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Trip Report for Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas, December 2010

Summary: We loved Eleuthera and would definitely return and visit again!

Us: Extended family of 6 adults and 3 teenagers
Goal: Relax and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean waters and beaches (Accomplished!)

We stayed at the 7 Palms Villa near Palmetto Point and Governor's Harbor. The property is amazing: 6 bedrooms and nearly as many bathrooms. Housekeeping was impeccable - very clean. The views of the ocean are incredible. Almost every room faces the ocean. Everything was functioning well in the property -- which even included wireless internet, satellite TV, and a gourmet kitchen. I would highly recommend this villa to any large family group. Can't say enough about how beautiful it was, relaxing and fun. The gardener even came by and got coconuts down for us from the palms and split them open so we could have fresh coconut water and coconut nearly every day!

The beaches are fantastic on Eleuthera. Not only was 'our' beach in front of the villa incredibly beautiful but pretty much every other beach we visited (Rainbow Bay, and others) were equally fantastic in their own different ways. There was virtually no one on the beaches. It would seem 'crowded' if you saw one other family! It was VERY relaxing to just hang out on the beach, body surf, look for shells, walk on the sand. The sand is incredibly fine and soft with a delicate pink hue to it at most beaches. There were strong waves on some days (or times of the day) but we were always able to get in and body surf. Some beaches, like Rainbow Bay beach are like a sheet of glass -- perfectly calm and still brilliantly blue waters. The beaches were like a dream...absolutely perfect.

The weather was good for us northerners -- in the mid-70s most days. It would have been nice to be slightly warmer but it was December after all. One advantage to traveling in December was that it was virtually bug-free. We heard that they do have their share of mosquitoes during the hot weather.

Food: We cooked at the villa most days, including buying fresh lobster and grouper fresh off the boat at the local fish market in Governor's Harbor. However we had a great dinner at Tippy's Restaurant that was down the road from 7 Palms. We also liked the food we had at Coco di Mama (closer to the Governor's Harbor airport). We also LOVED the Banks Road Deli & Bakery that was close to 7 Palms. The proprietor makes fresh bread and pastries every day. We enjoyed croissants, baguettes, boules, and many other baked goods from there.

On one of the cooler days part of our group visited Ocean Hole and the caves on the southern part of the island (via car). Report from participants was that it was fantastic! They loved seeing the tropical fish at Ocean Hole and swinging from the 'vines' (ie, roots of trees above) in the subterranean caves.

Transportation: We had a rental car which was useful. We would definitely recommend renting a car -- makes it easier to get around such a long island. There is basically one main road: the Queen's Highway. It's in good condition.

Summary: Loved Eleuthera. Would go back again in a heartbeat.

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