The brilliant blue surf rolling along the crystal white sands was breathtaking. Located in the center of majestic Tar Bay you could walk along the secluded beach, swim in the sparkling waters or just sit on the porch and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. Olena and Allen did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. We contacted then about a problem with the air conditioning in one of the bedrooms and they had someone show up in less than two hours to take care of it. The house was spotless and comfortable for three couples. It was centrally located so you could drive to either end of the island in about an hour or less. We would definitely stay here again because Olena and Allen were great and did I mention the view is Beautiful, Spectacular and Amazing!
We booked a little over two weeks at Sea Garden and found it to have both positive and negative aspects. We enjoyed the wrap-around porch and beautiful view of the ocean. It was also nice that each bedroom had its own bathroom. The neighbours were close in proximity but pleasant. The house is located approximately 30 paces from the Queen’s Highway between Georgetown and the airport. While this is a convenient location, this section of the highway is very busy and noisy from vehicular traffic. Be prepared to listen to the vehicles speed by as you try to enjoy dinner on the porch. As well, this amount of traffic creates an added hazard for young children. The sub-standard aspects of the home included a complete lack of screens on the windows and poorly hung screen doors which allowed many flies to enter. Whenever we cooked, the kitchen filled with flies and hundreds were stuck to the three screen doors that surrounded the kitchen. Eventually, in order to prepare dinner fly-free, we closed all windows and doors which meant the kitchen got very hot (not worth turning on AC for one hour of meal prep). In the bedrooms, there was very limited closet space except for a small wicker armoire in each bedroom, which did not close when clothes were hung in it. According to the owners the mattresses were “new”; however, we found ourselves sinking in the middle. The bed in the master squeaked whenever one of us moved which meant that my husband and I kept each other awake through the night. I eventually moved out of the bed and slept on pillows on the floor. Finally, there was a lack of sufficient essential supplies such as toilet paper, dish washing soap and paper towels (for a 2-week stay we were given one paper towel roll and 3 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom). For the daily price of Sea Garden, the lack of screens, squeaky master bed and lack of basic provisions was unacceptable. The web site advertised a sound system, but there was none. Overall, we were disappointed with the rental. As a result, we departed Sea Garden approximately half way through our 2-week rental, something we have never done before in our 15 years of renting throughout the Bahamas. We asked Olena and Allen for a refund for the second week but received no response. We are seasoned travelers and have never considered abandoning a rental property until Sea Garden.
Wonderful beachfront cottage. Showing a little age but has everything you need. Air conditioning worked great and the cottage was very clean. Loved sitting on the porch watching the beautiful azure waters. Kayaks, rafts, beach chairs, hammock, some snorkel gear, towels, games, books and ice waiting in the freezer! Great location, minutes from airport & Georgetown. Owners very responsive & helpful with local information. Hope we'll be able to stay again.
We stayed at sea garden the first week in June and loved it. The views from the house are gorgeous and you basically have the beach to yourself. House is about a 5 minute drive from the airport so super convenient. It's located in the middle of everything so it's not too far to drive anywhere on the island.
We enjoyed a great 10 day vacation at Sea Garden earlier this month. The house was just a presented on VRBO, it was very clean and well stocked. Olena was super nice and easy to work with, helping with groceries, rental car agencies, as well as placed to eat and things to see and do.
Exuma is gorgeous and the view from the porch is almost 180 degrees allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the water from the cool shady porch. From mid day until late afternoon the color of the water is incredible.
One word of advice; park close to the road as the coconuts on the palm trees do fall and can damage your car. We found out the hard way with a shattered windshield that the rental insurance did not cover.
If we were to return to Exuma we would stay at Sea Garden again.
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