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Reviewed 7 January 2017

First, we want to say that the island is not for everyone, and thats the whole point. If you want to watch the sunrise and the sunset on your own or with close loved ones, this is the place for you. If you want to walk a secluded beach, this is the place for you. If you want to drive from one end of the island to the other with no traffic lights and minimal vehicles, this is the place for you. The whole point is "the island at this time" has not been commercialized and you make your own fun. That could change in the distant future. As for the Mermaid Cottage, it was perfect as others have stated. The breeze flowing through the windows and screen doors along with the sounds of the ocean waves breaking on shore was all we needed to unwind and relax, day and night. Our thoughts are: the more times you visit, the more you will get out of the island. Sharon and Skip were ideal hosts. We knew we could stop over at any time of the day or night to ask for assistance or just to socialize. We would not have known that Sharon and Skip were just a stones throw away if we had not been greeted and informed of that on our arrival. By that we mean, we were left alone to our own schedule to do as we pleased. We recommend renting a Jeep or 4wd. This will get you to some of the best beach locations as a regular car will struggle. The island is truly on island time, this adds to the whole relaxation experience (it was suggested to my husband "he needs to slow down, he is on island time") referring to his driving. LOL It is a small island. What happens on Eleuthera stays on Eleuthera!!!!!!

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Rose C
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

We wanted a reasonably priced vacation to check out the Bahamas. We got that and more. Our unit was the Bonefish and it was perfect for us. Huge King bed that was so comfy, a bigger than apartment sized refrigerator with ice already made for us, the kitchen was perfect for light meals in. We took a Delta flight to ELH and were met immediately after customs by the car rental agent, arranged by our hostess. The car was jeep-like and for our island exploring purposes exactly what we needed with good gas mileage too. The agent had a map to South Palmetto Point (about 50 miles away) and we did find it without trouble but beware there are few signs saying "Queens Highway" ...you have to have confidence that you are on one of the 2 main roads. The drive had several views of the water that were breath taking. But driving is opposite of the States. And you have to pay attention to pot holes, speed bumps and ruts just off drivers side or car trouble will be the cost of carelessness.
The week we were there the water was too rough (for us) to go out and fish or snorkel so we had a full week to do "island" things. We enjoyed the Leon Levy plant preserve , we visited a dozen nearby secluded beaches which we walked and were rewarded with shells, driftwood and ocean air. We bought freshly made "Prince Charles Rolls" from a local lady..hot out of the oven. We visited an island farm about a mile from our unit and enjoyed the products they had for sale in addition to their copious amounts of fresh veggies and fruits. Like jams, relish, souvenir hats or dolls, and bakery on tues and Friday. We had such a great week learning what the locals do for a living and of course soaking up the warm sun. I would say drive slow and don't be afraid to drive down the unmarked roads and also talk to the locals. English was never a problem and everyone was friendly and accommodating of us tourists. Mary

Room Tip: The Bonefish was cheaper then oceanfront & allowed us to hear the ocean perfectly or step outside 4 steps and look left to see the ocean.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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2  Thank marybradyr
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Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

Everything you need for a clean, inexpensive place to land after a day of searching for your favorite beach on this island. They supply beach chairs, kayaks, cooler, etc. but it's all cash. No credit cards so be prepared.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Shellyofshoals
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Reviewed 24 April 2015

We stayed both in the Mermaid Cottage and the Bonefish room, unfortunately in that order because the Bonefish was a slight let down after having experienced the Mermaid.

The Mermaid is a very comfortable space with a lovely view of the water from both the living room and the bedroom. The breezes coming in through the screens along with occasional use of the ceiling fans kept the rooms cool and there was no need to turn on the AC, thus we could enjoy the sound of the waves all day and night. The large shower was also pleasant to use. The place was clean with numerous towels and wash cloths, a well equipped kitchen, and good information on the island.

The Bonefish is a smaller studio space and a little more weathered with signs of corrosion in several places. Still it was clean and had all the thoughtful amenities of the Mermaid. The unit faces the parking area and does not get as much breeze flowing through it so the ceiling fan was in constant use when we were in the space. If I was rating just the Bonefish unit, I would have given it a four.

We enjoyed the use of the clear bottom kayak, as well as the cooler, beach mats, chairs and umbrella available to guests. The swimming just steps from the door is good, as is the snorkeling along the rocky ends and around the Cays out front. The water is very shallow so one can walk out quite far, especially during low tide. Some afternoons, we shared the beach with an occasional family but for the most part, we had it to ourselves. Very nice.

South Palmetto Point is conveniently situated near the middle of the island so we were able to easily explore both the north and the south without feeling like we were wasting most of the day stuck in the jeep. Basic supplies were available near by and nice restaurants were not too far of a drive either. I would recommend renting a jeep since there are numerous lovely parts of the island to explore and aside from two small (and good) restaurants and one little grocery, there is little else within easy walking distance.

I would definitely recommend staying here. It's very relaxing and comfortable.

Room Tip: Go for the Mermaid!
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank CHMA
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barefootbeachhouse, Owner at The Barefoot Beach House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2015

It was great having you as guests...thank you for choosing us. We look forward to seeing you again! Returning guests receive a 10% discount.

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Reviewed 20 September 2014

I hesitate giving a review as everyone will find out about this property. We arrived at night so it was dark and we could hear the ocean. But we didn't realize until the morning how close to the beach we really were. Skip and Sharon were amazing hosts! It was like having a private beach to ourselves. The house was clean and kitchen was well-equipped. The kids loved the islands near the beach and the kayaks were well used that week!

There are plenty of beaches to explore on the island! You will definitely need a car. We were there during a holiday week so grocery shopping was a bit limited so make sure to get there when the boat arrives. Great laid back island!

Tip: bring bug spray for nights including at restaurants!

Room Tip: In the front unit the living room and bedroom are facing the beach.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank kkzis
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