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Whether your ideal vacation consists of action packed days of watersports, relaxing on the beach, or taking a nap on a hammock under a palm tree, our beach front villa on Great Harbour Cay is the perfect destination.
Our double sized villa is steps away from the beach with unobstructed ocean views, and consists of a separate bedroom with two full beds, a loft with a queen size bed, a twin day bed, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and two full baths, accommodating up to 7 people. A pack and play can also be provided for the little ones.
The villa is equipped with a phone and wifi if you feel the need to remain connected to the rest of the world. We are also pet friendly. The layout is bright and airy, with a modern spa-like interior design by a renowned San Francisco designer.
One of the main reasons we, as well as our guests, love this place so much is that it is not at all touristy and is truly a tropical paradise destination. Escape the hotels, traffic, and noise of other more crowded islands. This makes it a little more complicated to get to our island home, but is certainly worth the effort. Some of the most commonly asked questions by renters are:
1. How do I get to your island?
There is an airport on Great Harbour Cay, and is usually accessed either from Nassau or Florida.
If you fly into Nassau (NAS) there are two regularly scheduled flights each day on Le Air at 7:50am and 4:30pm from Nassau to Great Harbour Cay, returning from Great Harbour to Nassau at 8:20am and 5:00pm, and the flight is about 17 minutes. The flights are reliable and cost $140- $160 per person round trip.
Alternatively Le Air offers charters on their smaller plane that carries up to 5 passengers, and they charge $510 each way for up to 5 people. The advantage of their charter is that you can pick the times yourself.
The other option is to fly from Opa Locka Airport, which is about half way between Miami Airport and Ft. Lauderdale Airport to get a direct charter flight to Great Harbour. We have flown for over 15 years with Markus of Air Charter Miami and they are very safe and reliable. The flight is 45-50 min and carries up to 8 passengers. You can reach them at (305) 333-9263.
If there are just 2-4 people, it may be more economical for you to fly through Ft. Lauderdale with Tropical Ocean Airways on their regularly scheduled flights on Fridays and Sundays, which cost about $614 per person round trip including taxes and fees:
Departure in FLL at 1:00 PM, arriving in Great Harbour at 1:50 PM
Departure from Great Harbour at 2:30 PM, arriving in FLL at 3:20 PM
We are happy to help coordinate flights for you.
2. Is there shopping on Great Harbour Cay?
There are two grocery stores and a couple of liquor stores on the island. There are plenty of non perishables for sale on the island like drinks, bread, pasta, cereal, as well as milk, butter, etc. However we recommend that our renters purchase their fresh fruits and veggies as well as steak, chicken, and cold cuts either in Nassau or Florida (depending on where you fly from) and bring them with you on the plane. If you have at least a 3 hour layover in Nassau, we know a driver who can pick you up at the airport, take you grocery shopping, and then bring you back to the airport in time for your onward flight to Great Harbour.
There is also a great new shopping service in Nassau where you can order your groceries ahead of time on line, and they will be delivered via the daily flights from Nassau on LeAir. You can even order before your trip and we will pick them up and have your kitchen stocked for you with the groceries that you order!
3. Are there restaurants on the island?
There are several good restaurants on the island, and some notable ones are-
Beach Club: about a 5 minute walk down the beach from our villa. They serve breakfast and lunch everyday and then sometimes on Fri and Sat they serve dinner too. Best cheeseburgers ever.
Coolie Mae's: Cute restaurant in town on a hill with great sunset views. Really good fish and conch.
Pool Bar: Open Air restaurant in the Marina. Great atmosphere with BBQ grilled steaks, chicken, and seafood.
Carrie Earl: A British couple runs the restaurant here and it is a really good mix of European and Bahamian food, with a great bar.
There is also a fun BBQ at the Marina every Friday night, as well as a themed dinner (Italian, Cuban, Creole, etc.) every Saturday night at the Tamboo restaurant next to the Marina.
There are several other small restaurants as well.
4. Do you have a coffee maker?
Yes! We have a French Press (kindly donated by a previous renter) as well as a Tassimo single cup coffee maker that uses "t-pods". We have dozens of pods there for you that come in about 6-8 different flavors.
5. Do we need a car?
We do have bikes available for your use, but you will find a car convenient if you do decide to venture away from the villas. Most things are within 2-3 miles, but in the sun and with a few hills this can get far by bike. We can arrange a rental of a car or golf cart for you.
6. How do I get to your property?
Our property manager Wally, who is somewhat of a celebrity on the island and is immediately loved by our guests, will pick you up at the airport and bring you to our property (less than 5 minute drive). He will also get you oriented as to where the shops and restaurants are located, and provide any local knowledge you desire. He also makes an amazing coconut milk drink!
Four generations of our family have enjoyed the wonders of Great Harbour Cay, and we are the original owners of this property. This truly is our family home, and we are happy to be able to share it with those looking to experience the magic of the island.
Darin purchased this villa in 1976
in 1969 our family first visited Great Harbour Cay, and before the afternoon was out they fell in love with the Island and purchased our townhouse on the marina - even though it was still under construction at the time!
A few years later when the beach villas were built, we knew we had to have one. Our villa is in the best location - it is directly facing the beach with a huge wrap around deck. The deck has a hammock under your personal palm tree, as well as comfy lounge chairs and outdoor table seating for 6. It is about 10 steps from your deck to the sand!
This is our family getaway, so it has all of the comforts of home- full kitchen, washer/dryer, wifi, telephone, and luxurious towels and linens.
The beaches on the island are among the most beautiful in the world, and you will never meet friendlier people than those from Great Harbour Cay.
Everything was wonderful. Thank you will return!
Six of us stayed on this property and it was the highlight of our three-island tour of the Bahamas. Everything was in good or great shape with plenty of kitchenware and linens for our use. The hammock and new gas grill also received plenty of use as we relaxed from a day of boating with a cold one watching the waves ripple along the pristine sugar-sand beach as the daylight faded and the moon rose. This review wouldn't be complete without mentioning the superb service and outright friendliness of the local property manager, Wally. Everything was "as-advertised" or better and not only would I stay here again, I'm planning on it!
The property was overall great. The location was superb. My husband loved the day bed. He missed having a TV to watch the basketball game but he was still ok. Mr. Wally is so wonderful for the guests answering ANY questions you may have. We will definitely be returning. We've even shared with our friends who now would like to come to the villa.
Thanks again for a wonderful experience,
Bruce and Katrice Mackey
Our family of four had a fantastic time at Darin's villa. The villa itself was clean, well stocked with essentials and was enough space for two adults and two boys to spend time together and yet also have space apart when needed. The view from the deck was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We were often the only people on the beach, and yet when we did meet other people they were very friendly and welcoming. We rented a golf cart from the marina and spent two full days exploring Sugar Beach and the caves. We never saw another soul. Just in front of the villa we saw schools of fish, sting rays and starfish.
We ordered our groceries on line and they were delivered to the airport in time for our hopper flight to GHC. However, the grocery store at the marina was also well stocked. Mr. Wally was very helpful and brought bikes for our boys, snorkeling equipment and was able to get us HUGE lobster tails freshly caught for dinner. Loved hearing the history of the island and his thoughts on development. The only downside to our vacation was the "no see ums" which ate us alive if were outside at dusk or later. We quickly learned to stay indoors and play games! Would love to come back to this lovely island - highly recommend!
Our group of 4 adults had a wonderful week in GHC! First time staying in a beach villa. We all loved the proximity to the beach.
We had a few dinners on the deck under the stars, with a nice breeze and hearing the waves crash on the beach in the background...
Wally was awesome, checking in on us everyday. He met us at the airport, delivered us to the house, checked in often, then picked us up for our return home. Only thing we missed was having one of Christine's key Lime pies, next time! Thanks for making the house available to rent, we will be back!!!
We had a great time! Darin was very helpful in answering questions we had about the property and island. Wally the care taker was amazing! He would help with anything! The property was clean, the beds were very comfortable! The use of the Kayaks and bicycle's was very nice! We will definitely be coming back to the island!!
Our beautiful double beach front villa is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world- powder soft sand, unreal shades of blue waters, and miles of beach to yourself.
You can walk five minutes down the beach to the charming beach club for lunch or breakfast, explore the island on one of the four bikes and two kayaks that we provide, call a taxi, or rent your own car.
We also have a 27' boat with guide available for rent for fishing, snorkeling, spearfishing, kiteboarding, or just island hopping and exploring.
Food shopping and restaurants are within a 5 minute drive from the Villa.
It is actually fairly convenient getting to Great Harbour Cay. If you fly into Nassau (NAS) there are two regularly scheduled flights each day on Le Air at 7:50am and 4:30pm, returning from Great Harbour to Nassau at 8:20am and 5:00pm, and the flight is under 20 minutes. The flights are reliable and cost $140- $160 per person round trip.
You can also charter flights out of Opa Locka Airport, which is about half way between Miami Airport and Ft. Lauderdale Airport- a taxi ride of 10-20 min. We have flown for over 15 years with Markus of Air Charter Miami and they are very safe and reliable. The flight is 45-50 min and the charter carries up to 8 passengers. You can reach them at (305) 333-9263.
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