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Castaway by the Sea - Cottage - "Private" Beach Getaway

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Living Room, Full Kitchen (Sleeps 2)

If you are loooking to de-stress, relax and spend some quality time with your loved one, Castaway Cottage is just what you need. Wake to breathtaking sunrises while enjoying breakfast on the spacious deck overlooking the sea. Stroll the beach searching for the quintessential seashell before snorkling within the protective reef, then lull away the rest of the morning in a hammock under a swaying coconut palm on your own private beach.

The Cottage is situated in historic Bodden Town, away from the hustle and bustle of Seven Mile Beach but centrally located for exploring the island. Trips to the Mastic Trail, Botanic Park, Crystal Caves, East End, Rum Point and Turtle Farm are easily accessible, but you will find abundant indigenous wildlife right outside your back doors! There is a ‘changing station’ for hermit crabs, wild Cayman parrots scouring the sea grape trees for fruit and you may even spy an iguana wandering around!

This lovingly restored authentic beach bungalow, with all new modern amenities, has everything you need for the perfect beach experience. Castaway Cottage is your own little slice of paradise offering a genuine Private Caribbean Beach Vacation.

Keywords: charming, secluded, peaceful, private beach, off the beaten path, honeymoon cottage, couples retreat, seaside, romantic, nature lovers, idyllic, quaint, historic, immaculate

More Details

Thom Zerhusen
Member since: 2012
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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Thom Zerhusen

Susan and Thom are originally from Baltimore, Maryland but they met in Cayman. Thom was working as a dive instructor at Don Foster's Dive and Susan was visiting Cayman on a dive vacation. 'We met on a dive trip to Stingray City and the rest is well...history.'

They decided to call Cayman home and bought a dilapidated beach house in the heart of Bodden Town that they renovated and have lived in for over 20 years.

'After Hurricane Ivan destroyed most of Bodden Town and the Island we had to sart all over. We were lucky to find Castaway and decided to renovate the existing structures and make them available to visitors.' The lodge was first to be finished and became available to guest in 2011 and now the cottage is ready too. 'We have tried to make them unique and special and if you come to Castaway we hope you will find our little piece of paradise as magical as we do.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

We could not have picked a better place to stay for a week than here at Castaway Cottage. It is a perfect balance of island life! We felt welcomed from the very beginning as we were met by Thom and Susan (and the delicious rum cake!). The cottage had everything we could have ever needed, plus more. Although we did quite a bit of sightseeing around the island and visiting numerous beaches, it always felt like coming to "home" (away from home).

Thanks for all your lovely recommendations and advice during our stay. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves anymore! Can't wait to return to your little piece of paradise!
Jun 2013
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Bodden Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Newly renovated cottage is owner maintained with private sandy beach and protective reef. The property has indigenous landscaping which is home to native wildlife. There is a herb garden to add Caribbean flavor to your cooking and mint for your mojitos. The cottage has a fully equiped kitchen, on demand hot water heater and central AC. Rental car arrangements are available. Our location in historic Bodden Town provides easy access to the whole island.


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Castaway by the Sea - Cottage - "Private" Beach Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 66 reviews

Extremely Peaceful!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Even better than we expected! Great place! Quite and private! The best Rum cake ever!! Thanks Thom n Susan!!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, amazing view

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 5 days, and we wished it would have been longer. Thom and Susan are absolutely amazing hosts., and full of knowledge. The house is beautifully decorated and also displays some of Susan’s impressive art work. They have thought of anything that you would need while staying in a vacation home. We spent most evenings on the back deck overlooking the surf and we were lucky enough to experience a full moon. We will definitely be back. Thom’s rum cake is a huge hit as well! Castaway by the Sea, Bodden Town Rd 214B

Bodden Town, Grand Cayman

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Duncansville PA, USA

Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Castaway by the sea and we were happy to find it just as charming as the first time. Thom & Susan do a wonderful job of providing their guests a clean relaxing place to unwind. The cottage is close to many small local restaurants. I have stayed at many VRBO properties and this is by far the cleanest we have found. Can’t wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Most Relaxed we’ve ever been!!!!

  • 5 of 5

When looking for a vacation spot, you have to ask yourself what you’re looking for. Do you want the hustle and bustle of seven mile beach with the insane traffic and typical condos? Or do you want laid back, peaceful, charming, and PRIVATE BEACHFRONT? We chose the latter. The Castaway Cottage is all those things and more. To get up in the morning, have breakfast/coffee outside overlooking the south sound as the waves wash beautiful shells and coral ashore, to jump in that gorgeous turquoise water and see the marine wildlife all around you as you snorkel just steps from your back door.....words just don’t do it justice. Thom and Susan are fantastic people, not just hosts. They are kind and helpful, without being intrusive. We learned so much about the Cayman culture and history from them. And Thom’s rum cake did not disappoint. It was phenomenal! Some tips from us: 1. Rent a’ll want the freedom to see the island as you wish. 2. Don’t panic about backing out of the driveway. It’s really not that bad. 3. Wear water shoes when going into the ocean. The sea grass hides a lot of things, including conch, and other pointy critters. 4. You MUST eat at least once at the Czech in just down the road. I think we ate there six times during our stay. Seriously. It’s that good.

We had our wedding/honeymoon during this stay. I can’t think of anything I would change. It was the vacation of a lifetime. We had our wedding on the private beach behind the cottage and everything went so well, even though we though it would rain us out. Fortunately, it seems to rain in spells. And they don’t usually last long.

Thom and Susan, thank you both so much for your kindness and your excellent hospitality. We hope to be back soon.

To those reading this review, book this place now. You will NOT regret it. We only regret we waited so long to do it ourselves!!

Tommy and Piper Adams


  • Submitted: May 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chatsworth, California, USA

Castaway is truly paradise!

  • 5 of 5

The Castaway Cottage is a fabulous place to stay. I just could not get over the fantastic view. It looks like something you'd see on a postcard! The best part is the beach is essentially your backyard and it's very private! I loved the snorkeling right out on our beach at the Cottage! The Cottage provides you with everything you need and the owners, Thom and Susan, are very sweet and helpful. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. One of our friends is already planning a trip to the Cottage based upon just our photographs! We hope to someday be able to return to our little slice of paradise at Castaway Cottage!!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As advertised (and reviewed)!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came down to celebrate our ten year anniversary. What a great way to slow life down for a bit. The previous reviews are spot on. We absolutely adore the cottage, and as importantly, we loved our brief yet meaningful conversations with Tom and Susan. Thanks for a great experience...hope to be back soon!

Anne & Joe

Slinger, WI

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


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