Ridley Head

Smooth sand and water as blue as the sky create the pristine picture of Ridley Head Beach. Well known but still secluded, this tropical paradise is located on the very tip of Eleuthera Island, and thus only some will be able to actually reach it.

Positioned on the island of Eleuthera, 1.8 miles east-northeast of Spanish Wells, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. Ridley Head stands out because it's the ideal location for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches in the Bahamas may be just as breezy and refreshing, but tend to be more crowded because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach

Once on Eleuthera Island, getting to the beach is simply a matter of heading north until you can no longer.

Amenities and Ambiance

Surrounded by a panoramic view of beautiful ocean, Ridley Head Beach is the classic tropical beach most think of when going to the Bahamas. When looking out, you will be able to see small islands off in the distance, as well as the occasional other beach goer or snorkeler in the water.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

If you tend to go for shores which bring visitors a serene experience, then think about trying out Ridley Head; it's hidden away within a more rural area of Eleuthera.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Ridley Head peacefully removed from hotels and popular attractions, in a remote area on the Northwest coast of Eleuthera.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Ridley Head
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
NAVFAC Base Historical Site 33.3 mi. SE Eleuthera

Cities and Towns

Ridley Head is close to Dunmore Town, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Dunmore Town is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Dunmore Town is about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels.

Don't anticipate finding any of The Bahamas' large resorts alongside this beach, though if you're hoping to dodge hoards of vacationers, the shortage of accommodations will be a welcomed sight.


You might not find any places to eat in the vicinity of this location, so you might want to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Ridley Head on Eleuthera.

Another location you might enjoy is Pink Sands Beach, situated seven and a half miles away. Prepare to be swept away by the gorgeous shores of the Bahama's Pink Snds Beach. On the other hand, Ben Bay Beach could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations. It's located three quarters of a mile to the east.

Vacationers may also want to visit Spanish Wells Beach, located two and a half miles away.

You may find that Ridley Head is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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