On both the Atlantic and Carribean lie countless unspoiled, natural beaches that are waiting to be discovered. Take a long walk at low tide, relax in the sun, or partake in shelling and snorkeling on shallow reefs off shore. Don’t miss the spectactular Lighthouse Beach at low tide or Ten Bay Beach at sunset.
Lighthouse Beach is included on some “ten best beaches in the world” lists and it is well worth the effort required to get there. The last few miles to the beach are on an unpaved dirt road and while a four-wheel drive vehicle would no doubt make the trip easier, it can be done (with care) in a car or van. Chances are, once you get there, as with so many of the beaches on Eleuthera, you’ll have this breathtaking beach entirely to yourself!
Goulding’s Cay, just north of Gregory Town is an enchantingly lovely beach with a small offshore island on the Carribean side of the island, perfect for days when it’s windy on the Atlantic side.
Surfer’s Beach on the Atlantic side of the island, two miles south of Gregory Town is a stretch of powdery white sand offering the best surfing in the Bahamas. The (former) Club Med beach is a stunningly beautiful stretch of sand, close to Governor’s Harbor.
Take a drive down Queen’s Highway and explore! Stretching 110 miles long and 3 miles wide, Eleuthera’s 15 settlements are rich with character, color and history. Close to Point o’ Vue are Tarpum Bay, oce a pineapple exporting community; Rock Sound, which has the “Ocean Hole”, an inland saltwater lake popular with divers; and Governor’s Harbor, the capital of Eleuthera.
Further afield, just north of Gregory Town is one of the narrowest points on Eleuthera, known as the Glass Window. A man-made bridge replaces a natural stone arch, blown away in a hurricane years ago. The bridge spans the gap where the turbulent deep blue Atlantic Ocean meets the calm turquoise Caribbean Sea. [See More About the Glass Window Here].
Just south of the Glass Window is a spot known as the Queen’s Bath, which is an area of tide pools big enough to swim in at low tide. It takes a bit of clambering over the iron shore to get there, but it’s not difficult as long as you’re wearing suitable footwear (not to be attempted in bare feet!). Take water shoes or sandals for swimming too. You must get there during low tide, however – during high tide, it’s largely inaccessible and under water. There is no signage – just a low stone entrance wall on either side of the sand track into a small parking area on the Atlantic side of the Queen’s Highway.
If you’re curious about the subterranean regions of the island, “The Cave”, a mile-long underground cavern near Hatchet Bay, has stalactites and stalagmites and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Preacher’s Cave at the north end of the island served as shelter in 1648 for the shipwrecked first settlers of the island. Off the north end of Eleuthera, Harbour Island is suitable as a long day trip or an overnight trip. Dunmore Town, on Harbor Island, is the oldest settlement in the Bahamas.
Eleuthera is very low-key and relaxed, you can leave your jacket and tie at home! Enjoy the out island nightlife by ordering Conch Pizza at Mate and Jenny’s, enjoy informal continental cuisine on the beach at Tippy’s, native cuisine at Sammy’s in Rock Sound after watching a sunset, or pick up some carry out at Bertha’s just five minutes away in Tarpum Bay. Farther north, the Rainbow Inn offers wonderful meals and entertainment by Dr. Seabreeze.
Right outside Point o’ Vue’s doorstep you can embark on an adventurous day-trip by kayaking to Half Sound from Winding Bay, or simply stroll around Joseph’s Cay. Try deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, snorkeling, diving and boating. Encounter crabs, rays, star fish, occasionally a turtle and an endless variety of sea life. On land, experience every color of blue and green highlighted by the vivid pinks, reds and yellows of hibiscus and oleander. Make plans or just go exploring….