Located towards the north end of the island between the settlements of James Cistern and Alice Town/Hatchet Bay, Rainbow Bay bridges both sides of the island and is a relaxed, residential community with private homes that generally have sweeping ocean views over the elevated Atlantic shore coastline or direct water access on the ironshore of the western side of the island. It has good beaches on both sides of the island plus excellent proximity to Governor's Harbour Airport (GHB) and the natural attractions north of Rainbow Bay. The Cliffs, a Bahamian heritage site located within the community, offers picturesque elevated views over the Alantic coast after a short hike up the rocky terrain.
Within a short walk or drive you can find two good restaurants, a community tennis court, groceries and a gas station all within the settlement. James Cistern and Alice Town offer more choices, too, with just a short drive.
Travelers choose Rainbow Bay primarily for its views, laid back vibe, and convenience. Because of the large number of homes here it is often possible to find something that is available even during peak seasons and often with attractive rental rates. If you plan on exploring the northern attractions such as The Glass Window Bridge, Sapphire Hole, Cow and Bull, and Queen's Bath then Rainbow Bay is an excellent choice.
The two restaurants within the settlement are the Big Rock Bar and Restaurant and The Rainbow Room (formerly The Rainbow Inn). Each offers a variety of local delights as well as traditional Bahamian dishes plus pizza at the Rainbow Room. Venture to James Cistern for one of the best outdoor barbecues on the island along with fresh fish and conch, which can usually be found in the afternoons at the dock.
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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