Need a break but can’t really disconnect? Want to get your kids off the couch and out of doors without a fight? Eleuthera is the perfect place to disconnect. Sun, sand, and crystal clear sea will draw the kids out side and away from the electronics.
Is a great choice of a get-a-way. It is easy to get to. It is not overrun by people. It is gorgeous. The beaches of Eleuthera are consistently voted among the best in the world. Not only are the beaches
outstanding, you may see one or two other beach goers in a day. A beach feels crowded if there are more than 10 people on it!
The best way hands down to take advantage of Eleuthera is to rent a beach front home. There are a number of homes that have been purpose built as vacation rentals. Many of them are built with on suit rooms so that couples or families can share a house for the week while keeping privacy. The homes are generally designed around large living rooms and kitchens to make passing what little time you will spend indoors in comfort. Click here for Vacation Homes.
Things To Bring
Normally there is a list of fishing gear etc., but I am going to give a few tips that you may not get elsewhere but will definitely improve the vacation experience on the island.
Meat is probably the most difficult thing to buy on the island. I would suggest that you take any beef, chicken or pork that you intend to consume while on here. Most experienced Eleuthera travelers will buy and freeze the meat they intend to eat while here. Buy a 30 quart cooler from your favorite home store and pack your meat in the cooler before going to the airport. Duck-tape the lid shut and keep the roll of tape in your carry on incase someone needs to look in the cooler. The cooler will come in handy while on the beach or driving around Eleuthera. Seafood is not something you want to bring, as there are places that you can get fresh fish daily, or you can catch your own.
The next thing that I definitely recommend is a bug repellant device Like the one pictured below. The bugs on the island near and after sundown make life miserable out side. Pack the devise and the butane cartridges in your checked baggage. We will take this device and put it up wind or under a table we may be sitting around. These devices will clear out the bugs for twenty feet around them. Being on Eleuthera on cloudless nights is totally breath taking, not to be missed.
Is one of my favorite places to take visiting friends. Nassau can seem like a lot of hustle and bustle, yet a short boat ride away all the world melts away to the beauty of Bahamian waters and beaches.
Blue Lagoon Island operates a ferry from Paradise Island to the island. To be able to take advantage of a full day on the island the boat leaves Paradise Island at 8:30 a.m. A short ride through Nassau’s historical harbour and about a mile outside the harbour is the beautiful Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay).
Besides the beautiful beaches other activities include:
There are hammocks and picnic tables located under a canopy of palm trees. The island is set up for total enjoyment.
There is a grilled lunch provided. As you can see all bases are covered. The menu includes both American and Bahamian cuisine for your enjoyment. The menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, veggie burgers, peas n rice and more.
Who Is This Activity For
The people that I have taken to Blue Lagoon Island are a divers bunch ranging from those who can’t stand being with out some activity going to those who would rather curl up in a corner with a book. Of all of them not one has had a bad day on Blue lagoon Island. There is enough to keep the busy person busy, and hammocks enough to satisfy the person who’d rather sit. Kids I can tell you have a blast. The Lagoon is so calm and tranquil that they become quickly comfortable with the water.
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Here’s a good reason to plan your next trip to the Bahamas. I had a buddy come to visit me from a distant land who had always wanted to dive, but just never took the plunge.
We booked a trip and off we went. He had never even really snorkelled, but with in a little they had my buddy confident enough to dive in. We spent the day on two shallow dives and he tells me he will never forget that day.
Come on down and “dive” in.
Being bahamian though I’d like to say don’t do the live aboard thing. They are not bahamian and don’t really give you the best dive experience of the Bahamas.
Looking for a true getaway to the Bahamas. Intimate is the word. No large crowds competing for the good lounge chairs around the pool. No crowded beaches. Come to Nassau and unwind with a real vacation in paradise.
Bigger and better-known islands in the Bahamas get most of the attention, but Eleuthera — with its fine food, beautiful pink sand beaches and ancient coral reefs — is just as alluring as its neighbors.
Bahamian food is such a diverse rich experience. It would be a real shame to visit the Bahamas and not experience the food of the locals.
The unfortunate thing is that the main restaurants in Nassau do not pay tribute to the local palate.
The fortunate thing is Checkers Cafe serves many local dishes the way locals like them at the price that locals like.
Because Checkers Cafe caters to the local people, it is a little off the beaten path. To get there a taxi ride will be in order. Bahama John is a local taxi driver who is recommended by many as a good driver with good knowledge of the island.
Checkers Cafe servers the dishes that most bahamians grew up on in the more rural parts such as the other inhabited islands of the Bahamas.
Lots of the food has it’s roots in the Cajun parts of the USA. There are foods that resemble such things as Gumbo. One of my favourites is called Stew Conch. It is a bahamian gumbo cooked with the meat of Conch. They will serve other things such as “Steamed Pork Chops,” Peas-n-rice,” “Steamed Chicken…” The Steam food is not at all steamed as you would think, but is cooked in a rich tomato gravy sometimes with potatoes and carrots as well as the meat. I suppose it is more like a stew.
Breakfast is also rich. Bahamians don’t traditionally eat eggs and bacon. Rather things like “Stew Fish” or “Steam Fish and Grits” There is even one called “Fire Engine.” I have taught many friends from different countries how to cook this traditional breakfast, and years later they cook it more than I do.
So please step out and experience a little of the Bahamas while in Nassau. Check out Checkers Cafe.
One of the great challenges for visitors to the Bahamas has always been available flights to the Bahama Islands. This has been the cause of two challenges for potential vacationers.
The first challenge is the cost of flying in to the Bahamian islands has been kept high. Making it more attractive to vacation in other locations.
The second challenge has been the limited number of available seats, at times it is almost impossible to get a seat, much less an affordable seats. The added number of aircraft coming in to Freeport should have a great effect on cost effective travel to the Bahamas both raising the number of available seats and lowering cost of travel to the Bahamas at the same time.
Grand Bahama has so much to offer visitors, from casino gambling, to power white sand beaches, great scuba diving, golf… The list goes on and on.
Peas N Rice is to bahamians what potatoes are to most americans. A meal is not a meal with out peas n rice. Bahamian food is a fusion of many cultures and quite unique. Enjoy!
1/2 lb bacon chopped
1 small onion chopped
1/2 green pepper chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp thyme leaves
Salt to taste
1 can of kidney beans (drained) You can substitute any bean you like.
6 oz can tomato paste
3 3/4 Cups water
2 Cups long grain rice
Reduce the bacon in a large pot medium low heat. When the bacon is crispy add the onion, green pepper, and celery, salt a little. Continue with the low heat until the mixture is tender.
Add the tomato paste and stir in. Add the beans. Add the water, stir, season with salt to taste and add the thyme and black pepper. Turn heat to high. When the pot reaches a boil add the rice and stir.
Top the pot with a proper fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Set your kitchen timer for 25 mins.
After 25 mins check the rice, if done turn off the heat and let the pot sit for a further 15 minutes.
One of my favourite ways to spend time on the island of Eleuthera is fishing. How ever you like to fish, it can be done on Eleuthera.
The island has quite a following of fly fisherman who frequent the island. The draw of Eleuthera for the fly fisherman is the fact that there are a number of great flats that can be reached by car. One needs only to google diy fly fishing eleuthera to discover how and where to cast a fly.
While fly fishing is great fun on Eleuthera, I also like to take a spinning rod and stop along the rocks on the eastern side of the island. I have had great fun with a cheep rattle lure about an inch long off the rocks. Cast the lure out and reel it in. I have caught Grouper, Mutton Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks to name a few. This lure will do, get the blue one. I have also cast those lures at shoals of Jack charging the beach driving bait fist to the shore. What a blast!
There are charter boat captains too. They will be very happy to get you hooked up on what ever is running. There are times when the Exuma sound is so glutted with Mahi that one can just about walk from Eleuthera to Exuma! There are lots of bill fish too.
When the sun gets hot it’s always solo refreshing to slip into the gin clear, refreshing sea. After all people come to Eleuthera to vacation. The main thing is, Have Fun!