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There is only limited accommodation on Crooked Island. As the best beaches for swimming and snorkeling are in the west and north, the top three options are:
There also some AirBnBs.
Regardless of where you stay, if you want to try bone fishing or do any excursions ask your hotel but be advised that you need to get a permit for bone fishing first.
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Our Crooked Island Travel Guide has detailed information about the individual destinations, links to their locations in google maps, reviews and websites (if available).
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Named after the pine trees in front of the property, we loved Casuarina Pines Villas. It is located on a white sand beach on the west side of Crooked Island where you have turquoise water just a few feet outside your cabin. There is little current, so swimming is good and the rocks in the water make for real good snorkeling as they provide lots of hiding places for fish.
The hotel is close enough to the Landrail Point settlement so that you can easily walk the 0.5 miles (1km) to e.g. the supermarket in town and it is far enough away that you can have nearly total solitude.
The road into town that google maps shows does not exist; the existing road is actually only half the distance into town. Don’t worry, it is the only road here, so you cannot get lost.
Casuarina Pines Villas are managed by Hylene Moss and her husband Ellis. They are some of the nicest people and Hylene constantly managed to exceed our expectations.
One day I told her that I need to make an appointment for our Covid test and asked her about the clinic. The next thing I know is that she had made appointments for us.
Hylene is pronounced like “Eileen" with an “H", so like “Hi-lean".
The best way to reach her is by WhatsApp, but she responds promptly to Messenger (Casuarina Pines Villas) too.
Hylene and Ellis live in Landrail Point. She has a day job at the Administrator’s Office building and Ellis is retired.
Hylene typically comes to the hotel at around 5pm to open the restaurant which is open to anyone on the island. Her dishes are large, taste well and are very reasonably priced.
Thursday evening is pizza and chicken night, which is popular with the locals and expats who call in their orders ahead of time. We had a great time talking to the locals and expats and even made friends with some of them.
Casuarina Pines Villas has a main building where the restaurant is, 4 large studio cabins and one 2 bedroom villa. All building exteriors are painted in white with different accent colors (orange, yellow, green, pink, blue and purple).
The studio cabins are exceptionally clean and the furniture appears brand new. They have 2 queen beds, a kitchenette with pots, pans, plates, cups, utensils, cutting board, coffee machine, toaster, microwave, electric stove, fridge and freezer, TV and a quiet and efficient A/C.
The TV has no TV channels. It can connect wirelessly to the internet so that you can watch free YouTube or Netflix if you have a subscription.
Casuarina Pines Villas has free and fast wifi that is password protected.
Besides towels and washcloths, soap, conditioning shampoo and lotion, two beach towels are provided.
There are also clothes hangers, an iron, ironing board and a broom.
All villas face west and you can see the beach and turquoise ocean waters from your bed. The villas have a deck that is facing the beach and has 2 chairs. About half way from the green villa to the beach is a covered area with a hammock and beach chairs and loungers for all guests to use. Wifi from our pink cabin (house #3) reached all the way out there. Next to the covered area is an outdoor shower.
At the time of writing, the studio cabin costs $165 per night and the 2 bedroom villa is $290 per night. No meals are included in that price, but you can add full board for $75 per person per night if you are interested. We decided to cook for ourselves.
Hylene can get you a rental car for $65 per day, kayaks cost $60 per person per day or $100 for 2 kayaks per day plus potentially a car rental in case you want to kayak somewhere else on Crooked Island.
Bicycles are $20 per person per day. There is no free airport pick-up from Colonel Hill airport (CRI) and you will either need to pay $80 for the airport transfer or, as we did, rent a car for $65 per day. Pick-up and drop-off of the rental car are anywhere on Crooked Island at no extra charge.
The price of gasoline varied between $6 and $7 per gallon in November and December 2021.
Snorkeling off the beach is very good. Please see our review of Seahorse Shores.
Crooked Island Lodge has a private air strip for anyone who has a private aircraft and does not want to depend on the two weekly flights from Bahamas Air.
They also have a marina for people who arrive by private boat.
At the time of writing there were 8 double rooms with ocean view for $195 per night. You can add a meal plan for $65 per person per night, children under 12 pay half.
In walking distance to the Colonel Hill airport is Nature's Delight Lodge. Here you can rent cabins which are in close proximity to the beach.
At the time if writing, the 2 bedroom house costs $240 per night and the 1 bedroom suites cost $130 per night.
There are some AirBnBs that mostly rent you a bedroom and you share living quarters and bathrooms with the owner.