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Coral Gardens
Ranked #1 of 11 Great Exuma B&B and Inns
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Wilington, DE
2 reviews
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“Excellant knowledge of the island”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Peter had an in depth knowledge of wildlife, history, plants, places and things to do. I never found him in error or even over stating his factual understanding (which I am apt to do). He never overstayed his conversation and always left me wanting to hear more. He arranged for tours and bicycle rental. We tried to get dive trips scheduled, but the wind was too much.

Apart from breakfast, the food was truly a challenge. At the end of Little Exuma, there was a beach bar (the only place Peter recommended), which had truly awesome grouper. Do not go to Exuma to enjoy eating--I lost several pounds.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

If you are looking for a place just to unwind the exuma Island is the place to be, the people are very friendly and the have some of the best beaches in the world and we live in a country (Australia) that has them also so I feel Im qualified to judge!

If you are looking for a B&B then Coral gardens is just the spot, Peter the owner was fantastic and really could not do enough to help us out, always willing to share his vast amount of knowledge that only living on the Island can provide you with.

The place to go for us was Chat & Chill! If you do go there make sure you have somebody that stays sober to sail the boat for the short trip home otherwise you might find yourself sailing around the Island all day and night!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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bahamasbliss, Owner at Coral Gardens, responded to this review, February 9, 2012
Wow - our first guest review from round-the-world travellers!! So glad that we were able to welcome you to on part of your circumnavigation of the globe & hope that the final part of
your journey back to Brisbane went well.

We were so pleased to help you realise your dream of visiting Exuma & do hope inspite of the distance from Australia that you may be able to to stay here again sometime in the future.

Thanks & best wishes from a sunny & 28*/82* Exuma.

Betty & Peter
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Milano
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Dear Folks,
that's the perfect place to visit Great and Little Exuma, it's first of all a B&B, but Peter Oaxley, the gentleman owner of the mansion, can provide you also large apartments on the side of the house (up to a family of 6), or 2 apartments on the beach that are more expensive but very cool.
The accomodation it's not very gorgeous, but essential, so if you rent a car (best at the airport, more updated and without challenge for road damages) I think it's the best spot to stay to visit the Island.
It is very close (not more than 10 minutes by car) to one of the best located restaurants on the Island: "CATCH THE FIRE" on the West coast (open just for dinner), and to other 2 restaurants less faschinating but good enought.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

We've spent 1 week across the last Christmas holidays.
We were staying at the apartments Bahamas Bliss, very nice location eventhough a little bit windy.
The apartment was very nice, clean and with everything you may need to spend a relaxing vacation away from the city.
We spent days on desert fantastic beaches with fantastic sea colors.
Peter has been a precious source of information.
He's very nice and helpful for directions for fantastic beaches, restaurants and shops where to buy food.
Pay attention to sand flies particularly active at sunset on the beach.
food price is very high compared to USA or to Europe due probably to the transportation costs but almost everything can be found in the few shops available.
Restaurant suggested for local food: Big Ds , Exuma point and Santana(Little Exuma).
It has been an unforgettable vacation.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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bahamasbliss, Owner at Coral Gardens, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Hi both,

So glad that you enjoyed your first visit to Exuma & thank you for your very kind TripAdvisor comments. You will be pleased to know that our new beach apartments for this summer are located on a protected & beautiful calm beach with little wind at any time.

Hope we can welcome you again & best wishes from a sunny & 28* Exuma.

Betty & Peter
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We are a quite young Italian couple (33 years old) with a 1 & 1\2 year old boy. We decided to chose Exuma because we wanted something out of the main touristic route and we chose this B&B because it seemed to be more in line with the island’s expectations. We are still really happy about this B&B that resulted to be well organized, pretty, cleaned and placed right in the middle of the island (it helps if you want to see different beaches every day). Peter, the owner of the B&B, is an very precise English man, always kind and available and his morning indications and advises about what to see, where to go and what to avoid (i.e. in case of strong wind) made the different. Thanks to his directions we were able to reach the most worth to see places of the island without wasting any time (just few places have got signs indicating where to turn in the middle of nothing).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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bahamasbliss, Owner at Coral Gardens, responded to this review, January 3, 2012
We are very pleased that you both enjoyed your stay at Coral Gardens. Thank you for writing about your experiences which will be so helpful for other people thinking of coming here for a vacation in Exuma.

Thanks & best wishes to you all for 2012 & especially for the May arrival of a brother for baby Lorenzo.

Betty & Peter
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

We chose Coral Gardens based on trip advisor reviews and it turn out to be the best possible decision. Betty and Peter are wonderful hosts. Take Peter advice on restaurants and places to see. When I say that this place is more like a home, I mean it in every way. Be prepared to share a table during the breakfast with other people, don't expect a minibar in your room or 24-hour room service. This is a basic accomodation with great atmosphere and good price. My concern before going to Coral Gardens was the location. You need a car, unless you want to stick to one beach and one grocery store. But actually it turn out that would be the case wherever you stay on Exuma. There are only few taxis on the island and they need to be booked in advance, so renting a car is a must anyway. (Of course you can go to Sandals and not once leave the hotel, but that would be a total waste) Anyway we rented a car through Peter and it was another good decision, as we could easily explore the island and it's beaches. Overall we highly recommend, both Exuma and Coral Gardens.
Tip. Going to Exuma Point, go beyond it (no risk of getting lost, there's only one road) and on your left you will find tiny beach with shallow waters and beautiful sandbars.
Tip. Try grouper and conch.
Tip. Take the boat trip around the Cays. It's amazing. Have your own bread for iguanas and piggies. Capt. Pat Smith is not only true enthusiast but also the cheapest on the island.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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bahamasbliss, Owner at Coral Gardens, responded to this review, December 26, 2011
It really makes Betty & I feel very honoured when our guests write such kind comments about Coral Gardens.

We have very much enjoyed welcoming guests from a number of countries in 2011 and we wish all of them a very Happy Christmas & Peaceful New Year.

We look forward in 2012 to welcoming both returning & new visitors and we will keep trying to make sure that everyone has truly good experiences with fond memories of their visit to Exuma. In 2012 we will be offering, in addition, our new Beachfront Guest House directly on the beautiful Hoopers Bay Beach to give our guests more choice of location.

Thanks & best wishes to all.

Peter & Betty
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Keller, Texas
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

The Exuma Islands was definitely the perfect getaway spot for me and my husband! We were looking for a place that was more secluded, less touristy and full of beaches! Well we found all of this here! To top off the beautiful island, Coral Gardens was the perfect accommodation for us! Peter and Betty were so warm and welcoming and most helpful to ensure we had all the "insider" information needed to get the most out of our vacation. My favorite part was that we had such gorgeous beaches and views all to ourselves for most of the week - this allowed us to truly relax and enjoy! Our morning chats with Peter over breakfast as we planned out our days was always wonderful and appreciated! This island and the value of having personal guides far exceeded our expectations because I guarantee we wouldn't have found some of our favorite beaches without Peter's help! Thank you so much for providing this Paradise Getaway we so desperately needed!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coral Gardens
Address: Garden Road | Hoopers Bay, 29239, Great Exuma
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Great Exuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet hillside location with beautiful sea views. Convenient for airport & Georgetown whilst only a short walk to best beach on island. B&B with choice of 3 double/twin bedrooms or 2 self-catering apartments. ... more   less 
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Coral Gardens Great Exuma, Bahamas

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