Located five miles south of Governor's Harbour and four miles north of Savannah Sound, South Palmetto Point, located on the western or Caribbean side of the island, is a very laid back residential community boasting two long beaches. It is home to Mate and Jen's Pizzeria Restaurant and a few other local businesses. There are also quite a few businesses and shops located on Queen's Highway between the two settlements of North Palmetto and South Palmetto including a market, two gas stations, 3J's Take-away and a few other businesses. North Palmetto Point, on the opposite side of Queen's Highway, has many other establishments. The rental properties in South Palmetto are mostly located along one of the two beaches - South Palmetto Point Beach and Papaw Bay Beach. Both of the seaside roads are quiet and the entire area is very serene except when there is a local celebration like Homecoming, which can be a bit raucous.
Because of it's outstanding central location, gorgeous beaches, and proximity to commerce, it is a good choice for vacationers who prefer peace and quiet yet still be within easy reach of all the vacation conveniences one could want. South Palmetto Point, with it's central location on the island, is a good place to day trip both north and south to the natural heritage sites on the island. South Palmetto is also an excellent choice for families with young children because of how shallow the brilliant turquoise water is. The Pineapple Cays that can be seen in the distance offer a tranquil view and decent snorkeling.
There are many food options in the area. Besides Mate and Jen's and 3-J's you have a variety of restaurants on the other side of the island on the Bank's Road including Unique's Resort, Lanny's Take-Away, La Bouganvillea and a little further north, Tippy's. In the settlement of North Palmetto you'll find another pizza parlor, roadside Souse truck, and David and Ivy's plus several bars. It's also just a few miles to Governor's Harbour and those eateries.
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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