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Looking for remote hideaway for family vacation 6 Adults including one senior citizen. Would like quiet residence on beach for one week of relaxation at xmas. Require normal amenities.

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    Howard: I, along with my wife, have visited the outer "friendly" family islands of the Bahamas. Here's a brief synopsis of the ones which may appeal to you. Abaco-We stayed at the Conch Inn Marina in Marsh Harbor, the capitol. Very laid back with small pool but no beach. We rented a car and traversed the island. Some great isolated and beautiful beaches with many palm trees. All you have to do is ask any hotel manager where the great beaches are. Also, rent a Boston Whaler or take the ferry over to Great Guana Cay(pronounced "key") a large island off Abaco's shores, about 4 miles away. In fact, you may want to stay on Guana Cay. No roads, save narrow lanes about one golf cart wide. Don't worry, maybe only a half dozen golf carts on Guana(no golf course). Also, look into Great Exuma at the Hotel Peace & Plenty, with free trips over to Stocking Island several times per day. Georgetown, the capitol, is laid back and on the Tropic-of-Cancer. Great beaches and relaxation on Stocking Island, but, it's very remote with no trace of touristry enterprises. Lastly, Eluthera was another memorable time to relax on. Look into renting a villa on Eluthera overlooking the sea-many nice ones. Have fun. There are other islands, like San Salvador, we've visited, but by your posted message, these may prove the best suited for you.

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