Eleuthera Attractions

Photo credit: © Barb McKellar
 

For one of the more secluded islands in the Bahamas, there is plenty to do on a daily basis on Eleuthera.  Although best known for their beaches (which have been called the "sexiest" beaches around), there are also several architecturally significant landmarks, a lighthouse, and numerous places to explore the island's natural habitat.  

Beaches

Plum Creek Beach

You will find several beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on each beach name for more detail concerning that beach.

Plum Creek Beach: Stretching along a series of cays that are barely connected, this beach is absolutely beautiful. Surrounded by the crystal waters of the Bahamas and soft white sand for as far as the eye can see, there are not many beaches that can contend with Plum Creek in terms of offering nothing short of paradise.

Another option for beach-goers to consider is Ben Bay Beach. It is quite a journey reaching Ben's Bay, so the best idea is to get an in depth road map. However, a general idea of the path to get there involves heading North on Public Highway until it splits East and West. You will want to go West. Pass the first dirt road on the right (which should appear within seconds of making the turn), and keep going until the next right turn, which you will take.

Ship's Channel Cay: A quaint sand bar that most people sail to in order to relax on the quiet beach and grab an iced cold drink, this beach is the epitome of a deserted island getaway.

Attractions Map

These examples are just a few of the available options. To read a more complete discussion of beaches, read this article.

Historical Sites

Do you like learning about the history of places you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Big Tree at Palmetto Point. It is North Palmentton Point, in southeastern Eleuthera. Often a point of reference when locals give out directions, Big Tree at Palmetto Point is not only tall stretching 25 feet into the air, but as big around as a small shack.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Harbour Island Haunted House. It is Harbour Island, in northwestern Eleuthera. According to legend, the mansion served as the home of a wealthy family until, one day, the family vanished in the 1940's. Over the years the mansion was left alone.

NAVFAC Base: Adventurous guests willing to make the journey are able to explore the abandoned military complex. With buildings in ruins and various items still littering the floor.

Glance through the chart below to learn more about historical sites on Eleuthera.

Historic Sites On Eleuthera
Name Phone Location Island
Albert Johnson Memorial -- 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Big Tree at Palmetto Point -- 1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central South Palmetto Point Eleuthera
Harbour Island Haunted House -- 0.8 mi. South of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island
NAVFAC Base -- 6.4 mi. Northwest of Central Governors Harbour Eleuthera
Tarpum Bay Castle -- 0.2 mi. East of Central Tarpum Bay Eleuthera

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can explore some other worthwhile sites worth visiting on the island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Eleuthera
Name Type Location Island
Bannerman Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Bannerman Town Eleuthera

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy being outdoors? You may be pleased to know the island has a couple of nature preserves on it.

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a popular nature preserve located within southeastern Eleuthera. Part botanical garden and part preserve, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a privately protected forest dedicated to the native plants that grow in the Bahamas that have become under threat from invasive species.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Eleuthera
Name Type Location Island
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.4 mi. Northwest of Central South Palmetto Point Eleuthera

Caves

Even though most vacationers come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Eleuthera offers multiple options, including 3 caves.

You might enjoy a visit to Preacher's Cave, which is found within northwestern Eleuthera. While Eleuthera is one of the more popular islands of the Bahamas, there is not city comparable to Nassau on it, so even getting to the island can be an adventure. One on the island, you will have to head all the way north, via Queen's and Public Highway and then turn towards Tay Bay Beach.

The chart directly below has more details concerning caves.

Caves On Eleuthera
Name Type Location
Hatchet Bay Caves Cave 2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Gregory Town
Preacher's Cave Cave 5.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mano Creek
Rock Sound cave and ocean hole Cave 1.3 mi. South of Central Rock Sound

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Eleuthera are displayed in the chart below.

Land Formations On Eleuthera
Name Type Location Island
Cow and the Bull Rock Formation 3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Devil's Backbone Other Natural Formation 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Wells Eleuthera
Dunmore Town Bay Bay 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Moray Pond Pond 1.3 mi. North of Central James Cistern Eleuthera
Ocean Hole Lake 7.1 mi. Northeast of Central Green Castle Eleuthera
Oleander Bay Bay 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Pink House Reef Reef 0.3 mi. South West of Central James Cistern Eleuthera
Queens Bath Hot Spring 3.8 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Red Pond Pond 8.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Green Castle Eleuthera
 

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