Harbor View Vacation Rental in Exuma

“Paradise Found”

My husband and I stayed at Harbour view for the best 9 days of my adult life. My husband planned the trip and I went into it with no expectations to avoid disappointment but even if I would have set my expectations as high as possible, this vacation would have exceeded them. We had a rough travel day, so finally arriving on the island and getting our first glimpse of the most saturated turquoise water we had ever seen, sinking our tired feet into the white powdery sand, while feeling the warm tropical breeze on our skin, set all the stress of the day far, far behind us. We rented a car to explore the island, which is absolutely recommended. There is so much to see, so a car is a must. Adjusting to driving on the opposite side of the road was an adventure straight out of the gate, but provided some good laughs. When we arrived at Harbour View, which was less than 30 minutes from the airport, we were greeted with 2 warm smiles from Don & Gail. I knew instantly that they were kind and genuine folks, which was comforting. They made us feel right at home and gave us the best advice when we asked all throughout our stay. The room is lovely. You can’t beat the view from the bed. It was incredible waking up to a view of the Mariah Harbour Cay every morning. The kitchen had everything we needed and we loved the shower. We enjoyed many evenings on the lovely spacious deck as well. If you’re worried about what to do and how to navigate the island, if you stay at Harbour View, scratch that off the things-to-worry-about list, because Don has created the Holy Grail of information about the island in the form of a binder full of restaurant suggestions, beaches & maps of how to get to everything. It was invaluable. We didn’t leave the house without it. Don and Gail are also there whenever you have questions about anything. You only see or hear them when you need them. I don’t know how they did it but we felt totally secluded and alone but with one ring of a bell, they were right there with loads of great information. We really appreciated that. The best part about Harbour View were the kayaks. Don loans them out for you to kayak and explore The Moriah Harbour Cay. It was our first time kayaking and we LOVED it! It will certainly not be the last time. We chose to explore the Cay 3 days out of the 9. Let me tell ya… It. Is. Beautiful. We visited 8 beaches along the island and the Moriah Harbour Cay was our favorite. And we didn’t see one single person any of those days. We basically had the entire Cay to ourselves! Just us, some exotic birds, fish, a friendly lemon shark and a giant sting ray. lol. Another cool thing is that low tide and high tide create two completely unique environments. It’s like visiting 2 separate places! At low tide, you can walk out into the middle of the water for what seems like miles! We had a blast all 3 days we spent exploring. Some of our other favorite beaches included Fort Beach and Tropic of Cancer Beach. Again, we didn’t see one person on any of these beaches all week. We seriously felt like we were on a beautiful deserted island for most of the week! We swam with sea turtles at Hooper’s Bay and hung out with some “tame” sting rays at Chat n’ Chill on Stocking Island. Forbes Hill Beach was beautiful and gave a different feel with the rocky terrain overlooking the deep blue water. I found some amazing shells and conch shells at Satana’s Beach after a delicious lunch of fried grouper at Santana’s Restaurant, which has also been frequented by the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean in be past. We enjoyed taking in the incredible views from the salt monument as well. Our favorite place to eat was Tropic Breeze on Little Exuma. We went there twice, cause is was so delicious and the view is spectacular. All the restaurants are little open shacks with views that are second to none… pretty cool. But plan to spend a small fortune on food. It was at least $50 for the two of us everywhere we ate. Groceries are very expensive as well. $9 for apple juice! lol! We ate a lot of Ramen and bologna sandwiches, but when you’re in such a beautiful place, even that tastes delicious. I could go on an on… This was the vacation of a lifetime. We had the absolute best time and I will hold all of the beautiful things I experienced close to my heart for a lifetime. The location was perfect, the scenery was breathtaking, our apartment was perfectly comfortable and felt like home and we had great hosts that provided great tips and advice so that we got the most out of our vacation. It was perfect. Thank you Don and Gail for letting us stay in your little piece of paradise. It was an experience we will never forget.

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