Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
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The morning of February 18, 2013 dawned with the previous day's frontal boundary well southeast of us and the signal to depart our cold front refuge in French Bay, San Salvador. With forecast winds being NE at 20-25 kts, we prepared to depart for West Bay, Conception Island, a passage of approximately 38nm due west. Seas were forecast to be quite confused due to the prior frontal passage, but since we'd be sailing almost directly downwind, ...
Similar to both Eleuthera and Cat Island, Long Island is another lengthy island lying NNW to SSE, with the deep, open Atlantic Ocean on the east and a shallow bank on the northern two thirds of its west side. But Long Island's shallow bank is even more shallow and more expansive than its neighbors to the north. Sailing along its upper west coast requires further standoff from shore and constant care to follow specific routes ...
... I'm out on deck updating this listening to the sound of the sea. It's still lovely and warm although dark now. It's currently 8.45pm here and we are at the moment 4 hours behind you but that will change back to 5 hours behind either tonight or tomorrow night. Obviously thats Uk time, for the Seattle, Oregon & Denmark lot of you i don't know what time it is there ( i barely know what time it is here !! The sea is calm and the ship is steady. Anyway, until tomorrow, keep warm ...
The previous night we saw guys in the elevators on their way back from Dinner. Several of them were holding Atlantis souvenir coasters. No one mentioned them - but I recognized them immediately. There were simple leather circles with the logo and trip info stamped into them. A stack of 4 tied with twine. I'd seen these many times before. They were the original standard trip gift. And they had been resurrected for the 15th ...
... delicious! And a good lesson in being friendly to strangers. :)
Caleb and I loaded the dinghy and got everything stowed while Pete cooked up the wahoo, and with our bellies stuffed, we called it an early night so today we could be up with the sun. We had no trouble getting out of George Town, and it was a beautiful day. We had over 40 miles to go, rounding the northern end of Long Island before heading over to Rum Cay. We had the wind ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas Long Island
My husband and I just got back from a week at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort. What a great holiday! Wendy, Frank, and their staff made us feel very welcome and the pristine property, the beautiful view, unbelievable beach (the sand is NEVER hot on your feet!), good food, free bicycles and kayaks, nearby snorkeling, the total lack of crowds, and the wonderful people we met there made our holiday one of the best we've ever had!
My husband and I had our wedding on Long Island the weekend of 6/25/05. We've been to Long Island before and Love it. Although we have had problems with the managers of this resort before, we figured the beautiful beachfront bungalows would be suitable for our guests. While most stayed at nearby Stella Maris resort, we had 6 rooms booked at Cape Santa Maria resort.
After spending a week at CSM for our honeymoon, we just cannot wait to return. It's just about the perfect beach resort. The beach is enormous (it took us about 45 minutes to walk to the far point, a great walk!) and the water is perfect Bahama blue. The restaurant and bar were great. You could get a local catch of lobster or grouper or an imported prime steak. Happy hour starts at 5pm where you'll face the most perfect sunset and relax while eating complimentary conch fritters and chatting up the other guests. The activities were fabulous. We dove every day and there were at most 5 total on the boat. Bone fishing is second to none. Bert or Delbert can take you for a nature tour where you'll see stingrays and reef sharks. In case you really need to stay in touch they have wireless internet and a common TV to check the scores. The rooms were very spacious and each had it's own sun room. The beach is maybe 10 steps from your door. Check out the pictures on the web! This is the only resort I've ever been to where the pictures do not do it justice. If I could give it 6 out of 5 stars, I would.
I am reluctant to write this review as I am feeling a bit selfish in not wanting to share this paradise. I arrived with my family and was promptly and smilingly greeted upon arrival. A tour of the resort was conducted by Wendy, a most competent and delightful manager. One of the first things I noticed was the breathtaking color of the pristine beaches and the clarity of water. (The ocean floor was clearly visible in 80 feet of water) I felt that I was living in a postcard. The rooms were clean, spacious, and well air conditioned. The staff was friendly and courteous.
My husband and I stayed at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort for ten days during Christmas 2003.What a beautiful place! Not only is the beach beautiful, the sunsets incredible, the beach villasARE RIGHT ON THE BEACH. The hotel staff is very friendly, courteous, and the food is excellent.We went bonefishing (a must) twice, and deep sea fishing - even if you aren't in to fishing, try it, being out on the flats and the ocean is awesome.The ONLY thing I can complain about is the weather there in December - it's cool, 70-75 degrees.Rent a car for the day and stop for lunch at Max's Conch Bar and Grill. Nice place, good food.Better hurry and experience this nice, quiet, get-away - they told us they plan to build homes and a 72 slip marina on the most desolated part of the beach. They will ruin it for sure!!
PEACEFUL, ROMANTIC, TROPICAL PARADISE
Four miles of soft white sand and only twenty rooms! The most beautiful turquoise water I have ever seen. Diving and snorkelling in calm, crystal clear water. Doing absolutely nothing. I've been twice and can't wait to go back. It is totally an unspoiled paradise - feels a little like landing on Gilligan's Island - but Gilligan didn't have a new Clubhouse with an open air bar and restaurant! The staff are AMAZING. There is nothing they won't do for you. Didn't go bonefishing but saw lots of guides go out with guests and come back happy. Nice rooms that are well spaced out. You never feel crowded. Marble floors, and huge private patios. This place is truly the most peaceful, beautiful, romantic spot in the world.
What could be better? Great rooms, all right on the beach, Great restaurant. Friendly helpful staff. The most beautiful beach in the Bahamas. Great Bone Fishing, Great Diving. I just stayed for 6 days my 4th visit in 2 years
Have you ever booked a beach holiday based on what pictures graced the travel agency folder, only to discover that the photos didn't reveal what was actually hidden behind it all? A 4 lane highway? An open sewage plant? Thousands of people packed in to one small locale at once? Well, the Cape Santa Maria Resort is the opposite of all that. What you see barely covers what you actually get. The beach alone is woth the journey- miles of creamy white sand framing an impossibly turquoise bay. This is the stuff of dreams. The stunning beach is complemented by charming, tastefully appointed cottages that blend nataurally into the pristine environment. Crowds do not exist, the loudest noise you can expect to hear is the gentle lapping of the sea, or perhaps the singing of a few birds. Meals are resonably priced and always fresh and well presented by the ever smiling staff. There is no shortage of activities to take on- Kayaking, world class fishing, diving, snorkelling, or simple beach combing all await you. This is truly the best kept secret of the Bahamas- don't ask if you can afford to go, you can't afford not to.
A gorgeous, quiet retreat
Don't trust brochures that don't show the beach. Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort shows its beach in every picture because it's beautiful.There are some 20 cabanas with A/C and high-quality bathrooms that sit aboyt 50 feet from the beach.I've travelled to Cancun, Caymans, BVIs, Jamaica.The color of the ocean here doesn't compare to any of these.The water is "Tidy Bowl blue", a stunning electric blue hue.Don't look for shopping, television or newspapers.A brand new full-service restaurant sits on the beach.The only drawback is the the beds are hard as a rock, really. I would consider bringing something to soften the surface.Great place, friendly staff. Beautiful beach and water. Wow.