Holmes Bay Beach

Secluded and hidden behind a wall of trees, this tropical paradise offers all visitors a chance to relax to the calm ocean breeze with the Bahama sun shining down on them.

Positioned in the heart of the island of Eleuthera, Holmes Bay Beach is on the Northwest coast of the island, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like the Bahamas. While Holmes Bay Beach may be a little more difficult to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

How to Access The Beach

While there is no dedicated parking area, those arriving via car will be able to park along the side of the road. However, most visitors are from the nearby villas and cottages, and they either walk or take their bicycles.

Amenities and Ambiance

Tucked away, Holmes Bay Beach is clear of any real development, and the clean sand and water create the ultimate tropical sights. The only thing that beach-goers will find that is not in a pristine natural state, is the occasional villa tucked into the forest.

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. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

If you find that you go for shores that provide a serene experience, then maybe head on over to Holmes Bay Beach; it is back in a less urbanized part of Eleuthera.

What's Nearby


Holmes Bay Beach is on the Northwest coast of Eleuthera. NAVFAC Base is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a few attractions in the region.

If you can't wait to see as many of The Bahamas' attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Holmes Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
NAVFAC Base Historical Site 0.9 mi. NW Eleuthera
Big Tree at Palmetto Point Historical Site 10.0 mi. SE Eleuthera
Tarpum Bay Castle Historical Site 20.9 mi. SSE Eleuthera
Cotton Bay Golf Club Golf Course 34.4 mi. S Eleuthera

Cities and Towns

Holmes Bay Beach is in the Governors Harbour area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The closest town is Governors Harbour, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Governors Harbour is a car ride off, about five and a half miles (eight and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked nearby hotels. Holmes Bay Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it can appeal to visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Although travelers will not find that many hotels in the surrounding areas, those options closest to Holmes Bay Beach are shown in the list that follows.

Accommodations near Holmes Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cocodimama 1.1 NW Resort
Hut Pointe Inn 2.4 SE Hotel
Duck Inn 5.3 SE Cottages


While there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, particularly if you are prepared to venture a little out of the way. Bistro Restaurant is one of the closest eateries, which is two and a half miles to the southeast of it.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Holmes Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bistro Restaurant (242) 332-3422 International Informal 2.6 mi. SE
The Beach House (242) 332-3387 Caribbean Very Casual 3.5 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Eleuthera besides Holmes Bay Beach worth visiting.

Another location you might enjoy is South Palmetto Point, found within cab range of the beach. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Alabaster Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it one and an eighth miles to the northwest.

You might also want to visit Governors Harbour Beach, which is located not too far away, meaning a quick cab ride is a solid choice.

The Bahamas has a lot to offer its visitors, but Holmes Bay Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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