"This was our seventh trip to the wonderful outer islands of the Bahamas! We've been to Eleuthera 5 times, Staniel Cay once, and now Georgetown. This was our best trip yet with Staniel Cay being a close second. Rachel's Paradise Palm two bedroom cottage was perfect for our family of 4. She truly has thought of everything. She had beach chairs, soft coolers, and more. The cottage was comfortable and well stocked with ample cookware. My son loved seeing the little lizards around the resort. The pool and on site restaurant was convenient. Yummy conch fritters! The shuttle service to town was great and we rented a car from Bernie for 3 days. We did also rent a boat from Minns for one day, although honestly, I didn't feel it was essential for us to do that. Wonderful trip! Our highlight was swimming with the sea turtles in Hoopers Bay. You need to look for the beach access sign in Hoopers Bay and then walk to the far right when you get to the beach. In between the two docks, you'll swim with the turtles. AMAZING! Another highlight was feeding the manta rays at Chat and Chill. Get conch scraps from the Conch Shack for them. Be sure to follow the ocean path from Chat and Chill to get to the rougher Atlantic Side while you are on Stocking Island. It was beautiful and the pink sand was gorgeous. Our favorite restaurant was Santana's and worth the drive to go. The owner's mom makes delicious coconut bread and has a bakery next door and a new puppy as well. Next to Hoopers Bay, Forbes Hill also has a cool beach, just look for the beach access sign. My tips for travel, I overpacked clothes! Bring two sets of swimsuits, tshirts, hats, shorts, shades, pjs! Focus more on bringing items that would be pricy on the island. I bring a 4 pack of toilet paper, a large roll of paper towels, lots of sunscreen, small HE laundry detergent, and dishwashing liquid (no dishwasher but you), camping bottles, and Gatorade powder. I mix the powder and water the night before and freeze the bottles so during the day when you are exploring the beaches, they slowly defrost and stay cold in the soft cooler. I take frozen meats in a zippered cooler like bacon and chicken. Also, we pack coffee and items like, liquid eggs, Bisquick , and beef jerky and snack packaged almonds for the beach. Groceries are expensive there so pack what you can BUT DO NOT bring in fresh produce. We ate at least one meal out daily. Island Meats had great fish to cook. Great trip! Thanks!!"
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: June 7, 2015