Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
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... so very willing to share their paradise. Our hosts, Mike and Marianne, were also welcoming, helpful, gracious and so very willing to share their paradise. They made sure we saw both the ritzy and the real of Long Island. We visited with the wealthy who frequent villas and resorts, and enjoyed food and drinks at local Bahamian bars and restaurants. They introduced us to the local Kalik beer and to the Sundowner (local mango ...
... Sound, only about 15nm NE from Cape Santa Maria, Long Island and 37nm from Georgetown, Great Exuma. See Google Earth N23*50' + W075*07'. It is a Bahamas National Park and under the protection of The Bahamas National Trust. We're not exactly sure what this “protection” means as our cruising guides provide conflicting information. Normally reliable Pavlidis states the land is a “no take” and “no trash” ...
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 ...
... returned, and I was just starting to think through what we could make for dinner when a little motor launch drove through the anchorage. Caleb and I were both on deck and smiled and waved, which prompted them to turn toward Hejira. They had been out fishing and had caught so much wahoo they wouldn't be able to eat it before it spoiled - would we like some? Obviously! They loaded us up with enough fresh fish for dinner and the following lunch. ...
... this side of the island and crash into the coral rocks that line the beach. Rose’s is perfect for boogey boarding, but there is a pool of warmer water (that comes in with the waves) for those who don’t want a rough swim. The Atlantic side also offers many unique caves and potholes to explore.
Be sure to visit Dean’s Blue Hole, west of Clarence Town. This is the world’s deepest blue hole (plunging 663 ft. ...
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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.