Eleuthera Travel Guide: Straight Chillin' on Cape Eleuthera
We continued our way down the island of Eleuthera, to the very southernmost point--Cape Eleuthera. On this trip, we were purposely steered away from Harbour Island which is probably the most happening part of Eleuthera. However, in case you want to read about what to do on Harbour Island, check out our guide.
So we waved goodbye to any sort of social scene and wound up in in the boonies. Ironically, years ago this was the spot on the island back when the Cape Eleuthera Resort was in existence. It probably had something to do with being a cape which always sounds like a glamorous place to go.
Anyways, Cape Eleuthera had a four-star resort for vacationers and townhouses were built with the hopes of attracting regular visitors. Yet the owner apparently went bankrupt and things shut down immediately. Slabs of concrete were abandoned, the three-wheeled golf carts were left in a field to rot and locals were forced to find new jobs.
Now 35 years later, a new developer has bought the nine miles of land at Cape Eleuthera with the hopes of building a resort community that will be even better than the original.
Today the Cape centers around a new resort,
Powell Pointe, a resort/estates/marina complex. This is pretty much the only lodging option down in the Cape. It's pricey at around $600 a night for a two-bedroom townhome. But unlike other resorts on Eleuthera it has every modern convenience you could ever want from a convenience store (which rents DVDs) to a coffee shop and free WiFi throughout the property.
Aside from lodging, Powell Point has a marina which allows you to dock your boat should you feel like boating down to the Bahamas. The resort also runs the Out Islander Outfitters which can put together interesting adventures like a trip to your own private island for a day to a snorkeling to deep-sea fishing trip. Rounding out the services are the Barracuda Bar & Grill, a 4,500 acre private beach reserve. And that's pretty much it. It's an extremely quiet getaway.
Also of note on the island is The Island School, also known as the Cape Eleuthera Institute, where high school and college sophomores and juniors can spend a semester participating in marine research. Damn. Why didn't they have that when we were in college?
· Getting Tipsy at Tippy's [Jaunted]
· Preacher's Cave [Jaunted]
· Eleuthera Travel Guide [Jaunted]