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Grotto Bay -- Affordable Luxury with a Private Beach

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom; sleeps 2

This exotic island getaway overlooking Salt Pond's Regatta course sits at the edge of a serene cove with views of fishing vessels and uninhabited offshore islands.

Guests of our studio unit -- The Turtle Room -- are only steps away from their own private sandy beach where they can swim, snorkel, kayak, paddle board and even fish at their leisure. A regulation horseshoe pit is on the beach, as well as beach palapas for shade and hammocks for relaxing. Turtles reside just offshore, and a little cay is within easy kayaking distance and great for bonefishing. Sunsets are magnificent!

Our new open-air kitchen is now available exclusively for our guests and is fully equipped for easy meals or snacks. We provide all the essentials, including coolers for your picnics. A grocery store, liquor store and restaurants are less than a mile away.

Beneath the property's tropical gardens of banana, avocado, papaya and citrus trees, lies a three-chambered cave system with five species of bats and still-forming stalactites and stalagmites.

Grotto Bay's owners, Kris Newman and Jean Pierce (PADI-certified instructor and divemaster), can set up diving guides and also provide snorkeling equipment.

Every visit receives personalized attention to ensure the best vacation possible. The Turtle Room has an ocean view, high-quality linens, air-conditioning and ceiling fan. The fully-equipped, open-air guest kitchen is just steps away.

Ocean kayaks, both single and double, are available for guests at any time, as are some new paddle boards! A couple of uninhabited offshore cays are within easy kayaking or paddle-boarding distance.

We will provide snorkeling equipment, and there is nice snorkeling right off of our own beach. A family of turtles can frequently be seen and dolphins also visit occasionally.

We provide beach towels, coolers for your island touring, and complimentary shorty wetsuits if the water is chilly. Fishing handlines, hooks, sinkers and bait are also complimentary. Throw out a line, hook your fish, then throw it right on our beach barbecue -- yum!

We provide a complete restaurant list, suggestions for island touring, maps, etc., and we can arrange a rental car to be waiting at the airport. We can also arrange for scuba diving and fishing excursions.

More Details

Jean Pierce
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Jean Pierce

Jean Pierce and Kris Newman are originally from California's Napa Valley. Kris has a background in the film industry and engineering. Jean is a former travel writer, travel guidebook editor and travel magazine editor. Both are avid scuba divers and have provided support to underwater film productions.

Jean Pierce purchased this studio in 2000

Why Jean Pierce chose Long Island

Grotto Bay is located on the calm side of the island, which is perfect for all sorts of water sports. However, those so inclined can trek less than a mile to see waves crashing on the other side of the island! Restaurants and grocery stores are within very easy walking distance. Long Island's annual Regatta (the first weekend in June) takes place literally off of Grotto Bay's beach.


Long Island Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • The sink and cabinet area are outside the main bathroom, which has toilet and shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • bed - 1 queen
  • The queen captain's bed has excellent quality linens and several comfy pillows, with an overhead ceiling fan and built-in reading lights over the bed. There are 4 large drawers for clothing and storage., in addition to a chest of drawers and nightstand. Also provided are alarm clock, flashlight, small safe, remote control for TV and DVD player.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 beach chairs
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Beach towels, beach mats and 'noodles' are provided. We can provide any size cooler to take off the property. A freezer for ice is located near guest rooms. An Open-Air Full Kitchen is now available for our guests. The Turtle Room has a small safe for cash, passports, etc.


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Grotto Bay -- Affordable Luxury with a Private Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

The Real Bahamas

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we arrived in our rental car we knew Grotto Bay Villas was a special place to which we hope to return. Kris and Jeannie, the owners who live upstairs, were there to greet us and make us feel at home. Grotto Bay Villas has everything as one can read in the other reviews and was spotless and clean! The beach is 50 meters away. It is very private. The beach is yours to enjoy.

If you like to fish, there are bonefish right in front of the villa! After unpacking and getting situated, I grabbed my fly rod and within 15 minutes hooked two and landed one bonefish. I was not able to duplicate this in ensuing evenings but the fish are there. There are bonefish on the cay which is a short kayak paddle away. There are also two flats, one north and one south of the villa, which are within a five to ten minute drive. Of course there many other places to fish on your own but I only had a week and was unable to explore too many places. One week is too short!

I have been to three other islands in the Bahamas but Long Island is now my new favorite. Food stores and restaurants are close by. The beaches are amazingly beautiful. Kris and Jeannie provide detailed, written information on where to see great beaches and enjoy great food. The people, both native and tourists, were very friendly and we made many new friends while staying on Long Island.

We fully intend to return to Grotto Bay Villas but for a minimum of two weeks next time!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Bill, for that detailed fishing information. We would love to see more fishing enthusiasts here. You two really embraced the island and captured the essence of it -- naturally beautiful and people friendly! All the best to you -- see you next year!
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Fantastic vacation on Long Island!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as described. It is a lovely peaceful spot. We used the kayaks and the snorkeling gear. The kitchen is well equipped. We rented a car which is very handy to explore the island. There is much to see, one stunning beach after another. The information provided on the different beaches, coves and eating spots were super helpful. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surf, Sun, Sand ... Superb!

  • 5 of 5

The amenities really are the "little things" that make a big difference here:

- First and foremost, THE HOSTS! Kris gave us a great overview of the property and was a wealth of information. When we wanted to drive to another cove for some sightseeing, he recommended specific places based on wind conditions that day. When grilling a lobster for dinner, he showed us how to cook it like the locals do. He was helpful without being intrusive, and we genuinely enjoyed getting to know him a little bit.

- THE BEACH has an abundance of hammocks, chairs, kayaks, paddle boards and a fire pit to keep you occupied. Fishes of various sizes can be seen when snorkeling just off the beach, and if you're lucky, Amy the resident turtle may swim by for a quick cameo.

- THE EXTRAS - a canvas beach bag in your room, coolers in the kitchen, free snorkeling gear, and even a "Sand menu" (samples of the different colors/textures of sand from various Long Island beaches) were some of the fun little things that added to the experience.

If you're looking to truly 'get away' and enjoy some quality time on a tranquil beach, this is a great spot. The question is not IF we're going back, but WHEN!

Thanks, Kris!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alex and Dawn, thank you so much for your great review. We truly enjoy sharing our little piece of paradise with guests that embrace the experience as you both did. It was truly my pleasure having you both stay with us and I am looking forward to your return as there is so much more to explore. All the best, Kris & Jeannie
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Couldn't have chosen a better honeymoon spot

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent ten days at Grotto Bay on honeymoon, and had the best possible time. We loved Jeannie and Kris, who went above and beyond to make our stay amazing, from lending us wetsuits, to taking us on a tour of the next-door caves, to ordering in a coconut from a friend's farm in the far north of the island (thanks Jeannie, it was amazing!!). The rooms were immaculate, and the view was perfect, with the beach starting as soon as we stepped down from the wrap-around porch. I saw hummingbirds and rare warbler species in the trees just outside, while Amy the resident turtle was a highlight of our trip. Of course, no review would be complete without mentioning Driftwood and Scrapwood, Grotto Bay's beautiful resident cats! To sum up - we loved our time here, and in fact we never wanted to leave. As soon as we can organise a return airfare to Long Island, we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden paradise

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable room with hot water shower, AC and fully equipped kitchen....private beach with easy snorkelling (colorfull fish)on premises and very quiet place to sunbath and relax or take a kayak to visit surroumding waters. Great caves to visit also on premises. Long Island has many attractions such as secret beaches, Dean's blue hole, plantation ruins, nicest beaches in the world, good restaurants, friendly people, interesting history and culture, good fishing, and more we did not see. All you need is to rent a car. Thanks Kris and Jean to allow sharing a piece of your paradise. So far the nicest Bahamian island we visited (our fifth trip to the Outislands)!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Long Island is truly unique -- it's people are warm and friendly and it's beaches are unparalleled! In the aftermath of the horrendous hurricane Joaquin in October, islanders, expats, boaters and so many kind contributors from around the globe, all coalesced to rebuild houses, get fishing boats back in the water, and restore businesses. It's still ongoing , even with visitors giving their time and donations. Our guests are worldly well-travelled people who appreciate the 3,000 industrious Bahamians who live here and this beautiful, natural place.
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Amazing Sluce of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This place is the most relaxing place we have stayed in the Carribean. It is perfect for 2 couples or in our case my son & girlfriend. So private yet right in mid island so you can get anywhere on the island. Jean & Kris are the best hosts you could ever ask for- interesting- knowledgeable and funny.

The pace isn't fancy but very clean- incredibly beautiful with very private beach , entrance to the caves, kayaks, paddle boards and snorkeling gear. They arranged the Suzuki AWD for us -dropped us off advised us on restaurants, sites- arranged a dive master & trip and fishing guides with advance notice ( we should have listened to her on that)

If bone fishing you want a guide at least twice then maybe DIY.

Best deal in the Bahamas in a real Bahamaian experience.. Go here if you want to experience Ling Island - the best island for the real thing- prettiest one in the Bahamas- great beaches, vistas over the Atantic !

Loads of fun. Stay here !!

Pat S

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Long Island is truly a hidden gem in the Family Islands. Home to Deans Blue Hole and a lot of very friendly islanders and depats. Thanks so much, Pat, for taking the time to write a review. We're happy to learn that we're doing something right!
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Deadman's Cay
Nearest Barpub
428 Metres
Long Island Breeze
Nearest Ferry
428 Metres
The mail boat arrives within walking distance.
Nearest Motorway
100 Metres
Queen's Highway
Nearest Restaurant
428 Metres
Long Island Breeze
Car: recommended

Grotto Bay is on the calm side of the island, facing west -- perfect for boating, snorkeling & swimming. Sunsets are sensational! It takes only a few minutes for visitors to hop over to the opposite side of the island where the wind blows & waves crash.

Anglers can kayak out to nearby uninhabited cays and cast a line to fighting bonefish or bring something tasty back to throw on the grill. A beachfront fire pit is perfect for socializing and cooking your catch!

Although very secluded and serene, Grotto Bay is within easy walking distance to restaurants and the best grocery stores on the island.

Grotto Bay is the primo spot for watching the Long Island Regatta (every June). The races start right off of our own beach. Just grab a beach chair, a pair of binoculars and a libation & you'll have the best seat on the island. An unusual feature on the property is the 3-chambered Salt Pond Cave, one of the largest in the Bahamas, featuring beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $45

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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