Travelling alone can be nerve wrecking, especially in an unfamiliar place. Rest assured that you will not feel that way if you book your stay with Peter and Betty.
Upon arrival at Georgetown Airport, they had arranged a taxi pick-up for me. A mere 10 minutes later we pulled into the driveway of Coral Gardens, very conveniently located. Betty greeted me at the door and helped me get settled in. I learned that the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach was a 5-10 minute walk away, and also Smitty's convenience/grocery store.
Hoopers Bay beach is absolutely incredible, if you are looking for a peaceful escape this is the place to be. There were maybe 6 other people on the beach on it's busiest day, but most days I had it all to myself. It is also very long, so even when there are other people, you are never closer than 100 metres.
Peter and Betty are very knowledgeable about the island, and were able to give me lots of great suggestions on things to do, places to visit, where to eat, and - my biggest concern - how to safely get around.
After being reassured by my hosts about the safety of this island, not only did I feel safe walking, but I was also happily able to accept rides from locals to get to and from Georgetown (10-15 minutes by car, about an hour to walk). It is important to realize that this is the way of life on Exuma. If somebody sees you walking along the one and only main road, there is a big chance that they will stop and offer to drive you to your destination. This all with only the best intentions. I took a total of 6 lifts from different people, and I learned a lot of interesting things about life on Exuma. Taxi's are also available, though I would recommend travelling as I did. Not only did I save money, it also left me feeling very grateful and humbled. I came to really appreciate the Bahamian people, and the life they live.
I knew that during my stay at some point I wanted to go on a boat tour of the Cays and Peter made all the arrangements for me. I went with Roberts Island Adventures, and was picked up from the end of Garden Road and also dropped back off at the end of the day. All of this was included in the price of the tour.
One of my favourite days was at Chat 'n Chill on Stocking Island. Peter explained to me how to get to the water taxi dock in Georgetown, how much it would cost, and also the different options of things to do on Stocking Island. It was very easy and inexpensive, and a very social friendly atmosphere at Chat 'n Chill.
Every day before venturing out Peter and Betty would check to see if I had any questions or concerns, and reminded me to bring my sunscreen. They prepared a little cooler bag with ice for me daily, so that I could bring sandwiches and water on my adventures.
I could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. I truly had my dream holiday, and I cannot thank my hosts enough. I will certainly be returning to this stunning island, and I will not have to think twice about where to stay. I hope that this review was helpful to those who are hesitant to travel alone. If you stay at Coral Gardens you have nothing to worry about!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet hillside location with beautiful sea views. Convenient for airport & Georgetown whilst only a short walk to best beach on island. B&B with choice of 3 double/twin bedrooms or 2 self-catering apartments. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Coral Gardens Hotel Great Exuma