Cistern Cay Beach

Cistern Cay Beach is a tropical paradise that has swimming access to another cay, albeit a very small one. Nonetheless, with the crystal clear water and abundance of rock formations, this area is active with coral, fish, and other marine life, making it a top snorkeling destination in the area.

Set on the island of Eleuthera, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Travelers in search of a tranquil, secluded setting should check out Cistern Cay Beach, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

How to Access The Beach

As one of the popular beaches on Eleuthera Island, drivers will be able to take Queen's Highway Northwest and just break off to the Northeast when they hit Upper Bouge.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cistern Cay Beach may look like any other beach from land, but if you put on a mask and head beneath the waves, you'll see an entire metropolis of marine life. The only downside is that everyone entering the water should watch their step, or else they may damage the fragile ecosystem; or step on something that bites or stings back!

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Cistern Cay Beach offers an angelic and tranquil getaway, thanks to the fact that the surrounding area is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the Northwest coast of Eleuthera. It's located near the Cove Eleuthera and any nearby accommodations, which is reasonably close-by. A short ride in a taxi is a solid choice for getting to this property, one of the closest lodging options accessible from Cistern Cay Beach, despite the fact that there aren't many additional popular spots you can reach quickly.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cistern Cay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
NAVFAC Base Historical Site 25.2 mi. SE Eleuthera
Big Tree at Palmetto Point Historical Site 36.0 mi. SE Eleuthera

Cities and Towns

The closest town is , which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Cistern Cay Beach, Dunmore Town is just up the road, about two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Although you won't find many hotels that are within a short car ride, the ones found nearest to the water are listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Cistern Cay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cove Eleuthera 4.6 mi. SE Hotel
The Cove 6.5 mi. SE Hotel
Surfers Beach Manor Hotel 9.7 mi. SE Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to go far. Acquapazza is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves both Italian and Mediterranean dishes on the menu. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pasta and seafood. You can find it two miles away.

Nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Cistern Cay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Acquapazza (242) 333-3240 Italian, Mediterranean 2.0 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Hilltop Terrace (242) 333-2325 International 2.1 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Sunset Restaurant (242) 333-2325 International 2.1 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Avery's Restaurant & Gril (242) 333-3126 American, Caribbean 2.4 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Ma Ruby's Restaurant (242) 333-2161 Caribbean 2.4 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Cocoa Coffee House (242) 333-2142 International 2.4 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Boat House Restaurant (242) 333-2142 Eclectic 2.4 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Rock House Restaurant (242) 333-2053 International 2.5 mi. NNE Harbour Island
The Landing restaurant (242) 333-2707 Caribbean, Fusion 2.6 mi. NNE Harbour Island
The Shack (242) 333-2542 -- 2.6 mi. N Harbour Island
Brian's BBQ (242) 333-3129 -- -- -- Harbour Island
Runaway Hill Inn Restaurant (242) 333-2150 Fusion, International 2.7 mi. NNE Harbour Island

Other Beaches

Cistern Cay Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit on Eleuthera.

You might also enjoy Pink Sands Beach, located three miles away. Prepare to be swept away by the gorgeous shores of the Bahama's Pink Snds Beach. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Whale Point Beach could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it a mile and a half to the east.

Travelers may also want to consider Gaulding's Cay Beach, which is located four and a half miles away.

You may find that Cistern Cay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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