Lets face it, the reason you come to Eleuthera is to get away and enjoy the beaches. You can spend your entire time at Aqua Vista Beach or explore the many others. Decide on your priorities (snorkeling, sunbathing/swimming/hanging out, exploring). If it is snorkeling, the best places are on the Atlantic side but if it it too windy then go to the Leeward side. Below are some of the beaches that we have visited. There are MANY more. It is recommended that you have a phone with you in case of a vehicle breakdown. Also suggest you make sure your car has a spare tire with all the tools to change on your own. No Triple AAA here!! Do not expect any Bathrooms either at the beaches.
Lighthouse Beach – Lighthouse beach is always at the top of everyone’s list for “favorite beach”, including ours. Lighthouse Beach and the adjacent Lighthouse Bay are at the southern most tip of Eleuthera. When you park, don’t mistake the small beach for Lighthouse Beach. This is Lighthouse Bay. The real beach is up a sand road and over the dunes to the left. This long wide pink sand beach is said to be one of the best in Eleuthera. We most defiantly agree! You will also find large shaded areas amongst the cliffs perfect for eating that picnic lunch or chilling out after a long walk/jog along the beach. The sand is firm packed so you can walk very easily.
Once on the beach, look for the Old Lighthouse up on the hill. Take time to explore it and the surrounding area. When you are at the old Lighthouse, you will be able to see the southern most tip of Eleuthera. Just across from it are two little islands. Snorkeling around the rocks could bring unexpected pleasures. Snorkelers have seen manta rays here. As there’s a tidal difference of about two hours between both sides of Eleuthera. There’s a tidal current most of the time. It can be forceful. So, be careful if you try to snorkel the current. Do it only if you are a good swimmer.
These beaches are 50 miles south of Governor’s Harbour. It will take you over an hour to get there. Plan to spend a full day at Lighthouse Beach. Pack a lunch, the beach chairs, the snorkel gear and maybe even a good book.
Pau Pau Bay – Ideal for children or kayaking. This is a hidden gem for swimming and snorkeling on a windy day on the Atlantic side. It is a very secluded and protected beach. Even if it is very windy, you can have a great time. It is very shallow so you can swim, snorkel for quite a while. If you get tired…stand up and take a break. Loads of sand dollars (white are dead and you can take them, brown are live – please leave them). Lots of Urchins topped with shells to try and disguise themselves. On the north side of the Cay, there is a nice variety of fish and very nice coral. On the North end of the bay there is a long outcropping of rock. Make sure you have water shoes (lots of broken shells).
Ten Bay – One of the more noted beaches in Eleuthera, Ten Bay Beach is on the Caribbean side. It is a great place to have a picnic and a swim. But you will see others on the beach. We have found some beautiful shells here. Also, live starfish and live sand dollars. The calm protected bay has a clean sandy bottom perfect for spotting the starfish and sand dollars living there. The water is shallow for a long ways out so it is safe for children. This is a great place to go swimming or learn to snorkel. There is more to see if you snorkel at either end of the bay where it is rocky and some cliffs overhang the water.
Alabaster @ Cocodimamas – Just before GHB Airport. Go to the crossroads at Palmetto Point, make a right onto Queens Highway. Proceed 11.9 miles. It will be on your left. Look for the multi colored buildings. Turn left and proceed to make a left onto the road that parallels the beach. Lots of Parking areas.
Knowles Beach – A few miles south of GHB airport on the Atlantic side. Make a right onto Knowles Drive. Two orange cut off telephone poles mark the entrance. It is the street before the road that takes you to the Navy Base. There may be a sign “The Deck” on the opposite side of the road. Drive to the end of the road and park. Walk towards the water and go to the left. Beautiful beach area. You will pass Mark’s “Deck”. If he is open, it is a great place to pass some time, get a drink or burger while you are enjoying the beach. He even has bathrooms for patrons.
Twin Coves – Go to the crossroads at Palmetto Point, make a right onto Queens Highway. 1.6 miles past Governors Harbour you will see the “Workers House”. A large white building with blue roofs. Make a right and proceed to top of hill. Then cross a paved section, and bear left at the fork. Turn right at T. Continue .3 miles on a sand road. Very unique beach as you can see from the image below.
Half Sound Bayside Beach – Words cannot describe the beauty of this location. If you walk towards the Ocean cut you will find a Tiki hut that someone set up. I doubt if this place gets more than a few visits a year. Not an easy drive. But worth it.
Jacks Bay – A very secluded beach. On the Atlantic side but very well protected even in high winds. Lots of sea grass. A good chance to see sea turtles when the tide is high. The north side is a great place to snorkel if you go out far enough. Best coral structures, and fish we have personally seen. Not sure how long this place will be accessible. Cotton Bay estates is building a Tiger Woods Par 3 golf course next to this bay.
Whiteland Beach II – Absolutely Incredible. Not as hard to get to as Lighthouse Beach, but not easy either. The car will be scratched up due to the narrow road. Got a flat here.
Deep Creek (Or Plum Creek) – Another gem, but hard to get to over the coral road and shallow pools. Be sure you have good tires and a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Original Cotton Bay Beach – Originally this was a thriving club with a world class golf course for Juan Tripp (Pan Am) and his pals. Now a lot of ruins and overgrown golf course. But a great beach.
Winding Bay – Another beach on the Atlantic side that is protected from the wind. Secluded beach. You can walk and explore for quite a distance. Bring water shoes or other footwear if you want to do some serious walking.
Double Bay Beach – Double Bay Beach is five miles long, very sandy, and wide. A few famous celebrities have homes here, including Patti LaBelle and Treat Williams.
South Palmetto Point – A very nice beach. Calm waters with gently slopping sandy bottom. You can fish off the jetty. Use a casting net to catch live bait. Nice beach to walk but not private (relative to other beaches). Our friends Skip and Sharon Warner have a house and rental units there. Say “Hi” to them.
Poponi Beach – Just like Club Med beach in Governor’s Harbour, Poponi Beach is on the Atlantic side, but the water does remain fairly calm. Go ahead, jump in and enjoy a swim. The turquoise and blue colors of the shallow water are spectacular. And bring your snorkel gear. Check out the rocky areas but be sure to do your snorkeling on a calm day. It has lots of trees, so there’s shade when you need it. Poponi beach in North Palmetto Point is great for long walks. At the access point turn left and go north. You can walk up to 4 miles until you reach Club Med Beach (French Leave Beach).
Club Med Beach (French Leave) – The Club Med people are in the business of finding nice spots to put their clubs, so you can imagine how nice the area is. Most buildings of Club Med Eleuthera were destroyed by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Yet, its beach is just as attractive as it ever was. You probably won’t have the entire beach to yourself, as it is quite a popular one, but the beach is so long and wide it really doesn’t matter. Some development happening here.
Navy Base Beach – There use to be a US Navy base here on Eleuthera. Long Gone, but the remnants still stand. Quite interesting if you like to explore. Anyway, the beach here is HUGE. Very wide (for Eleuthera) and quite long. Although we have not snorkeled it, it looks very inviting on a calm day. Some nice coral heads. On the Atlantic side.
Rainbow Bay – Between Gregory Town and Governor’s Harbour airport. Stop by this beach to swim, snorkel and just relax. This is a great swimming area. It has a clean, white sand bottom and is shallow for a long way out. The water is always calm and welcoming. There is some good snorkeling around the larger rocks in the water and along the low cliffs.