We stayed at the Whistling Duck June 23-July 8 2010 and were so impressed with the cottage. The owners put so much attention and care into every detail.. The cottage is so bright and airy with tropical designs, the pictures don't do it justice. High quality linens, towels, etc. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need. In addition to the large porch, there is a great sundeck off the bedroom, relaxing hammock on the shaded grounds and a romantic swing on the porch. There is no a/c, but we did not need it (and please note that we stayed in the summer), because of the abundance of screened windows and fans throughout. We like the fresh air and sound of the surf, so we wouldn't have used a/c anyway. If you really need the a/c, I suggest renting the brand new sister cottage, Passionate Pelican.
The cottage is located near the big house (owner's, they don't live there full time), but the landscaping is so well done, you can't even see the house from the cottage's grounds. The use of kayak and bicycles was included in the price.
We loved the beach in front of the cottage. Even though it's on the Atlantic side, the beach is very calm because of the cays protecting the water. We watched the sea turtles right out front every single day. We kayaked to the nearby cays to explore and to the great reef just a couple of yards off shore. The reef is located about halfway between the cottage and Clarence town, about 5-10 minutes by kayak.
The stores nearest to the cottage have a limited selection of food, but we did just fine. We did not come to Long Island for the food. Fishing on the rocks near the marina was excellent so we complemented our meals with fresh fish and conch.
In the summer, mangos and pineapples were in season. I've never tasted a more juicy, sweet, and delicious pineapple than the ones we bought from the local farmer. I forgot his name, but ask for the pineapple farmer from the Turtle Cove. He grows them without pesticides and you can really taste the difference. He lives on the road that goes in the opposite direction from the turn to the Dean's Blue Hole. It's hard to explain the location of the house, but easy to find – any local will direct you.
We loved Long Island! We went to the south to the Gordon's beach – calm turquoise water and powder sand. The beach near Dunnmore's was beautiful with quiet a surf. Visiting Dean's Blue Hole is a must, when we went there, there was so much colorful fish on the edge, like an aquarium.
About the flight. We flew Southern Air from Nassau, and the plane creeped me out because it was so old. But the flight was on time, which is a huge plus when you have an independent connecting flight. We flew mid-week, so going through the customs and security in Nassau was a breeze on the way there and back.
We enjoyed Whistling Duck and Long Island and will definitely come back.