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.
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.
These examples are just a few of the available options. To read a more complete discussion of beaches, read this article.
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.
|--||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|
|--||0.2 mi. East of Central Tarpum Bay||Eleuthera|
Visitors can explore some other worthwhile sites worth visiting on the island.
|Lighthouse||3.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Bannerman Town||Eleuthera|
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.
|Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.4 mi. Northwest of Central South Palmetto Point||Eleuthera|
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.
|Cave||2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Gregory Town|
|Preacher's Cave||Cave||5.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mano Creek|
|Cave||1.3 mi. South of Central Rock Sound|
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.
|Rock Formation||3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Other Natural Formation||1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Wells||Eleuthera|
|Bay||0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
|Pond||1.3 mi. North of Central James Cistern||Eleuthera|
|Lake||7.1 mi. Northeast of Central Green Castle||Eleuthera|
|Bay||0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Reef||0.3 mi. South West of Central James Cistern||Eleuthera|
|Hot Spring||3.8 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Pond||8.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Green Castle||Eleuthera|
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