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

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


About the property

1 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 2

'SANDY PALMS' is our newly built and designed beach property apartments and is as close to the beach as is 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 welcome 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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

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/Efficiency 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 and 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 studio in 2012

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

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 studio 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 Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • NO noise after
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront
  • 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
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • 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


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The Most ECONOMICAL Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES
average rating of 4.7941175 based on 44 reviews

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

All previous reviews seemed too good to be true but they are all 100% accurate! The photographs are very accurate, one of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island really is on your doorstep and it is relatively deserted most days. Peter and Betty are fantastic hosts as others have said, always there if you need anything but also give you your own space. One thing other reviews didn't mention was that (In July/august) the sun rises on the patio pretty late in the afternoon. This was particularly great for us as we aren't early risers and were still able to enjoy a nice late breakfast outside in the shade.

You'll find lots of amazing things in the water if you love to snorkel, overall we saw many different types of tropical fish, crabs, starfish, barracudas, turtles and even a giant, mamma turtle all in the bay. We didn't even have to look very hard, so many amazing sea creatures on your doorstep.

The apartment is essentials only but you won't need anything else - you'll be amazed at the recipes you can cook with just a stove top, get creative! The shops are pretty close however 5-10minutes can feel like an eternity in the hot sun - a car definitely helps in these situations. It was very easy to rent the car for a couple of days from Peter and Betty, stock up the apartment fridge, see others parts of the island and then spend the rest of the trip on your beach sans car.

Some of the best food we ate was at Santana's and Catch A Fire, both a short car journey. We also did attempt to make the 20 minutes walk to the nearest restaurant at night which was quite safe to do (in fact we were offered lifts by locals both times) but be aware you'll need a torch as there are no street lights and little pathway - just be safe!

Overall, we were extremely pleased with our trip, if you're looking to experience real island life in a rural paradise, you'll love it!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed reading your Review of how much you experienced of Exuma & your stay at Sandy Palms. The various descriptions of what you did will certainly help other potential guests & hope that we can welcome you again in the future. Best wishes & thanks from the sunshine. Betty & Peter
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Simply Lovely

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here, we extended our stay. Peter was excellent and extremely attentive to our needs. You won't be disappointed to stay in this little gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your extended stay at our Sandy Palms beach studio-especially baby Zion who loved crawling about on the soft sand and with great sand castles being built for him! Have wonderful travels wherever you head to next but hope we can welcome either you or friends/family again to Exuma. Best wishes, Betty&Peter
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Very Nice place.

  • 5 of 5

Little studio in a villa. The villa is on the beach. The studio was furnished with air conditioning. You feel like the last people on the earth, as I wanted. The beach is wonderful with turtles. I really recommend for quiet vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your peaceful stay at Sandy Palms & were also able to complete your Scuba Diving Course. As a single lady travelling on her own, your very kind Review will help others similar to yourself to visit this tranquil & safe island of Exuma. Best wishes for the future. Betty & Peter
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Wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful location! Hooper's Bay is most beautiful, the beach clean, soft white sand, a calm bay and you can see turtles swimming in the bay! The house and the studio we had are well maintained. We cooked almost every night and the kitchen was well equipped for that. There are sunbeds on the beach and picknic tables in the garden, so we enjoyed our breakfast and sundowner there almost every day. Betty and Peter are very helpful and offered good recommendation, thanks again to them for everything! We had a wonderful time and would definitely choose the house again!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed meeting you both & glad that each of you were able to make the most of the various activities available on the island which appreciating its natural splendour. Thank you for your kind Review which will certainly be helpful for others who may be thinking of staying. Best wishes from the sunshine & 29* of Exuma. Betty & Peter - owners
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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: March 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: April 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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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

WOW-WHAT A BEACH !! is what our guests have said when they first see the beach 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 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.

Some of the advantages of staying at our sandypalmsbahamas location are:-

-- Direct"on the beach" position

--Peaceful and private location surrounded by its own tropical gardens of 1.5 acres

--Only 12 minutes from the international airport, less than a minute from good local shops and 5 minutes from restaurants and Georgetown,the capital.

--FREE kayaks for our guests to enjoy

--FREE pickup for the private transfer to the swimming pigs boat tours.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Utilities $110
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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