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 whether or not you're 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 lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Cistern Cay Beach provides an idyllic and tranquil place to escape, as the location that surrounds the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Cistern Cay Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the Northwest coast of Eleuthera. You can stay at the nearby Cove Eleuthera, that can be found four and a half miles to the southeast, making it perhaps the most conveniently located lodging option near Cistern Cay Beach, despite the lack of additional popular spots close-by.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. 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
Big Tree at Palmetto Point Historical Site 36.0 mi. SE Eleuthera

Cities and Towns

Cistern Cay Beach is in the Dunmore Town area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Nearby, you'll find the city of Dunmore Town, which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Dunmore Town isn't far off, maybe 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 hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's often visited by visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Although you won't find many hotels nearby, the closest ones are shown 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


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far away. One of the closest places to eat is Acquapazza. This restaurant has both Italian and Mediterranean menu items. They are also known for their pasta and seafood. You can find it two miles away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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) 698-0242 International 2.4 mi. NNE Harbour Island
Rooster Tail Bar & Grill (242) 333-2142 Caribbean, International 2.4 mi. NNE Harbour Island
The Boathouse Restaurant (242) 333-2142 Bahamian, Caribbean 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

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Eleuthera, so if Cistern Cay Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Pink Sands Beach, situated three miles away. Prepare to be swept away by the gorgeous shores of the Bahama's Pink Snds Beach. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Whale Point Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's found a mile and a half to the east.

You may also want to consider Gaulding's Cay Beach, which is located not too far away, meaning a short ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

While the Bahamas has many alluring attractions, a trip to Cistern Cay Beach could end up a family favorite.


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