Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco, Merlot Cottage was designed and created to be both a tranquil family home and exclusive rental. As guests come down the private drive, they’ll be greeted by the site of a home surrounded by three sides by lush, tropical greenery. The front of the home welcomes our guests with a beautiful waterfront lawn directly on the Sea of Abaco, with a porch that circles the entire house and overlooks the pool and dock, both private and for the exclusive use of our guests only. The main floor of the home features a fully equipped kitchen which opens up to the dining table facing the water with a gas grill just off the porch. You’ll find the living room comfortably appointed with a sectional couch and chairs, as well as a large TV. Each bedroom on the main floor has a queen bed as well as its own private bathroom. Upstairs you’ll find two additional queen bedrooms and a large bathroom. Additionally, there is a rooftop deck which is accessible from the porch…where unbelievable sunsets and beautiful views of much of the island can be experienced.
About Great Guana Cay
Part of the Bahamas Out Islands, the Abaco Islands stretch approximately 120 miles and consist of the main island of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with Lubbers Quarters, Elbow Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Walker’s Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Little Grand Cay among other, smaller uninhabited islands.
First inhabited by the Lucayan, the Abaco Islands were settled by the Loyalists of European descent who were fleeing the American Revolution in the early 1780s. The direct descendants and family of these loyalists still live & work on these islands. Quaint colonial-era towns still dot the landscape and are a fascinating look into our shared history. Guana Cays own settlement is dated to the 1820s. Several small museums, notably in Hopetown and on Green Turtle Cay, offer incredible insights into the families who settled the area.
Home to approximately 200 full-time residents, as well as numerous 2nd homeowners, Great Guana Cay is also home to a world class Dive shop, marina, a grocery, pharmacy, and liquor store. Bikes, golf carts (the usual methods of transport), boats and paddle boards can be rented on the island. And, of course, it is also home to the well-known beach bars of Grabbers and Nippers, and the always popular wing night at Sunsetters!
Also calling Great Guana Cay & the Abacos home are numerous turtles such as the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, and the Hawksbill Sea Turtle. On land and in the skies keep your eyes open for curly tail lizards, butterflies, hermit crabs, the elusive land crab, and Abaco parrots! Above and underwater watch for dolphins, rays, colorful reef fish, sea turtles, captivating seahorses, beautiful seashells and conch….and of course, starfish! If fishing is on the agenda, watch for bonefish, grouper, snapper, wahoo, angelfish, hogfish, lionfish, grunts, and the like.
The laid back atmosphere lends itself well to the limited nightlife on Guana. Not to be missed is the world famous (or is it infamous!) Nippers Beach Bar & Restaurant located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, as well as Grabbers Beach Bar on the Sea of Abaco. With over 1,000 square miles of settlements and deserted beaches to explore, the Abacos are a boating and fishing paradise waiting just for you. The Islands of the Abacos are also known as a boat building capital of the Bahamas. Proudly displayed throughout the cays and settlements you’ll find many artifacts, museums, art galleries, and historically important sites. Most of these island sites and areas are a boat ride away, and boat rentals can be easily arranged in advance or upon arrival on Guana Cay thru Dive Guana. Never Flamboyant, the island lifestyle is best described as casual and laid back – so if it’s putt-putt golf, fast food and a boisterous nightlife you are looking for you won’t find it! However, if it’s relaxation and nature at its most pristine, diving on the world’s 3rd largest reef, meeting folks and characters from all walks of life and all corners of the world over a cocktail at sunset- then this is the place for you!
Getting to Great Guana Cay
Bring your own boat! Many guests have ventured over from Florida to stay with us…you’ll find us at 26.67N 077.12W
From the Florida mainland, it’s an easy 50-60 minute flight from the Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or West Palm Beach airports to Marsh Harbour. Major carriers such as Delta and American Airlines also fly into Marsh Harbour with connections thru Atlanta. Once you arrive in Marsh Harbour, it’s a short 10-minute taxi ride to the Ferry Dock (www.alburysferry.com ) and the ferry will drop you off on Great Guana Cay where you will be met & escorted to Merlot Cottage. Air carriers include American, Delta, Silver (United), Bahamas Air. Regularly scheduled flights on private carriers are available – I personally recommend Air Unlimited – as well.