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'Dolphin Lookout'- Oceanfront, Breathtaking Panoramic Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 640 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 2

Dolphin Lookout(TM) is like a 'ship on land,' anchored and secluded on the southeast tip of this tropical out island coral atoll. Dolphin Lookout could well be one of the most spectacular tropical settings to be found anywhere in the world. This wonderful custom, hand-crafted cottage, both oceanfront as well as bay front, is perched on a bluff, providing incredible panoramic views of the gorgeous Bahamian turquoise ocean and breath taking vistas across Scotland Bay to the beautiful little private coral island of Scotland Cay.

Guana's beaches are 'Fodor's choice' for the best beaches in the Bahamas. Just a few minutes from Dolphin Lookout, begin miles of white powdery sand beaches, where you may only see your foot prints in the sand. A magnificent outer reef, which is the 3rd largest in the world, runs the entire length of Guana Cay. Within a 'stones throw' from this very special oceanfront cottage are numerous inner reefs and coral gardens teaming with colorful marine life. Extraordinary white sand beaches, reefs, coral gardens, snorkeling, swimming, diving, kayaking are accessible by foot or golf cart and are only a few minutes from Dolphin Lookout.

About 2 miles west of Dolphin Lookout(TM) is a quaint, picturesque settlement, home to 150 or so permanent residences, descendants of loyalists, who migrated to the Bahamas from the Carolinas, Virginia and New York during the revolutionary war.

Here in the settlement, you will find Guana Harbour grocery store, several great restaurants, Donna's golf cart rentals, the upscale Orchid Bay Yacht club and Marina, a dive shop, and boat rentals. Yes, this out island experience may be the closest thing to 'heaven on earth' for ocean lovers. To us it continues to be a fairy tale experience. Dolphin Lookout could be that "gem" of a vacation or retirement home away from home you have been dreaming about. Sound and look to good to be true? Please note the comments by Dolphin Lookout guests, our photos, and then you decide.


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Ben and Cathy Hickman
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2018

About Ben and Cathy Hickman

We grew up along the southern California coast. Although it is a wonderful place to live, it is not the "tropical" paradise we dreamed about for building a vacation and retirement cottage. Our dream focused on, first and foremost, finding a unique OCEANFRONT PROPERTY, spectacular white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water common to coral atolls, warm tropical weather, a tropical setting, boating, snorkeling, diving, AND THE NEED FOR SECLUSION.

Ben and Cathy Hickman purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Ben and Cathy Hickman chose Great Guana Cay

Our search for our DREAM TROPICAL PARADISE took us to islands and places throughout the globe. When we discovered, what is now the "birth" place for Dolphin Lookout, we knew we had struck the "mother lode."This undiscovered gem in the "rough" had met and surpassed all of our requirements. However, the story of Dolphin Lookout was not all "blue skies and clear sailing." There were many challenges as there was no power, no roads, no defined pathways from the settlement to the property, and Guana Cay was a "sleepy," and for the most part, an undeveloped island. The only access to the Dolphin Lookout property was by boat on the bay side or 2 miles by foot along the oceanfront. If you are interested in learning more about the origin of Dolphin Lookout, please continue below under the caption, UNIQUE BENEFITS.

What makes this cottage unique

By now you may get the feeling that YOU have discovered a rare jewel. As previously described, Dolphin Lookout is located at the very tip of a wonderful coral atoll, not only oceanfront and bay front, but has access to a terrific dock and pristine, private cove on the bay side. For the "rest of the story" behind this HISTORIC cottage and property, read on: In 1994-1997 we purchased the oceanfront properties which were to become the birth place of Dolphin Lookout-these properties included a right of way which extends from the bay side(Sea of Abaco) to the oceanfront; from 1997 to 2002, improvements included a serene 800 pathway from the bay side to the oceanfront, wonderful dock built on the bay side, unpaved golf cart roadway extending through the sparsely populated south end residential community making the settlement accessible by golf cart, and finally, after 2 years in the waiting, Bahamas Power and Light installed our transformer and underground power line. From 2003 to 2006, Dolphin Lookout cottage was built by highly skilled local craftsmen. The cottage was framed up in a matter of a few months, but it was the finish work that took so long. The wonderful finish work was custom and completed on the site. All of the accessories were imported. In designing Dolphin Lookout, we wanted it to feel like a "ship on land," and that became our theme throughout the building of the cottage. In keeping with our theme, solid brass hardware is used installed throughout including replicas of old brass ship's lanterns. The above story is but an outline of why this special small cottage means so much to us, and why so many of our wonderful clients feel as we do. Is the story behind Dolphin Lookout finished? By no means.................the "rest of the story" is on going and yet to be written.


Great Guana Cay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
VHF;gated community;newer custom crafted cottage, open floor plan with colorful nautical motif, and wonderful oceanfront/bayfront views from any room in the cottage;decks surround the cottage;located on secluded tip of island with incredible views;dock on bayside, 5 min. walk on picturesque pathway;dock provides for wonderful swimming in gorgeous,serene,secluded Dolphin Cove. Out of this world kayaking in our Hobie kayaks is just minutes from Dolphin Lookout dock and cove.


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'Dolphin Lookout'- Oceanfront, Breathtaking Panoramic Views
average rating of 4.987013 based on 77 reviews
Sebastian, FL/ USA

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Dolphin Lookout and it was every bit as lovely as the first.

Our first visit included a large family group scattered in different homes on the island for my husband's 50th in July 2015. This was a very different visit and so nice, just the two of us. We spent lots of time reading on the front deck surrounded by the most gorgeous views I've encountered. It's so private and detached from everything while only a fun cart ride into the settlement and Nippers :)!

Caysera Beach is not only a beautiful, private beach but the snorkeling is awesome with a reef right off the beach. Being able to snorkel in December without a wet suit was a nice surprise!

Lots of walks on the little poured cement stepping stones to watch the waves crash against the rocks. It was mesmerizing. The small clearing at the edge of the southeast part of the property, where the adirondack chairs sit, is a perfect spot to check out the stars on a clear evening.

There are a couple of little trails besides the one leading to the dock that offer different views of the water and are worth checking out.

We joined the golf cart parade and had a ball with other locals, all dressed in their ugly sweaters and decked out carts. It ended, after several stops, at Nipper's for live music and incredible fireworks on the beach. I would highly suggest going over the Holidays but not next Christmas and New Years' Eve as we just booked it, sorry!!

I was happy to see the large barracuda still lives under the dock. We did not kayak this time, but if the winds are coming out of the right direction, kayaking is a must-do. They have all the equipment you need for a day on the beach or on the kayaks.

Dolphin Lookout is immaculately kept and they have basically everything you need there. The people on this island are lovely. We made several new friends :).

We counted in our heads about 18 islands we've visited over the years from the South pacific, and through all of the Caribbean; this is our favorite spot!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanks Kathy and Ben for sharing your lovely cottage with us. We had a wonderful trip!

  • 5 of 5

The description and pictures are on point. The views from the deck are intoxicating and the beaches are as beautiful as anywhere else in the world. The cottage had everything we needed and was clean and comfortable. We can’t wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found this house on VRBO about 5 years ago and it has been our dream so when my husband retired we decided it was time to make it a reality. It was even better than we had anticipated. The views are amazing and the home is immaculate. It had everything we needed and Gina even brought us a fishing pole.We loved the privacy and the drive in the golf cart.was one of our favorite parts. The snorkeling was great.It truly was a great stay and we will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Romantic Ship Like Cottage with views of the Sea of Abaco and Atlantic!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at Dolphin Lookout and it was just as fabulous! Cottage was immaculate, views amazing and weather conditions perfect to snorkel in the many reef areas on/ near this property! We will - God willing- be BACK! Thanks to Ben and Cathy for sharing their getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic as always

  • 5 of 5

We've been several times and the view off the porch never ceases to amaze us. As usual, Ben's house was clean, comfortable and stocked with necessities. The wifi worked perfectly and the power stayed on the whole week so we didn't have to use the generator. We had some great snorkeling in Scotland Bay and at Caysera (see Ben's guidebook for snorkeling excursions). The snorkeling off the dock wasn't as good as it had been on prior visits but we may have just hit a couple of off days. We loved the new restaurant Mermaids and highly recommend it for dinner (they don't open until 4:30 and I think they're closed on Monday and Tuesday). Cheesy name but good food and excellent view off the deck. We rented a boat from Troy at Dive Guana and didn't really care for it - very slow and burned through fuel like crazy so it was expensive. We've had better boats from Water Ways and Conch Pearl and they will pick you up in Marsh Harbour to go get the boat so you don't have to bother with the ferry schedule. Note to Central Floridians re flights: We used to use Air Gate out of New Smyrna and they're awesome, but now that we've flown several times with Air Unlimited we feel comfortable recommending them as well, particularly since they are just using the King Airs for Abaco charters now. We've had very good experiences with them. Happy Traveling! And thank you to Ben and Cathy for providing such a wonderful home!! :)

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good evening Steve and Cory, Thank you for your very nice comments, and the excellent information regarding Mermaids, boat rentals and airline carriers out of Florida. We look forward to your return to Dolphin Lookout someday. Best regards, Ben and Cathy
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This is a very wonderful and special place - - - But

  • 4 of 5

Our recent stay at the Dolphin Lookout was the third time we have been there. It is truly a magical place for those who are looking for complete privacy and amazing views. It accommodates only a couple but I can't imagine a more romantic and peaceful place. The "but" I refer has nothing to do with the place itself but rather the power source for the whole area of islands. The power was on only intermittently for the whole time we were there. For us this wasn't a big issue because there is a generator that supplies power for most of the house. It does not, however, run the electric range for cooking. That didn't bother us very much since there is a propane barbecue there and great places to eat down in the village. The area does have to get their power issues fixed though.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good afternoon Brent and Donna, Thank you for your very nice, as well as helpful comments. We want to apologize for the inconvenience. The Bahamas Electricity Corp. ordered a part from the states which caused the delay in repairs to their system. The BEC power grid was fully restored a day or so following your departure and is now back to "normal" operation. As you folks are aware from you prior stays, and our experience over the last 11 years, we do have periodic power outages but they are normally very short lived. We hope to see you back at Dolphin Lookout in the future. Thanks for being such great clients. Ben and Cathy
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Marsh Harbour International, Abaco, Bahamas
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Albury Ferry Service, Great Guana Cay
Car: not necessary

Guana Cay is conveniently accessible by ferry and is about 8 miles north of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Dolphin Lookout is OCEANFRONT AND BAYFRONT and is located on the eastern most tip of Guana Cay. It is a PARADISE for ocean lovers; honeymooners; anniversaries; sports enthusiasts; star gazers; writers; readers and romantics with a spirit for adventure; unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.

Other Activities: boating, kayaking, wildlife viewing, deep sea fishing, world class bone fishing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $85

For stays of 7-10 nights, the reservation deposit is $750. For stays over 10 nights, the reservation deposit is 40% of the rental rate. We collect the $85 cleaning fee in the balance due payment. Rates subject to change without notice. Please contact owner for stays longer than two weeks and for 2019 rates. Min. stay requirement is 7 nights. Depending on the season, you can check in or check out any day of the week. Subject to a refundable $250 security deposit. Occupancy limited to a maximum of two adults. No pets allowed. No smoking.
Both Kayaks rent for $150 for the duration of your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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