Things to Do on Eleuthera

Things to Do on Eleuthera

 

“Surfer’s Beach is for wave riders, but there are also beaches for snorkelers, swimmers and shell collectors. Best of all, you can have one all to yourself. Around midafternoon on New Year’s Eve, when nearly all the island’s rooms were booked, not a single soul could be spotted on Ten Bay Beach, six miles south of Governor’s Harbour, despite a brilliant sunshine and near perfect temperatures.”  New York Times, February 19, 2006.

It’s obvious that the reporter who penned these lines was seeing Eleuthera for the first time.  Regular visitors are surprised to find anyone on their favorite beach.  With seventy miles of beaches and a few dozen hotel rooms, Eleuthera is a paradise for beach lovers who enjoy privacy and unspoiled natural beauty.

Beyond the beaches, Eleuthera is surrounded by coral reefs that offer exceptional diving and snorkelingThe Devil’s Backbone, the most famous Eleuthera dive, is a large coral formation off North Eleuthera, notorious for wrecking ships.  The Current Cut, a narrow channel with currents that regularly reach 10 knots, has been rated one of the ten best dives in the world.  Buttonwood Beach has a shipwreck, and there is even a sunken train wreck off the north coast of the island.  Shark dives and other guided adventure dives are also available.  (See SCUBA below.)

Eleuthera is famous for bonefishing and deep-sea fishingReef fishing and spear-fishing are also popular.  (Guides and charter captains are listed below.)  The Caribbean side of the island is usually free of heavy surf, providing excellent conditions for sailing, windsurfing, and kayakingPowerboat, sailboat, and jet ski rentals are available.  Trails through the fields and woods are perfect for jogging, hiking, and mountain-biking.  You won’t find them on a map or in a guidebook, so ask a local resident or watch for trails on the side of the road. 

The Atlantic side of the island north of James Cistern offers several excellent beaches for surfing, with Surfer’s Beach and Holiday Beach being the most famous.  Surfing lessons are available.  For golfers, Eleuthera has the only Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course in the Bahamas, once ranked among the best in the world, although maintenance is now haphazard.

Eleuthera offers varied and unique sightseeing.  The Hatchet Bay Cave extends for a mile underground.  At the Cliffs, giant ocean swells crash into a coral precipice.  The Rock Sound Ocean Hole, said to be bottomless, is an inland salt lake connected by subterranean passages to the sea.  Feed the tame saltwater fish miles from the ocean.  The Glass Window Bridge, painted by Winslow Homer, is the narrowest point on the island, where the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean almost touch the turbulent deep blue of the Atlantic.  The cavernous Preacher’s Cave provided shelter for the first European settlers of Eleuthera, and served as their first church.  The Queen’s Baths are a collection of small pools carved out of the soft rock by wave action.  At low tide, the Queen—or anyone fortunate enough to be on Eleuthera—can bathe amongst the little fishes.  These sites are all in their pristine state.  Don’t expect to find a guide booth–or even a paved road.

Eco-tourism is growing on the island.  The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, the first national park on the island of Eleuthera, opened last year near Governors Harbour: www.levypreserve.org/.  Visitors can walk miles of trails through the preserve to view the orchids, food and medicinal plants, and hardwood trees that played an important role in the history of the island.  The Island School www.islandschool.org and the Cape Eleuthera Institute www.ceibahamas.org offer fascinating daily tours of their facilities and their work in tropical and marine ecology, and building strong relationships between people and their environment.

Each of Eleuthera’s score of picturesque villages deserves a visit.  Gregory Town, home of the annual Pineapple Festival, is also home to Pam’s Island Made Gift Shop, featuring local handicrafts, and Thompson’s bakery, creator of Eleuthera’s famous pineapple and coconut tarts.  Spanish Wells is an island fishing village off the north coast of Eleuthera with lovely nineteenth century cottages in pastel colors.  Governor’s Harbour features an historic waterfront, colonial homes, and the recently restored Haynes Library.  Governors Harbour also hosts the Friday night fish fry, a weekly waterfront street party that brings out locals and visitors alike.  Harbour Island, a five-minute water-taxi ride from Eleuthera, offers five-star hotels, shopping, and celebrity sightings.  No private cars are permitted on the streets of Harbour Island, so plan on renting a golf cart.

Live music is also popular on Eleuthera, part-time home to Lenny Kravitz and his band, Mariah Carey, and others.  There is live music somewhere every night of the week during most of the year.  For details, see Entertainment, below.

Eleuthera has numerous annual events, from the Pineapple Festival and the Ride for Hope to the International Food Fair and the North Eleuthera Regatta

For other sights and attractions, try…

http://eleuthera.com/attractions.html                                             

 

Contacts and Resources for Things to Do

BICYCLE RENTALS

Dexter Bootle, Governors Harbour: 242-332-2229

Tom Glucksman: Gregory Town: 242-551-9635 or 335-0349
www.bahamasadventures.com; info@bahamasadventures.com

Forty’s, Governors Harbour: Call Pineapple Fields Office: 242-332-2221
Or email Forty at Laton@coralwave.com 

For more info: http://eleuthera.com/bike.html 

BOAT RENTALS AND CHARTERS

For general advice about fishing, fishing guides, and boat charters, contact Paul Mason, bahamabones@gmail.com, (305) 240-4284; (888) 847-0305

Skip Miller Boat Rentals, Governors Harbour: (904) 236-6320; cell: (242) 470-6288 skipmillersailing@yahoo.com.  
Power boat: 14′ Maritime with a 40-HP Yamaha outboard. $200/day or $700/week. 
Sailboats: Sunfishes and Opties, $50/day.
Jet Skis: $200/day plus fuel.

Eratio’s Boat Rental, Governors Harbour: (242) 464-0568
Power boat: 17′ Boston Whaler with a 90-HP Mercury outboard. $140/day.

Sheldon Claridge, 242-468-7785, 242-332-3244, 242-334-2529, sheldonc2004@yahoo.com
21′ Mako with a 200-HP Optimax Mercury, seats 8. $800/day ($400 half day), $3500/week.

Forty’s, Governors Harbour: Call Pineapple Fields Office: (242) 332-2221
Or email Forty at Laton@coralwave.com
Rents kayaks, sail boats, snorkel gear. Also rents bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, cribs.

Eleuthera Sailing Charter (Captain Ali), (503) 929-9622, (242) 551-1340. aliwild1@gmail.com. 50′ sloop and other smaller boats.

Rodney Pinder Kayak Rentals, (242) 470-4394, (242) 332-1891, rodneypinder@hotmail.com. Clear and regular kayaks are available.

LiL Shan’s Watersports, Harbour Island: 242 422-9343; 242 554-5789 www.lswatersports.com
   Jet Ski Rentals – ? Hour $60 /1 Hour$120/Half Day $350/Full Day $450
   Boat Rental – 17′ Mako: Hourly $40; Half Day $125; Full Day $170
   Boat Rental – 17′ Whaler: Hourly $35; Half Day $110; Full Day $160
   Kayak Rental 1 Seater and 2 Seaters – Hourly $10-$15; Full Day $49-$59

CAMPING AND KAYAKING TRIPS

Bahamas Out Islands Adventures, Gregory Town: 242-551-9635 or 335-0349, info@bahamasadventures.com, www.bahamasadventures.com. Tom Glucksman. Camping and kayaking trips. Also a surfing school and board rentals.

CAVING

 

Calvin Monroe: 242-464-0962

ECO-TOURISM

 

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, the first national park on the island of Eleuthera is located on the Banks Road, 3 miles south of Governors Harbour: www.levypreserve.org. Visitors can walk miles of trails through the preserve to view the beautiful orchids, food and medicinal plants, and hardwood trees that played an important role in the history of the island.

Further south, you’ll find The Cape Eleuthera Institute www.ceibahamas.org and The Island School www.islandschool.org. Both are fascinating, and doing great work on the island and beyond, fostering vital relationships between people and the environment, exploring tropical ecology and sustainability, and researching and teaching about a wide variety of marine ecology issues. Tours are available daily!

ENTERTAINMENT

Fish Fry in Governors Harbour

Friday night from 6 p.m. to midnight on the beach at Cupid’s Cay.

Sky Beach Club & The Bistro Oceanview Grill & Bar

Featuring the island most popular sunset Happy Hour 5p-7p daily

Monday-Oldies all day

Tuesday-Island Chill all day

Wednesday-Jamaikin Me Crazy 5-10

Thursday-Karaoke & Open Mic

Friday-Fish Fry Specials

Saturday-Pool Party with live DJ Cordero

Sunday-Reggae & Bahamian Island Music & BBQ Grill
Also enjoy at breakfast locally favored “Stewfish” while it lasts

The Beach House

Monday and Thursday night: Live music from 7 to 11 p.m.

Rainbow Inn

Monday: Woodfire pizza with live music from 7 p.m. until closing.

Wednesday: Live music with Dr. Seabreeze from 7 p.m. until closing.

Friday: Open mic night from 7 p.m. until closing.

Saturday: The Mojo Show with live music from 7 p.m. until closing.

Tippys

Live music every Saturday night from 8 to 11 p.m.

Princess Movie Theater

Every night except Thursday: Princess Movie Theater, Governors Harbour. Current popular movies. 8:15 pm only. 242 332-2735. (Closed during the summer.)

EXCURSIONS & TOURS

Andrew Demeritte Island Tours
Guided tours of Preacher’s Cave, Glass Window Bridge, The Cliff’s, Rock Sound Ocean Hole, Hatchet Bay Caves and more.
babydrew_104@hotmail.com
242-448-1001; 242-335-6104

A Taste of Eleuthera
Luxury bus tour including meals.  Leaves every Tuesday from Governors Harbour.  $89/person.  For more information:  242.334.2356, info@eleutheraaadventuretours.com. http://www.eleutheraadventuretours.com/thetour.pdf.

Island Hopping Excursion
Includes trips to the Exumas, Thunderbolt Cave, the National Park of the Bahamas, Rose Island, etc. Maximum of 10 people.
Gladstone and Paul Petty, Governors Harbour: 242-332-2993 or 242-332-2963 Call 6:30-7:00 am eastern and after 9-9:30 pm eastern. http://www.eleuthera.com/petty.html 

Day Trip to Harbour Island
This is a do-it-yourself day trip. To get to Harbour Island, drive 45 minutes north from the Governors Harbour airport to the Three Islands Dock, then a take a short water-taxi ride to Dunmore Town on Harbour Island. The taxis run continually and the fare is $5. Once on Harbour Island, rent a golf cart for about $40 for half a day and explore. Harbour Island has excellent shopping, many fine restaurants, celebrity sightings, and a long beautiful beach.  Write to us for a more detailed guide to this trip.

FISHING EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Clearwater Dive Shop, Governors Harbour: 242-332-2146
Also snorkel and scuba equipment rentals.

FISHING GUIDES

For general advice about fishing, fishing guides, and boat charters, contact Paul Mason, bahamabones@gmail.com, (305) 240-4284; (888) 847-0305

FISHING, SPEAR-FISHING, AND SNORKELING CHARTERS

For general advice about fishing, fishing guides, and boat charters, contact Paul Mason, bahamabones@gmail.com, (305) 240-4284; (888) 847-0305

Gladstone and Paul Petty, Governors Harbour: 242- 557-7269, 242-332-2993, 242-332-2963 Call 6:30-7:00 am eastern and after 9-9:30 pm eastern.

Captain Z, Gregory Town:  vacation@rainbowinn.com cell phone: 242-470-7766.  Land line: 242-335-0294.  “We take you beyond and back safely. We specialize in family adventures, and also satisfy the serious outdoor angler.”  Fishing and diving charters.

Captain James McCartney, Palmetto Point: 242-332-3393
Fly-fishing, spear-fishing, and reef fishing; snorkeling; picnic cruises (include cruising, snorkeling, beach lunch).

Ocean Fox Cotton Bay, Davis Harbour Marina, 242-334-6300
Email: al@oceanfoxcottonbay.com
Website: www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com; www.overthewalldiving.wordpress.com
Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing excursions

Captain Irwin. Davis Harbour. 242-422-9312, 242-334-0111, 242-334-2253. Has a large boat and Specializes in deep-sea fishing.

Captain Ali, (503) 929-9622, (242) 551-1340. aliwild1@gmail.com. 50′ sloop and other smaller boats.

Unique Charters, S. Palmetto Point: 242-332-1830 or 888-820-8471 Uniqvill@batelnet.bs; http://www.bahamasvacationguide.com/uniquevil2.html
Fishing and diving charters.

Kelsey or Danny Rankine: 242-332-6035 or 242-332-6616
Fishing and diving charters out of Savannah Sound.

Scott Bethel: 242-468-1426
Fishing and diving charters out of Governors Harbour.

HORSE  BACK RIDING

Oceanview Farm Now Open, Governors Harbour-Banks Road South of Tippy’s: (242) 332-3671 or 242-357-4258

Two beach and lake rides, First Trail leaves at 9:30am and the second at 11:30am Monday-Saturday

GIFT SHOPS

Almond Tree, Rock Sound, Eleuthera

Bank’s Deli, Governors Harbour: (242) 332-2221

The Beach House Boutique, Govenors Harbour: 242-332-3387

Brenda’s Gifts & Souvenirs, Governors Harbour

Frank’s Art Gallery & Souvenirs, Harbour Island

Island Farm, South Palmetto Point: 242 332-1921

Pam’s Island Made Gift Shop, Gregory Town: 242 335-5369

Rebecca’s Beach Shop, Gregory Town

Clipper Imports Shop Da Island, Governors Harbour

Sugar Mill, Harbour Island http://buy.indiahicks.com/

GOLF

Cotton Bay Club
The only Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course in the Bahamas, once ranked among the best in the world.  Course maintenance is currently haphazard, so call for more info.  242-334-6101

New Providence, where Nassau is located, is another excellent location for golfing.  It’s just 20 minutes by air from Eleuthera, and flights are frequent and inexpensive.  Guests often choose this option.

GROCERY STOCKING/DELIVERY AND GROCERY STORES

The Market, Rock Sound
Phone: 242-334-2280; Email: provisions@rsp1976.com 
Website:  http://rsp1976.com/marketplace.html

For more information about grocery stores on the island, following this link:
http://www.discover-eleuthera-bahamas.com/grocery.html

JET SKI RENTALS

Skip Miller Boat Rentals, Governors Harbour: (904) 236-6320; cell: (242) 470-6288 skipmillersailing@yahoo.com
Power boat: 14′ Maritime with a 40-HP Yamaha outboard. $200/day or $700/week. 
Sailboats: Sunfishes and Opties, $50/day.
Jet Skis: $200/day plus fuel.

LIBRARY


Historic Haynes Library,
Governors Harbour: 242 332 2877 hayneslibrary@coralwave.com http://www.hayneslibrary.org/
Membership to borrow books: $5. Internet access: $5 per hour.
Arts and crafts for children Sat morning at 10 a.m.

MARINAS

French Leave Marina, Governors Harbour: 242-332-3616

Runaway Bay Marina, S. Palmetto Point: 242-332-0400

Hatchet Bay Marina, Alice Town: 242-332-0186

Davis Harbour Marina, Rock Sound: 242-334-6303

Cape Eleuthera Marina, Cape Eleuthera: 242-334-8500

MASSAGE

Eleuthera Freedom Spa at Sky Beach Club:  Tasman Munroe, Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist Specializing in Deep-Tissue & Swedish Massage. Also offers superb facials. 242-432-8469 or Email Islandgirlt@hotmail.com  This visiting masseuse is also available by reservation at your vacation rental or resort.

MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY NUMBERS FOR GOVERNORS HARBOUR

Police/Fire: 242-332-2111 or 242-332-2117

Ambulance: 242-332-3178 or 242-557-7006

Levy Clinic: 242-332-2774
Located in a pink building just north of Governor’s Harbour. If the clinic is not open, a nurse is on call at 242-332-3400. If you can’t get through, call police, and they will get another nurse on call.

Dr Baccus: 242-332-2902
A medical doctor in private practice whose wife is a dentist. Located near Quality Inn Cigatoo in Governors Harbour.

MOVIE THEATER

Princess Movie Theater, Governors Harbour: 242 332-2735
8:15 pm only. Closed Thursdays.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Brian Hanna, 242-470-6562, brian@coldwellbankerbahamas.com

RESTAURANTS

For fine dining in the Governors Harbour area, try the following:
The Bistro at Sky Beach Club: 242-332-3422; www.skybeachclub.com
Tippy’s: (242) 332-3331; www.pineapplefields.com
The Beach House (242) 332-3387
For local cuisine in the Governors Harbour area, try:
Buccaneer Club Restaurant (salads/burgers/wraps): 242-332-2000
Da Perk (coffee shop, bakery, salads, sandwiches, pizza): 242- 332-2620

Mate & Jenny’s Pizza Take-away (pizza and Bahamian); 242-332-1504
Cigatoo (Chinese and Bahamian); 242-332-3060
Sunset Inn (local cuisine); 242-332-2487
Stubbs’ famous Barbecue, every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 242-335-6111

A bit farther north, try:
The Rainbow Inn: (242) 335-0294; www.rainbowinn.com (located in Hatchet Bay)
Laughing Lizard: (242) 470-6992; www.laughinglizardcafe.com (Gregory Town)

To the south, try:
Pascals: (242) 334-2778 (located in Rock Sound)
For a complete list of restaurants on the island, including descriptions and contact information, click here:  http://www.discover-eleuthera-bahamas.com/eleuthera-restaurants.html

SAILING LESSONS

Skip Miller, Governors Harbour: (242) 470-6288. skipmillersailing@yahoo.com

SCUBA AND SNORKELING

Ocean Fox Diving Cotton Bay, Davis Harbour Marina, 242-334-6300
Email: al@oceanfoxcottonbay.com
Websites: www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com  www.overthewalldiving.wordpress.com
Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing excursions

Ocean Fox Diving Harbour Island, 242-332-2323
Email: fish@oceanfox.com  Website: www.oceanfox.com 
Dive excursions, training, and equipment. Also fishing charters.

Valentine’s Dive Center, Harbour Island: (242) 333-2080
Dive excursions, training, and equipment. Also fishing charters.
http://www.valentinesdive.com/dive.html

LiL Shan’s Watersports, Harbour Island: 242 422-9343; 242 554-5789
Snorkel Trips, Scuba Trips, PADI Scuba courses
www.lswatersports.com 

Clearwater Dive Shop, Governors Harbour: 242-332-2146
Snorkel and scuba equipment rentals. Also finishing equipment rentals.

Captain Z, Gregory Town:  vacation@rainbowinn.com cell phone: 242-470-7766.  Land line: 242-335-0294.  “We take you beyond and back safely, specializing in creating unforgettable family adventures.”  Snorkeling, Fishing, and Diving charters.

Surfer Pete, Gregory Town: 242-335-5436
Diving and fishing equipment rentals. Also surfboard rentals, bike rentals.

Forty’s, Governors Harbour: Call Pineapple Fields Office: (242) 332-2221
Or email Forty at Laton@coralwave.com 
Rents kayaks, small sail boats, snorkel gear. Also rents bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, cribs, etc.

SHELLING

For detailed information on shelling and shelling beaches on Eleuthera, read this article: http://www.eleuthera-map.com/shelling-eleuthera-1.htm.

SPA

Eleuthera Freedom Spa at Sky Beach Club:  Tasman Munroe, Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist. 242-432-8469 or Email Islandgirlt@hotmail.com

SURFING

Bahamas See Excursions Out Islands Adventures, Gregory Town: 242-551-9635 or 335-0349, info@bahamasadventures.com, www.bahamasadventures.com  Tom Glucksman, manager. Surfing school, and board rentals. Also camping and kayaking trips.

Surfer Pete, Gregory Town: Call Rebecca’s Beach Shop, Gregory Town: 242-335-5436. Surfboard rentals, long and short. Also diving and fishing equipment rentals, bike rentals.

TENNIS

The Cigatoo Resort, Governors Harbour, 242-332-3060. Ask for Annie.
Memberships to use the Cigatoo courts are available for $15/hour, $50/week, or $75/month.

The Rainbow Inn also has a beautiful seaside tennis court, 242-335-0294.

TENNIS LESSONS

Sammy Sands, Pro, North Palmetto Point: 242-332-1632, sammy.s@batelnet.bs http://sammysands0.tripod.com/index.html

TOURS

For Tours, see EXCURSIONS & TOURS.

Couple from London Win a Dream Wedding at Sky Beach Club

Bahamas 16 Islands Wedding Invitation at Sky Beach Club

16 May 2012 is a very special date. Why? It’s the day that 16 couples from the UK enjoy the destination wedding of their dreams. 

At 16:00 hours (4.00pm local time) on 16 May,16 weddings will take place simultaneously on 16 gorgeous, tropical islands in The Bahamas.

Sky Beach Club is delighted to be providing accommodation for the ‘Barefoot Lovers’ Bliss’ wedding package on Eleuthera.  

In addition, local wedding co-ordinator Tia Seyfert of Weddings Eleuthera is currently helping lucky couple Jill Barthram and Phillip Jones, from London, to prepare for their dream Bahamas beach wedding.

The bride-to-be Jill, an accountant, and her groom Phillip, a settlements officer, will exchange their vows on one of Eleuthera’s beautiful, secluded beaches.

So how did this dream beach wedding come about?

The promotion is the brainchild of The Bahamas Tourist Office in the UK. Each of The Bahamas’ 16 main islands offers a unique way to say ‘I do’ and the competition – which searched for 16 couples who wanted to get married in The Bahamas – was designed to reflect this. As you can imagine, it wasn’t a difficult task!

The BTO secured sponsorship with travel specialist Kuoni and leading UK jewellers Goldsmiths, who have provided wedding rings. In addition bridal wear manufacturer Benjamin Roberts has supplied each bride with a wedding dress from its Tia range.

Local partners were found on each of the 16 islands to provide accommodation, wedding planning and videography for each individual wedding.

The 16 different wedding packages range from beautifully simple and romantic beach ceremonies to some unusual and adventurous events.

 For instance, the ‘Enchanted Encounter’ wedding package involves the couple (certified divers) marrying on the ocean floor just off Grand Bahama Island with dolphins in attendance. Another couple will plunge into Captain Bill’s Blue Hole on Andros in the wedding package ‘Love in The Deep Blue Sea’.

UK couples were encouraged to upload a video or send a picture with 50 words explaining which island wedding they would prefer to win and why. More than 250 entries were received.

A wonderful variety of entries were displayed on the Bahamas 16 Islands Wedding Invitation website and on Facebook. The public were then asked to vote for their favourite couple by text message or via the internet. Thousands of votes were cast.

Jill & Phillip’s entry garnered the most text votes, which meant they won their dream wedding in Eleuthera. They managed to turn fluffed lines into a sweet plea for a perfect dream wedding on Eleuthera.

The other 15 winning entries were then chosen by a judging panel comprising Miranda Eason, Editor of You & Your Wedding magazine, Pippa Jacks of Travel Trade Gazette, and Tommy Thompson, Deputy Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

So that’s how Jill and Phillip won their dream Bahamas wedding. We wish them all the best!

Message from a Guest

We visited Sky Beach and Eleuthera December 2011 looking for the seclusion that was promoted on every travel site that we scoured while choosing the right vacation. Eleuthera and Sky Beach did not disappoint. After our arrival, we realized that we were the only guests at Sky Beach for the first three days of our vacation. The other quests did not show up until the end of the week. This was most excellent, as it aided in the privacy and seclusion we were looking for. We walked the beach for miles in either direction, with our footprints being the only prints in the sand. We were fortunate enough to be at Sky Beach during a full moon. It was a clear night, live band playing by the pool, perfect weather–it was magical!!!

We have nothing but wonderful things to say about the management and staff at Sky Beach. We were treated as family. Chavala, Hubert, Eugene, Selena, Alexis, Theo and all the others, whom we never got to hang out with and talk to but know they aided in our experience, were all so friendly, inviting, caring, and happy. Chavala and Hubert even gave us a ride into town to pick up a few things and do some sightseeing, coming back to pick us up and drive us back to the Club. They also called a friend to help us get a rental car for a day. The cleaning staff were like stealth drones–you never seen them but they took care of business.

We ate, drank, and relaxed switching between the infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and pink sand beaches. The food was delicious. Being an outer island, and that some of the food is flown in, we weren’t sure what to expect. You could taste the freshness and the passion put into the preparation of the food. We sampled just about everything on the menu and could not find one thing to complain about. The drinks were very tasty. We recommend the strawberry daiquiri and ti punch. Ask for a topper….you won’t be disappointed.

The accommodations were just right for the two of us. We chose a bungalow to stay in as we did not expect to spend much time in the room. The bathroom shower is amazing, with the dual heads and stone pebble flooring. The bath tub is large and inviting. All with a view leading from the front doors down to the palm trees and ocean. There is a large king size bed, where we slept like babies every night. It was so peaceful that we slept until 9-10am every morning; even though that was not our intentions. There is a small refrigerator if you feel like stocking up on some snack items or beverages. Every morning we were greeted by our friendly salamander on the side patio.

Eleuthera is a beautiful island that thrives off its secluded environs. This is a place for those who do not want to deal with the large, rude crowds of tourists and chaos. If you can live disconnected from the fast-paced, ever-on-the-go, day-to-day, this is definitely the jackpot.

Sky Beach Club Appears in the Schramsberg Winery Newsletter

A party of wine afficionados stayed at Sky Beach Club recently and reported their adventures, which included Schramsberg 2006 Blanc de Blancs, in the Schramsberg Riddler’s Circle Club newsletter.  See photos and details here: http://www.schramsberg.com/documents/Oct%202011.pdf.

Best Resort on Eleuthera

I have stayed at the Sky Beach Club twice, and have eaten at their restaurant the BISTRO a number of times. The first time I stayed at Sky Beach was the first time I had ever been to Eleuthera, and I believe it was one of the factors that convinced me and my husband to move to the island. It is a gorgeous resort, with scenic views that are postcard perfect.

I have stayed in the villas and they are immaculate. Beautifully designed and furnished, with a small private pool and patio over-looking the ocean…perfect! There is also a large pool by the restaurant with a swim-up bar for the whole resort to use. There is satellite TV in the villas and Wifi through out the resort. The restaurant is amazing! I have not had a bad meal. The food is fresh and always good. Everyone that works at the resort are friendly and inviting. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

It is no wonder that when my husband proposed to me, Sky Beach Club was the first place we both thought of as a perfect reception site for our wedding. We reserved the whole resort for the weekend of our wedding and had our friends and family stay with us there. Curtis (the manager, and so much more) was instrumental in planning our wedding. If there was any doubt about anything, Curtis always had a solution and made everything about the wedding possible. The staff were amazing, friendly, and were willing to do almost anything for us and our guests. One even gave our guests a ride back to the resort from the Fish Fry. The wedding menu was soooo good, soooo delicious! Nothing was lacking. In my opinion, it was the perfect wedding… And it was the perfect wedding because it was at the Sky Beach Club.

Now that we live on Eleuthera, we go to Sky Beach frequently. It is a great place to relax for the day, by the pool with some great food, drinks, and company.

Discovering Eleuthera, Bahamas

By Matthew Simon

“Surfer’s Beach is for wave riders, but there are also beaches for snorkelers, swimmers and shell collectors. Best of all, you can have one all to yourself. Around midafternoon on New Year’s Eve, when nearly all the island’s rooms were booked, not a single soul could be spotted on Ten Bay Beach, six miles south of Governor’s Harbour, despite a brilliant sunshine and near perfect temperatures.” New York Times, February 19, 2006.

It’s obvious that the reporter who penned these lines was seeing Eleuthera for the first time. Regular visitors are surprised to find anyone on their favorite beach. With seventy miles of beaches and a few dozen hotel rooms, Eleuthera is a paradise for beach lovers who enjoy privacy and unspoiled natural beauty. 110 miles long with a population of just 8000, Eleuthera is an island of rolling green hills and sleepy villages. There are no shopping centers on Eleuthera, no crowds, and no traffic. The guidebooks are fond of noting that Eleuthera has not a single traffic light, but that isn’t surprising when you consider that most of it has only one paved road. The Queen’s Highway, as it’s called, is a two-lane country road on which you can drive for miles without seeing another car. Needless to say, there is little need for a map, and on an island less than a mile wide for long stretches, you’re never far from the beach.

In the 1960’s, Eleuthera was a jet-set destination with resorts such as the exclusive Cotton Bay Club, Windermere Club, Rock Sound Club, and French Leave. In subsequent decades the resorts closed—due in large part to short-sighted government policies in the years after independence, which were anti-foreign-investment—and Eleuthera was forgotten. All that is changing now. Several new resorts have opened on the island in recent years, including the luxurious Sky Beach Club, and considerable new home construction is underway.

Eleuthera is blessed with excellent infrastructure, in part because it hosted a U.S. Navy base for many years. The island has three airports, one in the south of the island at Rock Sound (RSD), one in Central Eleuthera at Governors Harbour (GHB), and one in the north (ELH). Cell phone service and high-speed internet are available throughout the island, as is municipal water and reliable electricity.

The two sides of Eleuthera look out on very different seas. The Atlantic side is famous for its world-class, pink-sand beaches, miles long and usually deserted. A long off-shore reef system keeps the surf mild on the Atlantic beaches in the central section of the island. The Caribbean, on the west side, is shallow for a great distance out and usually as calm as a lake, although the beaches are not as wide or dramatic as those on the Atlantic side.

Eleuthera’s coral reefs offer exceptional diving and snorkeling. The Devil’s Backbone, the most famous Eleuthera dive, is a large coral formation off North Eleuthera, notorious for wrecking ships. The Current Cut, a narrow channel with currents that regularly reach 10 knots, has been rated one of the ten best dives in the world. Buttonwood Beach has a shipwreck, and there is even a sunken train wreck off the north coast of the island.

Eleuthera is famous for bonefishing and deep-sea fishing. Reef fishing and spear-fishing are also popular. The Caribbean side of the island is usually free from surf, providing excellent conditions for sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. Trails through the fields and woods are perfect for jogging, hiking, and mountain-biking. You won’t find them on a map or in a guidebook, so ask a local resident or watch for trails on the side of the road.

The Atlantic side of the island north of James Cistern offers several excellent beaches for surfing, with Surfer’s Beach and Holiday Beach being the most famous. For golfers, Eleuthera has the only Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course in the Bahamas, once ranked among the best in the world, although maintenance is now haphazard.

Eleuthera offers varied and unique sightseeing. The Hatchet Bay Cave extends for a mile underground. At the Cliffs, giant ocean swells crash into a coral precipice. The Rock Sound Ocean Hole, said to be bottomless, is an inland salt lake connected by subterranean passages to the sea. Feed the tame saltwater fish miles from the ocean. The Glass Window Bridge, painted by Winslow Homer, is the narrowest point on the island, where the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean almost touch the turbulent deep blue of the Atlantic. The cavernous Preacher’s Cave provided shelter for the first European settlers of Eleuthera, and served as their first church. The Queen’s Baths are a collection of small pools carved out of the soft rock by wave action. At low tide, the Queen—or anyone fortunate enough to be on Eleuthera—can bathe amongst the little fishes. These sites are all in their pristine state. Don’t expect to find a guide booth–or even a paved road.

Each of Eleuthera’s score of picturesque villages deserves a visit. Gregory Town, home of the annual Pineapple Festival, is also home to Pam’s Island Made Gift Shop, featuring local handicrafts, and Thompson’s bakery, creator of Eleuthera’s famous pineapple and coconut tarts. Spanish Wells is an island fishing village off the north coast of Eleuthera with lovely nineteenth century cottages in pastel colors. Governor’s Harbour features an historic waterfront, colonial homes, and the recently restored Haynes Library. Governors Harbour also hosts the Friday night fish fry, a weekly waterfront street party that brings out locals and visitors alike, and is not to be missed. Harbour Island, a five-minute water-taxi ride from Eleuthera, offers five-star hotels, shopping, and celebrity sightings. No private cars are permitted on the streets of Harbour Island, so plan on renting a golf cart.

Live music is popular on Eleuthera, part-time home to Lenny Kravitz and his band, who are a regular presence on the island and frequently appear at local night spots to jam. Patti Labelle and Mariah Carey also have homes on the island. Eleuthera has numerous annual events, from the Pineapple Festival and the Ride for Hope, to the International Food Fair and the North Eleuthera Regatta.

Six or eight years ago, you would have been hard pressed to enjoy fine dining on Eleuthera. All that has changed. The Bistro at Sky Beach Club offers beachside/poolside dining with international cuisine and local specialties. Cocodimama’s excellent chef hails from Palermo and serves up the best of Italian and fusion cuisine. Tippys famous beach bar and restaurant offers a wide range of dishes from pizza to seafood. The Beach House specializes in tapas and ocean breezes from its beachside deck. The Rainbow Inn is famous for its steaks and salads picked fresh from its organic garden. The Laughing Lizard offers gourmet sandwiches and wraps.

Transportation to the island is easy. There are direct flights every day from Fort Lauderdale on Continental Airlines, and from Miami on American Airlines. There are also multiple daily flights from Nassau on BahamasAir, Pineapple Air, and Southern Air. Travelers from the eastern U.S., including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington, Charlotte, and Atlanta, will find multiple daily direct flights to Nassau with easy connections to Eleuthera.

Eleuthera has a number of beautiful beach resorts and a good selection of vacation rentals, including beach cottages, villas, and estates. If you’re planning a visit to the island, contact me for details about accommodations.

Eleuthera has no shopping centers, no casinos, and no large resorts. You can’t play mini-golf or dine at Olive Garden and Burger King. But for those of us who can live without these diversions, Eleuthera is paradise. Come visit, and discover Eleuthera for yourself.

Matthew Simon is the author of How to Buy and Sell Real Estate in the Bahamas.

Think Pink…Pink Beaches and Picturesque Sunsets

PINK BEACHES

 

Sky Beach Club . Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Discover and explore Eleuthera’s finest and most secluded resort, extending 22-acres with views of the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean on the other with 360 degrees of both at the top.  The Sky Beach Club is a Bahamas resort that caters to your every need, the perfect place to reconnect with yourself, spend quality time with your partner, and bring families together.

The Sky Beach Club is a dream-like location for weddings, with a spectacular deserted beach lapped by gin-clear water.  Sky Beach Club offers a respite from the hassles and stresses from everyday life and instead envelops you in a serene seaside escape.

Sky Beach Club’s gated resort features ultra-modern architecture, custom furnishings, and a secluded pink sand beach.  The sunrises and sunsets are inspiring and easy to enjoy while relaxing in our infinity-edge beachfront pool with swim-up cocktail bar.

We warmly invite you to learn more about our rooms, offers, and to explore the wide array of services and amenities that are offered by our warm and friendly staff.   Whatever your pleasures, Sky Beach Club offers the finest in modern accommodations with the standard service and luxury you deserve.

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Explore all that Eleuthera has to offer from its only Luxury Resort.  Pink sand, Great Food and Tremendous Service is just a click away!

Fishermen and Watersport lovers- you’ve just found the perfect place.

Holiday time is busy for everyone, so wouldn’t it be nice to get away and enjoy the warm weather after this year’s exciting festivities!

DOES YOUR HOUSE LOOK LIKE THIS IN THE WINTER???

Wouldn’t you rather enjoy THIS!

The Sky Beach Club has 22-acres with views of the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean on the other with 360 degrees of both at the top, as well as an irreplaceable pink sandy beach for your enjoyment.  The sunrises and sunsets are ‘out of this world’, not to mention the infinity-edged beachfront pool with swim-up cocktail bar.

If you’re looking for action, enjoy the luxury of satellite TV and FREE WiFi anywhere on the resort.

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5 Star Elegance at a 3rd World Price

Eleuthera is an island in the Bahamas, lying 50 miles east of Nassau.  It is very long and thin- 110 miles long and in places a little more than a mile wide.  According to the 2000 Census, the population of Eleuthera is approximately 8,000.

The topography of the island varies from wide rolling pink sand beaches to large outcrops of ancient coral reefs.

The island was believed to have been unoccupied until the first European settlers- puritan pilgrims- arrived in 1648 from Bermuda.  These settlers, known as the “Eleutherian Adventurers”, gave the island its current name- eleutheria means “freedom” in Greek, while eleuthera means “free”.  Some people think that Christopher Columbus may have come to Eleuthera before visiting islands in the West Indies.

Recently, many persons of Eleuthera descent have been very successful in the fields of education, construction, medicine, and business.  With this, many locals have taken it upon themselves to keep the island prosperous and to provide a top-notch experience for tourists and residents.  Additionally, second homeowners provide opportunities for caretakers, domestic help, and home repair and maintenance jobs- not to mention providing a ready market for local restaurants and services.  Promises of prosperity…

…WITH 5 STAR ELEGANCE.

If ever there was a Perfect Getaway..... this is it.

If there ever was a perfect getaway… this is it.

Eleuthera features breathtaking beaches, rolling green hills, quaint villages, rugged cliffs, and red soil (good for growing pineapples), and caves.  Eleuthera has a number of advantages; it is within close proximity to the capital Nassau, easily reachable from North America, and is large enough to offer a variety of elegance for visitors.

Pristine waters sparkle as far as the eye can see from our amazing oceanfront amenity area.  Comfortably relax in one of our poolside cabanas and enjoy a light lunch – or swim over to the pool bar and have them throw another local pineapple in your favorite drink!

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This 3rd world country offers 5 star elegance on another level.  The sound of the ocean, the freeness in the air, and the opportunity for complete relaxation awaits you.  Please click here to capture this remarkable experience…. NEAR HEAVEN EXPERIENCE

Health Association of Eleuthera raises over $6000 at the Bistro

From The Eleutheran:

Despite an afternoon of wet weather, the newly opened Bistro restaurant at Sky Beach Club, just outside of Governor’s Harbour, saw close to one hundred winter residents and second homeowners descend on them for lunch in a rousing display of support for the central Eleuthera ambulance fund on Sunday, June 28th.

More than six thousand dollars were raised to support HACE (Health Association of Central Eleuthera) in its’ efforts to provide emergency and ambulance services to the central Eleuthera community.

HACE is looking to secure a new ambulance to replace the current vehicle which is said to be well past its tenth year.

With the main February Food Fair fundraiser not happening earlier in the year, this new event was vital to raising the necessary funds toward this goal.
Adults contributed $50 and children $20 for an especially delicious lunch, prepared by and enjoyed at the Bistro’s one-of-a-kind poolside, waterfront setting.

While supporters enjoyed all they could eat, Dr. Seabreeze entertained on the guitar, and guests had the opportunity to bid on exciting donated prizes in a silent auction.

According to Mrs. Carletta Turnquest, Secretary with HACE, the afternoon was a resounding success, in funds raised, with the terrific atmosphere, and the Bistro hosts’ delectable spread and graciousness.

Second home owner, Ann Lenane, a neighbour of Sky Beach, and a key organizer of the afternoon’s event commented, “It was kind of crazy to try and do this in a week, but we pulled it off.  It went extremely well – everyone was very generous, and with the pouring rain, people showed up and it was awesome!”

Some of the mouth-watering dishes laid out for the afternoon crowd were: Shrimp spring rolls with a peanut sauce, Pita chips with hummus, New Zealand lamb chops with teriyaki dipping sauce, Chipotle chicken skewers and for dessert, Key lime pie.

Perry Parrigin, Director of Food & Beverage with the Bistro expressed his delight in being able to participate in such a worthy cause for the community and pledged to provide the venue on an annual basis for the HACE fundraising event, saying, “It’s our intention to make this an annual event to support this cause… and maybe one other during the winter.”

When asked what made the Bistro stand out from other restaurants on Eleuthera, Perry answered confidently, “We have a very eclectic and varied menu; our Chef Curtis Thurston has worked all over the world, in the Maldives, in Africa and Napa – so he’s just amazing.  My service team is friendly, and we bring a professional level of service.  We also encourage our guests to come in and have lunch and then enjoy our Infinity-edge beachfront pool with swim-up cocktail bar facilities, and breathtaking views.”

Parrigin continued in praise of his team at the Bistro, “So many people came up to me and said that the staff was incredible… they are my rock stars, they’re awesome.”