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Reviewed December 25, 2008

We just got back from a week at the Palm Bay Beach Club. The week we were there was not one of their busy weeks, and we were definitely outnumbered by the staff. Everyone was very friendly and willing to help when we had questions. We stayed in villa #27 which was a one bedroom oceanfront unit. It was very spacious, and clean. The view from our patio was overlooking the water towards Stocking Island. It was absolutely beautiful. The room itself had a kitchenette with refrigerator, stove, and microwave.

The restaurant was nice and casual and I thought the food was excellent! The beach in front of the resort was nice, but as someone else mentioned, there was another beach (Jolly Hall beach) just a few minutes walk north that was amazing. The water and sand were incredible, and there was no one there!

The resort also had kayaks available to guests. It was pretty windy when we were there though, so we only decided to take them out once. We did use the hotel shuttle to George Town quite a bit though which was great. When we wanted to take the water taxi to Stocking Island, the dropped us right off at the dock.

I would recommend renting a car for a day to go to Little Exuma and see Tropic of Cancer beach. There was a car rental place (Thompson's Car Rental) right across from Palm Bay that had cars available for $65 a day. We just walked over the day we wanted to rent and picked one up. I would also definitely recommend renting a boat for a day. All tof he secluded beaches and places to snorkel were amazing! We went to Minn's in George Town and they were VERY friendly and helpful.

There isn't a whole lot to do outside the resort. George Town is VERY quiet which we had expected from seeing other reviews. If you're looking for peace and quiet with beautiful views.... this is definitely the place to go.

Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2008

We just came back from spending 9 nights at the Palm Bay Beach Club with our children who are 8 and 11. The Palm Bay is a great place for families to stay. We stayed in unit #7 which was a 2 bedroom with a small fridge and microwave. The unit was very nice and clean and the beds were great. The maid service was always very thorough. Just outside the door was the pool and a few more steps away was the Splash restaurant. We found this a great set up, especially with our age of children who could run off to the pool for a swim - sometimes even before breakfast!

The beach in front of the hotel was very clean and nice. There were hammocks to sit in as well as a peddle boat and kayaks to use if you liked. In the lobby of the hotel there were computers you could use if need be.

We especially appreciated the shuttle to George Town that was offered by Palm Bay.

The Splash restaurant was handy after a long day beach combing but we found that the menu could have used more variety and that the food was a little on the expensive side for what you got.

Overall, it was a great place to stay for families and I would definitely stay there again or recommend it to other families.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank snicklefritzy
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

You will read about the amenities at Palm Bay from other reviewers, and we agree that they are very clean, friendly and what I would say, have a quaint tropical charm. Therefore, I will try to give you a broader overview of the area beaches. The Palm Bay Beach is fantastic, with a very gradual slope and clear Caribbean waters. The tide moved up nearly to the small, nicely flowered sea-wall in early morning. At low tide - most of the day - there was about 20 feet of white sand beach, with some areas closer to 50 feet. While Palm Bay beach was gorgeous, you can also walk to the next beach to the north, which is much longer, a bit wider and equally nice.

We had a rental car, so we drove from end to end on the island. We were amazed at how many beautiful, white sand public beaches there were. They are all well marked, "Beach Access." Each time that we stopped the beauty was breath-taking, and the water color in most parts of the island was everything that the Cancun water is. But, what blew us away, was that we were the only two people on nearly every beach. The only other people that we saw, were two couples on one beach, and six local boys digging for small sand crabs on another. Unbelieveable! We have never found such great expanses of secluded, sensational beaches anywhere in the Caribbean!

We also took the Palm Bay catamaran over to Stocking Island - which is basically a breakwater for Palm Bay about 2 miles out. What a lovely sail that was, and we only saw one other boat. My girlfriend did not want me to write this review, because she did not want crowds of others to find out about this gem. I kind of agree, but I figured you are already researching Great Exuma if you are reading this.

In closing, I recommend Palm Bay and the many public beaches for simple pleasures and The Four Seasons (also a fantastic beach, with more color) for the ultimate pampered hide-away. Make the trip - just don't tell your friends!

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1  Thank Ken14
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

I went to Palm Bay Beach resort with my wife for summer vacation. The location is simply paradise: we had a cottage right on the beach and the cottage name was Seashore palm: one bedroom with two queen beds, one and a half bathroom, a living room with kitchenette and a fantastic patio overlooking the sea and Stocking Island (very clean, brand new and with full A/C). We stayed 5 nights. The resort is 20 minutes drive from the really small airport and it's on the main road. It has 2 small but very clean pools and the beach is big, clean and with sunbeds etc... It's 5 minutes walk from Jolly roger beach that is a stunning white crystal clear waters beach. We went there several times and no one was on that beach. Though we advice people to go snorkelling in front of the resort, around the emerged reef, because is full of live corals and fish. The resort restaurant is simple, but typical and very good. Not so many things to eat, but everything well cooked and fresh. Try their Bahama Mama cocktail: they do the best one! The staff is ok, but on the first day we had a problem in our room with the safe and they did not change nor repair it. They did not give us many advice about beaches in the island too. Thank goodness we had our guide! I must say that the resort prices are high. The restaurant prices are ok. Be prepared: the Starfish diving is closed, so they don't organize excursions. We had to go to the Peace & Plenty in town (2 miles far from Palm Bay) and took a boat to go to Stocking Island. We recommend the excursion on that island because it's gorgeous and cheap (10 USD each). This is the only way to go on Stocking Island or other cays, unless you rent on your own a private boat wich is very expensive. No organized excursions on the island at that time. We rented a car at the airport (70 USD per day all included) and we recommend to do that in order to visit the island and the beaches. We drove south and it's beautiful. We also drove up north and visited the Four Seasons resort. We are very happy we chose the Palm bay! We really enjoyed the resort: peaceful, and the beach is beautiful! Just what we were looking for! Not much tourism during August, so almost every day the beach was for the 2 of us. Incredible! The weather was simply perfect. No rain, lots of sun and breeze and we could even hear the sound of the sea waves from our room. Wonderful vacation!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alessio-Roma-Italy
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Reviewed July 6, 2008

Unless you require a pool boy to deliver your drinks, you will find everything you want in a relaxing beach vacation at Palm Bay.
Clean, comfortable and well decorated rooms in many configurations;friendly and accommodating staff; charming pool and well kept beach; free shuttles to town; inexpensive ferry to Stocking Island and CAPTAIN BRYAN!!! He knows the islands, the customs, and most importantly how to keep guests entertained!
Make sure you do Sunday at the Chat'n'Chill on Stocking Island for the roasted pig and the best MAc'n'cheese on the planet . A $20 plate will send you back out to your beach chair for a nap! The other side of the island boasts 5 miles of gorgeous deserted beach as well.
Went to 4 seasons to meet a friend for lunch(a $60 drink and sandwich lunch) and found it beautiful as well. Would like to move one of their cabanas back to Palm Bay, but otherwise figure we vacationed in Paradise/Palm Bay for 1/3 the cost of moving to 4-Seasons.
Make sure you make the Thursday meet and greet to visit w/owners and staff. Very nice people who run a delightful resort!
Thanks to all.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
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