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On the Rocks - Idyllic Cottage - Overlooking the Sea of Abaco with a Boat Dock

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

In an idyllic location on the impressive and beautiful peninsula of The Eastern Shore and overlooking the Sea of Abaco and Sugar Loaf Cay. The closest thing to being on an island without the need for a boat!

'On the Rocks' is just two miles from the town of Marsh Harbour and the ferry to Guana Cay and within walking distance to the HopeTown and Man of War ferries. The town has a good selection of shops, supermarkets and medical facilities all staffed by friendly and helpful people. Car and Boat Rentals are available locally and there is a good taxi service to and from the International Airport just 20 minutes away. Golf is available at Treasure Cay and Winding Bay and divers are serviced by two well established Dive Shops in the town.

The cottage is a well equipped, cool and comfortable home. One can walk, run and swim in complete safety along Eastern Shore whilst those not so energetically inclined can read and lie in the sun and relax on the large deck. An ideal haven for painters or writers who feel like a change of workplace. Those interested in bird watching (the feathered variety that is) can attempt to see the Abaco Parrots on forays into the surrounding countryside. The view of sunrise and sunset from the deck is spectacular and the constant activity of the passing boats by day or sitting under the stars at night means there is always something to capture one's imagination.

Boat Rental available from (website hidden) and others.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Christopher (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Christopher

We lived in Abaco from 2005 to 2007 and built the cottage at that time. We love the beauty of Abaco with all its opportunities for boating and relaxing and the feeling of time standing still.

Christopher purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Christopher chose Abaco

We built the cottage because we fell in love with the location and wanted a home with the comfort of modern living.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is beautifully located looking out over the Sea of Abaco and Sugar Loaf Cay. It has a private dock located across the road on Sugar Loaf Creek. It is ideal for swimming and snorkeling and very safe.

All the amenities are close by. The town with shops, restaurants and medical facilities is just 2 miles away and only 7 miles from the International Airport. When the sea is rough there is no need to get on a ferry to do anything as everything is on the mainland. When the sun shines the ferries to neighbouring Cays are only a mile down the road.


based on 30 traveler reviews

On the Rocks - Idyllic Cottage - Overlooking the Sea of Abaco with a Boat Dock
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews
Hendersonville, TN

Loved it

  • 5 of 5

I am part of a flight crew and we were tired of staying in hotels and thought we would try something different. Definitely made the right decision. Easy check in/out. Everything in other reviews is pretty much spot on. Will definitely stay there again if available. Thoroughly enjoyed the property and have recommended it to other flight crews that I know.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks William we are pleased that it worked out so well for you. Thanks for the recommendation. Regards Christopher
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On The Rocks.

  • 5 of 5

What's not to like with this house? Can't think of a single negative think to say. Great location, inside, it appears that whoever did the artwork and furnishings must have a background in interior decorating, just outstanding.

Why stay in a resort or hotel when you could spend time at On The Rocks for the same, or even less amount of money?

Everything you need a mile away in Marsh Harbour, deserted beaches all over.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review George. Suzie & I are glad that you enjoyed it so much and all Suzie's paintings. She certainly enjoys doing them. I look forward to your return visit sometime. All the best Christopher
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remarkable view from a perfect island home

  • 5 of 5

You pull up to an adorable island cottage after driving along a scenic ocean drive. Open the front door and there it is, a home with an infinity view. Bedrooms and baths at opposite ends,comfy living room and modern kitchen. The ferry is a short ride or walk. Perfect way to taste the Bahamas.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joe and glad that you found the cottage so comfortable and that you enjoyed your stay. I hope that you and Nora come again.
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage was the perfect size for 2 adults looking for a quiet week on the ocean. There was a second bedroom we did not use that could accommodate up to 2 more. The cottage was clean, comfortable, with plenty of space and incredible views. We rented a boat for the week and loved being able to travel by boat more than any other method. The location was just right - access to town within walking distance (about 1.5 miles) and boat access to all the other nearby islands, snorkeling, etc. Christopher (owner) and Erma (caretaker) were helpful and provided so many good suggestions, too. We enjoyed our vacation so much, and can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alicia for your review. We are so glad that the boat worked out so well for you and everyone does enjoy watching the sun rise and set on the deck. I look forward to your return visit.
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This is an immaculate house in a great location

  • 4 of 5

Along with my father and a friend of ours, I spent two weeks at On the Rocks in Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island. The house is dramatically situated on rocks along the water's edge with great views of nearby islands. The house has a beautiful waterfront deck with chairs and a picnic table. The location is a short walk to the Marsh Harbor ferries to other islands, and it is a short drive (or bike ride) to nearby shopping, restaurants and to the marina.

The interior of the house is spotless and well-furnished (although the living room feels a bit cramped because of the large furniture pieces). The kitchen is particularly well-equipped. The two bathrooms and bedrooms are comfortable.

While we did have a couple of bumps arise during our stay, both the property manager and the owners took immediate action to get us back on track.

We very much enjoyed our stay and we would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael, I am glad that you and your father enjoyed the cottage with your friend and that your Ham Radios worked successfully. I look forward to your return visit when we shall ensure everything goes smoothly. Regards Christopher
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Relaxation Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My Husband & I had one of my favorite vacations ever. We have been many locations and this one is my favorite. I nearly cried when I walked in the house and saw the breathtaking view. House is very clean & SO peaceful!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear James so glad that your first trip to Abaco worked out so well and you enjoyed yourselves. I hope you find time to come back. Regards Christopher
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Mermaid Reef
"Great snorkelling"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Marsh Harbour
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Abaco Beach Hotel
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
To Hope Town & Man of War Cay
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
The Abaco Club, Winding Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Eastern Shore
Nearest Point of Interest
Mermaid Reef
Nearest Point of Interest
Private Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferries to Hope Town & Man of War Cay
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to Guana Cay
Nearest Point of Interest
The Rib Room
Car: recommended

Directions from Marsh Harbour International Airport to

“On the Rocks” Eastern Shores, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The new Terminal is now open.

If hiring a car from Seastar Rentals their office is nearby to the right. It is a bit further away than it was from the old terminal, about 50 yards. Turn right coming out of the terminal and exit the car park. Seastar is located the far side of the roundabout. You will see cars parked on grass and a wooden building up on stilts. You go upstairs to the office.

You will enter onto a dual carriageway and reach a roundabout in approximately a quarter of a mile. Roundabout has large Abaco Parrot in the middle, as in the photograph on 'Things to Know' above.

Take the second exit left heading towards town on Great Abaco Highway, passing Abaco Neem and Pine Woods Nursery on your right.

Travel straight on for about 2 miles. The road changes to Dan Mackey Boulevard at cross roads with a Texaco Gas Station on the left. Proceed straight on until you reach the one and only traffic light in Marsh Harbour, less than a mile. Turn right onto Queen Elizabeth Highway. The road proceeds about half a mile and at Mermaid Plaza bears round to the left to a T Junction, looking out over the harbour. Turn right onto Bay Street. Proceed along Bay Street in about a mile you will pass Albury’s Ferry Terminal on your right after which you will enter The Eastern Shore, an unmade up road.

“On the Rocks” is approximately three quarters of a mile down the road. It is the last house before a gate across the road on the left hand side, grey single story with green shutters. It is only the fifth home on your left hand side. It is preferable if you reverse into the parking space on the town side of the cottage, left hand side when looking at it.

You might wish to stop off at Maxwells, an excellent supermarket on your way to the cottage. After you have turned right at the traffic light you will see a large blue sign on your right. Turn right up that road for a ¼ mile and you will come to it on your left. After you shop head back down the road and turn right and head on to On the Rocks.

Beaches & Ferries Abaco

Eastern Shore, Marsh Harbour

There is a small beach up the road from the cottage, you will pass it as you drive down and go over a concrete road on the right.

Mermaid Reef, Pelican Shores, Marsh Harbour

There is a nice area in Marsh Harbour called Mermaid Reef which is located on Pelican Shores. You turn right off the main road into town just before the Abaco Beach Resort, which is on the left, at Lignum Vitae and it goes up a hill. Follow the road round and you will come to it on your right. It is very good for snorkeling. There is a good fish shop on this road at the boat yard at the bottom of the hill.

Treasure Cay

Go North out of Marsh Harbour to Treasure Cay; it is one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It is about a 40 minute drive. There is a big beach bar there.

Little Harbour – Pete’s Pub

One that we really enjoy is Little Harbour about 30 minutes South of Marsh Harbour from the airport round-a-bout, with the large parrot in the middle. After about 10 minutes from the round-a-bout you take a left off the main road sign posted Pete’s Pub and then another left 5 minutes further on, again signposted and follow a rocky road for 2 miles. It is a beautiful horseshoe bay with Pete’s Pub right on the beach. The Atlantic Ocean is on the other side of the hill.


You catch the ferry to Hope Town, which is very quaint with painted cottages, nice harbour and again Atlantic Ocean over the hill and a number of bars and restaurants, from half a mile up the road from the cottage. There is also the ferry to Man of War Cay which is not so interesting. The ferry to Guana Cay goes from the Conch Inn in town. This Cay has nice beaches and a fun bar called Nippers.


Rates & Availability

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

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

On The Rocks, Eastern Shore, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

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Abaco Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) Twins can be converted to a King size bed., Baby Cribs (1) Travel Cot, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa-bed in the living area makes into a double bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Steps down to the Sea, shallow depth 4 ft. at low water. Bring rock shoes for comfort.

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