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The Most Economical Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 nights


Minimum Stay
6 nights

About the property

1 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 2

'SANDY PALMS' is our newly built and designed beach apartments and as close to the beach as possible !!

The Economical Studio/Efficiency has a Queen bed, kitchenette with 2 hot rings, fridge,microwave, toaster, coffee maker etc etc. Shower room with WC and Hand basin, dining table,and chairs Loveseat, a/c and ceiling fan, flat screen cable TV with 53 major channels, radio/cd player. A/C and ceiling fan ensure our guests comfort.

Outside there is a private sea-facing patio with outdoor table and chairs for relaxing or al-fresco meals.

Just a few steps though our palm tree filled garden is the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach-regarded as the BEST TO STAY ON EXUMA and the only beach with resident GREEN TURTLES to watch or swim with !!

The 1/2 mile ( 1km ) long, soft white sandy beach slopes gently into the amazing blue,calm and safe sea for swimming, snorkeling, watching or feeding the Green Turtles or relaxing on our loungers and chairs. For the more energetic, we have FREE Kayaks for our guests to enjoy exploring more of the protected bay.

Although quietly located, the international airport is only 10 minutes away ( our dedicated taxi driver will greet you there ) whilst the capital, Georgetown is 6 minutes away. No need to drive or taxi to shops as we have a good range within a 5 minute easy walk for groceries, butcher and deli, pharmacy and liquor.

Flying to Georgetown airport ( GGT ) is straightforward with DIRECT daily flights on AA and United whilst Delta and Air Canada also have DIRECT flights several times a week. More locally, there are several flights each day from Nassau on Bahamasair or Sky Bahamas. As we live nearby, we personally greet our guests and are available when required to help with information or to arrange activities such as boat trips,etc.

More Details

Property Manager
Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, A little French, German & Italian is spoken
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

About Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999

Betty & Peter moved to Exuma in 1999 after 15 years of owning and operating a popular guest house in England .We then created the Award Winning ' Coral Gardens' B & B Guest House which has been VOTED #1 on EXUMA every year since 2009 by the worlds largest travelers site.

Realising that many guests like to have a choice of being DIRECTLY on the beach, we finally found our ideal and nearby location on the beautiful Hoopers Bay we named 'SANDY PALMS' as the garden which surrounds the property is filled with palm trees. We created a number of self-catering Studio and Apartment accommodations ranging from a comfortable and economical Studio/Effeciency for a couple, also a larger 2 room apartment for a family or 4 people, and a huge 8 person apartment with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms for groups of families or friends. This allows us to match our guests needs for the right sized and right priced accommodation and still offering peace and quiet as all the units have their own entrances in different parts of the building and separate patios and sundecks.

As we live nearby at Coral Gardens we not only arrange the short taxi ride from the airport, where you will be greeted by our dedicated taxi driver-Willy Rolle of Taxi #3, but we will personally welcome you to 'Sandy Palms' and show you around and give you maps and other information.

Our desire is to help our guests enjoy the holiday THEY want-whether it is simply a peaceful and relaxing time or activity filled. With our combined 30 years experience welcoming guests to Exuma we are able to make the best suggestions for making the most of a visit to the island

Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Betty & Peter Oxley-owners and personal operators since 1999 chose Bahamas

Hoopers Bay is the most convenient location to stay on in Exuma with easy access from the airport,& just a short distance from Georgetown as well as good local shops within an easy 5 minute walk.

Sandy Palms is set down its own long, tree lined driveway, and therefore away from the main road for peace and quiet whilst the beach is just a few steps through the coconut palms.

For guests who want to have a peaceful and relaxing visit but still be close enough shops, restaurants etc then Sandy Palms is the place to stay

What makes this apartment unique

For an incomparable beach location for lovers of sun and water and at the most economical price, this location is hard to beat !!.

With Betty and Peters combined 30+ years of experience living in Exuma we can offer our guests detailed and helpful information on all activities.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Abbiamo soggiornato nello studios Sandy Palm dal 15 al 22 marzo. Lo studios è davvero funzionale e provvisto di tutto ciò di cui uno ha bisogno.La zona cucina è dotata ogni utensile:dal tostapane alla macchina per il caffè,posate ,pentole e piatti.Un mini frigo un microonde,bicchieri ,tazze etc.. Il letto è spazioso,vi sono cassettiere per i vestiti e un sofà. Teli bagno,teli per il mare sono a disposizione così come sdraio per la spiaggia e kayaks. La villa è sulla spiaggia di Hoopers Bay,il mare al mattino vi incanterà...il penultimo giorno siamo anche riusciti a vedere e nuotare con le tartarughe,il che non è sempre assicurato visto la loro natura selvaggia. Peter il proprietario è una persona davvero stupenda,meticoloso nel spiegare in ogni dettaglio sia dell'alloggio che dell'isola in generale;è una fonte inesauribile di informazioni che vi serviranno per muovervi al meglio alla scoperta di Exuma...è un isola incantevole che merita di essere esplorata. Peter il mio ultimo pensiero è rivolto a te..grazie di tutto ciò che hai fatto per noi in questi bellissimi giorni. Spero di rivederti presto magari al Vs studios di Long Island Bahamas.
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment on the Exuma on the Caribbean

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also hand basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen sized (5ft.) + Loveseat, flat screen TV. clothes hanging space, drawer units bedside table, clock radio. a/c and ceiling fan .Windows to garden and beach. Door to outside patio. The extra person charge can be a child up to the age of 5 only & NOT 3 ADULTS.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

The Most Economical Studio for a couple & DIRECTLY on BEST BEACH + TURTLES
average rating of 4.769231 based on 36 reviews

Beautiful beach, central location, helpful owners

  • 4 of 5

The beach is one of the most beautiful on Exuma. It was lovely to hear the sound of the waves from the apartment. The apartment is cozy but has everything one could need. The only critism is the shower is very tiny. Sandy Palms is a great location - fantastic beach, nearby groceries, nearby restaurants, and close to George Town. The owner, Peter Oxley, went above and beyond to help us locate luggage lost by the airline. We are truly grateful for all his efforts. The people in Exuma are super friendly and the happiness quotient on the island is off the charts. Overall we had a wonderful stay in Exuma and would recommend Sandy Palms as a place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you were able to experience & enjoy the beauty & people of Exuma for your Christmas vacation. You were lovely guests whom we enjoyed meeting & helping with getting the most out of your visit.' Best wishes for 2017 & hope that we can welcome you again sometime in the future. Betty & Peter
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Beautiful Exuma

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I stayed one week in Sandy Palms and had a really good experience. Peter (owner) is a really funny man who doubles as a island guide, he booked a full-day tour for us to see the swimming pigs, thunderball grotto etc. in which he got us a really good deal. He was always available if we had any questions from where to eat, where to buy our groceries to even beer recommendations! Betty (Owner and Peter's wife who we didn't meet) was wonderful to deal with through emails, always prompt in replying to any inquiries we may have had. As for the property, the apartment is small but well kept with all the kitchen basics you may need and most importantly it was clean. There wasn't anything more we could have asked for as the beach itself is steps away from the backyard. Hoopers bay is beautiful and empty of crowds, we found ourselves sharing it with 3 - 4 people at the most! Really wonderful, the turtle that swam by us in the bay was a treat. Make sure you visit Stocking Island on your visit, so much fun to swim with the rays. Shirley's at the fish fry is a must for some tasty food and only minutes away from Sandy Palms. Also if you book a car which I would recommend, (available through Peter or from airport) make sure you visit Coco Plum beach, we found a bunch of sand dollars at the sandbar which you could walk to (at lowtide) right from the beach! Overall, feel confident in staying at Sandy Palms and in relaxing at Hoopers Bay. It's a wonderful place to escape to especially if you come from a busy city (Toronto) like we do.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you both stay at Sandy Palms & we are glad that you were able to enjoy & experience so much of this beautiful island. Thank you for very informative Review which we are sure will be helpful for other potential guests in the future. Best wishes from the sunshine & 33* (87*) sea of Exuma. Betty & Peter
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we met a turtle in the first 30 minutes!

  • 5 of 5

i can not say enough good things about Peter and this property. the property is steps away from an absolutely amazing beach that we had to our selves for most of our stay. you can snorkel with turtles! its really incredible! we had never been to The Bahamas before so we werent entirely sure what to do or where to go. Peter pointed us in the right direction every single time no matter what we were looking for. beaches, food, drinks, groceries, Peter has you covered AND he even has rent cars covered! Book it! Go there! Get out and explore, its an amazing island to explore and you ll have an amazing home beach to come home to. Thank you Peter!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: B&V, You were so kind to write about how much you enjoy your stay at Sandy Palms and your comments and advice will certainly be helpful for others who may be thinking of staying. We hope that we can also welcome you again sometime in the future, with this time also possibly family or friends. Best wishes from the sunshine and warm sea in Exuma Betty&Peter
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Amazing location!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for crystal clear water, lots of privacy on the beach, and a relaxing pace, this is the place to be! We had an unbelievable view of the ocean and could walk right out to our personal oasis. Hooper's Bay not only has the kind of beach you see on a postcard, but there are green turtles close to the shore that don't mind swimming side by side with you. We had free access to kayaks, floats, and beach chairs (bring your own umbrella). The room is a no frills experience but was nice and clean and met our basic needs. I suggest you rent a car (from Peter if available) to have access to restaurants as the kitchen is small. Our favorite restaurants were Santana's, Driftwood Cafe, and Shirley's. There is a small store in walking distance for basic groceries. Peter is an absolute delight and an extremely helpful guide for navigating the best parts of the island! He went above and beyond what was expected to make our trip a pleasure. This is the place to be to get away from it all and have an extraordinary encounter with nature! We can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle & Megan, It was a delight to read your review about how much you enjoyed your stay at Sandy Palms on your first visit to Exuma. You certainly made the lost of your visit with the many activities you enjoyed & your Review will be very helpful for others who may be considering a stay at Sandy Palms. We hope that we can welcome you with friends or family on a future occasion. Best wishes from the sunshine. Betty & Peter
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Peace And Fun In Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Spent a week on Hoopers Bay. A beautiful location, amazing water, great sunsets and peaceful! The property was as described and sufficient for our needs. Everyone from our taxi driver (Patricia), Car rental folks (Berlie) and the real estate lady (Judy) were most helpful and friendly. We hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calm, friendly, beautiful and cosy

  • 5 of 5

We are a young couple and have been one week at Sandy Palms. We really had a good time:

Owner: Peter is a friendly english gentlemen. He is at your service 24/7 and helps you with everything you need. Mochas gracias peter for the perfect service!

Location: Sandy Palms is located at a very nice beach which you have almost for yourself with very few people. It is easy to walk to the small supermarket near by. If you want to go to the next town you need to go by car.

Apartment: Very quiet, proper and nice little apartment. It is not big, but for two people absolutely ok to stay, cook and sleep. You are directly at the beach and thats the place you spend most time.

Getting around: To explore the island you need a car (which you can rent directly from peter). If you want to go to town you can take the taxi or just simply hitchhike (the first or second car will stop and brings you into town... it's perfect). We recommend to visit the neighbor island and to do the boat tour (Peter will explain the best offers).

Once again thank you very much Peter for all your support, it was a beautiful and relaxing week at Sandy Palms.

Best wishes to Great Exuma

Daniela & Fabio

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so good to read about your experiences on your HomeAway Review. We always encourage our guests to write about how much they enjoyed their visit to Exuma so that everyone can learn about the beauty of this island. Thank you for your kind words about Sandy Palms Beach Studio & we send our best wishes to you both. Betty & Peter - owners
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Georgetown ( Code GGT )
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Greg Norman Course @ Emerald Bay
Nearest Motorway
Queens Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Exuma Beach Restaurant ' Latitudes '
Nearest Beach
DIRECTLY on the beautiful Hoopers Bay beach
Car: recommended

Besides the wonderful beach immediately in front of the Studio, there are number of other beaches close by to explore and enjoy On Hoopers Bay guests can swim, snorkel, watch or feed the Green Turtles, use our kayaks to explore the bay or simply RELAX on our beach loungers or chairs. We can also arrange boat trips for fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing from the beach DIRECTLY in front of the Studio.

Nearby Georgetown also offers boat rental, scuba trips, craft market as well as supermarkets, banks, petrol stations and the popular water taxi which goes everyday to Stocking Island with miles of beaches and the famous Chat n Chill bar and restaurant.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Exuma, Exuma

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6 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Utilities £89
Refundable Damage Deposit £402

SPECIAL OFFER for 2014 !!! STAY for 7 nights BUT PAY for only 6 nights !!

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