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.

Located on the island of Eleuthera, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Cistern Cay Beach stands out because it's the ideal location for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Many of the other beaches in the Bahamas offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually more cramped because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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!

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Cistern Cay Beach grants a quiet and serene environment, especially since the area surrounding the beach is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the Northwest coast of Eleuthera. Nearby accommodations include the Cove Eleuthera, which is found fairly close-by. A short ride in a cab is a solid choice for getting to this property, perhaps the closest place to stay reachable from Cistern Cay Beach, despite the fact that there aren't many other popular spots close-by.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Cistern Cay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
NAVFAC Base Historical Site 25.2 mi. SE Eleuthera
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 33.2 mi. SE Eleuthera
Big Tree at Palmetto Point Historical Site 36.0 mi. SE Eleuthera

Cities and Towns

The closest town is , which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Dunmore Town is just up the road, about two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

While vacationers will find just a few accommodations in the immediate vicinity, those accommodations closest to the beach can be viewed 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 best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to eat at a local restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Acquapazza is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both Italian and Mediterranean dishes on the menu. They're also renowned for their pasta and seafood. You'll find it two miles away.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Cistern Cay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Acquapazza (242) 333-3240 Italian, Mediterranean Informal 2.0 mi. NNE
Sunset Restaurant (242) 333-2325 International Informal 2.1 mi. NNE
Cocoa Coffee House (242) 698-0242 International Informal 2.4 mi. NNE
Ma Ruby's Restaurant (242) 333-2161 Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. NNE
Rooster Tail Bar & Grill (242) 333-2142 Caribbean, International Informal 2.4 mi. NNE
The Boathouse Restaurant (242) 333-2142 Bahamian, Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. NNE
Rock House Restaurant (242) 333-2053 International Fine Dining 2.5 mi. NNE
Harry O's (242) 333-3478 Caribbean Very Casual 2.6 mi. NNE
The Landing restaurant (242) 333-2707 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 2.6 mi. NNE
Runaway Hill Inn Restaurant (242) 333-2150 Fusion, International Informal 2.7 mi. NNE
Dunmore Deli (242) 333-2644 International Informal 2.7 mi. N
Arthur's Bakery (242) 333-2285 Caribbean Very Casual 2.7 mi. N

Other Beaches

Of course, Cistern Cay Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on Eleuthera.

Another location you might enjoy is Pink Sands Beach, found three miles to the north-northeast. Prepare to be swept away by the gorgeous shores of the Bahama's Pink Snds Beach. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Whale Point Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a mile and a half to the east.

Vacationers may also want to visit Gaulding's Cay Beach, which is located not too far away, so a quick cab ride is an easy option.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Bahamas; then again, Cistern Cay Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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