About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
The Cottage is 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with a Master suite on the upper level.
A lilting accent, part proper British and part rhythmic Caribbean, drifts on the breeze as the ferries chug in and out of the picturesque harbor. Golf carts clog the roads while the sun sets spectacularly over the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s nothing special—just another day in the life on the island called Spanish Wells.
Spanish Wells is an anomaly in the archipelago of the Bahama Islands. It is hidden in the midst of many uninhabited cays that surround the northern tip of the island called Eleuthera. It’s a two mile long limestone rock that is home-sweet-home to the two thousand people that live there. These people are mostly blonde-haired and blue-eyed but this is not a long lost Viking colony. They are the descendants of the Eleutherian Adventurers who came to the Bahamas from Bermuda in the mid-1600s searching for religious freedom.
The adventurers’ search for freedom started out with a disaster when they got snared on a reef, but they found shelter inside a cave on the beach of a neighboring island. They struggled to survive by farming and eventually a few of the settlers decided to try a new location. They waded through the clear blue water to another island about half a mile away. That island was Spanish Wells.
These settlers bonded and grew through their religion and shared tribulations. They faced disastrous hurricanes and bouts of disease together. They leaned on each other for support and never left the island in great numbers. They had found their niche. They learned to depend on the sea for their subsistence. They became expert fishermen and the tradition has been passed down throughout the generations.
The fishermen run their boats using the same quiet efficiency that they were taught by their fathers. With new technology they’ve upgraded their fishing vessels but still use standard spears and often dive free breath. The young men of the island are continually taught and trained in the art of crawfish-ing. Fathers teach their sons to dive and shoot a spear almost as soon as they can swim- which is learned as soon as they can walk.
They have everything that they need on this little island perched in a quiet corner of the ideal vacation destination. The islanders are bound by family and religion.
While other small islands and towns over the world are experiencing a ‘brain drain,’ Spanish Wells is still abundant in young people. They don’t feel the need to leave what they feel is one of the safest and most beautiful places on this side of the globe.
So today, although tinged with technology, Spanish Wells operates in almost the same way that it has for centuries. It is still populated by descendants bearing the original settlers' surnames.
The islanders go about their days with a kind of sweet similarity. Spanish Wells and its people are a world apart from their own country. A Bahamian historian, Paul Albury, concludes that “Spanish Wells is a microcosm, a world unto itself, utterly different from any other part of Eleuthera, or of the Bahamas, for that matter.”
So, this tiny, hidden island, nestled between a busy harbor and an unspoiled stretch of pink beach, is found only by those people who go looking for it. It has stayed hidden for centuries, and that’s just the way the islanders like it. Why go looking for more when you are living in paradise?
To get to Spanish Wells you can fly in from Miami or Fort Lauderdale Florida.There are 2 airlines that fly direct from Florida Silver Airlines fly from Fort Lauderdale to North Eleuthera and then its american Airlines that fly from Miami to North Eleuthera.Then if you want you can fly into Nassau and take a short plane ride to North Eleuthera or you can take the fast ferry Bo Hengy that comes to Spanish Wells every day and that takes 2 and a half hour's.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 07, 2018
About Andre Sands
I'm from Spanish Wells and i am the owner of Harbourside Golf Cart rentals in Spanish Wells.I rent Golf Carts,Cottages,Boats,Paddle Boards,Fishing Poles and snorkelling Gear.I can meet all your needs while your on your vacation here on Spanish Wells.
Andre Sands purchased this House in 2014
Why Andre Sands chose Spanish Wells
This property is a brand NEW House fully air conditioned with washer and dryer.The cottage as 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and also as a sleeper sofa on the lower level and top level and it can sleep about 8 people.The top level is a master suite with a deck over looking the Harbour and a deck over looking the North side Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.The cottage also as a private dock.
What makes this House unique
The benefits of this house is that it's located close to everything on the island and views of the entire island and also views of Eleuthera.This house as its own private dock that you can do fishing from and tie up your own boat.
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Beautiful gem with great views
The home is beautiful. Oceanview from one deck, harbour view from upper and lower deck. Home has everything. Exceptional service including organization of transfers. Owner and employees are taking care of all what you need.
We will be back soon!
Very nice property......right in the middle of the action.....
Thank you Andre Sands, for the use of your wonderful 2 story cottage....and the golf cart.....tremendous location, right in front of the Bo Hengy dock and water taxis from North Eleuthera.....would not hesitate to stay again !!!
Well maintained duplex set high on a hill overlooking the harbour.
The duplex has nice, large decks, the lower is well shaded and the upper with expansive views. The interior is very up-to-date and comfortable with plenty of air conditioning, when needed. The Yellowtail Cottage is perfect for two small families or one family that intends to have visitors. Spanish Wells is a quiet community that has been discovered, with a beautiful beach and safe, fun culture. Andre, the manager, is a caring, considerate problem solver that makes a vacation run smoothly.
Our family of four (including 2 young boys) arrived for our spring break vacation. I was a little nervous because we typically go to more resort area type places for the boys but we are adventurous and I love to try places off the beaten path. The house was beautiful, clean and very comfortable. It had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable! Our kids loved the outside porch overlooking the harbor and enjoyed the hammock! Our golf cart was awesome to explore the island and we made great use of it. We found the people on Spanish Wells were very friendly and we met so many nice folks. The island has everything you need -- we visited all of the restaurants there. They also have a few grocery stores which have everything you need and made our breakfasts and some dinners while we were there. We rented a boat from Andre -- and used it for almost our entire trip. We explored a few neighboring islands and loved Meeks Patch with the pigs that live on the island! The day before we left, it was very windy and the water way too rough for us to take the boat out -- Andre was so kind and did not charge us for that day. He also provided us with some stone crabs which we enjoyed! Overall we were treated great and loved our trip! We will definitely be back!
This was our 3rd trip to SW for my husband and I and we really enjoyed staying at YellowTail Cottage!
Between the two decks you have many beautiful views of the sea and island!
Andre and his staff was not far away if we needed anything and always so polite and helpful! Seeing that it was just the two of us we took advantage of both levels. Sleeping upstairs some nights when the tradewinds were blowing and the breeze was just perfect! This house comes with a buggy which we made good use of getting to the store and the beach. The island is small enough to walk to everything, but we really enjoy the buggies!!! We would definitely rebook Andre's place in the future! We also really enjoyed watching the boats come and go!! Spanish Wells is a beautiful, well taken care of island by the proud locals who live there. We hope it never changes and we can't wait for our next trip back! Thank you again Andre and your wonderful staff for a great week! 😎
The property is located within a short walk of good restaurants, the long beautiful clean beach, and has a great water view of the harbor. We rented the upstairs and down. The apartments are clean, well stocked with all you need in the downstairs kitchen to cook up any meal you would like. We used the paddleboards that came with the rental to circumnavigate the island. We saw great sea life on the paddleboards: turtles, rays, some small sharks, and collected a couple of nice shells. A golf cart is a perfect wat to tour the island. Thank you Andre and Family.
The House is located on one of the highest points of Spanish Wells with breathtaking views of the Harbour and the North side beach.The house is close to the down town area and as a private dock that you can do your fishing from and also tie up your boat if you please.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
a deposit of $200 is required to reserve a booking. The balance is due upon arrival in Spanish Well