I took my 85 old parents and family (4) down to Freeport for an early Christmas. We had a wonderful time, even though the weather was a bit windy and cool (65-70). We swam in the canal on the winder days and saw small fish, jelly fish, crabs, a turtle and a manatee! It checked us out (got within a couple feet of us--no problems seeing prop-scars and the sucker fish), before it swam off. Pretty awesome. Snorkeling in the ocean we were able to find an octopus, sea stars, conchs, sand dollars (live and dead), sea-biscuits (live and dead), lots of octo-corals/sea-rods and a fair number of small fish. We walked the beach daily looking for shells (lots to find). My daughter and I paddled the canal one day and found clams and crabs and were surprised by the number of yellow-crowned night herons roosting in the area (10 ). We also had a small flock of Ibis (30 ) come through the yard and munch up insects and a millipede. This is definitely the quiet corner of the island.
The property is spacious, clean and very well equipped. The espresso machine is definitely top-shelf and my daughter practiced here latte art. Other than going to the Fish-Fry on the beach (Wednesday night), we ate at the house and didn't have a problem finding the right pan or gadget.
A few things to know: The island was hit hard by a hurricane a few years ago. This property survived well (or has been re-built), but some of the surrounding structures are in need of repair or are being worked on (sporadically). We saw a few sunken boats in the canal that have yet to be salvaged. This may be disconcerting to some. But if you're going for sun and ocean, it isn't a problem. Also note, the property is on the ocean, which means salt and salt air takes its toll. Nothing major is broken, but aluminum corrosion and rust is evident.
We didn't use the pool (it is un-heated and was chilly due to the lack of sun) or the bar-b-cue. Also, the generator didn't kick on when the power momentarily went off, so I don't know if it works or not. If we had need it (it was a vacation), I am sure the responsive property manager would have gotten it going. Enjoy!