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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.

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Green Turtle Cay 101: An Introduction

Recently, I’ve received a number of emails from folks wanting to know more about visiting Green Turtle Cay. This post is the first in a series entitled Green Turtle Cay 101: A Guide to Getting Here, Staying Here and Enjoying all that Green Turtle Cay Has to Offer.

Junkanoo Performers

Local schoolchildren perform at Green Turtle Cay’s Island Roots Heritage Festival, held each May.

If you visit the Bahamas and don’t get any further than the cities of Nassau or Freeport, you’ve really only scratched the surface. For a truly authentic Bahamian experience, you need to visit one of the country’s out islands, also known as the “Family Islands.”

Island HouseAs you’ve likely surmised, my favourite family island is Green Turtle Cay, because quite simply, it’s the polar opposite of Nassau or Freeport.

There are no duty-free shops or noisy casinos, no high-rise chain hotels or American fast-food joints, no cruise ships or smoke-belching Jitneys, no Bay Street peddlers hawking cheap t-shirts.

Instead, there is peace. There is privacy. There are pristine (and often deserted) beaches, charming locals, bikes and golf carts for transportation and more stars at night than you could ever count. There’s a vigorous domino game in town, rake-and-scrape music at sunset, local kids shooting hoops (you’re welcome to join in), home-baked coconut bread at the local grocery, and conch salad chopped fresh while you watch.

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