Attractions in Governors Harbour

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As the main settlement on Eleuthera, Governors Harbour is an important point of interest for tourists.  Many choose to stay in town, and even those who don't find themselves stopping by regularly.  Centrally located on the island, local attractions are always within easy reach, even if they aren't directly in town. 


Tippy's Beach

You'll find several beaches to visit in and around the area. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

Tippy's Beach: A beautiful sunny beach with sand that shimmers almost as much as the water, Tippy's Beach is close enough to development to have some amenities, but far enough away that you can expect a bit more privacy.

A second location for beach-goers to consider is Governors Harbour Beach. The beach is right off Haynes Avenue and is one of the easiest beaches to get to on the island.

Browney Beach: Long and straight, this beach is picture-book Bahamas with its gorgeous turquoise waters and soft, fine sand. The beach is long and wide and surrounded on both ends by rock formations which make for an interesting climbing experience if you have proper shoes.

Of course, the area is home to a full range of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Use this link to read our discussion of beaches for Governors Harbour.

Historical Sites

In case you like to explore the historical roots of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your vacation.

One popular destination is Big Tree at Palmetto Point. It is situated in North Palmentton Point, 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of central Governors Harbour. Often a point of reference when locals give out directions, Big Tree at Palmetto Point is not only tall stretching 25 feet into the air, but as big around as a small shack.

Many travelers also choose to visit NAVFAC Base. It is located in Governors Harbour. The NAVAC, short for US Naval Facility, is a military ghost town. Built in the 1950's and abandoned in the 1980's, the facility has been allowed to slowly decay over the last few decades.

Take a look at the table below for more information on sites of historical interest near Governors Harbour.

Historic Sites Near Governors Harbour
Name Phone Location
Big Tree at Palmetto Point -- North Palmentton Point, 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Governors Harbour
NAVFAC Base -- 6.4 mi. Northwest of Central Governors Harbour

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend part of your vacation outside? You might be happy to find out that the area has a popular nature preserve available.

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a nature preserve located in eastern Governors Harbour. When coming to the Leon Levy Preserve, guests will be able to explore a variety of trails that will lead them throughout the park to see some of the native plants. Additionally, guests will learn of the benefit the native plants offer, and how the invasive plants can hinder those benefits.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In Governors Harbour
Name Type Location Island
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.0 mi. East of Central Governors Harbour Eleuthera

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