Eleuthera Island Travel Guide

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Eleuthera Island Things to Do

  • Snorkeling

    There is an area where you can snorkel from the beach or Princess had a boat trip you could take. There is a place to rent snorkel gear which is an extra cost, or like us you can bring your own. The snorkeling was OK here, nothing out of the ordinary but I understand that there is no reason to pay for the ship's excursion

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  • Lounge on the beach

    Most people get off the ship and head to the private beach, only cruise passengers have access to this beach. The lounge chairs are free to use and there is plenty of shade to plant your lounge chair under. If you just can't stand the idea of mingling with all the riff raff from the ship, Princess also provides, at an extra cost naturally, private...

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  • Enjoy a Day at the Beach

    Our day on the beach of Eleuthera was wonderful. We arrived via cruise ship; Emerald Princess to this lovely stretch of beach. The beach area was a large stretch of sand with plenty of beach chairs dotted along the water's edge.My husband and I found a set of chairs on a little cove area of the beach. It was far enough away from the large crowd of...

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  • Enjoy the Sunset

    The sunset when we were getting ready to leave Eleuthera were absolutely beautiful. The sky had various blues, pinks and yellows. Liz and I enjoyed walking around on deck and seeing the kaleidoscope of colors.

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  • Outdoor Showers

    There were several outdoor shower areas on Princess Cays to rinse off after a dip in the water. The water is very salty and its good to get some of that salt off to feel clean when lounging on the beach.

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  • Fruit Carving Demonstrations

    On the Island there are several fruit carving demonstrations happening right before the BBQ buffet opens. It is always fascinating to watch them quickly cut up fruit to make beautiful pictures and shapes.

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Eleuthera Island Restaurants

  • Tasty Tropical Drinks

    The Banana Bear Bar is a nice sized bar right on the beach of Princess Cays. The bar is a rectangular shaped hut styled structure with stools along the perimeter. Frozen drinks, soda, beer and hard liquor are served. They also dispatch a team of waiters to serve the guests lounging on the beach.Liz and I took advantage of this beach drink service...

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  • Typical BBQ Fare

    Princess Cays has its own BBQ lunch Buffet for the passengers of the cruise ship. The buffet is under a large wooden pavilion with two lines that shuffle through the food area. There are several areas with picnic tables in the surrounding area to sit and enjoy your meal. The buffet has a variety of items such as : burgers, hot dogs, chicken ribs,...

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  • Cool place

    Excellent restaurant, a short drive from Governor's Harbour on the road to North Palmetto.Open air with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Menu (written on a black board) changes frequently, but there is always pizza!

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Eleuthera Island Nightlife

  • by arnopg Written Jul 21, 2008

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    Each Friday night, there is a fish fry next to the library in Governor's Harbour.
    It is not just food and drink, but also music and dancing on the street.
    Quiet relaxed, and a good chance to meet people!

    Dress Code: Come as you are

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Eleuthera Island Transportation

  • Emerald Princess

    Liz and I hopped aboard the Emerald Princess for a Caribbean Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Princes Cays, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Grand Turk and St. Thomas. I was a nice seven day cruise with beautiful weather and a great ship.Princess likes to give the big ship feeling without it being...

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  • Tender to the Island

    Due to the coral reefs surrounding the island; cruise ships cannot dock. Tender boats must be used to ferry passengers from the ship to the island. The Tender boats are an easy and quick way to get ashore. The boats are a nice size and comfortable. It's takes less than ten minutes to get from the ship to the shore.**Be careful if you get motion...

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Eleuthera Island Shopping

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    by cjg1 Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    The Straw Market was filled with local people selling crafts, souvenir items and beach themed goods. They had a large variety of straw baskets, beach bags and hats decorated in island themes and even Hello Kitty (Liz liked that). We didn't see anything "eye" catching so we didn't buy anything.

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Eleuthera Island Local Customs

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    by cjg1 Written Oct 29, 2009

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    As soon as we got off of the tender there was a band playing Calypso music. This is the customary greeting at the port and adds to the island party mood.

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Eleuthera Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by cjg1 Updated Jan 13, 2010

    The sun is strong in the Bahamas so make sure to apply plenty of sunblock and re-apply after swimming. Don't forget to apply to areas like feet and ears to avoid a painful burn on those sensitive spots. We wore sunblock 100 and still managed to get a bit of color on our noses and shoulders.

    I'm sunblocked and ready... Safe with my SPF No skin cancer for us....
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Eleuthera Island What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Updated Dec 22, 2009

    Luggage and bags: To go onshore I took a bag for my camera and sunglasses. Liz took a small bag for the sunscreen and towels.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bathingsuits, coverups, sunglasses, flips and towels.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!!!

    Photo Equipment: A small camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Towels

    Liz and her Havaianas Ready for the beach A simple coverup dress Lets hit the beach!!!
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Eleuthera Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by faeriegal Written Jan 28, 2008

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    Island Farm is located on the Queens Highway in Palmetto Point. It's owned by Annie (from New York) and her husband Clyde. They offer fresh organic seasonal veggies and other food items like hot sauces and jams made in the Bahamas. If you are making your own food, this is a MUST stop since all the veggies in the grocery stores are old and moldy. You can also buy handmade jewelry made by their 14 year old daughter Rea.

    Annie also rents houses in the area. So stop by if you need her services.

    Island Farm is located about a mile south of Church Street on Queens Highway in Palmetto Point.

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Eleuthera Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by cjg1 Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    On Princess Cays there are several water activities such as scuba, snorkeling, catamarans, jet skis, banana boats and water cats. Arrange an excursion with the Cruise ship ahead of time to get the optimal time. Gear such as snorkel and scuba equipment are available for rent for your excursion.

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Eleuthera Island Favorites

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    by Dabs Updated Feb 24, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Princess Cays is another of the growing number of cruise ship sponsored ports that are open only to cruise passengers. I don't believe there is ever more than one ship in port since it is Princess' own port and I think two ships would overwhelm the small space. This is a tender port so you have to take a smaller boat to get to and from the island. Princess serves a complimentary lunch on the island so you don't have to tender back and forth or pay for lunch. There are places to get drinks and I believe they let you use your cruise card so you don't need to bring any cash or credit cards with you.

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is
    Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Private Islands forum board was very useful in planning what to do while on shore, and there is also Princess Cays port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to get around.

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