Ive spent the last 2 years studying the Exuma islands online and then months this year planning our trip to Exuma so that everything could be as perfect as possible. We were 4 active, adventurous younger adults ( 2 are middle aged, but I’ll call them younger ). We wanted the best of all the options, remote but convenient. Something with access to breathtaking views that required no work to get to. Once on the island we learned a lot about how the wind and tides affect the area. Specifically as it related to your daily activities, beaching, boating, etc. A lot of places we had looked at elsewhere that looked nice in calm pictures, on a perfect day would’ve been a bust on windier days, which are frequent and unavoidable. But not Charlie’s place. It does not matter what the weather is like, sunny or cloudy, windy or calm, the geographical location of his property couldn’t be any better. It is always a perfect day here. During low tide you have a breathtaking, long, sandbar to enjoy right out your back door. We spent 10 days exploring the surrounding cays with his boat and never saw another person or had to share a beach with anyone. You will not and cannot find a better deal or place to stay on the island. Next, Charlie’s hospitality is second to none. He is the most gracious host I’ve ever stayed with in all the Caribbean. His wealth of knowledge of the area made the trip amazing. He spared nothing from us and I feel as if I can truly call him my friend now. We will return here, and we will only stay at Charlie’s. The villas were the cleanest of any property I’ve ever stayed at including 5 star hotels/resorts. He leaves nothing to chance in making sure your stay is above and beyond your expectations. You will not regret your stay here. And if you do, you should seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY, because something is wrong with you. Save your money and stay with Charlie!
Husband and I totally enjoyed our stay at Bay View. The rental met our expectations. When I look for a vacation rental I look for (4) things. 1.Safety 2. Must be Clean 3. On the water 4. Fits my budget. This villa met all, after reading all the reviews I must concur with all. Charlie is a nice, polite person to deal with. I asked him a hundred questions and was patient and nice. Met his wife she is nice as well. His family has a house on the property away from the rentals but you do have good privacy. I think it is good to have a owner close by if problems come up. None did but good anyway I think. The rental is really clean and a good size. The kitchen had all one would need to cook in as we cook breakfast in. The beach are and views from the gazebo is so very calming and relaxing a perfect place to chill for hours and hours and we did just that. I felt completely safe. We rented one of his cars for the 6 days and I must say the car holds up well as we hit a few pot holes and missed a few as well. I would recommend renting a car to get around to see other beaches driving is not bad at all, small island and not a lot of cars on the road it is so worth it. We have visited many many islands in the Carribean, Mexico, Hawaii, Bermuda and I would return to Anguilla and here in Exuma. Will be Anguilla this Summer and back to Exuma and Bay View this fall again. My husband did not get a chance to fish and he wants to that. This will be our go to spot as it is quick to get to and enjoyable to Stay. Highly recommend
Let me start by saying that Charlie is one of the most thoughtful and genuine people we have ever met. He made every effort to make our stay comfortable and pleasant, and he took great care of our every need. The villa itself was immaculately clean, and the beach in front of the villa overlooking the sandbar was breathtakingly beautiful -- bonus: we had the beach and sandbar all to ourselves! My son and I basked in the shallow end of the water one afternoon, and schools of fish swam by our feet. It was really amazing. The kayaks and convenient car rental from Charlie were extras that made the stay that much better. We will certainly be back again. This is the best spot on the Exumas hands-down!!
Stayed at Charlie's Place from August 25-September 3rd. We've been doing Caribbean vacations for 13 years. It's the first place my wife has ever said "this is where we're coming back to" we were lucky with the weather, we used the kayaks, his boat, and his car twice. The apartment has everything you need for cooking, (we did all our own cooking, shop Prime Islands meats and deli). The wifi worked great, plenty of US television. We spent a couple days just hanging out at his gazebo in the back yard right on the water. Seen some sharks and turtles at high tides. Be careful swimming in the channel, the tides can be swift.
As nice as the place is, Charlie is even nicer. He's always working around the place and ready to help with anything you need, but never in your "vacation space." Really top notch people. Good luck Charlie! Hope to see you soon!
My family stayed at both Villa #1 and Villa #2 from July 20-27, 2017. The units exceeded our expectations and the views, were like nothing we've ever seen. Both units were identical and fully equipped with everything you would need for a relaxing stay. We had most of our meals at the rental, and the kitchen had everything we needed, pots, pans, spices, you name it.
3 kayaks (2 single and 1 double) are also provided with the units, we did a lot of kayaking over to Man of War Cay. At low tide miles of baby powder white sand emerges and every day we would make sure to explore and "play in our sandbar." Our sons ages 10 & 7 loved having this piece of paradise to ourselves.
We also spent a lot of time at the pavilion, which has picnic table, loungers, a hammock and lots of space to sit and watch the water. We saw "Sherman" the sea turtle that lives in the beach area, a nurse shark, stingray, and dolphins off the pavilion. Truly a magical place. At night sitting out on the patio we could see stars for miles, and even saw the Milky Way. There is no light pollution so it is a star gazers paradise! We would strongly recommend Bay View Vacation Rentals and hope to be back next year ourselves!
As always, BayView and Charlie never disappoints. It is hands down the most beautiful location on all Exuma. Charlie is always an amazing host. You will have to see it for yourself.