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THE BEST 15 Things to Do on Eleuthera

adventures, beaches, happenings, tips, Travel - Bret S. - February 7, 2021

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Eleuthera has always been known for it beaches, but there are lots of other things to do on Eleuthera besides visiting beaches. What may have started as a beach vacation may very well end up being the adventure vacation you’ve been looking for and that is what I’ve always loved about the island and its surrounding neighbors. You’re never going to run out of things to do.


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5 more of the best Eleuthera vacation rental tips

adventures, beaches, lodging, Travel - Bret S. - December 13, 2020

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This is the second in a series of blogs offering 5 more of the best Eleuthera vacation rental tips. It will focus on what I consider the second most important aspect of your selection – TRAVEL TIME! We will reveal the 5 tips that you need to consider to understand how travel time will affect the quality of your vacation. We’ll also link to a few properties, where appropriate, that exemplify these choices. Click on this link to read the first blog in this series that talks about the 3 secrets of choosing the best island LOCATION for your vacation rental.


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Eleuthera Navy Base: Haunted or Santeria art collection?

adventures, Travel - Bret S. - August 6, 2020

Is the NAVFAC on Eleuthera haunted?

Exploring the Eleuthera NAVFAC always piques my interest as I love all things macabre. The first few times I ventured through I was merely trying to find the main beach in front of the massive parking lot, but on subsequent visits I became fascinated with the native art that was deemed to be Santeria. Now, I don’t know if it is or isn’t, but it is pretty weird. The fact that most of the art can be found in the building that used to be the chapel also makes the walk through the building just a bit more creepy, as if something will jump out at you (besides one of the goats!) at every turn of a corner. Enjoy a smattering of my photos from my journey through the chapel in 2019. For a brief history of the facility, read on.


The Eleuthera, Bahamas facility was officially commissioned on September 1, 1957. There were 150 officers and enlisted men plus 45 Bahamians. Much of the work detail was related to transportation and communication, and it was said that its main mission was to interecept foreign communications from vessels above and below the ocean that traveled near the Eleutheran shores. Eleuthera made history June 30, 1970 by being the first facility to employ women in oceanographic research. NAVFAC Eleuthera was decommissioned March 31, 1980 after 23 years of service.

For some additional history on the area make sure to check out this interesting read from Project Eleuthera.

Note: As per the first comment from Chuck Miller (thanks Chuck!), I have added some photos of the catchment basin and my car hovering precariously above the last slab of cement.

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Papaw Bay Beach, South Palmetto Point #1 Best Video Tour: Eleuthera, Bahamas

adventures, beaches, eats - Bret S. - August 3, 2020

Papaw Bay Beach, South Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Located in South Palmetto Point, take a scenic video tour of Papaw Bay Beach, Eleuthera, Bahamas. This beach is easily reached from the nearby settlements of Governor’s Harbour, Savannah Sound, South Palmetto Point and North Palmetto Point. This beach is ideal when it’s windy on the west side of the island as this bay and beach are very protected. It’s perfect for a morning visit followed by either take-away from 3J’s jerk pit or a pizza from Mate and Jen’s.

Be sure to check out our guide of South Palmetto Point, too!

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Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island Tours and Tour Guides

adventures, Travel - Bret S. - July 17, 2020

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Eleuthera tours and Spanish Wells tours

have been around for awhile. When I first ventured to Eleuthera in 1999 there were very few options for touring the island. Some land based operators would take you to Preacher’s Cave, the Ocean Hole, The Hatchet Bay Caves and the Hatchet Bay grain silos. There were three scuba guides as I recall. And, that was about it. The rest of the island, and adjacent islands, you needed to explore on your own, which was fun, but time consuming. Well, times have changed and as the island has grown up so has it’s tour business. It is now possible to tour south, central and northern Eleuthera as well as what is referred to as “pig island” just south of Russell Island. Tours encompass cliff and cenote jumping, turtle and pig feeding, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea and reef fishing, lobstering, spearfishing, beach picnics, sailing and pretty much anything you can dream up on land, sea, or both. This blogs lists on the tour operators who offer a more immersive experience rather than only fishing or scuba diving. Those operators will be featured in a separate blog. Below is about as comprehensive of a list of the operators that I was able to find online. I’ve included videos where possible as well as contact information, and a general description of what kind of services they offer. There are LOTS of options and I recommend calling them to discuss your particular needs and wishes.

Central Eleuthera


Fishbone Tours – offers adventure and snorkeling tours as well as bone, deep sea and reef fishing. The Adventure Tour, their most popular option, is an enticing combination of snorkeling, conch diving, starfish and turtle encounters, reef fishing complemented by a conch salad lunch and drinks. Captain ‘Bubba’ Julius Rankine is the tour guide. He operates out of Savannah Sound, which is 10 miles south of Governor’s Harbour and 1 mile north of Windermere Island. He and his wife also own and operate the popular Fishbone Beach Bar and Grill. Make sure to take an excursion and enjoy a most pleasant meal afterwards. Contact info:, 242-332-6524

South Eleuthera

Eleuthera Tours – founded and operated by the husband and wife team of Kristel and Donald Anderson are the tour of choice for both visitors staying on Eleuthera and for those cruising through Princess Cays. Their particular focus is on the southern end of the island and their two most popular tours are to Lighthouse Beach and the Schooner Cays. They also offer fishing, sunset and night sky boat tours, and kayak adventures. Their reputation is stellar and their area of operation truly unique.

Contact info: United States: 407-442-629, Office cell/ texts & Whatsapp: 242-557-7381, Kristel:  242-557-7381, Donald: 242-470-2048,  Email:

North Eleuthera

S/V Eventide – is the only sailing vessel on the island that I’m aware of that offers charters. Hailing out of Whale Point, Eleuthera, and Harbour Island you can enjoy a day of sailing, snorkeling, beachcombing, and relaxing on the beautiful waters around the islands. Eventide is a classic CSY 44 sloop. She comfortably accommodates up to 12 passengers and crew. Visit a deserted island, see dolphins and turtles, marvel at colorful reefs and sea life, gather shells and sea glass washed up from the ocean… all on your own private sailing charter! Phone: (305) 432-2331, 242-475-3741

Bahamas Out-Islands Adventures – operates out of Gregory Town and where it differs is that most tours are land based and surfing oriented. You can experience kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, beachcombing, shelling, hiking, exploring, caves, blue holes, flora and fauna, beach activities and games, and even stargazing. Tom Glucksmann is the tour operator and he can be reached at 242-551-9635 or 242-335-0349. The company email is

James Munroe – operates out of Current, Eleuthera. I couldn’t find specific information about the types of tours he offers, but he is highly respected by folks who have reviewed him on various forums. I assume that you can arrange whatever type of northern tour you would prefer. James can be reached at 242-470-0671.

Spanish Wells

Exotic Excursions – allows you to create your dream charter!! Choose from many fun and exciting options!  Swimming with the pigs / Feeding turtles in the wild / Snorkeling beautiful coral reefs and shipwrecks / Visit the beautiful sandbank / Bottom fishing / Deep-Sea Fishing / Lobster Spearing / Dive conchs and make fresh conch salad / Diving starfish and sea glass / Beach picnics / Underwater Caves / Cliff jumping and more. Will also do video for guests on tour for free.

Contact information: Captain Sheldon Pinder:  242-557-7128; or Sasha:  242-470-6123.  Email: . Facebook.



TyMan Fishing Charter and Adventure – they provide fishing, snorkeling and diving excursions. If you are visiting the Bahamas, Harbor Island, Eleuthera or Spanish Wells and would like to see the sites and catch the fish and enjoy a day on our beautiful waters, contact us to get booked. Spanish Wells, Touring, Snorkel and Dive, Fishing, Pigs, Sapphire Hole, Deep Sea Fishing, Lobstering. Contact information is 242-464-0642


Island Charters – offers half day charters starting at 4 hours and full day charters departing daily out of Spanish Wells, Eleuthera and Harbour Island, Spanish Wells. They offer a wide variety of custom charters including: Feed the Turtles, Reef Fishing, Spearfishing, Bottom Fishing, Swim with the Pigs, Beach Picnics, Snorkeling, Dive the Shipwreck, Beaching, Shelling, Island Excursions, Lunch on Spanish Wells, Bridge and Cliff Jumping, Eleuthera Tours, Glass Window Bridge, Sapphire Blue Hole, Preacher’s Cave. Contact info is 242-470-6206,



Uncle Rob’s Great Adventures – where their mission is for people to have adventures and make memories that will last a lifetime. Contact info is 242-557-7655,

-Swim with the Swimming Pigs
-Feed the Wild Sea Turtles
-Shipwreck and Reef Snorkeling
-Visits to the Sapphire Blue Hole
-Awesome Cave Adventures
-Trips to the World famous Sand Dollar Beach
-Cliff and Bridge Diving
-Beach Picnics


True Blue Charters –  they are purveyors of adventure who offer Eleuthera Tours, Snorkeling, Wreck Dives, Beachcombing, cliff jumping, watersports, fishing, feed and swim with the pigs, We provide fishing, snorkeling, wreck dives, beach combing, cliff jumping, and water sport excursions. Captain Todd and Sister Cassandra have a combined 40+ years of experience in adventuring the waters of Spanish Wells. Contact info:, 1 242-470-8241.




Da Salty Pig – historical eleuthera tours, swim with pigs, reef exploration, reef bottom fishing, turtle encounters, beach picnic, deep sea fishing, sand dollar sandbank. Contact info:, 242-422-9348







James Dunnam – reef exploration, snorkeling, scuba, beach getaway, deep sea fishing, reef exploration, scuba diving, swim with pigs, spanish wells and islands, message in a bottle. Contact info: 242.470.1930,




Swimming Pigs with Captain Ryan Neilly – Excursions to see the swimming pigs of Spanish Wells.  Also, deep sea, reef, bottom, bone and spear fishing, and snorkeling. Leaves from Gene’s Bay ferry dock in North Eleuthera.  Cell phone (call or text):  242-359-7894; landline:  242-333-4721; email:;





Captain Kid Tours – Looking for a 1/2 day or day excursion? They’ve got the boat, the gear, and the expertise to help you enjoy the great Bahamian outdoors, and we provide you, your family, and friends with memories that will last a lifetime. Feed the green sea turtles, visit the swimming pigs, let’s go fishing, custom land tours, private land tours, sand dollars and shells, awesome snorkeling. Contact info:, 242-557-7351.







Aqua Bliss Charters – Enjoy half day & full day charters, deep sea fishing and spear fishing with Aqua Bliss Charters. You can explore Preacher’s Cave, Pig Island, a sandbar in the Atlantic Ocean, snorkeling and more! Contact info:, 242-470-8040


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Eleuthera, Bahamas – Eleuthera Island’s 5 Best Ocean Blue Holes plus several others

adventures, Travel - Bret S. - June 24, 2020

Eleuthera island is known for its famous and mostly deserted Eleuthera pink sand beaches of which it has 135. Additionally, it is very different from Atlantis – Paradise Island, Nassau – Bahamas and Exuma – Bahamas in that Eleuthera offers a myriad of beautiful and free natural attractions. This makes it not only unique and affordable, but also exciting and adventurous to explore.

What many travelers aren’t aware of are it’s numerous blue ocean holes. These seemingly bottomless salt-water filled cenotes connect to the ocean at some point and are scattered around the island. The majority of them are located towards the southern end of Eleuthera island. Most people are at least familiar with it’s most notable blue hole, The Ocean Hole, located in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. It was explored by none other than Jacques Cousteau who never found the connection to the ocean. But what about the other ocean blue holes on the island? Watch the video to learn my 5 favorite ocean holes and read the rest of the article to learn about the other Eleuthera island blue holes that I’ve explored on my adventures. This article contains GPS coordinates, descriptions, pictures and a few maps detailing their locations. It’s time to explore the island that Lenny Kravitz calls “Eleutheria”.

  1. The Sapphire Hole in North Eleuthera is fast becoming one of the island’s favorite attractions. Visitors come to this blue hole to experience it’s 10 foot high jump into the crystal clear blue water below. This is also an interesting snorkeling site as the hole is home to Cuban Cave Shrimp. It can also be scuba dived to a depth of about 90′.  GPS: 25° 33.220’N, 76° 42.342’W


2. James Cistern is a settlement on Eleuthera that also has an ocean hole bearing the same name. It was used as a water source when the US Navy had its facility near there in the late 50’s and 60’s. Today it is just an abandoned ocean hole that is too deep to enter and exit safely. It is also littered with debris and had a ‘pond scum’ type film covering much of it when I last visited. GPS: 25° 20.168’N, 76° 22.521’W


3. Ten Bay has it’s own small ocean hole that one of my neighbors nicknamed X10. For what reason? I have no idea! There is a small area to park, however, the hole itself is surrounded by extremely soft sediment. It is easy to sink in above your ankles. While I have not approached this hole closely I have seen divers in wetsuits exiting the water. GPS: 25° 7.034’N, 76° 8.736’W


4. Kemp’s Bay, just south of Ten Bay, has it’s own ocean blue hole, too, but it is extremely difficult to reach. I tried several times to cut my way through the brush, finally succeeding. Unfortunately, the part of the hole that I hoped to explore was on the opposite side from where I was standing and the muddy, silty bottom was almost quicksand-like so I opted not to venture far from shore. Alas, I seem to have misplaced my photos from the adventure. GPS: 25° 6.440’N, 76° 8.662’W



5. The Ocean Hole in Rock Sound is the most well known and visited blue ocean hole on the island. It has many varieties of fish and crustaceans living in it including angelfish, grey snapper, porkfish, blue tangs and blue mussels. It can be swam in and snorkeled. There are two ladders for easy entry and exit. Many visitors come here to feed the fish. Additionally, you can follow the walking paths to circumnavigate the hole and enjoy the native flora and fauna. There are signs in the settlement of Rock Sound on Queen’s Highway pointing the way to the hole and the hole itself is marked with signage and a gazebo making it very easy to find. GPS: 24° 51.839’N, 76° 9.332’W


6. The Boiling Hole in Rock Sound is interesting to look at with its abundance of lush shade trees enveloping the entire circumference of the hole, but it’s not a great place to swim or snorkel. There are a couple of caves on its opposite shoreline, but they are only for viewing rather than exploring. If you follow the path leading past the hole you will find the ladder that you can descend to The Cathedral (aka Spider) Caves. These two attractions are beautiful, very natural and worth visiting for an hour or two. GPS: 24° 51.248’N, 76° 9.376’W



7. The Shrimp Hole earned its nickname due to the abundance of Cuban Cave Shrimp that I found inhabiting the water. The day I found this hole it was pouring rain and I had to cut my way back to it using a cutlass. The vegetation was tall and wet. It took me several tries before I actually found the edge of the hole and by the time I got there I looked like I had just come out of the shower. I must admit that I was a bit unprepared for the excursion. The rocky ironshore around the hole was extremely sharp and I couldn’t find a safe place to enter and exit the water. Additionally, the edge of the hole had a lot of soft sediment that I would have had to stand on in the water. I used my cutlass to sample the consistency and I went straight in up to my arm. Without a spotter I didn’t think it was safe to enter the water on my own so I left the full underwater exploration to a future excursion. Fortunately, I did have my underwater GoPro with me and was able to get a few short videos, which confirmed my belief that this was indeed an ocean hole since the organisms were ocean-like rather than pond-like. On the map below, the Shrimp Hole is the one at the top of the map. GPS: 24° 49.668’N, 76° 9.820’W


8. The Gwoupa Hole was another one that I had to nickname due to it having numerous large fish swimming in it including grouper. It had to be an ocean hole because the fish wouldn’t have survived in a brackish pond. The walls of the hole were 15′ to 20′ high and while there was a way to get to the water, it was not going to be an easy climb. I returned a second time to find out that the hole is on private property and that the fish were being stocked by the owner. Since it was farmland, the family that own it, and their workers, would eat lunch above the hole, feed the fish and sometimes fish for them, too. On the return trip we confirmed that there was a way to get to the water’s edge. It is hoped that in the future, land based tours can be organized to bring visitors to this hole for a swim. On the map below, the Gwoupa Hole is the one at the bottom of the map. GPS: 24° 48.774’N, 76° 10.512’W


9. Our last blue hole is nicknamed the Golf Course Blue Hole as it is found on one of the fairway cutouts of what was to be the “new” full size Cotton Bay golf course. I found it almost by accident as I drove back there one day to see the progress on the course. I hiked a few of the holes and came across the cutout of what was going to be a nice par 3 over a “pond” except it didn’t look like a pond. The water was way too blue and had the crystal clear sheen of the ocean. While I didn’t see any organisms, and couldn’t 100% say for sure whether it truly connected to the ocean, it had all the visual characteristics of an ocean hole. However, it didn’t look like one of those great deep blue ocean holes like most of the others. If not for the clearness of the water and its vibrant color I would have thought otherwise. See for yourself. GPS: 24° 47.270’N, 76° 10.976’W


While I’m sure there must be many more ocean holes on Eleuthera island, I have yet to find them. Eleuthera’s blue ocean holes can also be found in the ocean, too, but the ones I explored were deemed too dangerous due to shark activity so I will not be revealing them in this blog. I highly recommend putting on your adventure cap and taking a few rides into the jungle to experience these unique phenomena. I find them all interesting and hope that you do, too. While you’re enjoying the Eleuthera pink sand make sure to also take some time to enjoy Eleuthera’s blue holes.

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The Point at Half Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas

adventures, Travel - Bret S. - May 15, 2020

Eleuthera vacation rental properties closest to this part of Eleuthera can be found in nearby Winding Bay, a residential community featuring numerous rental properties, or Tarpum Bay, one of the larger Bahamian settlements on the island. There are a series of beaches that run on the ocean side of Half Sound, a large body of water that resembles a large lake. It has a wide mouth that feeds to the ocean. Beware the current that runs from the ocean to the sound as it is wicked strong and impossible to swim against. There is also an interesting channel at its southern end that offers unique mangrove-like snorkeling. Additionally, there is a man-made channel on its northern end that connects to Winding Bay and it’s beautiful beach. This channel is great for a lazy kayak ride back and forth between the two bodies of protected water. There are several boat launches as well. You must navigate Half Sound by boat with caution, however, as it is very shallow in most areas. Stay to the outside and follow the mouth to take a boat out to the ocean for some fishing!

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There are at least three access points to the beaches on the ocean side and several accesses to smaller bay side beaches, too. The road that leads from Queen’s Highway to the beaches can be very slow going as it is deeply rutted. The 2+ mile trek to The Point at Half Sound can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. A vehicle that has good clearance is recommended as well as one where rubbing up against brush on the sides of the vehicle will not be a problem. Your vehicle will likely earn its ‘Eleuthera stripes’ venturing back this way especially if your adventurous side takes over and you try to get to the bay side beaches. A good way to identify the road to the beaches is to look for the electric lines running across the road just south of the Rock Sound settlement sign as you drive on the long straightaway after Carey’s Hardware store if you are heading south. You can also look for the electric lines when heading north after you pass Hotel CTI or what locals still refer to as the old Rock Sound Club, which was built by Vining Davis back in the ’50’s.

In terms of snorkeling, just in front of the beach at The Point is one of the healthiest and largest reef systems that also has the added benefit of being close to shore. It is featured in The Snorkel Book as the best place on the island for ocean snorkeling due to its size, health and variety of sea life that it attracts. If you are heading south on the island and want some quality beach time, good snorkeling and maybe some boating then look no further than The Point at Half Sound because it checks all the boxes!

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Eleuthera – It’s Not For Everyone…or is it?

adventures, LifeStyle, Travel - Bret S. - April 15, 2020

Come and enjoy the island paradise of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Enjoy our sneak preview above the land and below the waves.

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adventures, Travel - Bret S. - April 10, 2020

Pssst!! Hey, you! Want to know a secret? On Eleuthera, one of the Bahamian Family Islands located just 60 miles east of Nassau, you will find one of the most beautiful beaches…IN THE WORLD!! Could that be true? We think it is. Read on to learn more and be sure to watch our YouTube video and subscribe to our channel for a peek at this truly amazing location.

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Many people are surprised to find out that just a mere hour and change flight from the Florida coast they can visit this natural wonder of the beach world, Lighthouse Beach, which sits at the very southeastern tip of Eleuthera. While getting to Eleuthera is fairly easy, just take a direct flight from Atlanta, Florida, or Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas, the ground trek to Lighthouse Beach can prove to be a bit daunting. That’s because the beach, or beaches as it were, are well hidden at the end of a long 2 mile jungle road. It’s not just any 2 mile road, either. If Glass Window Bridge to the north of the island can be considered the narrowest place on Earth then maybe the road to Lighthouse Point might be the bumpiest. Decades of erosion have left long deep ruts with Volkswagen sized holes that are big enough to swallow a small child. Because of the road condition those last two miles can take anywhere from 35 to 50 minutes depending on how much ground clearance your vehicle has and the driving nerves you possess. It’s not uncommon for visitors to simply abandon their vehicle and hike to the beaches although we don’t recommend doing that. The road is long and barely wide enough for one vehicle in most places. It should not be used as a parking lot if that can be avoided.

After passing a large inland body of water aptly named Big Pond, you will come to the first southern shore beach area, which has been nicknamed Lighthouse Beach Caribbean, by, ummm, me. It’s a beautiful stretch of cool pink sand! The brilliant turquoise waters of the shallower sound side of the island lovingly lap at her shores. Many visitors are content to stay right there, but there’s so much more to see. With one parking area at the beginning of the beach, and a second one next to a wooden bench just before the sandy hill leading to the Atlantic side beach, there’s plenty of room to spread out. Since this beach is considered so special, ironically, it’s often the beach that has the most visitors even if it is one of the harder ones to reach. But, Lighthouse Point has much more to offer and plenty of additional areas to explore.

If you continue to drive past the bench up and over the hill be very careful. The road is little more than a soft sand trail wide enough for one vehicle and with deep ruts. It’s easy to bottom out or get stuck in the sand. With no help nearby you might be there for quite a long time if that happens. If you don’t have experience driving in sand or you don’t have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, don’t even take the chance. Park at the bottom of the hill and take a leisurely stroll up and over the hill. If you’re more adventurous, look for the trail that can be found just past the beach and in the direction of the series of cays. Hike from there up to the abandoned lighthouse building.

The Atlantic side beach is gorgeous! It stretches for more than 6 miles before you would run into a piece of land requiring you to take a little swim to the next beach around the bend. There is plenty of reef to explore on this side of the island if you are interested in snorkeling although the reef, at least the last time I visited, was not healthy and mostly devoid of life. Do pay attention to the current and wind direction as it’s easy to get blown out to sea if you venture too far from shore.

But, what about the lighthouse? I thought this article was going to answer whether or not there is really a lighthouse at Lighthouse Beach!

Once you are done exploring the beaches then find the roped off cutout steps that are carved out of the spectacular limestone outcroppings at the tip of the beach. Climb those steps and take in one of the most incredible elevated views you will ever experience. From that vantage point you’ll be able to observe two oceans colliding between the main body of land and the first cay. It’s truly awe-inspiring! The cays themselves resemble a series of stepping stones for some ancient giant or perhaps Poseidon himself. Venture farther up the path to what remains of the ruins of the old lighthouse and notice the tall poll next to the last remaining building. Yes, the actual light from the lighthouse, or what remains of it (see the end of the video to see what it looks like now) is still standing. I’ve never been able to find out much more history about this place or when the lighthouse ceased to function. It stands today as a testament to times gone by when it’s beacon of light helped ancient maritime sailors avoid tragedies at sea.

There are numerous other little hiking trails each one leading to another spectacular view, lookout ledge or hidden beach. I strongly recommend making a day out of the adventure. Pack all the food, drink and sunscreen you will need and spend the day enjoying and experiencing the majesty that is the Lighthouse Beach. We may not have this view for much longer as the land has been purchased by the Disney Corporation and they have plans to turn it into something other than what it is today. If that happens then the likelihood of being able to visit Lighthouse Point will probably only be possible by boat or by embarking on one of their cruises. It’s a future that I don’t like to even imagine, but a possibility nonetheless.

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adventures, Travel - Bret S. - April 10, 2020

Harbour Island, often characterized as the polar opposite of Eleuthera due its eclectic populous atmosphere, is what many vacationers picture when they visualize a tropical vacation. It’s the place where you might catch a glimpse of the rich and famous, but here, everyone is equal. There are opulent boutique resorts, trendy little nightclubs, expensive restaurants, and just about every imaginable water activity available at your fingertips.

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But, what about the beach, you ask? It’s one of the best and there are some very specific reasons for that, first and foremost, being its size. As we often learn from popular TV, bigger is better, and the massive Pink Sands beach of Harbour Island is certainly no exception. What makes it different, though, is that it’s almost perfectly rectangular. Most beaches taper in places especially at the tips, wind around, or have rock obstructions, especially on Eleuthera. This 2.5 mile long beach maintains its 100 yards of width its full length from north to south. If you couple that with how flat it is you feel like you are on an endless bed of the most gorgeous pink sand that you’ll ever see. This is further complemented by fantastic water and a bustling village.

The look of the beach is also unique. There is a very tall dune at its back that looks like it was hand-painted. It is replete with exquisite tall palms, luxury homes, and brightly colored resorts. It just screams ‘tropics’. When you arrive here you can easily go from ZERO to VACATION in less than 60 seconds.

The water color is also to die for. There is an abrupt change from turquoise to deep blue that is unlike anything elsewhere. The water starts shallow, but gets deep almost immediately creating the change in hue. It is both dramatic and divine.

To reach Harbour Island you’ll take the water taxi from the Three Island dock just north of the North Eleuthera Airport (ELH). An inexpensive one way ride brings you to the Government Dock. From there you can walk over the hill or rent a golf cart to go to the beach. There are lots of other things to do here so we recommend renting a golf cart, spending the day, and exploring the island. Bring money. You’ll need it.

The main negatives with this beach are caused by its rather dense population per square mile. If you have become accustomed to Eleuthera where privacy and solitude are the way, then you’ll be shocked by the volume of activity on Harbour Island. The beach is about as public as a beach gets and there is sometimes a fair amount of seaweed although no debris as the beach is regularly maintained to keep it looking pristine. We recommend making this trip a MUST for anyone staying on Eleuthera.

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