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Playa de Papaya, Waterfront Home

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2BR Oceanfront Vacation Rental Ten Bay, Bahamas

Playa de Papaya is a private oceanfront house on the family island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Eleuthera greets its visitors with pink sand, crystal clear waters, and little traffic. The island is 120 miles long, and offers lots of places to explore, and the locals are very friendly. This is a one of a kind place.

Playa da Papaya comes fully equipped for all of your basic needs. Special features include a wrap-around deck, a waterfront palapas, air-conditioning, and satellite TV. We have a washer and dryer for renters' use downstairs in the garage. All linens are provided, and the kitchen has all basic appliances including a microwave & coffee pot. The front of the property has many fruit trees, that are loaded with papaya, avocado & mango during their peak seasons.

The house is located along the coral rock that extends around the corner from the coveted pink sands of Ten Bay beach. The house shares a secluded 3 acre lot with Casa Amarillo (our families other property, both available for rent), offering privacy for guests and a cove that offers visitors an exquisite view at sunset not to mention watching as the fish & rays swim by. The island offers great fishing, snorkeling, diving trips, kayaking and boating. You can find tour guides easily on Eleuthera!

The Governors Harbour library offers book exchanges and WiFi/internet packages as well.

Eleuthera offers water taxi access to both Harbour Island and/or Spanish Wells. Traveling North to get to either island, you will pass over the Looking Glass bridge. A must stop for great photos of the cliffs and the joining of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The house is conveniently located in the middle (the elbow) of the island which makes it convenient for exploring both ends of this 100 mile island. Each community offers unique restaurants and shopping. The Southern end of the island has Tarpum Bay (fresh seafood from the docks), Rock Sound (Blue Hole and nice shopping center), Cape Eleuthera and the pristine Lighthouse Beach (4-wheel drive or a tour guide is recommended for this one) at the southern tip of Eleuthera.

Directions to the house: Travel on Queens Highway, travel 14 miles south of Governor's Harbour airport; roughly 4 miles south of Palmetto Point. After your pass a small sub-station with transformers enclosed in a chain-link fence (on you right), the road to Ten Bay development will be on your right (about 1.5 or less miles). On right, look for sign that has property owners listed. Follow that road for about 1 mile until the road forks at a light pole. Take the left hand fork, up the hill. The property will be on the right at the top of the hill, it has a low stone wall on both sides of the drive way. Just follow the drive straight ahead and Playa de Papaya will be on the left, waterfront.

Rental cars are highly recommended as the closest grocery & restaurants are 4-5 miles away, and the larger selection of stores & other towns are 10+ miles.

The island of Eleuthera offers 3 airports. Governors Harbor (GHB) is in the center of the island and only about a 20 minute drive to our home. We ask that you try to fly into this airport so that our caretaker can meet you upon your arrival and escort you to the house. The other 2 airports are Rock Sound Airport (RSD) at the Southend of the island, and North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) at the North End. Both are about 1 hour away from the house. All 3 airports have some strange schedules, so be sure to look at available flights when you are deciding on what days to book the rental home. Some people have to switch days of the rental to accommodate the flight schedules…we’re totally used to it.

Looking for an extended family-reunion type of vacation? Consider renting Playa de Papaya and Casa Amarillo (#147029) together. They are on adjacent lots, each with a 120 foot ocean frontage. The cost for either property is the same, base rate of $1100/week per house. For $2200 you get two houses with a total of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and accommodates up to 10 people.

If you want peace, beauty, and relaxation, Eleuthera has it all!

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More Details

Carolyn Kugatow - Owner & Amanda Kugatow - Daughter-in-law
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018


Central Eleuthera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have a toilet, a sink and a stand up shower. Both are accessed from the Living Room, just outside of the bedrooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom has a King bed. Second bedroom has a single twin bed plus a twin bunk bed.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • luaus
  • shelling
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Playa de Papaya, Waterfront Home
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Quiet Relaxation!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful 4 night stay we had at Playa de Papaya. We were met at the airport by Rodney and made to feel right at home instantly.......even after he had to wait because of our flight being delayed he did not rush us and recommend places to see, stopped for groceries, made sure everything was in order. He was definitely a pleasure to deal with. The house was spacious and clean with a wonderful view overlooking the Caribbean . It was quite windy when we were there, but we were able to tuck around on the little side deck to enjoy our morning coffee. The quietness was wonderful with only the noise of the waves. Would definitely love to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had an amazing time at our waterfront cottage! loved the view & clear water we even caught a fish

  • 4 of 5

We loved the central location to everything. The house was well equipped. Rodney the caretaker was very helpful and kind. We bought a fresh filleted fish from a local fisherman in Governors Harbour and cooked it at the cottage...that was awesome. We discovered so much about Eleuthera by driving from one end to the other, not on the same day of course. We took a trip to Harbour Island, the water taxis are running all day and only cost $5/per person. We then rented a golf cart and enjoyed seeing all the sights of that adorable Island. The many beaches we went to were just spectacular on both sides of the Island. Having the washer/dryer came in handy. The house handled 2 couples very well. We would very much consider returning! We just love Eleuthera❤️

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best view in the Bahamas!

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing better than sitting on your own deck and watching the sun slip down below the Caribbean. We have been all over the islands and this place is hands down the best view! Rodney the caretaker is wonderful, helpful & responsive. This house is perfectly located for exploring all parts of the island and only 10 min from the new Cost Cutter grocery in Savannah Sound. It's not super fancy inside but it does have everything you need! The entry to the water was great even for our 4-1/2 year old. At low tide he could play in the water independently while we lounged under the palm frond umbrellas. We would come back here without hesitation. Thank you Carolyn! The Timmons family, Indiana

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We chose Playade Papaya because of the location and we were not disappointed.

After a long of traveling we were rewarded with with a fabulous view of the water and knew we had made the right decision.

The house is simple and perfect for a beach house. Everything you need; clean, easy to maintain and a very comfortable bed. The washing machine made packing so much easier. Outside there are 3 perfect spaces. The Caribbean is right in front of the house and easily accessible. We usually had an afternoon swim and then cocktails under the palapa. From the upper deck we watched sharks, rays and fish swim by. (Nurse sharks,harmless) Ten Bay Beach is right around the corner, an easy walk from the house. Great because it was very windy while we were there and Ten Bay is protected. It is a beautiful beach.

The best part of the house is that it comes with Rodney, the caretaker. We did not need much but Rodney met us and lead us to the house and then stopped in to check on us a couple of times. We really enjoyed talking to him. Thank you Carolyn, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking View!!!

  • 5 of 5

Playa de Papaya will forever be a special place for me and my now fiance!!! The house isn't anything too special but what is special is the view and cove it sits on. The house does have everything you need from floats, beach chairs, adequate kitchen, bedding/towels, fans, etc. The house was fairly basic but very clean. The one negative was that the master bedroom AC wasn't working which we thought was going to be a huge issue because I'm always hot...turns out it was plenty cool with the living room AC on and a fan. The reason I give this place five stars is due to the view it provides. The double french doors open to the crystal clear Caribbean which is ultimately what you're paying for. They have an awesome (new) deck that wraps around half the house, a nice little patio with shade (great view), and then two more areas near the water that offer more shade (perfect place to relax with a book). They have stairs that go into the water making it easy to get in and out as you please.

We loved the location because it's in central Eleuthera allowing you to really explore both the northern and southern beaches. If you stay here you MUST go to Island Farms located maybe 10 minutes north. Island Farms has fresh bread (get there early), locally grown produce, and much more.

Another reason this place gets 5 stars is due to the owners who are very responsive and more importantly the caretaker Rodney. Rodney is AWESOME! A very sweet man who made our trip even more special. We were able to rent a kayak from him to explore the coves (highly recommended) and were able to rely on him for advice/recommendations. Thanks Rodney!

I rarely leave reviews but felt inclined to promote this place because it surpassed my expectations. I give it my two thumbs up and will definitely be back. Thanks Kugatow family for letting us share your special place :)

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin..... We stayed for nine days at this adorable house. My husband and I went for our honeymoon. We enjoyed every minute of it from waking up to a beautiful sunset every morning, to cooking breakfast with a beautiful view, to my husband picking fresh fruit out of the yard, to going to relax out by the water, ethier finding interesting little treasures to kayaks. There is so much to do. The local beach right next door is beautiful ( ten bay Beach). We mostly cooked at the house but our favorite restaurant was mait and Jenny's a local hangout and also tippys for upscale restaurant. We would suggest shipping your meat to eluthera when going though. (Pack in cooler when checking on luggage)

But all in all there are plenty of activities to enjoy and definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. But the best time to go would be alittle later in the year around March through September.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2015
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

**During Christmas/New Years (Dec 15-Jan 10)-No partial week rentals will be permitted, Minimum of 7 night stay.
**Approximate Monthly Rates, actual rate will depend on the total of days of the month you stay.
**Rentals 45+ Days will be given a rate of $95/night
**25% of Payment is due at the time of booking, remaining 75% is due within 45 days of arrival.
**There will be a 5.5% VRBO service fee on all rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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