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

There are a large selection of beaches to choose from on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you should find some appealing options. Click on the name of the beach to get additional information concerning that particular location.

Plum Creek Beach: Exotic and secluded, Plum Creek Beach is located on a series of small cays off the South side of Eleuthera Island.

Another option that beach-goers can consider is Ben Bay Beach. A pretty little cove on the north part of Eleuthera Island, Ben's Bay Beach is not only a decently far drive, it is tough to get to, making it one of the most secluded beaches on the island.

Ship's Channel Cay: The island itself is lush with greenery, leading up to a soft, pristine shoreline which has some of the bluest waters you can ever think to see.

Attractions Map

Eleuthera has plenty of additional beach choices. To navigate to our guide to beaches, read this page.

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions during your time on Eleuthera.

A common landmark for vacationers is Big Tree at Palmetto Point. It is North Palmentton Point, in southeastern Eleuthera. The tree is not only awe inspiring in its appearance, but it offers plenty of shade. Most people who drive by stop to snap a picture, and others will bring a picnic lunch and relax on the roots while they eat.

Another landmark worth visiting is Harbour Island Haunted House. It is Harbour Island, in northwestern Eleuthera. The mansion has been gutted and does not offer any service. However, for special events, party planners in the area light thousands of candles in the grounds, a beautiful experience popular with those getting married.

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.

Take a moment to look through the following chart for information concerning sites of historical interest 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

Travelers can experience some other worthwhile attractions 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 hope to spend more of your vacation time outdoors? You may be happy to learn the island has two different nature preserves on it.

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a nature preserve located in 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 visitors to the area are attracted by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Eleuthera offers some great options, including 3 caves.

You might want to visit Preacher's Cave, which is located in northwestern Eleuthera. Explorers beware, lest you suffer the same fate as William Sayles; a captain who shipwrecked on Eleuthera in the 1600's and was forced to find refuge in what is known now as Preachers Cave. Today however, people seek out this cave for its natural beauty and wonderful photo opportunities.

The following table enables you to get more information about 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 visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Eleuthera are summarized here:

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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