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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

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.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2017

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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

On the Rocks - Idyllic Cottage - Overlooking the Sea of Abaco with a Boat Dock
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 39 reviews
Fairway KS

House on the Rocks

  • 4 of 5
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Beautiful setting at the end of Eastern Shore Drive. We enjoyed the quiet mornings having coffee on the dock. We rented bikes and rode a short ride to the ferry terminal where we took day trips to the surrounding Cays. The restaurants were a short ride away and did not have any trouble with traffic. We would highly recommend House on the Rocks and Marsh Harbor.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian, glad you enjoyed your stay. The bikes are a good way to get around Marsh Harbour. I hope you come again. Regards Christopher
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On The Water

  • 5 of 5
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If you love being on the water this is the spot. We rented a boat and the dock worked out perfectly, during the evening we spent our time on the deck enjoying the cool ocean breeze. Loved all the artwork! On the Rocks had all the comforts we needed. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Matt and glad that you enjoyed your time at On the Rocks. It certainly adds to the fun of visiting the Abacos, hiring a boat and visiting all the quaint Cays, enjoying their private beaches and the various bars and restaurants dotted around. Regards Christopher
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Very nicely kept with all the amenities you need.

  • 5 of 5
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Very nice house, had everything that you need. Great view and relaxing from the deck. Wifi works great!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad On the Rocks worked out for you Kevin. I hope you come again. Regards Christopher
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An ideal spot to stay while enjoying and exploring the Abacos.

  • 5 of 5
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A really lovely, very comfortable two-bedroom cottage right on the water. Each bedroom has it's own attached full bath. The back porch overlooking the sea of Abaco is at least as beautiful as in the photos-you can swim just off the porch if you like. Christopher Baker has anticipated most all the needs a visitor might have. Central air conditioning is most appreciated after a day out on the beach or boating and makes for a great nights sleep. The kitchen has all the appliances/pots/pans/utensils you'll need; we cooked at home more nights than we ate out. The boat dock is convenient-steps away from the front door of the cottage, right across the road.

Highly recommend renting both a boat and a car. Also-try a snorkel or scuba trip from Dive Abaco and some off-shore fishing (we had a great experience with Ira Key in Hopetown - A Salt Weapon Sport Fishing Charters).

Excellent communications-Christopher checks in to make sure everything is OK without being the least bit intrusive.

On The Rocks will be our first choice on any return visit. Thanks Christopher-

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter very pleased it worked out for so well. It is always great to have a boat so that you can visit the Cays. A car is also useful to get to Pete's Pub and Treasure Cay which are not so easy by boat. It is good that you found the cottage so comfortable and well-equiped. I hope you find time to return one day. regards Christopher
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Great getaway for 2 couples!

  • 5 of 5
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My husband and I, along with another couple, recently stayed at On

the Rocks in the beginning of July. We did A LOT of research on VRBO

before selecting a property to rent, and On the Rocks couldn't have

been more perfect! The house was perfect for 2 couples traveling. Each

bedroom, located on opposite ends of the house, had the same amenities

and each had separate bathrooms.

We honestly didn't spend much time at the house, except for at night,

where we would spend time on the back porch playing cards or listening

to music. We rented a boat from Rainbow Rentals and spent most of our

days boating from Cay to Cay! The boat dock that goes along with On

the Rocks is literally right out the front door and Rainbow Rentals

delivered and picked up the boat for us, as we did not have a rental


We chose not to rent a car because we knew we would be out on the boat

at other islands the majority of the time. If you aren't renting a

boat, you will most definitely need a car to get into town. We did take

a taxi into town our last night for dinner as we had already turned in

our boat. We also got a taxi to and from the airport.

We were thankful for the Wifi, as both couples had young children and

we used Facetime to communicate with them back home!

Overall, we had a fantastic experience and can't wait to go back to the Abacos!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Theresa, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at On the Rocks so much. It is always good fun to have a boat and explore the different Cays. Many of our guests comment on the layout being suitable for couples sharing the cottage as it does give you some privacy. I am pleased that the Wi-Fi enable you to communicate with your families. Regards Christopher
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Fantastic spot!

  • 5 of 5
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We had a fantastic vacation here with another couple. The view is amazing. The house has everything you need and is very comfortable and well taken care of. We rented a 26' boat from Abaco Dorado for the week and the house was a great jumping-off point for going north or south to the different cays. We would definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of vacationing in the Abacos.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rich, glad that you had such fun and the boat worked out for you. It always adds to the enjoyment renting a boat if you do not have your own. We look forward to you returning sometime. 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

Marsh Harbour Cottage Rental Rates

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

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100

On The Rocks, Eastern Shore, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

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a 25% refund of the total cost if they cancel up to four weeks before the start of the trip.


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Marsh Harbour 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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