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The Most Economical Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

1 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 2

'SANDY PALMS' is our newly built and designed beach apartments and as close to the beach as possible !!

The Economical Studio/Efficiency has a Queen bed, kitchenette with 2 hot rings, fridge,microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc etc. Shower room with WC and Hand basin, dining table,and chairs Loveseat, a/c and ceiling fan, flat screen cable TV with 53 major channels, radio/cd player. A/C and ceiling fan ensure our guests comfort.

Outside there is a private sea-facing patio with outdoor table and chairs for relaxing or al-fresco meals.

Just a few steps though our palm tree filled garden is the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach-regarded as the BEST TO STAY ON EXUMA and the only beach with resident GREEN TURTLES to watch or swim with !!

The 1/2 mile ( 1km ) long, soft white sandy beach slopes gently into the amazing blue,calm and safe sea for swimming, snorkeling, watching or feeding the Green Turtles or relaxing on our loungers and chairs. For the more energetic, we have FREE Kayaks for our guests to enjoy exploring more of the protected bay.

Although quietly located, the international airport is only 10 minutes away ( our dedicated taxi driver will greet you there ) whilst the capital, Georgetown is 6 minutes away. No need to drive or taxi to shops as we have a good range within a 5 minute easy walk for groceries, butcher and deli, pharmacy and liquor.

Flying to Georgetown airport ( GGT ) is straightforward with DIRECT daily flights on AA and United whilst Delta and Air Canada also have DIRECT flights several times a week. More locally, there are several flights each day from Nassau on Bahamasair or Sky Bahamas. As we live nearby, we personally greet our guests and are available when required to help with information or to arrange activities such as boat trips,etc.

More Details

Property Manager
Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, A little French, German & Italian is spoken
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999

Betty & Peter moved to Exuma in 1999 after 15 years of owning and operating a popular guest house in England .We then created the Award Winning ' Coral Gardens' B & B Guest House which has been VOTED #1 on EXUMA every year since 2009 by the worlds largest travelers site.

Realising that many guests like to have a choice of being DIRECTLY on the beach, we finally found our ideal and nearby location on the beautiful Hoopers Bay we named 'SANDY PALMS' as the garden which surrounds the property is filled with palm trees. We created a number of self-catering Studio and Apartment accommodations ranging from a comfortable and economical Studio/Effeciency for a couple, also a larger 2 room apartment for a family or 4 people, and a huge 8 person apartment with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms for groups of families or friends. This allows us to match our guests needs for the right sized and right priced accommodation and still offering peace and quiet as all the units have their own entrances in different parts of the building and separate patios and sundecks.

As we live nearby at Coral Gardens we not only arrange the short taxi ride from the airport, where you will be greeted by our dedicated taxi driver-Willy Rolle of Taxi #3, but we will personally welcome you to 'Sandy Palms' and show you around and give you maps and other information.

Our desire is to help our guests enjoy the holiday THEY want-whether it is simply a peaceful and relaxing time or activity filled. With our combined 30 years experience welcoming guests to Exuma we are able to make the best suggestions for making the most of a visit to the island

Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 chose Bahamas

Hoopers Bay is the most convenient location to stay on in Exuma with easy access from the airport,& just a short distance from Georgetown as well as good local shops within an easy 5 minute walk.

Sandy Palms is set down its own long, tree lined driveway, and therefore away from the main road for peace and quiet whilst the beach is just a few steps through the coconut palms.

For guests who want to have a peaceful and relaxing visit but still be close enough shops, restaurants etc then Sandy Palms is the place to stay

What makes this apartment unique

For an incomparable beach location for lovers of sun and water and at the most economical price, this location is hard to beat !!.

With Betty and Peters combined 30+ years of experience living in Exuma we can offer our guests detailed and helpful information on all activities.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Abbiamo soggiornato nello studios Sandy Palm dal 15 al 22 marzo. Lo studios è davvero funzionale e provvisto di tutto ciò di cui uno ha bisogno.La zona cucina è dotata ogni utensile:dal tostapane alla macchina per il caffè,posate ,pentole e piatti.Un mini frigo un microonde,bicchieri ,tazze etc.. Il letto è spazioso,vi sono cassettiere per i vestiti e un sofà. Teli bagno,teli per il mare sono a disposizione così come sdraio per la spiaggia e kayaks. La villa è sulla spiaggia di Hoopers Bay,il mare al mattino vi incanterà penultimo giorno siamo anche riusciti a vedere e nuotare con le tartarughe,il che non è sempre assicurato visto la loro natura selvaggia. Peter il proprietario è una persona davvero stupenda,meticoloso nel spiegare in ogni dettaglio sia dell'alloggio che dell'isola in generale;è una fonte inesauribile di informazioni che vi serviranno per muovervi al meglio alla scoperta di Exuma...è un isola incantevole che merita di essere esplorata. Peter il mio ultimo pensiero è rivolto a te..grazie di tutto ciò che hai fatto per noi in questi bellissimi giorni. Spero di rivederti presto magari al Vs studios di Long Island Bahamas.
Mar 2016
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Exuma Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Also hand basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen sized (5ft.) + Loveseat, flat screen TV. clothes hanging space, drawer units bedside table, clock radio. a/c and ceiling fan .Windows to garden and beach. Door to outside patio. The extra person charge can be a child up to the age of 5 only & NOT 3 ADULTS.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

The Most Economical Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES
average rating of 4.766667 based on 40 reviews

Quiet beautiful beach, amazing sunsets, lovely owners

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joe & Rebecca, We enjoyed reading about how much you enjoyed your stay at Sandy Palms - this will certainly be helpful for others who may want to visit in the future. We were pleased to welcome you both & hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes & many thanks, Betty & Peter - owners
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when dreams come true.

  • 4 of 5

My husband a good friend and I have just returned from our trip to Exuma, a beautiful island from the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.

We spent eight nights at "On the Beach" Studio at Sandy Palms, just a few meters from the sea. Everything was fantastic ..... Sandy Palm overlooks a beautiful, quiet bay in which live giant tortoises that can gently swim with you. The studio is well equipped with everything you can need. But first of all Peter was fantastic: he received us warmly , for a few mornings he met with us to give all the information that could need to find the best beaches, the best restaurants, and small tips on how to get around an island you do not know.

Exuma is an island that must be seen and Peter and Betty are the perfect owners of a place where to stay.

We returned in Rome since few days and we already miss the quiet, the beauty of the sea, the white beaches and much more.

Thanks to Betty and Peter for making our holiday extra special. Francesca, Franco and Attilio.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to welcome you to Sandy Palms & we are glad that you enjoyed & experienced so much of this beautiful island. Thank you for your Review & we hope we can welcome you again for another holiday next year. Best wishes from the sunshine & 29* of Exuma. Betty & Peter - Owners
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Piccolo monolocale, dotato di tutti i comfort.

  • 5 of 5

Un piccolo monolocale, praticamente in riva al mare. Pulito e luminoso. Dotato di letto king size, divano, WiFi (ma con qualche problema), TV LCD, condizionatore, cucina senza forno ma con microonde, fornelli elettrici, c'è anche la moka (ma il caffè portatevelo da casa), asciugacapelli e tutta la biancheria compresi teli da spiaggia. A disposizione sdraio per il mare, canoe, salvagente, giochi per bambini. E a disposizione Peter il proprietario! Che più che un locatore è un vero atlante di exuma. Disponibilissimo che si fa in quattro per consigliarvi, aiutarvi in qualsiasi cosa durante tutto il soggiorno.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful beach...perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home a few days ago and we can't stop thinking about how wonderful our 9 nights at Sandy Palms was! We stayed in one of the studio units and it was exactly as it was pictured and described online...everything was there that we needed to prepare our light meals and it was very clean. Peter and Betty were excellent to work with from the start of our decision process to the end as we waved good bye. The beach was gorgeous with white soft sand and clear turquoise water that we just couldn't get enough of! The location was perfect also, a short 10 minute walk to Smitty's for groceries with a liquor store next door. We took advantage of renting a car from Peter and very much appreciated his suggestions for touring beautiful Exuma, Little Exuma and Stocking Island.

We hope to return soon and would definitely book again with Peter and Betty.

Thank you again...we had an amazing vacation and the quiet/uncrowded Hoopers Bay was just what we needed!

Michael and Carol W.


  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your stay at Sandy Palms was just what you wanted & that you were able to enjoy & relax for your 9 days. Thank you for the very kind & useful Review which we are sure will help others who may be considering staying & we hope that we can welcome you again sometime in the future. Best wishes from the sunshine & warmth of Exuma Peter & Betty
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Beautiful beach, central location, helpful owners

  • 4 of 5

The beach is one of the most beautiful on Exuma. It was lovely to hear the sound of the waves from the apartment. The apartment is cozy but has everything one could need. The only critism is the shower is very tiny. Sandy Palms is a great location - fantastic beach, nearby groceries, nearby restaurants, and close to George Town. The owner, Peter Oxley, went above and beyond to help us locate luggage lost by the airline. We are truly grateful for all his efforts. The people in Exuma are super friendly and the happiness quotient on the island is off the charts. Overall we had a wonderful stay in Exuma and would recommend Sandy Palms as a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you were able to experience & enjoy the beauty & people of Exuma for your Christmas vacation. You were lovely guests whom we enjoyed meeting & helping with getting the most out of your visit.' Best wishes for 2017 & hope that we can welcome you again sometime in the future. Betty & Peter
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Beautiful Exuma

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I stayed one week in Sandy Palms and had a really good experience. Peter (owner) is a really funny man who doubles as a island guide, he booked a full-day tour for us to see the swimming pigs, thunderball grotto etc. in which he got us a really good deal. He was always available if we had any questions from where to eat, where to buy our groceries to even beer recommendations! Betty (Owner and Peter's wife who we didn't meet) was wonderful to deal with through emails, always prompt in replying to any inquiries we may have had. As for the property, the apartment is small but well kept with all the kitchen basics you may need and most importantly it was clean. There wasn't anything more we could have asked for as the beach itself is steps away from the backyard. Hoopers bay is beautiful and empty of crowds, we found ourselves sharing it with 3 - 4 people at the most! Really wonderful, the turtle that swam by us in the bay was a treat. Make sure you visit Stocking Island on your visit, so much fun to swim with the rays. Shirley's at the fish fry is a must for some tasty food and only minutes away from Sandy Palms. Also if you book a car which I would recommend, (available through Peter or from airport) make sure you visit Coco Plum beach, we found a bunch of sand dollars at the sandbar which you could walk to (at lowtide) right from the beach! Overall, feel confident in staying at Sandy Palms and in relaxing at Hoopers Bay. It's a wonderful place to escape to especially if you come from a busy city (Toronto) like we do.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you both stay at Sandy Palms & we are glad that you were able to enjoy & experience so much of this beautiful island. Thank you for very informative Review which we are sure will be helpful for other potential guests in the future. Best wishes from the sunshine & 33* (87*) sea of Exuma. Betty & Peter
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Georgetown ( Code GGT )
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Greg Norman Course @ Emerald Bay
Nearest Motorway
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Exuma Beach Restaurant ' Latitudes '
Nearest Beach
DIRECTLY on the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach
Car: recommended

Besides the wonderful beach immediately in front of the Studio, there are number of other beaches close by to explore and enjoy On Hoopers Bay guests can swim, snorkel, watch or feed the Green Turtles, use our kayaks to explore the bay or simply RELAX on our beach loungers or chairs. We can also arrange boat trips for fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing from the beach DIRECTLY in front of the Studio.

Nearby Georgetown also offers boat rental, scuba trips, craft market as well as supermarkets, banks, petrol stations and the popular water taxi which goes everyday to Stocking Island with miles of beaches and the famous Chat n Chill bar and restaurant.


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6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Utilities $110
Refundable damage deposit $500

SPECIAL OFFER for 2014 !!! STAY for 7 nights BUT PAY for only 6 nights !!

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