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“A hard to find but convenient, clean and inexpensive place to stay.”

Marshall's Guest House
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Marshall's Guest House
Ranked #8 of 15 Great Exuma B&B and Inns
Reviewed 24 June 2009

This place is really off the grid-- No website, no email- Just a local phone number that rings in the restaurant. My brother and I were looking for an inexpensive lodging option in downtown georgetown, and other than the peace and plenty, this is it- the Two Turtles Inn is closed. Not having rented a car, and departing from the marina the next day, we needed to be able to walk everywhere- the bank, straw market (great place for souvenirs!), grocery store, bars, and restaurants.

It is not much to look at from the outside, but the rooms were clean, the air conditioning worked very well (!!) there was satelite TV, and a clean mini fridge - all for about half what the Peace and Plenty costs. There were two full size beds, pretty comfortable with clean sheets. There is an attached diner on the property that is very popular with the locals and marina crowd-- breakfast is the best and most authentic in Georgetown, serving "sause" A breakfast stew of either chicken, pigs feet, conch or seafood with potatoes in a broth, to be soaked up with a large slice of corn cake.

There is no 'beach' in town, just a marina or two, but the Club Peace and Plenty has a water taxi (10am out-4pm return) to a very nice and secluded private beach for $10 bucks round trip-- they have a grill that serves awsome hot dogs and conch burgers, and cheaply priced Kaliks (beer of the Bahamas) with lounge chairs right on the water. Miles of secluded- basically deserted beaches- the Nicest sand and clearest water I have seen in my life. The bar at the Peace and Plenty is the center of nightlife for the tourist crowd here, but to get the good food and local vibe head about 1.5 miles north of town to a collection of about a dozen "snack shacks" that serve all kinds of food- fried conch and fish, ribs, etc. Great drinks too-- everything is on the water. Every night there are dozens, if not hundreds of people that gather here- the real town square of the island. Its possible to walk it, otherwise it is a $10 cab ride.

We were on the island for a few days in August and there were basically no tourists there-- Completely deserted beaches. This is a very "no frills" town- not a single 'chain store' anything, but that makes it much more interesting and special--this is just a bit further off the grid than most people go, but you will be well rewarded for it.

A word of caution, and I found out the hard way: There is cell phone service on the island, but it is over $2.00 a minute. I had a $300.00 phone bill that month, and 19 times out of 20, the call wouldn't even connect. That didn't stop the cell company from charging me $2.00 per try though. The pay phones also don't work on the island, and there are no phones in the rooms-- so come prepared to unplug from the grid. There is, however, a fairly reliable internet connected computer in the lobby of the Peace and Plenty.

The "cabs" are actually brand new Chevy Tahoes-- the nicest "taxis" I have ever seen. Well worth the $25 to the airport or elsewhere.

Must Do's:

1. Get a straw hat at the straw market
2. Have a Bahama Mamma from Doc at the poolside bar at the Peace and Plenty
3. Have a Conch Burger and a Kalik at the Peace and Plenty beach club
4. Hike over to the ocean side from the Beach Club-- 3 miles of the most beautiful beach you have ever seen, and not another person in sight.
5. Order a "fried Conch Snack" at the 'Snack Shacks'-- right out of the water, and very inexpensive!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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Address: PO Box 29027, Georgetown, Great Exuma
Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Great Exuma
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Ranked #8 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Great Exuma
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Marshall's Guest House Bahamas/Great Exuma

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