There is so much of Eleuthera to check out. I think it was better to split blog post into mini blog posts. There is just so much to cover. Plus it is an amazing place. That is worth exploring every part.
The best way to see Eleuthera is renting a car. Renting a car on a tiny island is hard and fun! There are no rental agencies that you are used to; they are sometimes personal cars. It can also be a little expensive around ($80-100), but totally worth it. Get an SUV if you can so you can drive off the road to some of the beaches. Here is a link for more information.
Places to See:
One of the best snorkeling stops on the island is Half Sound. If you want to explore the world under the waves. Throw on your mask and explore Half Sound. You will be surrounded by nurse sharks, turtles, and beautiful corals.
The largest town in south Eleuthera is Rock Sound. It is a little town nestled in the on the water. It is a small town that sees very little tourists. You can see the rainbow painted houses. The is a cute white church right on the water.There is a cute little shop call the “The Blue Seahorse” that sells local crafts. It is definitely worth a stop.
Cape Eleuthera Institute is a must see! I worked here, so I’m a little biased. It is a marine lab that works with the community and education. Not only do they work with a high school semester program but as well as educating the local community. Stop by and ask for a tutor, see the organisms in the tanks, find out what kind of research is going on.
Lighthouse Beach: The number one place that I would definitely go to is Lighthouse Beach. If you want to feel like you have a beach for only for you. It is an isolated beach at the end of the road on the very southeastern tip of Eleuthera. It is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen.
Places to Eat
Sammy’s is a small restaurant off the beaten path in Rock Sound. If you want local food and will a fun Bahamian atmosphere. I love going here because the people are so friendly! And they have good food.
Shari’s Restaurant has the best fried chicken you will ever have. I have been living in North Florida and explored all the south; it is still the best-fried chicken I have ever had. Don’t be deceived by the building it looks like a home. The restaurant doesn’t have the best decor. But you will get the best Bahamian food! They don’t sell alcohol, but you can go across the street to a white building with old men outside playing dominos is the local bar. Grab a beer and sit outside on the picnic benches and watch the small town.
Frigate’s Bar and Grill is a restaurant that is located in the Davis Harbor Marina. They have beautiful deck seating overlooking the marina. It is a great restaurant to stop on the way back from Lighthouse Beach.
Harbour Pointe Restaurant is part of the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina an elegant restaurant looking over the far South Western tip. It is adjacent to the pool. So you can get drinks at the pool and grab lunch. They have a great deck that overlooks the water.
Places to Stay
In the south Eleuthera, there is very little development. You can get a feel for the true Bahamas. There are really only two main options.
Rent a home in Cotton Bay and here is a link to some. They have beautiful homes that are maintained well. It was part of an old country club resort in the 1950s that has shut down. Here is a link.
The other option is Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina which has two bedrooms and a fun kitchen. It is a great place you can use that as a base to explore south Eleuthera. There are a pool and a restaurant there as well. My family stayed there when they would come visit me. Here is the link.
I have to tell you a little about conch. As a marine biologist, I will tell you a little warning that it is endangered. It is a delicacy in the Bahamas. The locals have been eating conch for years. I do believe in trying new things and eating what the locals eat, but don’t have it for every meal. Conch is an endangered and could be extinct. Conch use to be abundant in the Keys but now it is extremely hard to find a conch in the wild. Most of the time if you are eating Conch it can be a juvenile. This means that because of the demand of Conch fisherman are getting smaller Conchs that aren’t able to reproduce. This will cause the speciesto become extinct.