I chose St. Francis because of it's location on stocking island, and heard many people want to come to the island, so I said, why not stay here?
We arrived in Georgetown airport, got a taxi to the Market dock...$30. He called St. Francis and they were waiting for us. The caretaker's son Greg picked us up and we rode to Stocking Island which took about 7 minutes.
We were promptly greeted by Jill, who owns the place with George. She always greeted us!
We had room 6. There are only 8 rooms! It is quiet, CLEAN and simple! No loud parties (NAssau) or anything like a SANDALS. But that's it. Coming to a remote and tropical island, don't you want to be secluded a little, and enjoy nature all to yourselves?
There was a breakfast included EVERY morning. She would come around 8:15. It had some of everything--see photo.
You can Kayak to the CHAT N CHILL for the PIG ROAST on SUNDAY where there are a handful of people having fun on the beach...I included a photo to show how far it is. Not at all walkable--BUT totally kayakable!
There is a blue hole where you can snorkel to--follow the land all the way to the right from the main dock, pass a second dock and then rocks jet out. You can see tons of fish hiding in the cave opening about 80 feet down!
*Note: St. Francis has flippers on loan!
They also had 2 hobie cats BUT we didn't use them.
There are about 2 2-person kayaks and maybe 3 single ones.
salads, burgers, soup
Make a reservation before 4pm, wider selection than the lunch menu, fresh fishes, lobster--see photo, vegetables and more! If you don't get a reservation you can always order off the lunch menu till 6:30pm...kitchen closes at 7pm.
Monday was a poker night...people came off of boats etc for this. People come to the restaurant from other places--georgetown, boats etc...
We snorkeled, walked around the island, looked for shells (the secret is do it low tide on sand dollar beach)...We also went with dive-exuma for a morning snorkel out to a reef--elizabeth reef and more.
SFR was a hidden GEM. People were all friendly there (guests) and Jill was exceptional, looking out for us in what we needed and always greeted us when we came back on shore either from Kayaking, boating, water taxi etc...
The water was warm--not as warm as Mexican water, but it was May...The fish were best seen out near that blue hole or on a snorkeling trip. Though there are rays that hang out in front of the CHAT N CHILL, because people feed them conch guts. We pet them.
There was no rain whatsoever when we were out...It was great weather.
The rooms were fine. We had 2 beds--the shower had hot water with great pressure if we needed it. There was a coffee maker, toaster and fridge. Water from the tap was drinkable--bring a waterbottle and just refill.
We left EARLY (645) and Jill made sure we had breakfast and she boated us back to Georgetown where she had arranged out taxi the night before (JJ ROLLE).
I would totally recommend this place for the price, friendliness, location and wonderful time!
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- St Francis Resort is located in a pristine location on Stocking Island. Enjoy miles of whitesand beaches, diving and watersports, sailing, dining, and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Francis Hotel Great Exuma
- St Francis Resort Bahamas/Great Exuma