 degree views across the Keys. The rest of the house has a warm, cozy feeling and is tastefully decorated with local art and natural objects. The rustic feeling of the house is combined will plenty of modern amenities- full kitchen, XM radio, DVD player, etc.

The island is a friendly, neighborly place who know the owners well and treat their guests with kindness and attention. The island boasts three terrific restaurants, a beautiful park with walking trails (which the owners helped to build), and several other beaches, shops, and places to visit.

There is plenty to do on and around Staniel Key. The Thunderball Grottoe, made famous by the James Bond movie, is a fabulous local spot for snorkling, and the Exuma Park nearby has many other diving spots. There are several Whalers and other small boats available for rent on Staniel to explore the surrounding islands.

Crow's Nest sits atop a tropical paradise which is not to be missed!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2008
  • Stayed: December 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property in sublimely beautiful islands

  • 5 of 5

Stainel Cay & the Exumas and Crow’s Nest were the perfect vacation. We’ve vacationed throughout the Caribbean, from all-inclusive resorts to down-island private homes—some really amazing properties, and Crow’s Nest and the Exumas rank right up there with the best. Maybe the best we’ve done.

What a fantastic property. We had TOTAL privacy. We had sunrise AND sunset views (been waiting for that forever). We had oceanfront AND (sort of) bay front property. We had ocean breezes to cool us, and the sea to serenade us. Crow’s Nest offered everything we’re looking for:

• A beautiful property with lots of privacy and magnificent views.

• Lots of independent exploring and hiking without any tourist groups or crowds (except for our timing at Thunderball Grotto and the pigs, which is probably unavoidable).

• Indescribably beautiful water, boating and snorkeling. I mean, my god, the water there!! Hard to say which was more amazing—the trip up Pipe Creek with its gorgeous blues and beaches and homes, culminating in a beautiful secluded cove on the east side of Compass Cay, or the trip south to see the iguanas on the sublime Bitter Guana & Gualin Cay South and lunch at Black Point.

• A quaint village with friendly locals and interesting fellow travelers. The Yacht Club offered everything from formal, “high-end” dining to a funky, drunky bar scene where we spent at least one night imbibing and gormandizing with such an eclectic array of maniacs, miscreants and millionaires as to never be forgotten. Oh yeah, and petting the sharks! Wild.

To top it all off, we were treated to a classic Caribbean light show in the middle of our last night there. There’s nothing like the humbling majesty of a big thunderstorm on an island in the middle of the ocean. And the resulting overcast and cool morning made leaving this paradise just a little easier.

All in all, Crow’s Nest and the Exumas were everything we’d hoped they’d be. It was a great experience with Pam throughout, and nothing she could say prepared me for the absolute, awesome beauty of this place.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful off the beaten path getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have very intense & stressful jobs. This vacation was about getting away and enjoying the quiet and solitude. This house was perfect! We swam and snorkeled everyday on Crow’s Nest’s beach. We snorkeled in many other places, but I have to say the coral here is the best I have ever seen. So stunning! All the colors & all the movement. The fish were spectacular, our favorites being the Queen Angelfish, Damselfish, Barracuda, 3 different rays and a sea turtle. We came at the end of the summer season - so the entire beach was empty. It was so peaceful here and just what we wanted!!!

The house is great and has all the amenities you need. Groceries and supplies are just a short golf cart drive away. Everyone we met was helpful and happy.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay on Staniel Cay.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 5 nights with our kids aged 25 and 19 and had a great time. We loved Crows Nest, it is exactly what you see in the photos. The loft bedroom was amazing, with Windows all around. It was nice to watch the sunrise on a morning. We went out every day in a boat. There is so much to see in the surrounding area. We went to rent a boat from Berkie on Sunday, but he didn't work on sunday, but we managed to rent from somewhere else, it wasn't a great boat, but it did the job. On Monday and Tuesday we rented a boat off Berkie and it had a much better engine, it was a lot better boat altogether. We did packed lunches for our boat trips, and went to the yacht club for all our evening meals. There is a lovely beach next to crows nest. We went snorkelling and my husband scuffed himself on some rocks. The sea can get a bit rough, we should have waited for it to be a little calmer. It was nice to come back after a day out and sit outside on the screened porch with lovely views and a cooling breeze. We also rented a golf cart from Berkie, you need it to get around the island. It truly is an amazing place, well worth a visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz, CA

Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Crow's Nest for our Honeymoon. We were there for a week and it was pure heaven. We had a few storms so we spent a lot of time at the house, which was great. It's comfortable, private, and beautiful. We rented a boat and a golf cart (which is a must!) so we could explore the island and head to the Yacht Club for dinner most nights. We did cook at the Crows Nest as well and found everything we needed to prepare our meals.

I would highly recommend the Crow's Nest to anyone interested in visiting Staniel Cay. Pam was a dream to work with, highly informative, and quick with communication.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from Crow's Nest for our honeymoon/one year anniversary. The pictures in listing are accurate, this place is beautiful. The location is perfect with awesome views of the whole island and surrounding waters. Being up on the bluff you get the benefit of being able to watch fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Even though we didn't have great weather for our week we were never bored, there is so much to do on Staniel and the surrounding islands. Be sure to rent a boat and explore with your snorkel gear.

The bikes that come with the house are a great benefit, because you don't need to rent a golf cart for the week. However you do need to climb the hill every time you want to use the bikes, so make sure you are in decent physical shape. The only one downfall is the "no-see-um" bugs, although the house did come with bug spray which worked pretty well. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
SCYC, Taste & Sea, Big Dog's
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
G&B Highway (mostly golf carts)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
SCYC, Taste & Sea, Big Dog's

Staniel Cay is in the midst of the magnificent Exuma Cays, approximately 75 miles south of Nassau, 60 miles north of George Town, 8 miles south of the Land & Sea Park, and 250 miles southeast of Florida.

To get there, fly in from Ft Lauderdale or Nassau over gorgeous varied-hued azure waters. Staniel Cay has an excellent 3030' runway (MYES).

For viewing on Google Earth (or other) the coordinates are 24 degrees 10' 32' N by 76 degrees 26' 20' W

Other Activities: Beach combing & exploring beautiful waters & uninhabited islands


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750

Online booking not accepted until additional criteria met. Contact us for details. Maximum 2 guests. Minimum age for booking party is 25. Non-smokers only. No pets. Discounts for 4 or more weeks.
Advance cleaning and linens included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund