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Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Long Island
Certificate of Excellence
Avon, Connecticut
1 review
“A great experience year after year”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

In the past few years we have been lucky enough to make annual trips to Long Island and the Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort. Our experience has been consistently excellent. Some specifics follow.

Location: (location, location) This is a beautiful spot. The resort is situated right on the most spectacular white sand beach you can imagine. The waves lull you to sleep every night. The beach has a very gradual slope and is perfect for small children. There is virtually no surf unless it’s really stormy. There is relatively little boat traffic. The Cape has kayaks which you can take surfing on the sandbar or to poke around into the bay behind the resort. The water is exquisite and you can see rays glide by from the beach. Long Island is pretty poor without much of an economy beyond tourism and subsistence farming. The resort management seems to have done an excellent job of integrating with the local community and in general there isn’t any of the uncomfortable walled-off us and them feeling. We know some islanders and really value our relationships with them.

Activities: This is one of the all time best places to do nothing and I highly recommend that you spend a good part of your visit doing nothing. If you must do something, the fishing, snorkeling, and shelling are superb. I like to swim across the cut and meander along the beach in the bay behind the resort. The fishing is very good, the guides are knowledgeable and fun and the boats and equipment are top-notch. This past year we took a trip out to Sandy Cay (site of filming for one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies). Wow! It was the perfect place to imagine oneself a castaway and it had rare rock iguanas, too. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful!

Birding: We’ve mostly been there in January and March. My birding has mostly been casual. The more I look the more I find. Seabirds are remarkably few. There is a colony of terns in the bay behind the resort and I’ve seen singleton Brown Pelican and Magnificent Frigatebird, Oystercatcher are sparse but reliable, so to Turnstones. Osprey seem to be getting more common. Bahamas Mockingbirds are everywhere, Bananaquit are common and I reliably see hummingbirds (but not yet with binos and book in hand). Walking the beach along the back bay I’ve seen a number of warbler species. There is a colony of Whistling Ducks you can see by boat. I think there are Flamingos somewhere on the island. I saw an Antillean Bullfinch (was it greater or lesser?) last year. The habitat is mostly low scrub on limestone.

Staff: The staff are very kind and genuinely interested in the quality of your stay. We have become friendly with many of the staff (not much turn over in 4 years) and look forward to seeing them again each year. Brook and Ewa are lovely people and skilled hoteliers. I particularly appreciate Brook’s low-key style and honesty. If you ask him a question he gives you a straight answer, no excuses or telling you what you want to hear.

Food: The food is quite good, especially given the remoteness of the place. I particularly like the breakfast. You’re cheating yourself if you don’t try the boiled fish with grits. Service can be slow. We buy the meal plan because it makes things simple for our family. Others cook. The villas have beautiful kitchens, but groceries on the island are limited.

Getting there: It isn’t easy, but that’s part of the adventure. If you have a group of five, consider a charter from Ft. Lauderdale. It is very convenient and not subject to the vagaries of the other local carriers.

Summary: I was looking over pictures from out last trip recently and really missing Long Island. It is a wonderful place. Maybe we’ll stay a year sometime. We like the Oak Bay experience so much we’re going to try April Point in British Columbia this year.

Room Tip: Splurge on a Villa. I prefer the layout of the older (closest to the bungalows) downstairs units be...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Deale, Maryland
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

We recently sailed in to the north end of long Island called Cape Santa Maria and anchored for the night. We decided to take a dinghy ride into this resort and check it out.
Although we did not stay at the resort we did stop at the bar and had a very pleasant time.
The resort is immaculate with a beach of fine white powdery sand and lovely white painted chalets. The staff were amazingly attentive and helpful. I would certainly return here for an extended stay.

Room Tip: Check their web site All of the chalets face the beach and have there own porches
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

It had been several years (too many) since we had last visited Cape Santa Maria. On this visit, we found it to be better than our fondest memories! We flew our Baron to Stella Maris (MYSL) on 27 December, with just enough time to completely unwind in preparation for New Year's Eve. The resort was "JAMMED" - about 80 people for 4 MILES of Pure Sugar White Beach. This has to be Heaven's definition of PERFECT! What a contrast to Everywhere Else! The Staff are tremendous, the food consistently delicious and the prices within reason. The weather was spectacular, the fishing was great and the diving delightful in that amazingly clear water. In fact, our experience was So Good that we considered sending our Passports back and just staying! Without a doubt, we will return "Soon & Often". Don't miss this spectacular Jem! One of the World's Best Experiences! Jim & Darlene L

Room Tip: Treat yourself to one of the privately owned Villas! They are spectacular by any standard!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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BrookCSM, General Manager at Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas, responded to this review, 4 February 2012
Dear JamesLara7007,

Thanks you very much for the review. It was a pleasure meeting you and your wife and I really enjoyed chatting with you. Considering your experience in the hospitality industry, we really appreciate the feedback. Did you see that Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort received a Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Award as one of the Top 5 resorts in the Caribbean and the best resort in all the Bahamas? Our staff are very excited about this prestigous award.

We hope to see you soon.

Best regards,
Brook Castelsky
General Manager.
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South Jordan, Utah
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

This was by far our best, most memorable vacation EVER!!! Even our teenage sons were utterly impressed! The food was absolutely amazing. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The beach -- out of this world - eye-popping beautiful, just heavenly! The water -- perfect temperature, incredible color, so relaxing! We could not say enough to express how truly wonderful our visit was. Cape Santa Maria is on the top of our list for suggesting family and friends to visit! No phone or TV in the room was an added bonus! We had complete family time and it was amazing! We would love to visit again and again and again!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

I've only been twice but our first time was our honeymoon and couldn't have asked for a better place. The beach, the local staff are amazing! Then we came back with our 2 kids and had even more fun this time. There is never a time that the beach feels busy and the water is beautiful and calm. You walk out your front door to white powder sand and pure bliss. My kids were 3 1/2 & 1 !/2 when we went and I loved that when they went for naps I could grab my baby monitor and stay on the beach and relax you can't do that any other destinations! The restaurant food is amazing and we never really get sick of it! They are willing to make you anything too so don't be afraid to ask! I can't wait till we go again, and maybe someday we will be Villa owners!

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Beech Grove, Indiana
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

We went there for our honeymoon, and it was great! The only problems we had were with getting to the island itself (there are very few flights to long island each day), but once we were there it was excellent. The staff is very nice and helpful, the villas are extremely nice, and the beach is beautiful, of course.

We were there near the beginning of November, and the weather was mostly cloudy and it was very windy that week. The weather made the water kind of choppy, so we never got a chance to use the kayaks available to guests, but it was still nice enough to be on the beach each day. The staff told us that the weather is almost never like that, however, so we will make a point to go back so we can experience more things.

We didn't do a meal plan, opting to pack our own food to save a little money. The kitchen was fully stocked with cooking utensils and you can have groceries delivered to you if you need anything more.

If you want seclusion and a beach with very few people, this is the place for you. If you want lots of restaurants and clubs, then go somewhere else. But we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

We took the family here over Thanksgiving! What a beautiful spot in the world. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The screened porches with candles was perfection! The food was amazing and the staff was wonderful! Can't wait to go back...next time for longer

  • Stayed November 2011
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Property: Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas
Address: Galliot Cay, Long Island
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Long Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Long Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Long Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Untouched... Undiscovered... Barefoot elegance in a Caribbean paradise. Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is unlike any place you have ever experienced. Mile after mile of silky-fine sandy beach melts into the warm turquoise water. With twenty bungalows and a handful of villas steps from the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas, an escape to Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort is an experience you will never forget. ... more   less 
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