More on The Pink House
The Island of Eleuthera
Fishing and Tours
|Welcome to Rainbow Bay,
Eleuthera, Bahamas. Eleuthera is the Greek word for freedom and you will
have the freedom to enjoy a truly stress free vacation. Eleuthera
lies at the northeast corner of the Great Bahama Bank and is an unusual
island at 110 miles long and a maximum of 3 miles wide. Eleuthera was
the first settlement in the Bahamas and was founded in 1648.
Only one and a half hours by plane from Florida,
Eleuthera is a very different experience from the mainland. The
island supports as much variety in landscape and seascape as you can
possibly get in the Bahamas. There is the tranquil aqua
Caribbean Sea and the raging blue waters of the Atlantic. There
are rugged cliffs towering 100 feet high, and not far away, peaceful
pink and white sand beaches. There are caves for exploration,
coral reefs for snorkeling, and great waves for surfing. There are
flats for bone fishing and underwater mountain ranges for deep sea
fishing. And the best of all, are the people. You can, and
should, stop and talk to anyone along the roads. You will always
get a smile, good conversation, invaluable information and,
occasionally, you will be invited in for a visit or a meal.
You will notice that everybody waves hello when you drive by.
Hopefully, you will fall in love with Eleuthera as we have.
Rainbow Bay is located just north of the settlement of James Cistern.
The Pink House Bahamas is directly on the water on the Caribbean side of the
island. Take it easy by relaxing on your deck and swimming in the
crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea off of your dock.
Generally the water is calm and clear with a variety of fish and corals,
so be sure to bring your snorkel gear.
For the more active traveler, read on about ...
Diving and Snorkeling
Window Bridge and Cliffs
Harbour Friday Night Fish Fry
Bars and Restaurants
Fresh Bread, and Local Artists
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Diving and Snorkeling - You can snorkel right off
of The Pink House and explore the rock walls alive with sea fans, corals, fish, and
an occasional lobster or crab. For more abundant coral heads, drive over
to the Atlantic side of Eleuthera - most of the pink sand beaches have great
"shallow water" reefs within 50 feet of the shore. For the more
serious diver, there are numerous places for a variety of
|Devils Backbone: This area has numerous wrecks, both modern and ancient. In fact, there|
is one place where three wrecks actually lay on top of each other.
|Plateau: There are rolling mounds of coral that are separated by deep fissures and loaded|
with marine life.
|The Arch: This is a 60 foot wide natural arch that slopes down from 65 to 110 feet. Many large|
fish take up residence here.
|Current Cut: This is an "E" ticket ride. This dive is a drift dive between two islands. Currents|
vary between 3 and 8 knots. Large fish and eagle rays are visible.
|Eleuthera Train Wreck: An unusual wreck of a Civil War Train that slid off a ship in a|
|Blue holes: These seemingly bottomless "holes" in the ocean floor are
often connected underground to tiny lakes in the middle of the islands.
The Bahamas has the only known tidal blue holes in the world. Blue holes are a
phenomenon created during several ice ages, when sea levels were 400 feet lower and The Bahamas was a great exposed limestone platform.
Centuries of acidic rain water etched into the vast bank, creating circular depressions and other magnificent formations. |
Island that disappears with the tide.
Fishing - Experience the adrenalin rush of bone
fishing or catch your own dinner while deep sea fishing with local guide and
family friend, Paul Petty or one of the various other guides offering fishing
services. Paul was written up in Florida Sportsman, March 2001, as the
"up and coming guide" in Eleuthera. Call Paul at (242) 332-2963
to make reservations for a half or full day of fishing.
Glass Window Bridge and Cliffs - Heading north
from Rainbow Bay, just north of Gregory Town, you will come to the bridge and
cliffs. This is the narrowest point on Eleuthera - the bridge connects the
north and south parts of the island. When seen from a passing plane, the
bridge creates the effect of a "Glass Window" looking from the aqua
green waters of the Caribbean to the dark blue waters of the Atlantic.
Nowhere else on the island will you be able to contrast the two bodies of water
so clearly. The bridge has been knocked slightly off center by past
hurricanes and rogue waves so drive over it cautiously. Park the car and
climb the rough rock to get an awesome view of the 100 foot tall cliffs towering
above the Atlantic. Make sure you wear good shoes as the climbing is
Bridge - fly by
Bridge from land - note the contrasting water colors
Governor's Harbour Friday Night Fish Fry - Each
Friday night (or sometimes on Saturday if there is no fish to be found on
Friday), Governor's Harbour is host to a fish fry. Taste fresh conch
prepared a variety of ways, such as fried or marinated in a salad, sample
barbeque ribs and chicken, and of course try the fried fish. The
brave souls can drink some "Rum Bubba" - a local punch whose
ingredients are a mystery! But most of all, get out in the street,
let loose and dance!
Hatchet Bay Caves - these caves are quite dark -
so bring a bright light or lantern for exploring. It's probably about a
half mile from one end to the other. The various chambers are dripping
with stalactites and stalagmites. There are several large caverns with
rickety old ladders taking you down to other levels. Just south of Hatchet
Bay, there is a sign on the Caribbean side of Queen's Highway marking the road
to the caves.
James Cistern Barbeque - If you're passing
through James Cistern on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, make sure to stop by
the local barbeque set up along Queen's Highway across from the beach. You
can experience some local cuisine at very reasonable prices. Taste the
deep fried fish or barbequed chicken and ribs. Savor the peas and rice,
Bahamian macaroni and cheese (watch out - it's spicy!) or the jonnie cakes.
in James Cistern
Relax and enjoy
Local Bars and Restaurants - This is a new
section, and we will add pictures and information as we accumulate them.
Pink Sand Beaches - on the Atlantic side of the
Island are miles and miles of deserted beaches - many of which have pink
sand. The pink coloration is probably due to ground up red corals and
rocks. Often there is lots of "treasure" covering the beach -
debris from hurricanes and cruise ships. In this wonderful trash you can
find crab traps, buoys, driftwood .. It's a tradition to collect an old
bottle and fill it with pink sand to take home to remember your visit. To
get to the beaches... Governor's Harbour Airport is on the Caribbean side, take
any road on the opposite side of the road just north or south of the airport -
most of these shell roads climb the hill and deposit you at a foot path down to
Rainbow Bay - Just north of The Pink House
Rainbow Bay Beach. This beach is in walking/bicycling distance of the
house. This is your picture perfect tropical beach. The sand is
gleaming white and the shore is lined with palm trees. The water is
shallow for a long way out, the color graduating from the white of the beach to
aqua to teal. Go north on Wandering Shores Drive, cross over the island at
Rainbow Bridge Drive, and you will find another phenomenal beach with rocks and
coral just off shore. There is a small parking area at the top of the
"cliff". Descend down a narrow pathway to the beach.
Rainbow Bay Beach
shallows at Rainbow Bay Beach.
Surfers' Beach - you'll find this beach just
south of Gregory Town on the Atlantic side. This beach is a popular spot
for surfers - when there are waves. Most of the time you will have the
whole beach to yourself. The charm of this beach comes from the various
"surf shacks" that have been assembled with flotsam and jetsam that
has washed up on the beach. To get there, look for a rustic sign
indicating "Beach" on Queen's Highway. Expect to drive
your rental car through some rough terrain and then have to get out and hike the
last half mile.
|View to Surfers'
||Surf shack with
||Home sweet home?
||The newest surf
Sightseeing, Fresh Bread, and Local Artists -
The island is a fascinating place to simply sightsee. At the north end is
Harbor Island and Spanish Wells. Both of these islands are reachable by
water taxi. Each is home to colorful hundred year old buildings, more pink
sand beaches and tourist shopping. Venture out to Preacher's Cave while at
the north end of the island.
Shipwrecked settlers, the Eleutherian Adventurers, sought shelter in this cave in
northern Eleuthera. A rocky pulpit formation gives a churchlike feeling, which
generated the cave's name. Gregory Town is a myriad of colorful homes set
on a hill overlooking a gorgeous turquoise bay. Up on the hill you will
find Thompson's Bakery - where you can buy freshly made bread, pastries and
marmalades. Back south to James Cistern you'll find Mr. and Mrs.
White's house where you put your bread or pastry order in one day and she'll
have it ready for you the next (make sure to try her coconut macaroons and her
cinnamon raison bread). Governor's Harbour has several tourist shops where
you can purchase local artisans' works. Stop at Pammy's Takeaway and try
her cracked conch, boiled fish, or minced lobster - yummy! Further down at
Palmetto Point stop is the new Runaway Bay Marina - the view from the
restaurant is phenomenal - not to mention Harriet's conch chowder, conch
fritters and grouper fingers. Say 'hi' to Pat, the bar tender, waitress
and bus boy - she's a hoot! Heading further south, stop at Savannah
Sound to see this quaint bay littered with rustic boats, coconuts and conch
shells. In Tarpum Bay you can watch the local fisherman prepare
their days catch and purchase your fresh seafood to take home to cook yourself. Another interesting visit would be to stop by Lord MacMillan's
castle. If you keep going south, you'll come to Rock
Sound. There is a blue hole in the center of this settlement that is
teeming with tropical salt water fish. Jump in and cool off!
Further south is Cape Eleuthera, with access to great snorkeling. Contact
Eleuthera Tours at
www.eleutheratours.com to spend a day fishing, diving conch and snorkeling,
or do a day trip to lighthouse beach.
in Spanish Wells
Breezy Day at James Cistern
Mal Flanders shows his work
Art in Palmetto Point
from the hill by Thompson's Bakery.
George Major - local writer and poet- around Winding Beach.
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If you're lucky
you can catch someone making fresh conch seviche in Governor's or Tarpum
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Note: If you can't find what you're looking for, stop and ask
anyone. The most precious thing about the people of Eleuthera is that they
are always willing to talk to you and to help you. And if you see someone
hitching a ride, pick them up and help them along their way. Hitching is a
standard form of transportation on the island....
Granberry at (407) 314-0661