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“Long Island, The Bahamas” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pensacola, FL
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5 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Long Island, The Bahamas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2009

My wife and I, along with another couple, spent 4 days (Oct 16 - 19) on Long Island, The Bahamas. We stayed at the Goombay House in Stella Maris. The house and location was excellent - nestled on a hill overlooking the Atlantic with a beautiful path and steps down to the water. During low tide, the tidal pools offered a chance to see various marine life. During high tide, the beach was inaccessible.
We spent most of our days snorkeling and also some time fishing the flats (looking for the famed Bonefish). We snorkeled Cape Santa Maria Bay, Dean's Blue Hole, Columbus Monument and Poseidon Point. We also spent an afternoon at Deal's Beach. During our time there, the prevailing winds and tides made the Caribbean side more easily accessible.
The marine life on the close-to-shore reefs was beautiful. We saw a wide variety of fish, including Parrotfish, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Nassau Grouper, as well as Hawkbill Turtles, conch, and octopus. The colors of the masses of small fish were amazing. We even took along individual "bags" of frozen peas and had the fish eating out of our hands!
Getting around the island was done via a rented SUV. There is only one main road that traverses the island north to south - Queen Anne's Highway. It is paved and smooth. Can't say that for the rest of the roads, though! Dirt roads filled with potholes and rocks made for slow going to reach the snorkeling spots.
The people there are very friendly and appreciative of tourists spending money there.
All in all, we had a wonderful time. It definitely was not a typical "all inclusive" resort vacation, but if you don't mind "roughing" it some, then we would definitely recommend it to anyone (perhaps not for families with small children.)

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Los Angeles
1 review
8 helpful votes
“Sky Blue Warm Water with Powder Sugar Beaches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2007

My wife and I visited Long Island, Bahamas in July and if you love tropical islands then you have to add this island to your "Must Go To" list!

Once you arrive at Deadman's Cay Airport or Deadman's Cay garage size terminal you're immediately in a world with very few visitors and some of the friendliest locals you will ever meet. The airport is fully staffed with five employees and will do their best to help you out.

There's only one highway on this island so it's hard to get lost. As you straddle along the highway there's countless little roads which lead to your very own private beach. Okay, it's not YOUR private beach but chances are nobody else will be present during your rendezvous. This review will not do any justice for the amazing beaches found along the western side of Long Island. You can spend hours of private time and relax without a worry on your mind. If snorkeling and diving suits your tastes, the eastern side of Long Island will satisfy those adventure urges. Be sure to visit the Coral Gardens and Blue Hole!

We stayed at the Cape Santa Maria Resort and for $230 a night per bungalow . . . this has to be one of the best deals in the world. When you think of the $300+ you have to pay for a five star resort on New Providence, you can not compare the one on one customer service and solitude Santa Maria provides for its visitors. If you're a snorkeling fanatic be sure to go on the Adventure Tour! You'll see the water caverns on the northern tip of the island and multiple reefs with a large variety of marine life.

But don't take our word for it . . . visit Long Island and you'll see what I've been ranting about! Thanks for reading!

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