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Hatchet Bay, which has mid-Eleuthera's only marina, is a good place to find a fishing guide and friendly locals. Take note of the town's side roads, which have such colorful names as Lazy Road, Happy Hill Road, and Smile Lane. Just south of town, the Rainbow Inn and Restaurant is the hub of activity for this stretch of the island. Bay Inn Estates Bed and Breakfast opened in late 2009 and has been busy since the first day.
"The World's Safest Harbour" is Hatchet Bay's claim to fame. The naturally protected harbor is a popular place to anchor sailboats and fishing vessels when storms are coming. One of the most memorable days for the harbor, however, wasn't a storm but the day years ago when Jackie Kennedy Onassis came in on a friend's yacht.
The pastoral scenery outside of Hatchet Bay is some of the island's most memorable—towering, long-empty grain silos, windswept green hillsides, and wild cotton, remnants of the old cotton plantations. Don't miss James Cistern, a seaside settlement to the south. Time your visit for a Friday or Saturday so you can drop by Billy and Brenda Stubbs' weekly barbecue (from 11 to 3 pm) under a tamarind tree next to the Queen's Highway. Chicken and ribs are cooked on the grill, and you can eat on picnic tables in the shade or take your lunch across the street to the side of the bay.
Hatchet Bay at a Glance
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