we had a great honeymoon week at Augusta bay. Most of our great time is do to the great people and staff like Glen the bartender, Al the bartender and taxi driver, Monica our helpful hostess, Tonya concierge and Minn's water sport sales person. I forget the names of all the others who helped us have a great stay, however their personality and character we will not forget. Augusta bay offers a room, beach, dock, pool, food, and bar that is comfortable enough to spend a full day just relaxing. We wanted to explore the the people, island, and culture.
Day1, taxi to Augusta bay and was greeted and welcomed by name. We got settled in and took a short walk to Jolly hall beach, looking at the numerous fish under the Augusta bay dock and taking in the 365 degrees of paradise views that the residents of Exuma take for granted as can be seen by the amount of trash along the roads and beaches that are not connected to the hotels. I have heard from other people that Exuma is one of the cleanest of Bahamas out islands. A very well prepared dinner (4star) from a great menu with some Kaliks ended our first day of adventure as we were still jet lagged from the morning arrival.
Day 2 started with the ample complementary breakfast and coffee with an extra order of pancakes, bacon and eggs. Car rental was arranged by the front desk and delivered. We were nervous about driving on the roads and being on European side of the road but quickly realized it was easy and would opt for at least a 2nd day with the car. Augusta bay is perfectly located to explore the island and George town. George town has a grocery store to get supplies and a little cooler we were able to put some drinks and water in for our exploring. We stumbled on tropic of cancer beach by taking the large dirt road up and over a hill that was about a mile from the end of the road at little Exuma. The end of the beach had some snorkeling. Thanks to purchasing some sockwa's for our feet we could walk like we were barefoot on very sharp rocks without a problem and no need for fins. On our way back we ate at the famous Santana's hut and was offered by some locals to help them try and catch one of the black tip, lemon, or bull sharks that were swimming by. This area of the island faces the open Atlantic and is not protected by shallow water and Elizabeth harbor so sharks come by looking for food. He was able to hook one but it cut the line. A bottle of champagne on ice was left in our room for our honeymoon gift from the staff at Augusta bay.
Day 3 we drove the other direction toward Paradise point. This is the only area of the island that has more than one road going in different direction, however they will all lead you back to the main road. We stopped at many historical sites, beach and ocean views but didn't stop at a place that had any decent snorkeling. We went back to Augusta bay to get freshened up and drove out to the catch a fire for a great meal, dancing to live music with "Bahama Obama".
Day 4 we picked up our boat from Minn's water sports and took it over to stocking island and the chat and chill. The 15' boat had no problem as the water in Elizabeth harbor was rather calm but the 60 HP 2 stroke with a beat up, dented prop ran like a 25HP motor. We could only get it up to speed if we went down wind or the water was perfectly flat. We had a great time at the chat and chill but our first tank of gas was already empty on our way back to dock it at Augusta bay.
Day 5 was our only disappointing day as the wind was coming up through the harbor and was too choppy to take the boat out. We tried anyway but with the motor not able to produce enough power we didn't feel confidant that we could keep the water from coming over the bow so we took it back to Augusta bay. A cab ride to George town and hanging out at Augusta bay, Jolly hall beach, and Friday night life provided by Glen at Frankie bananas on the dock of Augusta bay saved our otherwise disappointing day by not being able to take the boat out.
Day 6 our last day with the boat we headed to Minn's to fuel up and even though the water was still a little choppy it was manageable to take it to Crab Cay were the water is more protected from the wind and Atlantic. We didn't leave our room soon enough in the morning and missed out on room service for the day. We found several beaches we had all to ourselves, reef structures for snorkeling, turtles, and more great views. Minns's was accomidating with making an adjustment for our rental day that had the poor weather. Monica hooked us up with coffee and towels to get us through the next morning for missing our room service. If i were to do it again i would choose a larger boat if i could afford it. I dont feel we got our moneys worth with the boat rental as the windy day would have been our only full day with the boat. Dinner, drinks, and nightlife at the fish fry shacks just a couple hundred yards from Augusta bay was great.
Day 7 our last full day on the island we had Augusta bay arrange a full day tour with coastline adventures with Bob as our hard working captain. We had a great day and this trip was the icing on the cake. We swam with nurse sharks, stingrays, thunder ball grotto, and the trip beat all my expectations. He made sure his cooler was stocked with beer, drinks and rum punch. After we stopped for snorkeling he always took a mop around the deck so people would not slip. He is a little fast paced as he wants everyone to get as much out of the trip as possible. He even swam 50 yards over to a yacht to pick up some plastic spoons for the conch salad he made in exchange for checking there prop that was stuck in a sand bar. Awesome day!
Day 8 departure day, we had our normal breakfast that had already been called "the usual" by the staff at Augusta bay(order of pancakes). A trip to George town for family gifts from the straw market and watching the boats get loaded into the water for the family island regatta finished out our stay on Exuma and Augusta bay.
The rooms at Augusta bay are very nice. You may find that the lamps and furniture have a wobble to them but that is reasonable considering buildings on the beach have to battle hurricane season, erosion, wind, and moisture that changes the shape of wood products. For those who complained about no hot water you were in to much of a hurry. Augusta bay obviously has a central water heating system and we just have to wait a little for the hat water to reach your room. If you can't wait a minute than just take what you would call a cold shower. The truly cold water on the island is in a glass with ice. We are so thankful to find Augusta bay to introduce us to the real Bahamas. We are so happy we didn't choose to spend our honeymoon in Hawaii, or Mexico. The money in Bahamas is 1 to 1 with US and using cash will save you in the long run however using credit or charging to the room is very easy. The island restaurants do incorporate for your convenience a 15% gratuity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate 16-suite beachfront boutique resort on one of Exuma's prettiest coves. Reopened in 2009 following a lavish makeover. Augusta Bay is an exclusive boutique HOTEL. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Augusta Bay Bahamas Hotel Great Exuma
- Augusta Bay Bahamas Great Exuma