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Reviewed 1 August 2007

The resort was great one of the best beaches in the Carribean. Snorkelling was excellent lots of good sites on the Island. We stayed 9 nights in the beach bungallows which were right on the beach fantastic water and views. We also spent 4 nights in the villas which are awesome top of the range accomodation. The staff are all friendly and really look after you. Hiring a car is difficult not well maintained! Make sure you visit Columbus point awsome snorkelling and the Deans blue hole at turtle cove.
Mick&Karen Ignatowski
England

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank Mick_Ig1
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Reviewed 31 July 2007

Just returned from our third trip to Cape Santa Maria. We felt like we were right back at home. The best things are the water, the stars at night and having absolutely nothing to do. We did notice one thing different this time. The employees don't seem to as happy as they were say two years ago. We missed the old staff in the bar and restaurant. Hopefully that will change but we will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank islandgirl355
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Reviewed 31 July 2007

My husband and I and our two children (ages 5 & 6) have just returned from the gorgeous Cape Santa Maria. For the second year in a row, we have chosen this Oasis for our family vacation (we also traveled with another family with small children).

Truly an unknown PARADISE! It is tucked away on the southern island of Long Island in the Bahamas. Miles of white beaches, turquoise blue ocean and sunny skies, every day!

Like family we have not seen for a while, we were greeted with smiles and hugs from the lovely staff at the Cape; Wendy, Frank and all the girls at the desk.

WOW! and the resort is comparable to any five star hotel or resort I have every stayed in - over the top!

Living our day to day lives in a big city, the Cape is the perfect get away for us to "recharge our battery"! Not too congested, activities available but not necessary. Lots of time spent reading a book on the beach while the kids build sand castles or swim to discover star fish at their feet! WOW! You should see the excitement in their faces....

We did partake in several fishing and diving excursions. We had an incredible reef fishing trip with Bert and Carson. Caught more fish than we could bring in and let the great chefs prepare it for us in the Cape dining room that evening. My husband went on a super bone fishing excursion with the fabulous Delbert. This guy knows his stuff!

The men also went scuba diving with Delbert, the dive master and discovered a "whole other world under the sea". Not to mention the "thousands of fish" they saw!

We prefer to stay in one of the fabulous, private owned villas (available for rent). Offering ALL of the comforts of home including, full service kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and utensils right down to the table linens, flat screen TV's, air conditioning, laundry rooms. jacuzzi tub with separate shower in the master, and private screened in porches with luxurious, cozy outdoor furnishings overlooking the incredible beach and bay.

We usually cooked our own meals in our Villa, but did enjoy a few evening in the dining room and of course, cocktail hour in the bar including complimentary fresh, local conch fritters and yummy, fruity frozen drinks.

I can't say enough about Cape Santa Maria. We LOVE it! We have already booked our next summer vacation at CSM and can hardly wait until next July!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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7  Thank jjonesshannon
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

My wife & I recently enjoyed a lovely 20th-anniversary getaway (without the kids!) to Cape Santa Maria. It takes some work to get there, and it may not be for everyone, but it was just what we wanted. Oh, and the setting is about as gorgeous as it gets.

There’s no tennis, no pool, no casino, not really much else besides the beach except for some kayaks, bikes and little Hobie sailcraft. (All free to use.) There’s no nearby town. There’s no shopping. The bar is pretty quiet in the evenings. It would be a long hot walk just to get off the property. (So we didn’t leave the property – by land, at least.)

If you need a lot of action, a lot of social activity, Cape Santa Maria is not for you.

Instead – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh – it’s a perfect place for unwinding, reading in the shade of a coconut tree, swimming in a calm shallow bay, walks on a long soft white beach and some decent snorkeling. Bonefishing, too, though we didn’t do that add-on. (They also offer reef fishing, snorkeling trips and deep-sea fishing.)

Because Cape Santa Maria is on a bay on the island’s west side, the water was flat calm (and shallow way out). This, compared to the Stella Maria resort on the east side, which has no beach and rougher waters. (We did hear that the food at Stella Maris is better, but I’d take Cape Santa Maria’s setting over a gourmet dinner any day.)

It’s not set up for kids – no playgrounds or children’s activities – but there certainly were families there. No TVs (or phones) in the rooms. If you bring your kids, they better like the water. (Speaking of phones, we had no Verizon cell coverage. We bought calling cards at the front desk and used them on the lobby pay phones.)

It’s not a big resort and the beach is LONG. So it doesn’t take much work to find your own private quiet spot. But we also met up with lots of friendly folks, from Austria, England, Denmark & the U.S. The resort staff and Long Islanders we met were all very friendly & helpful. (And honestly so, unlike – say – in Jamaica.)

Bungalow rooms aren’t elegant but are cute and quite functional. The screened porches are a big plus. We ended up turning off the room AC at night and leaving our windows & interior doors open to let the breeze come in. (And there was always a breeze.) Use the room safe, just in case.

We recommend the meal plan for breakfast and dinner, which lets you pick anything off the menu. Food was good. Excellent steaks. And my wife became hooked on their eggs Benedict.

Had heard bad things about the Nassau airport, so we flew in to George Town on Great Exuma and booked Marty Fox of Island Wings to get us to Long Island. We were expecting some beach dude in flip-flops, but Marty is quite the pro. A very nice man. (However you’re getting to Long Island, be sure to fly in to Stella Maris. It’s just a 15-minute ride to the resort. The other airport on the island is much farther south.)

We certainly hope to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank BartSig
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Reviewed 20 July 2007

What can I say about CSM but WOW! Back in March, all my fiancee and I knew for sure was that we wanted to go somewhere with a nice beach for our honeymoon. We had looked at most of the islands that were within a days traveling from the United States and thought we had settled on one. It was one of those all inclusive big chain resort types, you know the kind, but after looking into it a little deeper we decided it wasn’t for us. Then one day, getting down to the wire on having to get some reservations made to make the time frame we wanted to travel, out of the blue, I happened across information on Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, on Long Island in The Bahamas. I thought to myself…Where??... Then I started researching, and it looked very promising, so we decided to take a chance. Was it a nice beach? Oh yes, and so much more…

After a couple of conversations with Maureen “Mo”, at their corporate scheduling center in Canada, I felt like I had all the information I needed and more to make my decision. Thanks Mo! We even ended up with a better price and a few additional perks when I just happened to mention as a side note to her that we would actually be on our honeymoon, thanks to a “honeymoon” package special they were currently running. So we were off to a great start.

It took 3 flights to get there from northwest Arkansas, but it ended with a short flight from George Town that went very smoothly, chartered with Marty Fox of Island Wings. He was very helpful. Then a 15 minute cab ride with a very nice gentleman who shared a lot of information with us about the island and locals, another 10 minutes or so to check in, and we were in our bungalow, our bags already there, and ready to hit the beach.

We definitely got the nice beach we were looking for, it was an incredible beach, beautiful, clean, smooth white sand that never got hot, leading into a bay of crystal clear turquoise water, that was right there, maybe 25 or 30 steps from the bungalows, with coconut trees to lie under for shade, as well as a few gazebos. The bungalows were very comfortable, the air conditioners worked great, the water was very good and the large screened-in veranda was wonderful. When we were there, the last week in May, there were no bugs during the day, at dusk the mosquitoes did start to come out though, but they provided spray if you needed it, and you didn’t need it on the screened porches, they kept them out quite nicely.

All of the staff was friendly and Melissa in the restaurant made our dining experience a pleasure, she’s quite a character, very nice. The food was very good, we stayed 6 days and had plenty to choose from to keep it interesting. Including getting to eat the fish we caught on our reef fishing trip one day. We bought the meal plan, but probably won’t the next time. The bar was nice too, at happy hour the complimentary conch fritters were great, for drinks if you like coconut try the Goombay Smash, if you like pineapple the Yellowbird is good, and of course the Bahamian made Kalik beer is always good.

Went on a half day bone fishing trip with Bert, a full day reef fishing trip with Bert and Noey, and the adventure cruise with Captain Delbert. All were worth the money. They even pick you up and drop you off right at the beach in front of your bungalow. Admittedly, the fishing wasn’t great, but the first tropical storm of the season had gone through just the week before, and Bert and Noey managed to make it good trips anyway, don’t get me wrong we still caught fish and had a great time! And Captain Delbert did a great job on the adventure cruise tour, that man can handle a boat, it ended with some amazing snorkeling on a reef. We were so relaxed we didn’t even leave the resort to go sightseeing on the island, that will have to wait until next trip.

Basically, if you like lots of shopping, nightlife, partying, and large crowds, you know, all the touristy stuff, and are a stickler for a schedule, then CSM and Long Island are not for you. If you want to get away to a nice relaxing atmosphere where everything runs on Bahamian time, there are no phones or TVs (except in the main beach house), just peace and quiet, just enough to do to keep you busy to give you a break from laying on the beach or playing in the water, many smiling faces and a great beach and water, then you just might love CSM as much as we did! We can’t wait to go back! Sorry, I went on and on, but it’s hard not to….

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank David W
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capesm, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2007

Thank you for your kind remarks about the resort and our staff. We are so pleased that your vacation met or surpassed your expectations and we look forward to your next visit. Best Regards, Wendy and Frank Berke, General Managers

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