Attractions on Eleuthera

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 an abundance of beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should find some appealing options. Just click on the beach names for more detail concerning that particular location.

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.

A second location to consider is Pink Sands Beach. There are many access points along the beautiful Pink Sands Beach, and you can walk there from any of the boat docks on the island. If you wish to further explore the island, golf cart rental is the preferred method.

Ben Bay Beach: The small cove is completely enveloped by trees that stretch back for some time, fully shrouding the cove from anyone in the outside world. Once on the beach, you will not find much else than a picnic table, so make sure you have everything you will need.

Attractions Map

These examples are only a few of the options worth consideration If you're interested, you can find out more by clicking on this link.

Historical Sites

Like learning some of the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit 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: The NAVAC, short for US Naval Facility, is a military ghost town. Built in the 1950's and abandoned in the 1980's, the facility has been allowed to slowly decay over the last few decades.

Be sure to look through this table to read 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

Guests can enjoy some other worthwhile places worth visiting on Eleuthera.

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 enjoy more of your vacation out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the island has a pair of 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 are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Eleuthera offers some great options, including 3 caves.

You might enjoy a visit to Preacher's Cave, which is situated 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 table directly below provides you with some key facts regarding 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 naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Eleuthera are shown in the following table.

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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