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.

Located 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 should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in the Bahamas. While Driftwood Beach might be a bit off the beaten path, it provides a rare chance to escape crowds of tourists.

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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline.

Driftwood Beach offers those who visit a quiet and peaceful getaway, since the area surrounding the beach contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North West coast of Eleuthera; it's located near attractions like NAVFAC Base, which is a brief cab ride away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Driftwood Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
NAVFAC Base Historical Site 8.2 mi. SE Eleuthera
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 16.3 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 closest part on Eleuthera to Driftwood Beach is Alice Town. This friendly part of Eleuthera is only four and a half miles from the beach, meaning a trip here doesn't have to take all day. Keep in mind that is not heavily urbanized, so for those wishing to get a taste of local life, Alice Town might make for a rather pleasant day trip.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Although travelers will find just a few hotels in the area, those options closest to Driftwood Beach can be viewed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Driftwood Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Rainbow Inn 2.1 mi. W Cottages
Buttonwood Reserve 4.1 mi. ESE Villa complex
Surfers Beach Manor Hotel 7.5 mi. WNW Hotel
Cocodimama 8.0 mi. SE Resort


While this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you are prepared to venture a little farther away. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Rainbow Inn Restaurant, which is two miles to the west of it.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Driftwood Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rainbow Inn Restaurant (242) 335-0294 Eclectic Informal 2.1 mi. W
LeoRose Sunset Beach Bar & Grill (242) 335-6223 Bahamian Very Casual 3.8 mi. E

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Driftwood Beach on Eleuthera.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Pink Sands Beach, located 17 and a half miles to the northwest. 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, you might enjoy people watching at Hidden Beach. It's located two and a half miles to the west-northwest.

Vacationers may also want to visit Smugglers Beach, located one and an eighth miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Bahamas, but Driftwood Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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