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BEAUTIFUL HIDEAWAY ON THE WATER, GREAT SEASIDE VERENDA, BEST SNORKELING ON ISLND

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bed & 2 Bath, W/verenda Stunning Property On The West End Of Cayman Brac, BWI

Your tropical tranquil oceanfront vacation home is just feet from the Caribbean waters, and far away from the maddening crowds and the bustle of tourist-saturated areas. While you sunbathe you can enjoy the ocean breeze and be mesmerized by the turquoise Caribbean waters and sapphire surf only feet from your door.

Cayman brac is a sister island to the highly developed island of grand cayman and has managed to remain unspoiled, making it the perfect antidote to the over-programmed resort vacation. Explore the island’s many hidden treasures while relaxing in your own private retreat. Whether rock-climbing, caving, shelling, diving, fishing, snorkeling, bird watching, hiking, walking the shore line or simply relaxing is what you desire, you will have a vacation to remember. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the laid-back island pace in a thoroughly modern and comfortable house that will immediately become your home.

Listen to the never-ending rhythm of the gentle rolling waves and feel the cooling breezes as you enjoy the warm sunshine and stunning sunsets any time of the year. There is plenty of privacy and you'll enjoy the small yellow songbirds and the island's native brown booby and frigate birds that seem to enjoy the lush, tropical surroundings. The visibility in the water is incredible and the coral reefs endless. The low temperature of the water in mid winter is 78f so you can swim all year long. We call cayman brac 'detox from life'. The most difficult part of your vacation will be packing your sandals and leaving this absolute tropical paradise and the fine comfortable accommodations of the house.

This oceanfront beach property overlooks the Caribbean and Little Cayman and has access to some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.

Stretch out twenty feet from the water on a lounger or hammock.

Swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers can take advantage of the outside shower.

If there are any issues i will be there to help you. I only live five minutes away. If you have any special requests -- be it for snorkeling gear, bicycles, movies -- i can usually help you out.

Stores are closed on Sunday. If your arrival is after 6:30 pm on Saturday or on Sunday we'll do your grocery shopping for you - just send us a list, there is no charge for our time.

For your convenience i have also arranged a special deal with a local car rental agency for those who might desire it. For those who will be renting for seven days you will get your seventh day free. Additionally, if you pay with traveler’s checks or cash you will receive a 5% discount.

Bicycles and fishing poles come with the property rental. You can also use the kayaks, corn hole toss and more

There are public tennis and basketball courts, a full spa, and a full fitness room just minutes away. Inexpensive maid service is also available.

More Details

Owner
Henry Barbera
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, spanish only by email
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2017

About Henry Barbera

I grew up in south New Jersey in the States and always loved being in the sun by water and palm trees. I've always traveled and I vacationed here several years ago. When I retired at age 48 I returned to purchase a property. Now I have three properties one on the south side and I am renting the two on the north side. The water is just incredible and now I'm a certified Scuba Diver and just can't get enough of it. The Coral Reefs are amazing and can be experienced by just snorkeling. I can't ever imagine returning to the States. This place in nothing like Florida with its millions of people and chain retail.

Henry Barbera purchased this house in 2013

Why Henry Barbera chose Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac is a magical place where you can walk about in the middle of a star lit night and have not a single worry of crime or annoyances. Your family is safe here and you can feel it as the locals will wave to everyone including you. Very few people lock their houses and almost everyone will leave their car keys in the ignition 24/7 and that’s a fact. This Island is so special it has become a vacation destination for folks who live on other Caribbean Islands. The stars will make you stop in your tracks as there is very little background lights to dim the skis. You will see shooting stars and satellites orbiting the earth, you can clearly see the band of the Milky Way. This is a Scuba divers paradise with several dive boats operating daily. The visibility in the water is incredible and the coral reefs endless. This is an island of a thousand people but we do have a hospital and a few police officers. An officer's job here on the Island is the only job better than that of the old time Maytag repair man. They have to be bored out of their minds. If you want to vacation with thousands of other vacationers and to eat at the chain restaurants this is not for you. If you want tranquility and peacefulness with eighty degree weather and sunshine almost everyday this is your island. If you come once you'll be back. I am well traveled and retired from the US at age forty eight and I now live here full time on the Island. I could have moved anywhere but I wanted to live in true paradise and remove myself from the busy world out there. We call Cayman Brac detox from life. Many people come once and end up buying property before they leave. Come here and you'll see why. This property is in a great central location nearby to all the activities, stores, restaurants, and the best public swim area on the island which is just 400 yards away.

What makes this house unique

If you see more then two other couples walking on the beach in front of the house in the course of a day that would be way more then normal. The Beach is private to the water line and all yours. Talk about you having the only footprints. The peace of the island will ground you and make you feel whole with the earth. It’s a simple and magical place in this crazy world. Hammocks and loungers provided - byob. For the swimmers / snorkelers / scuba divers I have an outside shower, a fresh water rinse tank. Charter fishing available Caving available Rock Climbing available. Book Library - 400 books

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was wonderful. We want to go again. Do you have a lot of people that want

to rent the cottage in June or late May?

Had a very romantic dinner at Captain's Table. They decorated our table and

Lennie drove us home so we could really celebrate.

Met an expat in the Miami terminal (Darlene). Very nice lady and we

saw her a couple times during the week.

The logs were very helpful. We did find one exceptional information sheet at

the Chamber of Commerce. Some local had just run it off. It's called

shore diving /snorkeling spots and has all the info you could want -Where it

is, Entry, What's to See and Depths. It is 6 pages long and I brought it

home and made a copy to mail to you. So please send me a mailing address.

Went snorkeling and diving and I rented an underwater camera from Ed Beaty.

Nice man. Got some nice photos.

Divi was inundated with a charter dive group-100+ the week we were there. So

we just rented gear a Reef divers. Mark gave me another refresher course and

we did progressively deeper dives which helped my ears tremendously. I just

need to dive more.

Got lots of beautiful sunset photos.

We did quite a bit of take out as we liked eating on the screened porch.

Aunt Sha's may not continue to be in that location, We heard the man who

owns the property may put a different restaurant in that spot. They have

very good food there and we ate there twice. I hope that is just an

unfounded rumor.

Hope to email you some photos later.

Mary & Mark
May 2012
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Amenities

West End House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , East-Side Master with En Suite Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , West Side Master Bedroom w/en suite bathroom
  • Both bedrooms have there own access to verenda
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
for the divers - outside shower / rinse tank

Reviews

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BEAUTIFUL HIDEAWAY ON THE WATER, GREAT SEASIDE VERENDA, BEST SNORKELING ON ISLND
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews
5

Not in Ohio anymore!

  • 5 of 5

Iguanas on the road, parrots in the trees, booby chicks on the bluffs, bats in the caves, octopus, lobsters, squid, tarpon, turtles and more under the sea! An island that still feels remote, but filled with friendly locals, happy tourists, and all the comforts of home. Thanks to Sasha for her attention throughout our stay including the personal greeting at the airport with rental car, wine and cheese sunset cruise and home cooked meal (she prepared the wahoo we purchased from local fisherman at the dock!) We loved the screened in back porch view of ocean, sunsets and early morning rainbow. Fully stocked kitchen, books, board games, and access to kayak, water shoes and snorkel equipment. We were able to travel light and leave with full hearts.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you picked up some kingfish (wahoo) down at the dock and had sasha prepare it for you. there's nothing quite like fresh fish cooked properly. next time you visit i hope to be on island so i can enjoy some special times with you!!! henry
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Naalehu, Hawaii
5

Amazing sunsets

  • 5 of 5

It was a very comfortable beachfront cottage with a secluded beach and great hammocks to watch the sun set into the ocean.

Henry and Sasha were very friendly and helpful.

I was able to get everything I needed and everyone was so friendly. When I wanted solitude I got that too. I spent most of my time in the enclosed back porch relaxing on a lounge chair and listening to the sound of the surf, away from the mosquitoes. On a clear night the stars were amazing.

It was especially nice to have the cell phone to use while on the Brac. I added some minutes at the market and was able to make several calls to the US for much less than if I had used my own smartphone.

I would definitely stay again on my next visit to the Brac.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words Dexter. Yes, everyone loves that sea facing screened in porch. If you ever come this way again we would absolutely love to have you back.
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4

Beautiful peace and quiet on Cayman Brac

  • 4 of 5

Staying at Sunset cottage was a wonderful experience. The cottage had everything we needed and the owner and his staff couldn't have been more helpful. The screened in porch was brilliant. Bonus free sunset cruise which was a nice surprise. The sunsets were glorious but the snorkeling was a little difficult - entering the sea over a rocky beach and coral. Loved the island and the slow pace of life. Just what we needed. We had no neighbors on either side, might not have been so private if we had, but not sure, We just loved how it was for us.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Claremont NC
5

Little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit and it was as great as the first one. Henry was great to work with reservation was simple and easy. House was clean and had everything we needed. Sasha did an awesome job, she checked on us regularly to make sure we were OK. The meal she prepared was excellent and the sunset cruise she arranged was awesome. We are already planning our next visit. Love the island, can't wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie, I thought you might enjoy the free wine and cheese sunset cruise we've been providing for all of our guests and yep guests of my three places on the island are the only ones getting this kind of extra becaue it's a private weekly unadvertised charter. In addition, the free home cooked meal must also have been a great surprise. I don't know what's in store for next year but i have do enjoy finding new treats for all of my guests. all the best!!!
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Palmyra, Virginia
5

So much better than the pictures

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed there for 7 nights on our honeymoon. I don't think we could've ever asked for a more picturesque place to be. Henry and Sasha was very helpful with all the information about the Brac and the use of the bicycles and snorkeling gear. The people of Cayman Brac are also very friendly. Great people, great place! We definitely cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: we're so glad you had a great honeymoon and found the place beautiful. come back soon - we enjoyed having you and when that happens i'll join you for a pint!
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5

Fantastic Island, Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to rest and relax. Exploring the island was super fun. Museum is really interesting and everyone should visit. Snorkeling outstanding. The cottage is fabulous. Henry has really thought of everything. Best equipped kitchen I have ever had on an island. Sasha is absolutely wonderful !!! Will be returning in the spring for another visit if Henry and Sasha will have me !!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
1 Miles
International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Baracudas
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
restraurant
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Private to guest house
Car: recommended

free use of:

hammocks

bikes

ocean kayaks

floats

fishing gear

corn hole toss

many walk in caves on the island

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A $250 DAMAGE DEPOSIT WILL BE COLLECTED IN CASH AT CHECK IN. IF THERE ARE NO ISSUES IT WILL BE REFUNDED JUST BEFORE YOU LEAVE.
FOR A RENTAL PERIOD AFTER NOVEMBER 15, 2017 AND PRIOR TO APRIL 29, 2018: THE RENTAL PERIOD MUST BEGIN ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AND MUST END ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY.
FOR RENTAL PERIODS AFTER APRIL 29 WE WILL CONSIDER ANYTHING.
Christmas & New Years week 15% Premium above Standard Rate.
Easter week 10% Premium above Standard Rate.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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