Driftwood Beach

An interesting but small beach, Driftwood get its name from the loads of items that make their way here, washing up on shore. Some will find this an annoyance, but others will find it terribly interesting.

Positioned near the heart of the island of Eleuthera, 4.3 miles east of Alice Town, Driftwood Beach is on the North West coast of the island, You might want even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. It's often said that Driftwood Beach is perfect for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches in the Bahamas may be just as beautiful, but are usually busier since they're near some of the most popular hotels.

How to Access The Beach

Driftwood beach can be accessed off of Queen's Highway, in between James Point Beach and Hidden Beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The fascinating coral formations you'll find in the vicinity make this beach worth a visit, particularly if you have proper shoes for climbing up and over the many rocks.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Driftwood Beach offers a quiet and peaceful place to escape, in part because the area surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Driftwood Beach on the North West coast of Eleuthera. It is near some interesting sites like NAVFAC Base, which is just a cab ride away, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Driftwood Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
NAVFAC Base Historical Site 8.2 mi. SE Eleuthera
Big Tree at Palmetto Point Historical Site 19.1 mi. SE Eleuthera
Tarpum Bay Castle Historical Site 29.2 mi. SE Eleuthera

Cities and Towns

The nearest area of Eleuthera to Driftwood Beach is Alice Town. This destination is only four and a half miles from the beach, so you needn't use up an entire day here. Keep in mind that Alice Town is certainly not a bustling region, but it will be a pleasant day trip for those wishing to get a better feel for the area.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Though beach-goers will not find that many accommodations in the area, those accommodations closest to the beach can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Driftwood Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Rainbow Inn 2.1 mi. W Cottages
Surfers Beach Manor Hotel 7.5 mi. WNW Hotel
Cocodimama 8.0 mi. SE Resort


Though you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you are willing to venture a little out of the way. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Rainbow Inn Restaurant, which is two miles to the west of it.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Driftwood Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rainbow Inn Restaurant (242) 335-0294 Eclectic Informal 2.1 mi. W
Kel-D's Bar and Grill -- -- -- 3.3 mi. E
Waters Edge Internet Cafe (242) 335-0679 -- -- 4.2 mi. W

Other Beaches

Eleuthera has many beaches, so Driftwood Beach is not your only option.

You might also enjoy Pink Sands Beach, situated 17 and a half miles away. Prepare to be swept away by the gorgeous shores of the Bahama's Pink Snds Beach. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might like Hidden Beach. You'll find it two and a half miles to the west-northwest.

Travelers may also want to consider Smugglers Beach, which is located one and an eighth miles to the west.

There's plenty to see and do in the Bahamas, and Driftwood Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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