Eleuthera is loveable for these reasons
Mar 06, 2017
Beaches, Banks Road and an Anchor Bay Fish Fry
Depending on where you touch down in Eleuthera you'll have easy access to the loveable things that endear us to Eleuthera. The island is long you could very well visit and barely touch all parts. The things we love, however, stretch the gamut: in the north, south and central parts of the island.
Gaulding Cay Beach
We love Gaulding Cay Beach because it is secluded; the water is always calm; and there are trees along the shore that provide great covering for picnicking or napping on the sand. You’ll find it in North Eleuthera, within eyesight of the Glass Window Bridge. You turn off road near Daddy Joe’s (a worthy restaurant) and wind your way toward the beach. At low tide you can walk shin deep to an offshore cay, the actual Gaulding Cay. It’s a great beach to take children because of its calm, shallow waters.
The southeastern coast of Eleuthera has a stretch of beach that is unbroken for almost eight miles. At the southern point is Lighthouse Beach, arguably the best on offer in Eleuthera. Getting to this beach requires patience and a vehicle that can handle a rough road. For a daytrip it is worth the effort. We always pack a lunch and try to remember a beach umbrella. In addition to relaxing and snorkeling, you can explore the nearby cliff formations. Contour art is carved into the cliff walls from the beating of waves. No matter where you start from, it’s a long drive to Bannerman Town, which is where you access the off road to Lighthouse Beach.
We love Banks Road, a main access road for activities in Governor’s Harbour, Central Eleuthera, because you can spend an entire day being entertained within a one mile stretch: Not on the road itself, but at the various spots along the way. Chocolate croissants for breakfast at the Banks Road Deli, a spot for made to order sandwiches with fresh baked bread, deli meat and specialty cheeses. Oh, and brewed coffee. The road runs parallel to French Leave Beach, which is where we spend the bulk of the time, unless in the mood for nature walks at the Leon Levy Nature Preserve. There are many beach access points for private little spots, but a convenient base is Tippy’s Restaurant and Beach Bar, an open air gazebo style restaurant on the beach. We love the Italian inspired seafood menu, especially the pizza.
Anchor Bay Fish Fry
At the Anchor Bay Fish Fry in Governor’s Harbour you eat like a Bahamian and entertain yourself like a Bahamian. That means congregating around an open air, beachfront food shack where meat is on the grill, fish is in the fryer and the smell of macaroni, peas and rice and conch fritters perfumes the air. Music is blasting on speakers and the community is out and about drinking, socializing, dancing in the streets, and enjoying sweet island vibes.