Bed and Breakfast

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The Treehouse
Lucayan Beach
Lucayan Beach

Grand Bahama Birders' Bed and Breakfast

Grand Bahama Birders' Bed and Breakfast offers visiting Birders and nature lovers to Grand Bahama a unique experience. We offer the "Garden Apartment" with two twin bedrooms and bath with shower each, a sitting room with kitchenette, coffeemachine, refrigerator, microwave, and a private patio where a healthy extensive continental breakfast is being served. This is a perfect option for a couple or a family of four.

The Garden Apartment

Private Entrance and Terrace of Garden Apartment

Bedroom # 1

Bedroom # 2

Living Room at the Garden Apartment

Kitchenette for small meal preparations

One of two Garden apt Bathrooms

Breakfast on your Garden Patio

The other option is the recently completed unique "Treehouse" residence that has two screened-in verandas overlooking the private nature preserve, where over 90 species
of birds have been observed ( There is also a butterfly garden and tranquil pond where benches invite you to relax
and enjoy the native Bahamian forest.
The "Treehouse" features two queen sized beds, a 47" flat screen TV, sitting area, kitchenette,with refrigerator, microwave, and
coffee machine.

The Treehouse

Comfortable Queen-sized Beds
Terrace in the Trees
Birds inside and outside!
Butterfly Bathroom

Just follow the birds to the Treehouse!

We are only a three minute walk from the ocean and beautiful Lucaya Beach, and the "birder-friendly" Reef Golf Course 
with eleven ponds is only a ten minute walk away. Our guests have unlimited free access to the tropical Garden of the Groves ( A healthy continental breakfast is included and there is free wi-fi (wireless internet),
maid-service and air-conditioning as well. Free bicycles. Discounted Jeep rental can be arranged. In addition all guests receive a 20% discount on all adventure excursions of Grand Bahama Nature Tours (

For information and rates please call 242-357-5054 or toll free 1-866-440-4542 or E-mail

Nature Trail at our residence


Certified Wildlife Habitat
Jeep rental
Explore Grand Bahama on your own

Pond for Birding

Loggerhead Kingbird


Painted Buntings

Red-legged Thrush

Bahama Woodstar

Your host at Grand Bahama Birders' B&B is Erika Gates, Certified Bahamas Birding Guide, Author of many bird columns and reports on birding and birding events. She also wrote "Natives of the Bahamas" - a Guide to Vegetation and Birds of Grand Bahama. In 2010 Erika received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution in Bird Conservation on Grand Bahama Island by the Society for Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB). In 2000 she was the recipient of the Cacique Award presented by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to an individual that has consistently provided visitors with an outstanding sustainable tourism experience. Erika will be happy to be your guide, she speaks German fluently as she was born in Germany. If you decide to bird on your own she will mark the best birding sites for you so you can find your Bahamas target species during your stay.

Birding and Photography on Reef Golf Course


Great Egret at tranquil pond


Birding at Garden of the Groves

Majestic Palms

Bridges crossing ponds

Picturesque Ponds


Common Gallinule

Western Spindalis

Greater Antillean Bullfinch

Northern Parula


Gary and Anne Skinner
Wrote in November 2016
“Erika was the most wonderful host in every way. From the gorgeously presented room, to the superb breakfast on the sunny balcony and her wonderful garden, which is full of birds (and much other wildlife!). If this wasn’t enough, Erika also rented us a delightful little 4x4 for a very cheap price which we used throughout our week on the island. She was always very free with information about where to see the best birds and was even able to take us to some very good sites. As a busy lady she was not always able to do this, but provided us with excellent directions so that we could find them ourselves. We highly recommend staying with Erika, you will not be disappointed if you go”
Perfect place for Birding and enjoying nature.
Reviewed by: Rafael_Vila from Madrid, Spain
Reviewed on: 04/09/2016 for their stay in 03/2016

The Treehouse
Wonderful and large room with two terraces. Well equipped (TV, WIFI, microwave, toaster, coffee machine..) and large bathroom. An excellent breakfast is served every morning. One of the best points is the access to the wonderful garden where a large number of birds can be seen. Having breakfast over it is a delight for birders. The cordiality and friendliness of Karen has been outstanding and she really knows everything about the birds of the island! Very close to the beach and restaurants are is within walking distance. 
A Truly Excellent Experience.
Reviewed by: Dulcineareb from Elgin, Illinois
Reviewed on: 03/01/2016 for their stay in 02/2016

The Treehouse
Erika and Ed were very helpful and gracious hosts for my wife and I. The Tree House accommodations are very large and comfortable. There are two balcony areas to relax in and to also enjoy the extended continental breakfasts that are delivered every morning to your door step. We found the bathroom area to be very large and the shower area is huge. There is a very wide stairs to climb from the outside up to the Tree House; so if you have mobility issues this would create some concerns. However, just as we were leaving for home; Erika showed us an additional apartment on the ground floor; which has two large bedrooms with two beds in each bedroom; plus a kitchenette area and a large living room area. With a private outdoor patio. But we loved the Tree House. Erika and Ed were able to rent us one of their Jeeps for a day trip across the island to Lucayan National Park and Gold Rock Beach. Don't miss this beach; it is one of the finest beaches that we've ever seen. Also the ocean and our own beach from the Tree House is just a short block away. This beach is absolutely beautiful and has pure white sand. You can walk the beach in towards the Market Place area at any time; and can feel perfectly safe in doing so. My wife and I walked both the beach and the road into the Market Place every day and night; about 15 minutes. The Market Place area has most all of the shopping and eating/drinking establishments that are nearby. We would recommend renting the jeep for a day and stop for lunch on the road to Fortuna Beach at Banana Café. Right on the beach and excellent food. We found the restaurants in the Market Place area to be Pricey and sometimes hit or miss on the quality/quantity. But there were plenty of places to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers. Grand Bahama Island is a real find; if you've not been before, it should be on your bucket list. Relax on its amazing beaches; not overrun with tourists. There is WiFi here also.
Unique and stylish accomodation in a peaceful location, next to a quiet perfect beach.
Reviewed by: R.Lewis
Stayed in 07/2015

The Treehouse:
Erika and Ed are perfect hosts, meeting guests at the airport or ferry, and with a complete knowledge of the island to impart to visitors. The Tree House is stylish and very comfortable, combining air-conditioned space with two shaded spacious terraces overlooking the nature reserve. The perfect uncrowded beach is yards away at the bottom of the quiet residential road and the restaurants, bars and shops of the Lucayan Village are close by. The tree House mini kitchen is well equipped and suitable for occasional cooking. The modern high quality furnishings are complemented by wonderful original artwork. Eric and Ed have a friendly and efficient operation, including Ludi the housekeeper for the Tree House and the whole tour operator team who can organise tours and car rental. We have both spent many years in the hospitality industry and have traveled widely. We really recommend the Tree House for a couple seeking something unique. Finally, our two well behaved dogs traveled on the ferry from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport and were welcomed at the Tree House like VIP's! We stayed for a month and intend to return next year.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 25 July 2015

We had a large apartment with a nice living room plus kitchen, two double bed rooms, two bathrooms plus shower and a nice veranda for ourselves for a very fair rent. It is cleaned everyday and towels, soap and washing is supplied. You can prepare meals yourself or get at least breakfast. The beach is within walking distance (approx. 150 m) and has very few other people. There is a beach bar a few steps down the beach. You can have free bicycles to go shopping or dining at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which is a ten minutes ride. Also you can rent a Jeep from the owner. Erika Gates is the perfect host, lived >40 yrs. on the island, is a well respected expert on local birds and speaks German as her mother's tongue (besides English of course). The visit of her habitat Garden of the Groves is complementary (in the morning its the best to go and maybe take your breakfast there). Also you can book one of her great outdoors activities (with a discount). Definitely some place to recommend.
Stayed July 2015, travelled with family.

Georgia and Eric wrote
in January 2014

"This B&B was far above our expectations. The "Treehouse" is a large apartment with two screened-in patios, beautifully furnished and decorated. The birding theme is evident everywhere you look, in original art and everyday items.Breakfast is fabulous and filling, consisting of a variety of healthy choices designed to last through the day! The host, Erika is gracious, friendly and one of the best tour and birding guides one can ask for. She also gave us information about hotspots on maps and took us everywhere we needed to go. She even includes pickup and drop off at the airport in her hospitality portfolio which is very convenient. To top it off, one can bird from the "Treehouse" veranda while having breakfast. Erika turned her backyard into a bird-friendly habitat which is also a hotspot on Ebird (check out Garden of the Gates), where we saw at least six different species of warblers in five minutes. Erika likes to keep her guests as well as her birds happy - every day at 4 pm she feeds mealworms to Ovenbirds and Red-legged Thrushes and her guests are invited to participate. All in all, can't say enough about what a good time we had! We will definitely return and recommend this B&B to our friends.

Jarno & Josine Beijk from Holland wrote
in December 2013

The "Treehouse" is a fantastic accommodation for birders. Its luxury, excellent view and access to a bird friendly garden were a real delight! On our first visit to Grand Bahama Island we saw more than 70 species in 2 1/2 days with many Bahama specialities and sub species among them, such as the Brownheaded Nuthatch, Zenaida Dove, Greater Antillean Bullfinch and La Sagra's Flycatcher. It was far beyond our expectations. Erika gave us excellent advice how to get the best experience of the bird richness of the island during our short stay. Grand Bahama is really birdorable!!!



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