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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms Plus kayaks, bikes

Bahama Backroads villa is one of the few rental properties in the Bahamas with a private tennis court, private dock and various nearby private beaches. There are panoramic ocean sunrise and bay sunset views from the villa. The newly established East Abaco Creeks National Park borders the property which offers fantastic snorkeling, diving, kayaking and of course bonefishing. In the ocean waters easily accessed from the dock world-class sailfishing is on offer.

Tennis in the morning, fishing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, diving, or just plain lounging in the afternoon. If you want pure rest and relaxation, this is the place. Use of two sea kayaks and four bicycles come with the villa.

The house also features a game room with ping pong and table soccer game. A billiards table has recently been added to the upstairs porch. There is also a small gym including weight set and stationary bicycle. Four bicycles and two sea kayaks are included in the rental.

The Bahama Backroads villa, located on two secluded acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, also now includes panoramic deck overlooking the harbor and ocean. The villa also features a separate independent apartment that is available for an extra cost for guests who might have friends or family visitors. Inquire to owner for rates.

For golfing enthusiasts The Abaco Club oceanfront golf course is only 10 minutes away and the Treasure Key championship golf course is only a 30-minute drive. Little Harbour is located 25 miles south of Marsh Harbor, where car and boat rentals are available. Forty-minute flights to and from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and West Palm Beach with American, Continental, and US Airways.

There are numerous nearby beaches withing walking distance. The Winding Bay beach is easily reached via bicycle. Cherokee, a charming old Bahamian fishing village, is also nearby and offers a great beach and swimming pier. There is a also great bonefishing in the Cherokee Sound.

For birdwatching aficionados the villa is one of the best spots in the Bahamas to see many species including wild parrots that fly by on a daily basis.

One of the best ways to tailor your stay at the Bahama Backroads villa is to rent a boat in Marsh Harbour and make the 45 minute journey down through the Sea of Abaco. Along the way there is the Pelican Keys underwater nature reserve where you can tie up to a mooring ball and snorkle. Schools of huge, harmless leopard rays are plentiful in the reserve.

There are also various barrier islands that can easily be reached by taking the kayaks from the dock at the house. There are miles of secluded, pristine beaches on those barrier islands.

Keywords: Secluded oceanfront villa, private beach, private tennis court, two kayaks and four bicycles, pool table, phoos ball table, fitness room, panoramic sunning deck

More Details

Joe Kirwin
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Joe Kirwin

I am a freelance writer who first visited the Bahamas on a sailboat more than 20 years ago and have been coming back ever since.

My appreciation of the unspoiled tropical environment that the Bahama Backroads Villa featurs stems from a career writing about environmental and sustainable living issues. Previously I worked for Time Magazine and the United Nations Environment Program and was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where I served as the editor of UNEP's Our Planet magazine.

Joe Kirwin purchased this villa in 1999

Why Joe Kirwin chose Little Harbour

Little Harbour is unique village in an unspoiled tropical environment. Having seen the haphazard, reckless development of so many beautiful seaside resorts over the years it is nice to be able to go to one that is still an oasis from crowds and crass overdevelopment.

What makes this villa unique

A typical day starts with a swim and then breakfast on the porch. Later in the morning I try to get in a game of tennis. After doing chores around the house I usually do some reading and otherwise just take it easy. After some late afternoon fly-fishing in the flats in Robinson's Bight, the highlight of the evening is a cocktail on the screened porch that offers a stupendous sunset panorama.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Joe,

You have a beautiful spot! Everything was wonderful and we fully enjoyed it all. We were surprised with how many bedrooms and how big the house was - but it was a nice surprise. We will definitely be recommending to friends and family as a great place to stay. thanks again for allowing us to experience your slice of heaven. Katie
Feb 2016
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Little Harbour Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Each bedroom has an adjoining full bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Property measures 2 acres, totally secluded and located on peninsula. Property extends from one side of the peninsula to the other with water on both sides.


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Oceanfront, Private Beach, Tennis Court, Dock, Kayaks, Bikes
average rating of 4.5652175 based on 35 reviews

Rented this property on another home rental site. Cannot leave review because their listing expired.

  • 2 of 5

The whole house needs to be deep cleaned, the screen doors need replacing, some new dishes, bath mats and a new couch cover to replace the duvet they use to cover the dirty couch. Bugs can be very bad, there is no way to avoid them. By the end of my stay (2 weeks) I was covered head to toe with bites from mosquitoes and I don't know what else. The room downstairs, under the main house, was musty smelling.

Kayaks were difficult to get in/out of water but we did it. WiFi worked, refrigerator small, bring a cooler and ice. The dishes were not very clean and the only salad bowl had a big crack in it. The bedding was old and thin and I didn't tell my husband, but under the sheets where an awful old mattress cover and an old dirty blanket. We were there two weeks and they never came to clean up or bring new towels. I had to ask for them for towels after we were there a week. There was a washer and dryer on site, but we were asked to go to Cherokee to wash our cloths. We were told not to use the generator unless it was an emergency. Because the house ran on solar we had a couple mornings we couldn't even brew a pot of coffee. After about 4 days of that, we were told via some email communications with the owner we could run the generator for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night. The lantern we were told to bring D batteries was not there. We got tired of the way they asked us to do the dishes so I found a better way. We were asked not to use very much electricity so I felt like the energy Nazi for the whole 2 weeks. Also, we were asked to conserve water, which is hard for that big of a house.

I have been visiting Abaco for almost 20 years and I would not stay at this villa again nor recommend it. I agree with another reviewer who said they need to reinvest some of the rental money back into the house and do a deep cleaning. The small issues add up to make for a poorly run property.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

My son (15) and I had a wonderful time at this very special place. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, billiard, table tennis, or just relaxing! A beautiful panorama of the bight from the dining room and bed room, plus the panorama deck with a stunning view to Little Harbour (where I took most beautiful photos from the sunrise) … in brief: absolutely fantastic!

I will return and take the rest of my family here!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Canada

Better in the Bahamas

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Backroads and I would highly recommend it as a great getaway. We saw sea turtles in abundance, tiger rays, parrots and other tropical birds and fish and also a stingray at Cherokee village.

A beautiful beach was a short kayak ride away, we cycled over to Petes Pub and gallery and toured the foundry which is all run on a generator. A highlight of the visit was a day trip to Hopetown by ferry where we rented bikes for 12$ for the day and explored the charming village, lighthouse and had a great lunch at the Abaco Inn.

As an artist I appreciated the spectacular views in all directions and natural unspoiled beauty. As there is no light pollution the night skies are some of the best for star gazing. We are looking forward to a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No place like it

  • 5 of 5

We had one of our most memorable short vacations ever at this great place. Little Harbour is a one-of-a-kind destination full of interesting unpretentious people, and this place overlooks it all, with a magnificent deck (one morning we looked down to see dozens of sea turtles in the water with manta rays curving around them). You can swim, kayak (in the Harbour or the shallower bight), cycle, explore a nearby blue hole, play tennis on a remarkably good surface, eat/drink/socialize at Pete's Pub, or just laze around the house, which has everything you need and more. As it happened we didn't have much sun the week we were there (Jan 2016) but we had a great time anyway--try that someplace where all you've got is a beach. If you like nature, don't need casinos and night clubs, roll your eyes at turndown service and can rustle up your own breakfast, you'll love it at Bahamas Backroads.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ravenna, Italy

Great getaway, lovely spot

  • 5 of 5

My husband and me we had a great time in Little harbour, at Backroads Bahama Villa. It was my second time there, but I was surprised by the new features: I enjoyed the new panoramic deck (where i did my yoga exercise every morning) and the beautyful tropical garden. For my husband was the first time and he was very very happy by the accomodation.

Backroad Bahama Villa confirmed it self as a perfect spot for swimming, playing tennis, snorkling... Every morning we had a breakfast very early watching the sunrise, in the evening we move on the protect balcony for our aperitive, looking at the sunset... we had a fun also kayaking on the bay even if we need more practice. I liked a lot the view from the master room, the walk along the ocean beach, the people around (very friendly and welcoming) and the small beaches of the bay. Thinking already to the next time....

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

Finally we had the chance to return! This time we came with another couple. We had a beautiful week swimming, fishing and playing tennis. The new deck on the hill overlooking the harbor is a great addition. The gardens and landscaping are spectacular. So colorful. The tennis court is great shape. To be able to play every day at our leisure was such a luxury. We also love the secluded private beaches near the house. All in all a very special place! Hopefully it will not be another three years until we make it back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Marsh Harbour International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pete's Pub
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Marsh Harbour-Hopetown-Guana Cay-Man O'War
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Abaco Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pete's Pub and Grill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
private beach bordering on the property
Car: necessary

The Bahama Backroads is located in the seaside village of Little Harbour, which includes a pub-restaurant, gallery and foundry where marine sculptures and jewelry is made. There are various beaches and uninhabited islands to explore.

There is also a championship, oceanfront golf course nearby as well as superb fly and deep sea fishing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $125

Rates can vary depending on time of the year and the number of people in the group.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.