|Minimum Stay||4 - 10 nights|
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Man O War is a small island in the Abaco region of the Bahamas. For those who wish to spend their holiday in complete relaxation, the quiet nature of Man-O-War Cay will be a delightful reprieve from the bustle of some of the other islands of the Bahamas. This island is about 2.5 miles long(4 km), but relatively narrow, often less than 100 metres between the harbor and beach side of the Island. A section of island called "The Narrows" by visitors and "The Low Place" by locals is exceptionally narrow, with a beach on both sides separated by a roadway built into the rock formation between them, less than 10 metres across. Bien Choisi is located just south of "The Narrows".
The island is famous for its boat-building history. William H. Albury was famous in the country for his tremendous boat building skills. He built his first schooner at the age of 14. Albury died in 1972, but the boat building on the Cay still lives on. The last big boat built by the William H. Albury Ship Yard and "Uncle Will", as he had come to be known, was the Esperanto. The Esperanto was later renamed The William H. Albury in his honor, and is currently being restored on the island.
At the northern end of the harbour road is Albury's Sail Shop, it occupies a building overlooking the water. The floor space is devoted to the manufacture and display of brightly colored canvas garments and accessories. They're made using 8-ounce cotton duck fabric, which once served as sailcloth for the community's boats. When synthetic sails came into vogue, four generations of Albury women put the cloth and their talents to use.
Man-O-War has it's own resident master of wood carving. You might even find him in his store and that would be Joe Albury who's been selling his handcrafted items for years all carved on local hardwood or an occasional piece of driftwood.
Joe's Studio is one of three shops where you can admire Bahamian Artistry, Sally's Seaside Boutique with clothes, accessories, and tableware all made from the handmade fabrics of the Bahamas and the Painted Fish located at the marina.
There are two restaurants the Dock and Dine and Hibiscus Cafe, there are no liquor stores on the island. It is best recommended that you buy your liquor in Marsh Harbor before you arrive in Man O War. The Hibiscus Cafe does welcome BYO but there may be a small corking fee. There is a nice selection of Ice Cream outside the building, open late afternoon until 9pm. The Dock n' Dine has just acquired a beer and wine license to be served to dine in customers, their corking fee is excessive, so I recommend you do not bring your own. Several residents prepare take out meals during the week. That schedule is available on request.
Golf-carts are rented by several companies (the narrow roads, often unpaved outside of the town centre, only permit the use of golf-carts or other small vehicles). The diving, snorkeling and water sports around the island are truly exceptional. In 1862 the USS Adirondack, wrecked on the reef just northeast of Man-O-War. One of their cannons from the wreck was salvaged and is mounted in front of Joe's Studio. Check in with Michael, owner of Dive Time, which has recently moved to it's new facility at Abaco Beach Resort, visit his website to make arrangements for dive trips.
Man O War is a 15 minute boat ride from Marsh Harbour, you can access the island by daily ferry service, or often arrangements can be made with the boat rental companies to pick you up in Marsh Harbour.
There is a supermarket in Marsh Harbor, Maxwells, where you can grocery shop before you travel to Man O War. Arrangements can be made to help you get picked up at Marsh Harbor Airport, stop for groceries and a stop at liquor before you make your way over to the island. Any groceries that you might need during your stay may be adequately supplemented by Man O War grocery store on the island.
Bien Choisi, French for well chosen, is a beautiful home on charming Man-O-War Cay. Sea-to-Sea the house overlooks the Sea of Abaco on one side and the Atlantic on the other, with a lush tropical landscape in between. The main house and guesthouse are newly renovated, equipped with all modern conveniences. There are numerous porches and decks for relaxing.
The Sea of Abaco beach on the southwest side of the property is a perfect swimming beach for young children. There is also a dock for boats. The guesthouse sits atop a small hill overlooking the Atlantic and the coral reef in the distance. The beach running along the Atlantic side of the property is Man-O-War's very best, a long beach for swimming and walks. Bien Choisi is a uniquely located very private, beautifully furnished and accessorized property on the most desired cay in all of Abaco.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 16 2016 - Sep 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
10 night minimum stay
|Refundable Damage Deposit||C$669|
If renting for more than 10 days, rate decreases to 771.43 a night.
A supplemental house cleaning is included with multiple week rentals.
If renting less then 7 days, there is an additional cleaning fee of 20.00 per day
Deposits will be returned after the caretakers have determined the following:
1. There is no physical damage to the exterior property, interior or exterior furnishings
2. Household and Kitchen contents are assessed for damage or missing items
3. Additional time was not needed to clean house