|Space||900 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
This modern, spacious apartment is DIRECTLY on the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach--regarded as the best beach to stay on in Exuma..Just a few steps through the tropical garden is the 1/2mile (1 Km) long safe and calm sandy beach which is protected from the prevailing winds so guests can enjoy swimming, watching the turtles, kayaking ( and these are included) snorkeling or just relaxing in the shade of the coconut trees !
The apartment is fully air conditioned and with ceiling fans in all rooms and faces the sea with a large ,covered veranda with outdoor tables and chairs for meals or relaxing. A full kitchen, large lounge (with cable TV) and broadband Wifi ensures comfort for our guests whilst the bedroom can either be a King, or Queen or Twin to suit requirements.
Located very conveniently on the island as only 10 minutes from the airport and 6 minutes from Georgetown the capital, and with a number of local shops an easy 5 minute walk away
Flying to Georgetown, Exuma ( code GGT ) is straightforward with DIRECT flights on AA from Miami and United from Fort Lauderdale as well as Delta from Atlanta and Toronto on Air Canada. From Nassau there are several flights a day on both Sky Bahamas or Bahamasair which takes about 35 minutes.
Guests are met at the airport by our dedicated taxi driver and you will be welcomed by us at Coral Sands as we live only a short distance away and therefore available to help guests when required to arrange activities or recommend restaurants etc.
We designed and built 'Coral Sands' to provide spacious and flexible accommodation to take full advantage of its exceptional position on the Hoopers Bay beach.
We had moved to Exuma in 1999 on our retirement from England and after an extensive search of many areas in the world to find the best place to live to suit our requirements. We have not been disappointed with our decision !!
We live here all year round except for occasional holidays as we love to travel
Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 purchased this apartment in 2003
Ideal for beach and water sports lovers in an unparalleled location
Magnificent sea views and 'on the beach' position
My husband and I visited Exuma for the first time from 3/11-3/21 2017. We loved our beachfront apartment! It was just right for the two of us. The spacious deck was especially beautiful with it's view and hammock. And yes, the ocean color really is as shown in the HomeAway picture - or even prettier. A person could have made a lovely vacation just sitting on the deck.
Peter Oxley was a gracious and helpful host; offering guidance on what to do, and where to find things. This is so important for a first visit to a location. At the time the HomeAway amenities description indicated there was a DVD player so we brought a series I had been wanting to watch but couldn't find time to do so at home. But the player didn't work. Peter made several attempts to find replacement cables and even brought in a different player. But none were compatible with the TV. You have to remember that Exuma is a more remote location than many Bahama islands and there definitely isn't a BestBuy or even a real electronics store. But we chose this island just because of it's less developed nature.
We had planned to do more cooking in the full kitchen but didn't really do more than breakfast and occasionally lunch. There were very few staples in the kitchen - I think there were four spices including salt and pepper. And there were limited numbers of pans/cookie sheets. For renters looking to make more complex meal this may have been an issue. Probably best to bring some of the food supplies as certain things might be harder to find on the island and more expensive. The best stocked grocery store was in "downtown" Exuma. It is bright green and I think it's just called the Exuma Market.
Our apartment was part of a larger house, but our section felt very private. The apartment has two bedrooms. As it was just the two of us we needed only one and the other was locked. Make sure you verify the number of bedrooms you need and the corresponding price for that number as that second bedroom can be rented separately from the apartment. It has its own door to the outside but I don't believe it had its own bathroom.
We rented a car from the Oxley's which was very convenient and my husband who made all the arrangements thought the price was competitive. Remember that driving is different for us Americans - the steering wheel is on the right and they drive on the left side of the road. But you really need a car to get to restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
One word: Beach! This house is situated on one of the best beaches in Exuma. We had a great time during our Jan 2017 9 night stay. Spent the week relaxing on the beach, steps from the apartment, enjoying delicious local cuisine at Santana's, Shoreline, Shirley's, Splash and others. Also visited many local beaches - Peter is very knowledgable in giving directions to some of the most unspoiled beaches on the island. Making breakfast and snacks was easy with a grocery (and pharmacy with a great pharmacist) and deli both close by. Another grocery store in Georgetown had a greater selection and was also only a 10 min drive away. The apartment itself was clean and had all the basics we needed. We needed a few hints during our stay which Peter quickly rushed over (he lives very close by). Peter is a wealth of knowledge and was always available when needed. Renting a car is almost a must to enjoy the island and can be done through Peter or Thompsons. Overall this was a great location for some R&R!
We had the most wonderful week at Coral Sands. The apartment was cozy, comfy and had everything we needed.
Our highlight of the trip was the amazing beach on Hoopers Bay. Warm water, amazing sand (thanks for the oolite lesson Peter 😀) and very private. Throughout the week we saw no more than 10-15 people on the beach at its busiest. Exactly what we needed! So beautiful than we had a hard time leaving.
We spent countless hours sitting on the deck taking in that view.
We wouldnt hesitate to return and are hoping to do so in the near future .
Peter & Betty were wonderful and helpful hosts. Arranged taxi to and from airport, car waiting in the driveway for us to rent and Peter's most useful advice and tips for exploring the island.
Thanks for an unforgettable anniversary trip!
Yasam & Derek
We absolutely loved our stay at Coral Sands. The apartment met all of our needs. The view from the balcony cannot be beat. It was wonderful to enjoy our coffee outside every morning. The beach in front of the property was fantastic. VERY quiet. Most of the time we were the only ones on the beach. Peter and Betty were great hosts. We are already planning on coming back later this year and bringing our children. Exuma now holds a special place in our hearts.
This is a very special property, handsomely built and situated with private sandy walkway to a picture-perfect (calm) beach. The furnishings are simple but all was clean, and functional. We had a terrific time on Exuma, and saw some terrific beaches, but none we liked better than Coral Sands. The owners were very responsive via email conducting business and advising (they were away so we didnt' get to meet them), and made sure a grill was delivered for our use very promptly. The taxi driver, and agent who met us at the apartment were on time and very helpful. We would love to return someday, and I would highly recommend to friends and family who share our taste for the simple luxuries of peace and cleanliness over stylish and excess furnishings.
I do recommend that when visiting you arrange to stop for some supplies and foodstuffs before getting to the unit, unless you have a car with you. First time driving on left (with a right side steering wheel) took some getting used to but all was well. We realized that everything is relaxed and laid back on Exuma, so if you've never driven on the left before, don 't hesitate to do it here....it's a snap after a short while. We enjoyed a private 1/2 day snorkeling/sightseeing boat tour and our veranda the most of all, along with the flavors and colors of foods, flowers etc. Perfect for a couples week away from hustle and bustle, without having to deal with the downsides of corporate controlled resorts. No cruise ships come to this island at all!
One note: the property description says there "is an on-site laundry facility" but in fact we learned that our unit did not have access to one. (A laundromat is in nearby Georgetown though).
July 12 2015 for one week in the 1 bedroom appartment
Beach at the villas: Very nice beach with a lot of turtles on the right side near the two peers. Great view and directly on the beach. Almost alone. Saw only twelve different persons for all the week on the entire beach in front of the villas. Not the best island for snorkeling except for the turtles from the shore.
You must visit the tropic of cancer beach for the beach, the view and the living sand dollars. We visited other nices beaches. Did a trip of 2 dives with one wreck and it was nice. It was our second visit to the island, so we did not do the full day trip in boat in the Exumas cays land and sea park (a must).
Appartment : We were lucky, we had the villas for ourself most of the week. Nice appartment. Shade is provided by some palm trees. You can use kayaks and a tub chair. No safe in the appartment but the place and the island are safe. Kitchen well equipped. Owner is very nice and friendly.
Car rental : Thompson's car rental was cheaper. Almost a must to rent a car.
Groceries : If you want to make you meals like we do, you can manage well with the three following stores : Smithy's, Prime Island Meats and Deli (Cooked chicken, steaks) and the 'main' grocery in Georgetown.
We would like to return in the future.
Hoopers Bay area consists mainly of private houses with some local shops for groceries, deli, pharmacy and liquor within 5 minutes easy walk.
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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Arrivals and departures can be any day of the week.
There is enough space for a crib or rollaway bed for a child.
No charge for children under 3 years - otherwise $25 per night.