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This dirt road in Governor's Harbour reveals undercover beaches

Venture beyond the most common areas and find beaches hidden in plain sight

Traveling on the Queen's Highway, the main road running the entire length of Eleuthera island it is impossible not to notice all of the dirt roads that veer off, usually towards the coast. They stick out like a forbidden garden begging to be explored. Many beaches lie beyond these bumpy roads.

In Governor's Harbour, there's a hidden beach road that gives you access to several undercover beaches. We explored a three mile stretch from French Leave Beach to Twin Coves and discovered that while French Leave is the most well-known and easily accessible Governor's Harbour beach, it is not the only beach worthy of exploring.  

Caption: This is the first beach access point you'll reach when you turn off Pine Street, Governor's Harbour, and head for the coastal dirt road.  This section of French Leave Beach is more private than the popular southern end. Photo by The Domestic Tourist. 
Caption: French Leave Beach in Governor's Harbour is a pink sand beach, not dissimilar to the famous pink sand beach of Harbour Island. The beach stretches as far as the eye. A walk along this beach is enjoyable in the early mornings or evenings when the intensity of the sun is not on full blast. Photo by The Domestic Tourist.
Caption: At the northern end of French Leave Beach, where the beach melds into the rocks, there is a bamboo base tree swing that looks precarious but is surprising sturdy.  No scientific studies have been done to test the weight capacity of the tree swing so use at your own risk. Photo by The Domestic Tourist
Caption: There are a handful of private homes dotted along the beach road, but this area is mostly secluded and uninhabited. Photo by The Domestic Tourist
Caption: The vegetation along the beach road is not manicured, and some areas are more mangled than others, but the road is easy to navigate. It is safer in a jeep but is doable in a car. Photo by The Domestic Tourist.
Caption: This stretch of beach between French Leave and Twin Coves is not the best for swimming as it is rockier than other beaches and more exposed to the Atlantic Ocean. However, with calm seas, there are patches that are suited for swimming. Photo by The Domestic Tourist.
Caption: The more northern cove at Twin Coves Beach is better for swimming. Further north there is a stretch of cliffs and rocks, so Twin Coves is the first major stop point in over three miles of nearly continuous beach from French Leave and beyond.
Caption: The more southern cove at Twin Coves Beach is more perfectly shaped like a crescent moon. Photo by The Domestic Tourist

All of the beaches along this coast are washed by the Atlantic Ocean, so unlike beaches on the shallow side of the island known as the Banks, these beaches can have bigger waves that sometimes make leisurely swimming inconvenient. On windy days you'll want to keep this in mind. Typically, these beaches will also have more seaweed than beaches on the Banks. 

Use the map to find the jump off point along Pine Street to head off-road in search of these undercover beaches.

About the Author
Noelle Khalila, The Domestic Tourist

Noelle Khalila is Editor of the Official Travel Blog of the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board (BOIPB). On the Blog she writes about the shared experiences and insights of BOIPB members from their collective island-hopping travel across the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Noelle is also an award winning journalist and entrepreneur, serving as editor and chief visionary officer of The Domestic Tourist Travel Blog and Travel Club.

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