Green Turtle Cay 101: Staying Here

This is the third installment in the Green Turtle Cay 101 series. For parts one and two, see: Green Turtle Cay 101: An Introduction and Green Turtle Cay 101: Getting Here.

Despite its diminutive size (it’s 3 miles, end to end), Green Turtle Cay offers a varied selection of accommodation options.

GTC Map with Resorts

At the north end of the island are two small resorts, the Green Turtle Club and Bluff House. Each offers a marina, on-site dining, a gift shop, small beach and swimming pool.

The Green Turtle Club
The Green Turtle Club

Numerous vacation rentals are also available, ranging from cheap-and-cheerful efficiency apartments to family- and pet-friendly cottages and expansive luxury villas.

If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, consider renting a cottage or apartment within the New Plymouth settlement. Not only will you be within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants, but you’ll be able to get acquainted with the local folks, who are incredibly warm and welcoming. You can pop over to the local bakery for coffee and breakfast pastries, challenge the local kids to a basketball game after school, and watch the ferry come and go as you enjoy a meal or cool drink on your porch.

New Plymouth's Ma Masie's Cottage, decorated for the holidays
New Plymouth’s Ma Mazie’s Cottage, decorated for the holidays

If on the other hand, your dream vacation involves stepping right out the door onto a pristine beach, or going for days without seeing another human being, you’d probably prefer accommodations outside the settlement. (Note that this will necessitate renting a golf cart if you’d like to explore the cay or spend time in town.)

Sandy Bay House
Sandy Bay House, Gillam Bay

Wherever you choose to stay, here are a few things you should know:

  • Most Bahamian resorts, rental agents and vacation home owners collect a 10% resort tax, which is remitted to the government. Some also levy a 4% Out Island Promotion Board fee.
  • At your request, local grocery and liquor stores will stock your rental before you arrive. This is especially convenient if you’re arriving late in the day or on a Sunday. Your rental agent can assist in making arrangements.
  • Since many visitors (like Tom and me) relish the idea of unplugging completely, some Green Turtle Cay rentals don’t offer Internet service or televisions. A handful don’t even have telephones. You may want to confirm in advance which amenities are included with potential rentals.
Maranatha Cottage, New Plymouth
Maranatha Cottage, New Plymouth

For more information about accommodations in Green Turtle Cay, visit:

You’ll also find Green Turtle Cay vacation rentals listed on VRBO, Home Away and other similar websites.

If I’ve overlooked your favourite place to stay on the cay, drop me a note!

Next up: Eating Here.


  17 comments for “Green Turtle Cay 101: Staying Here

  1. Marxps
    March 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Is the New Plymouth Inn still in business? peter

    • March 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Hi, Peter. No, unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s currently up for sale. I do hope someone will buy it — it’s such a wonderful piece of island history.

  2. Nicole Fleming
    March 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Hi, I have been following your blog with delight,,, and passing it along to,our clients and friends to enjoy as well.

    I am therefore very surprised that as the biggest cottage colony on the island , and having been in business since 1969 , we were not even mentioned in the ” places to stay ” on this latest GTC 101.

    Of course, we are located from sea to sea at the furthest point from the village of New Plymouth , BUT we are the only resort and accomodations with frontage on BOTH the ocean and the Sea Of Abaco. .,,, and a dock on the premises .

    Maybe one of your next blog could suggest a half day trip to the North End which in my opinion still pretty much resemble the way GTC looked when we first came there in 1985 . Unspoiled and a little wild.

    Keep up the roof work, we really enjoy your writing !

    Nicole Fleming Owner

    Cocobay Cottages P.O Box AB 22795 Green Turtle Cay Abaco,Bahamas

    PH:800-752-0166 561-202-8149


    • March 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Hi, Nicole. Thanks for your note. You are correct! I did inadvertently leave out Coco Bay. Will add it in.


  3. Ann Carmel
    March 8, 2014 at 3:41 am

    A delightful place to visit. An historical town, marinas, modern rentals, fun restaurants and a coffee bar, a convenient airport, and friendly people – what’s not to love?

  4. March 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Amanda. Adding this to my GTC archive! Safely at Delphi, with trip to GTC in mind… When the fishing is less inviting than today! RH

  5. Ron Unger
    March 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    Your blog is great and very entertaining to follow. BTW I’ve lost your email address so drop me a line so that we can reconnect…!

  6. Sarah Sams
    September 14, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for providing all this accurate, well written and beautiful presented info about the island.

    • September 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      You’re very welcome! And thanks to you for your kind words. 🙂

  7. Charles Heiny
    May 5, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Spent lots of time on GTC back the late 70’s and 80’s. Uncle Berts,Miss Emilys Blue Bee. Ross and the Bahama Seas. Your blog opens my heart to all those good times. THANK YOU…THANK YOU…..THANK YOU.

    • May 11, 2020 at 7:19 am

      Hi, Charles. Thanks so much for your note. I’m so glad to know that the blog helps bring back some happy memories for you.


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