Located five miles south of Governor's Harbour and four miles north of Savannah Sound, North Palmetto Point, located on the eastern or Atlantic side of the island, is a very active and populous residential community by Eleuthera standard. It has a lot of commerce including restaurants, several well stocked small markets, churches, gas stations, bars, and several really good take-aways along with many other local businesses that are frequented by the owners of the numerous vacation rentals in this area. The coastline is home to several really nice long beaches from Between the Rocks at its southern end all the way to French Leave to the north, which runs all the way to Governor's Harbour along the coastal road known as the Bank's Road. That is where you'll find most of the rental properties. They run from small cottages to very large multi-family properties.
Because of it's outstanding central location, gorgeous beaches, and proximity to commerce, it is a popular choice for vacationers, especially first timers. You can still have all the privacy you want at your beachfront rental with the added convenience of being close to stores and restaurants. Because North Palmetto is central it's also a good place to day trip both north and south to the natural heritage sites on the island.
North Palmetto Point is not solely a place for vacationers, however, as the area between the Bank's Road and the Queen's Highway is inhabited by many Bahamians. This has the added benefit of being culturally interesting and gives vacationers the chance to meet locals, experience the friendliness of the people and learn about what life is like living on the island. Finally, at the end of the T junction where Church Street meets the Bank's Road there is a very large banyan tree. Because of its immense size it's an excellent place to snap a vacation photo.
There are many food options in the area. The Bank's Road is home to Unique's Resort, Lanny's Take-Away, La Bouganvillea and a little further north, Tippy's. In the settlement there is a pizza parlor, roadside Souse truck, David and Ivy's, 3-J's Take-Away and Mate and Jen's pizzeria on the opposite side of Queen's Highway. You'll also be just a few miles from the restaurants in Governor's Harbour.
Beaches - Eleuthera is home to 135 pristine beaches most of which you will have completely to yourself. You could do nothing other than explore beaches for your entire vacation. Pack a picnic. Grab some beverages. Go beach hunting. Make sure to purchase The Beach Book, Eleuthera, Bahamas edition before your trip so you can plan ahead. This travel guide is not available on the island.
Natural Attractions - there are quite a few Bahamian heritage sites worth visiting. These include, in no particular order.
Tours - consider taking a nature tour with one of the island tour guides. They can cater your tour specifically for your group. They offer a variety of land and sea options that include snorkeling (The Eleuthera Snorkel Book ) deep sea fishing, scuba diving, scenic tours to the Schooner Cays, visits to pig island, spearfishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and much, much more.
Leon Levy Preserve - this 30-acre preserve has been designed as a research center for traditional bush medicine; a facility for the propagation of indigenous plants and trees; and an educational center focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the biodiversity of The Bahamas.
Day Trip to Harbour Island and Spanish Wells - consider exploring one or both of Eleuthera's two neighboring island to the north. Both are reached via water taxi. A golf cart can be rented at the dock so you can explore. They are both different and unique in their own way.
Lighthouse Beach - considered by many to be one of the best beaches in The World, Lighthouse Beach is at the southeastern tip of the island. A series of small beautiful cays form a set of giant steps leading out to sea from where the old lighthouse building still stands guard from its hilltop perch. Hike, relax, picnic, explore the natural ponds and visit the gap where two oceans collide.
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