|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
By the Seashore is fully-equipped, charming, and relaxing, and makes an ideal home away from home. Free use of a 14' Boston whaler motorboat, a 4-passenger golf cart, a 2-person ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered; they are a wonderful way to explore the surrounding area. (Otherwise, motor boats, bicycles & kayaks are expensive to rent separately.) The boat is great for fishing and snorkeling, and many guests visit their 'own' new secluded nearby private island each day!
'By the Seashore' was built in 1930 and was the first boarding house where visitors to the island of Spanish Wells could rent a room. (If only those walls could talk - I bet they would tell us a lot of interesting stories!) This home has recently been lovingly restored from the roof and charming gables & shutters right down to the beautiful original Abaco Pine hardwood floors throughout.
By the Seashore was the first building on this waterfront property in Spanish Wells. It is located on the highest point of the island, and offers outstanding water views -of the ocean, harbour, and bay -- from all rooms in this charming historic cottage. From the top deck one has spectacular sunset views and views of Harbour Island, Ridley's Head, Meeks Patch, Royal Island, Russell Island, and the harbour with all the boats passing by. The cottage is built to take advantage of the constant ocean breezes no matter from which direction they may be blowing. (Later, the original owner also added a guest cottage and a garage to this large water front property.)
In more recent years, a large dock with two large fish cleaning stations and live aquariums has been added to this property. Guests of By the Seashore have free use of a a 4-passenger golf cart, bicycles, and a 14' Boston whaler motorboat & ocean kayak located just below the cottage at the dock.
The beautiful garden at By the Seashore offers tropical plants in a rainbow of colors, and a variety of tropical fruit trees. By the Seashore is located in the middle of the historic settlement of Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas and is surrounded by quaint shops, eateries, home bakeries, and more. A straight path from By the Seashore to the north will take guests on a short stroll to an unspoiled and uncrowded light pinkish sandy beach.
The ground floor at By the Seashore offers a large living room, a fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a king bedroom, a queen bedroom, a full bathroom, a laundry room, a covered front porch offering up beautiful sunrises over the ocean every morning, and a covered back porch. The covered porches are great places to relax at the end of the day and wave to passersby many of whom will stop to have a friendly chat. The back porch offers an area for outdoor dining and barbecue grilling.
The top floor at By the Seashore offers a large bedroom with two queen beds, an open loft bedroom with one queen size bed, a full bathroom, and a large sundeck with breathtaking views of fantastic sunsets over surrounding islands where guests can read a book, suntan, or just relax.
Since By the Seashore is located on the top of a gently sloping hill, there is a seldom a day without balmy breezes, which means the cottage is very comfortable most days throughout the year with guests enjoying open windows, paddle fans, and the fresh air. (There is also A/C offered in the king bedroom and in the bedroom that offers two queen beds for those guests that must indulge. A/C is generally not required in this location October - June inclusive. )
Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas is known as the lobster capital of the Bahamas, and has a reputation of being very clean, safe, and pristine. The fishing, snorkeling, and beach combing in the area are second to none. We can recommend the best local fishing and snorkeling guides and the best boat and golf cart rentals for your vacationing enjoyment.
Come and enjoy this charming island getaway!
Beds: Ground floor: 1 king, 1 queen, 1 queen sofa sleeper. Beds: Top floor: 3 queens.
Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child
1 - 4 persons: $1475wk. year round except Christmas/ New Years (2 week min.) and Easter weeks - $1775/wk. Each additional person is $100/wk. Max. 11 persons. Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child. A $400/wk. refundable security deposit & $100 cleaning fee are required with final payment. An energy surcharge is applicable to any electricity bill over $100/wk. Please use electricity wisely. Please ask about our discounts for longer stays. Rental rates are for accommodations at By the Seashore only. The motorboat, golf cart, ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered free of charge for your use at your own risk. Discounted rates for a 4-week stay start as low as $5000. Please inquire.
We are a local family living in Spanish Wells Eleuthera Bahamas. Our family dates back to the original Eleutheran Adventurers, the first European settlers in The Bahamas dating back to 1648. Brian aka Capt. Scuba is a licensed boat captain and works full time as a lobster diver. When not diving commercially for lobsters, he is a local fishing & snorkeling guide, and also offers area tours and cave exploring. (Some have called him the Crocodile Dundee of North Eleuthera.) Brent aka Capt. Smiley is also a licensed boat captain who also offers fishing and snorkeling trips, boat rentals, and golf cart rentals. He is also a local rental property manager. Lorraine is the local Spanish Wells realtor and will be pleased to show you all the best local real estate deals (her listings or other agents' listings) when you are in town. Just give her a call if you would like any information on the local real estate market or a free real estate tour.
Brent Beauregard purchased this cottage in 2011
This special historic property is really one-of-a-kind. It was built on the highest point of the island (which isn't very high,since Spanish Wells is a low lying island, but it is high enough to offer wonderful 360 degree views). This home was built in 1930 and was the first place that visitors to the island of Spanish Wells could stay. It is quaint, charming, and full of character.
By the Seashore offers outstanding 360 degree ocean, bay, and harbour views along with views of Harbour Island, Russell Island, Royal Island, Meek's Patch, Charles Island, Ridley's Head, North Eleuthera, and more. This rental is most unique in that it also offers a motorboat, ocean kayak, and dock right in front. It is an easy stroll from an amazing secluded beach and all conveniences offered in Spanish Wells. With the motorboat, kayak, and bicycles offered with the rental, renters can easily explore this beautiful area and even find their own private island.
This was the first trip to the Bahamas for our family and it hopefully will not be our last. We really enjoyed our stay at By the Seashore and had an incredible time on the island. The house itself is a really cool historic structure. It is clean and well maintained and has all the basics that you'll need for your stay. The included golf cart is a huge plus as were the boat, kayak, and paddle board. We put them all to good use. We took the boat to Pierre Rock and a couple other small islands and had a great time snorkeling and exploring. We took the golf cart everywhere. The beach is incredible. Just as the other reviews have mentioned there are no crowds. And the water color and water temperature are breathtaking. We did hire a local captain for a day and went a little farther out for some reef snorkeling and spear fishing and exploring. Definitely a day we'll never forget. The whole stay on the island was one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever been on. We would love to go back. The only suggestion for an improvement we could see for By the Seashore would be access to some beach chairs.
A couple pointers for anyone making a trip to this island... If you plan to snorkel pack in your gear. We were able to get this done in our carry on's and it worked out great. Prices for groceries and gas are higher on the island. The tap water is a bit salty buy bottled water. This is not a resort island, it's not all inclusive, there are no large crowds or rowdy night life...and that (in our opinion) is one of the things that makes it so great.
This was my first trip to Spanish Wells and I must say this was truly amazing. By the Seashore was very comfortable and clean. Golf carts where provided as well as bikes and anything else we could ask for. Onsite laundry was great, as well as wifi for those who need to check in with work which was very dependable. There was a group of 8 of us and we managed to fit in this property just fine. The island itself is fantastic. The people are very friendly, we took an excursion one day from Captain Scuba (recommended local fisherman) and has a blast exploring nearby sites and we also bought some locally caught seafood which was fantastic.
We had the best vacation ever! By the Seashore home coudldn't be more perfect. I can't believe it came with the boat.! We got to take it out and explored other islands near by. The boat was a must have and renting it could be so expensive. It's definintely the biggest selling point. Also, we cant believe a place like The Spanish Wells existed. Beside all the beautiful sceneries, theres just something about the island town that had brought us back to our childhood again. The simpleness and the way all the locals treated us is sureal. We did not at all felt like tourists. Everyone we've met or just passing by treated us like family. Can't get that here in the states anymore. The best part also was there's no big name resort hotels and places that make you feel like you're in a tourist trap. We can get evrything we need here. Nothing more, and nothing less. I sure hope it stays exactly the way it is. We are planning to come back as soon as possible but not soon enought. I'm sure the rest of the world have more great places too, but the Spanish Wells are like home for us now. We will cherish every moment of it close to our hearts until we return. Thanks again Lorraine for hooking us up! Please don't let the Spanish Wells change a thing.
Love and missed everyone already!
Van and Rick Lusk
By The Seashore was one of the most relaxing vacation homes we have spent time in. Stunning views, night stars, comforts of home, centrally located. What a great vacation, wish it was longer! We cannot say enough about the wonderful people of Spanish Wells, they made our visit so special with kindness and courtesy. Where else in the world can you leave doors unlocked, your purse sitting on the beach, your bike parked on the roadside, and when you return everything is untouched? This is just part of what makes Spanish Wells so unique and beautiful. Did we mention the STUNNING beaches? Water color that will take your breath away? Spanish Wells has it over the top.
Spent two fantastic weeks in Spanish Wells Mar 20-April 4, 2015 celebrating our 30th. Can say enough about the Island and our accommodations at By the Sea Shore. The Beach House is in an excellent location providing quick easy access to the beach and the harbour as well as they various shops restaurants on the Island. The property is beautifully landscaped with many flowering shrubs and gardens. The interior is very well maintained and quite spacious with 4 bedrooms and 3 decks. there was only the two of us, but this rental would be excellent for larger groups. The sunset view off the upper deck is unbelievable. Getting around the Island is quite easy on foot, or using the bicycles and golf cart that comes with this rental, We used the boat included in the pkg, every day fishing, snorkeling and exploring the mangrove area. Awesome inshore/flats fishing: bones, cudas, snapper, grouper & tarpon. You may want to upgrade to one of the bigger boats Lorraine has to offer if you want to go to other Islands or the reef. If you are looking for a relaxing DYI vacation this is the place! Lorraine is an excellent host and was extremely helpful in assisting us with travel to & from Nassau. Site seers can also go to Eleuthera /Governors Harbour for a day trip. We are already planning a return trip with friends!
We just wanted to thank our wonderful hosts for a great week at By the Seashore! This is the first time that we have been to Spanish Wells. We have stayed on many islands in The Bahamas before including nearby mainland Eleuthera. This was the best yet. We feel that we should have found Spanish Wells sooner. By the Seashore is a very charming colorful island cottage with lots of character. When we first arrived, we first saw all the many bright colors of bougainvillea in full bloom all around the garden as well as large papaya trees full of fruit! BEAUTIFUL! We followed Capt. Smiley into the cottage, and noticed that all doors and were unlocked and open. We found it refreshingly odd that he didn't need to use any keys to let us inside the cottage! How many places in the world do people still leave all doors and windows open? The cottage is very well equipped, there are amazing water views from just about every door and window, and the sea breezes just flow through. The front porch has nice ocean views, the back porch has views down to the dock and harbour, and the top deck offers amazing 360 degree views all around the island, harbour, ocean and bay! The boat that is offered free of charge with the rental of this cottage is a huge plus for our family. The least expensive boat rental on the islands is $100/day! My husband likes to fly fish. He wasn't disappointed and caught many bonefish on this vacation. He would take the boat out early and by mid-morning the kids and I were ready to join him. We visited beautiful deserted beaches, coves, islands, and reefs by boat. The snorkeling is fantastic in this area. When feeling energetic, we cycled around Spanish Wells and Russell Island with the bicycles provided, or would take the ocean kayak out for a paddle. We could have walked or cycled to stores and restaurants, but we decided to rent a golf cart to zip around (especially when were feeling lazy --- we are on vacation after all.) Lorraine had golf cart rentals available nearby at the best prices in town. The Spanish Wells locals are exceptionally friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the many restaurants of Spanish Wells and Papa Scoops for fresh homemade ice cream each evening. The grocery store is Spanishis the largest that we have seen in any of the out islands that we have visited in The Bahamas with pretty good prices for The Bahamas. We have already reserved two weeks at By the Seashore for our summer vacation, so, yes, we will be back!
Spanish Wells is reminiscent of an idyllic Cape Cod fishing village with swaying coconut palm trees and bright bougainvillea as background. Winding little roads lead a visitor around brightly painted cottages sporting gables and wooden shutters. One can walk around the island, wade for sand dollars on the north beach, purchase the fresh catch of the day from local fishermen, and browse the centuries-old village. Spanish Wells offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas and is considered the fishing capital of The Bahamas. The waters surrounding Spanish Wells offer excellent snorkeling, diving, bone fishing, reef fishing, and deep sea fishing. Spanish Wells is a boater's and fisherman's paradise. Fishing charters, boat rentals, and golf cart rentals are available. Spanish Wells is considered by many to be the most prosperous, clean, pristine, and safe community in The Bahamas. Spanish Wells offers grocery stores, restaurants / bars, a fully-stocked liquor store, bakeries, marinas, and more.
Other Activities: Boating, Rock Climbing, Cliff Diving, Basketball, Shopping, Kayaking, Spelunking, Bonefishing, Cave Exploring , parasailing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
An energy surcharge is applicable to any electricity bill over $100/wk. Please use electricity wisely. Please ask about our discounts for longer stays. Rental rates are for accommodations at By the Seashore only. The motorboat, golf cart, ocean kayak, and bicycles are offered free of charge for your use at your own risk. Discounts available for 2, 3, and 4 week stays. Discounted rental rate for 4-weeks start as low as $5000. Please inquire.
1 - 4 persons: $1475wk. year round except Christmas/ New Years (2 week min.) and Easter weeks - $1775/wk. Each additional person is $100/wk. Max. 11 persons. Suitable for up to 10 adults and 1 small child. A $400/wk. refundable security deposit & $100 cleaning fee are required with final payment. Discounted rates for a 4-week stay start at low as $5000. Please inquire.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.