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Stunning Beach, Reef, and Home on Private South End of Great Guana Cay

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Exceptional Waterfront Island Living in a Lovely 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas, with the 3rd longest barrier reef in the world off the back deck, "Keep Smiling" is a beautiful home featuring high end amenities, an open plan living area and kitchen, and extensive wraparound decking - covered and uncovered - for the perfect island vacation experience. Expansive landscaping adds to the overall serenity and character of the house.

“Keep Smiling” is open and welcoming, with a relaxed great room filled with a super comfortable, cozy sofa, chaise and chairs, a dining table for six, an island bar with bar stools, and a gourmet kitchen. Vaulted ceilings paneled in Cypress wood ensure the house is airy and filled with light.

The gourmet kitchen is equipped with just about everything you could need, including a Thermador gas range, a Kitchenaid fridge and freezer, two Kitchenaid ovens, a Kitchenaid dishwasher, and a microwave. You’ll also find plenty of pots and pans for cooking, an excellent array of knives and serving dishes, and loads of plates, bowls, cups and glasses (including all kinds of beach plasticware to take outside).

Just next door to the kitchen there’s a utility room with a washer and drier, along with a cupboard filled with beach towels.

There are two bedrooms downstairs. The master bedroom has a king size bed, ceiling fan, side tables, chaise for relaxing, and french doors that open on to the deck, along with a large master bathroom complete with a double shower, double sinks, and a large walk-in closet.

The downstairs guest bedroom has a queen size bed, ceiling fan, side tables and day bed. The downstairs bathroom is right outside the door with a tub/shower combo.

The third bedroom is upstairs, with a deck looking out on to the front lawn, side tables, a ceiling fan, and a reading nook with an inviting double chaise, along with a table and chairs for games or cards.

Outside, you’ll find large deck spaces with a gas grill, two dining tables, plenty of chairs, and plenty of comfortable loungers for napping in the shade or sunbathing.

The beach is just off the back deck, and offers some of the softest sand in the world. There are only a few other homes on the beach, guaranteeing peace and privacy. The water is crystal clear, sloping gradually to the reef, where you'll find wonderful marine life featuring turtles, rays, groupers and angel fish.

Should the spirit move you, you can take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge to the legendary bar, Nipper's, and there's a good chance you won't see another soul until you get there.

With a golf cart rental (a must on the island, as it's the only mode of transportation; we'll send you a packet of information about the island when you book, including golf cart rental companies), you'll have the exceptional island of Great Guana Cay - all 7 miles of it! - at your disposal. From exploring deserted beaches to body surfing, beach combing to sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset at a beach front bar...

You'll also be able to stock up on provisions for cooking a meal at home and enjoying it on the deck overlooking the water at your own island oasis.

And if you rent a boat, or take advantage of a charter company excursion, you can explore the Abacos myriad of bays, coves and protected harbors, deep sea fish, scuba dive, or island hop to Marsh Harbour, Hopetown, Man O War, Treasure Cay or Green Turtle Cay (perhaps a restaurant and beach bar crawl?).

The lagoon between Great Guana Cay and Scotland Cay - a stone's throw away by boat - is an incredible place to spend the day, and the underwater scenery at Fowl Cay Marine Reserve - just a little bit further by boat - is some of the best in the Caribbean.

For a good feel for our home and location, please check out our video, which can be seen at the end of the photo gallery or you can click on the live link at the end of the "Amenities" section of our listing.

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If you haven't been to Great Guana Cay and are contemplating a trip, we'd love to have the opportunity to correspond via email or chat on the phone to talk you through what a trip to the island looks like - booking flights to Marsh Harbour (our closest airport), taking the ferry to Guana, getting provisions, and all the things you can do once on the island.

In the meantime, the essentials are as follows: from the Marsh Harbour airport you take a 7 or 8 minute taxi ride to the Conch Inn Marina, where you jump on a 30 minute ferry to Guana (ferries run about every two hours during the day). Once on Guana, our property manager will greet you at the dock, help you collect your golf cart, and lead you to Keep Smiling.


The utility infrastructure in the Abacos (and in the Bahamas in general) is continually striving forward, but based on equipment issue and the number of tourists visiting the islands during peak times, you may experience power outages during your stay. These are usually short in duration (less than 90 minutes). Occasionally they can last several hours. Should this happen, our caretaker will come and start the generator for you.

There are no medical doctors or clinics on the island. There is a Guana fire and rescue operation that can provide assistance in case of serious emergency. There is also medical staff on duty at Baker's Bay Resort on the north part of the island for extreme emergencies. There is a hospital and several medical clinics in Marsh Harbour.

Lastly, we are committed to helping our guests avoid potential scams, which are, unfortunately, all too prevalent. No vacation rental website - Homeaway, VRBO, - nor us will ever ask you to pay via wire transfer, check or money order. If you receive an email asking you to pay via one of these methods (emails can be hijacked by fraudsters), it is a scam. Only make payments through the official Homeaway, VRBO or websites with a credit card.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Molly

Our family has fallen in love with Great Guana Cay and with Keep Smiling, and its unique, peaceful charm.

We live in Austin, Texas (where we're been Homeaway and VRBO hosts for the past three years), and treasure the time we're able to spend on the island with our kids.

Molly purchased this house in 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

I don’t think there are enough words to thank you and your husband for the incredible time we had at your wondrous home on Great Guana Cay. We had the experience of a lifetime. We experienced six of the most dreamy days of our lives. We ended up renting snorkel gear, and we also took a day long boating excursion with the owner of Dive Guana, which was wonderful. We dined at Nippers and had drinks at Grabbers, but I really understood what you meant about just wanting to stay in your home/beach and relax! We were very happy to shop on Guana and cook at home. I never regretted not shopping at Marsh Harbor. Perhaps for longer visits it would have been necessary, but we were able to manage just fine. Thank you once again for all you did to make our visit so supremely relaxing. We will never forget our incredible stay.
Dec 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Great Guana Cay in Hope Town

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Lovely large bathroom with double shower and double sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Golf carts and protected marina boat slip rentals can be arranged.


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Stunning Beach, Reef, and Home on Private South End of Great Guana Cay
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 24 reviews
League city texas

Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a stay at Keep Smiling on Great Guana Cay and it surpassed all of my expectations. If you are looking for peace, quiet, privacy and your main goal is to relax, well this is your place. The house is truly set on an amazing piece of Bahamian paradise. The wrap around deck created the perfect setting for enjoying meals outdoors. Molly has the house in perfect order with all the amenities you could need.

I am struggling to find the words for how incredible the beach is.....the pictures are accurate, it is incredible! The beach is natural so if you are looking for a "Destin Florida manicured beach" this isn't that. This is naturally manicured, so manage your expectations. Peace and quiet is the name of the game. We saw a grand total of 6 people on the beach (beach is huge so you will not be close to anyone), with 4 simply enjoying a walk and one other couple seated about 200 yards away. We took our Bose speaker, streamed Sirius XM Chanel 25, Radio Margaritaville, a cooler full of beverages and sat on the beach every day we were there.

We will be back! Thanks Molly and Melonie for creating and maintaining a beautiful piece of paradise!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were honored to host you guys, and are so glad to hear you had a relaxing time. Thanks so very much for booking with us - and we'll keep your beach chairs warm until your return!
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One of our best vacations ....

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations! The house, the beach, the owners, the location - made our vacation so relaxing and easy and fun and memorable! Couldn’t have been any better! Pure paradise.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our total pleasure hosting you and your family! We were so grateful that you found us - and we're so, so happy that you had a good time on Guana!
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Columbia, South Carolina

We LOVED our stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely amazing time at Keep Smiling and on Great Guana Cay. Molly is such a pleasure to work with and so helpful with ideas on making your trip a wonderful experience. I could not say enough nice things about how hospitable she is. The house is fully stocked with anything you could need and we could not have had better experience. We highly recommend Keep Smiling and hope all future travelers have as good of a time as we did. Cheers!

Some of our favorite things:

-Renting Boats/Golf Carts from Dive Guana

-Nippers Sunday

-Nights at Kidd's Cove

-The lagoon between Scotland Cay and Guana Cay

-Walks around Hope Town (Lighthouse/Firefly/Sea Spray)

-Sunsetters (We went for rib night here and had pizza one night and both were wonderful!)

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Haley - we're so, so glad you had a good time on Guana! We couldn't have asked for more lovely guests - you guys were amazing! Wish we could've joined you for a night cap at Kidd's Cove, and thanks ever so much for booking with us!
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  • 5 of 5

An amazing get away... Pristine private beach with an amazing reef just off the walkway in front of the house. Bring bug spray, but wonderful quite spot for a relaxing vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Porto Alegre, Brasil


  • 5 of 5

The house and the place was wonderful and the owner Molly spared no enffort to answer any question. And the manager Melonie was also very helpful. In a few words it was all beatiful, very good and wonderful.

Thank you Molly and Melonie.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We absolutely loved hosting you - and what an honor to host you while you were on the island for a family wedding! It was an absolute pleasure working with you, and we're so grateful you found us.
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Beautiful and secluded

  • 5 of 5

We will never forget the wonderful time we had at Keep Smiling. The VRBO pictures do not lie; the beach and house are gorgeous. The beach and water are too pretty to describe with words! It felt like our personal island. We never had to share the beach with others. We only saw 6 people on the beach during our stay- and those were from a distance. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to go.

Great Guana Cay is fun little island. You will need to rent a golf cart (there are no cars on the island). We had fun at the two bars - Grabbers and Nippers. Nippers has a pig roast on Sunday afternoons where boaters from all the surrounding islands show up for food, drinks, music, and story swapping. Be sure to eat at the Orchid Bay Marina restaurant called Sun Setters on Thursday for fried chicken night.

The owners of Keep Smiling are great to work with. They replied to every email and text in minutes and provided answers to all our questions before and during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are just the most gorgeous family, and we're so very happy that you had a good time! A million thanks for booking with us. And thanks, too, for the fried chicken tip - how has that escaped us until now?!
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Kidd's Cove
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Albury ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sunsetter's at Orchid Bay
Nearest Beach
on the beach!
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £152.96
Property Damage Insurance £45.12

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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