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Grotto Bay -- Affordable Luxury with a Private Beach

(24 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Studio
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; sleeps 4

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 two studio units (each sleeping 2) 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. Both the Turtle Room and the Triggerfish Room have ocean views, high-quality linens, air-conditioning and ceiling fans. The fully-equipped guest kitchen is adjacent to the guest units.

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.
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

Property Type

  • Studio

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2

  • bed: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Full 1: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Outdoor shower on the deck....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, outdoor shower


  • The sink and cabinet area are outside the main bathroom, which has toilet and shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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. Each guest unit has a small safe for cash, passports, etc....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Cards, dominoes, board games. ...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Marina
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View:

    Beach and ocean view from guest units, deck, open-air kitchen....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Sandy beach on extremely scenic shallow cove. Good snorkeling around the jetties. Calm & perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding (both are complimentary)...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Our sandy beach is completely private and just steps away from guest units. Beach palappas provide shade and hammocks great for lounging! ...moreless

  • Waterfront

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


  • Dining:

    Outdoor dining as well. Weber barbecue and fire pit....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi is available to our guests....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone:

    We can provide a local phone for our guests to use....moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Both bath towels and beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Espresso machine in Guest Kitchen. Coffee makers in each guest unit ....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen for guests....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    In guest rooms....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Two -burner stove ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Enormous sweeping deck with 180 degree ocean view...moreless

  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two single kayaks, one tandem...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Tropical gardens with papaya, bananas and citrus....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber barbecue and fire pit....moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Paddle Boards...moreless

  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Long Island Regatta
Jun 1 - Jun 4, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $40
  • Tax Rate 10%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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14 Miles
Nearest Airport
Deadman's Cay
428 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Long Island Breeze
428 Metres
Nearest Ferry
The mail boat arrives within walking distance.
100 Metres
Nearest Motorway
Queen's Highway
428 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Long Island, Bahamas:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

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Links to more information:



  • Our Play Area

    Our Play Area

  • Guest Room Deck and Garden Area

    Guest Room Deck and Garden Area

  • The Turtle Room

    The Turtle Room

  • End of the Day at Grotto Bay

    End of the Day at Grotto Bay

  • Early Morning on the Beach at Grotto Bay.

    Early Morning on the Beach at Grotto Bay.

  • Our Crescent Beach

    Our Crescent Beach

  • Open-Air Guest Kitchen

    Open-Air Guest Kitchen

  • The Third Chamber in the incredible Salt Pond Cave -- right off of Grotto Bay!

    The Third Chamber in the incredible Salt Pond Cave -- right off of Grotto Bay!

  • New Day at Grotto Bay

    New Day at Grotto Bay

  • Steps from Beach to Guest Units

    Steps from Beach to Guest Units

  • Grotto Bay

    Grotto Bay

  • The Turtle Room

    The Turtle Room

  • Guest Room Dinette

    Guest Room Dinette

  • Turtle Room Deck

    Turtle Room Deck

  • Entrance to the Private Grotto Bay Beach.

    Entrance to the Private Grotto Bay Beach.

  • The New Guest Kitchen!

    The New Guest Kitchen!

  • Handy Guest Kitchen Just for Our Guests

    Handy Guest Kitchen Just for Our Guests

  • Night Fall at Grotto Bay

    Night Fall at Grotto Bay

  • Sailboats anchored off of Grotto Bay

    Sailboats anchored off of Grotto Bay

  • The Beach at Grotto Bay

    The Beach at Grotto Bay

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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