Hi all.  I have a few things to share with y’all!  First, I want to tell y’all about an upcoming bloggers home tour we are participating in next week.  Our home will be part of a waterside home tour that includes us along with other amazing bloggers that live on or near the water.  Many of these bloggers I have been following for years and have been inspirations to me.  They all have beautiful homes and we are so excited to be included in the tour.  I’ll have several reminders on Instagram and Facebook leading up to next week.  There will be new homes posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I will post links to all of the tours.

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Now lets talk about our trip to The Bahamas!  It was GORGEOUS!  Pictures do not do it justice but lucky for y’all, I took lots of video.  Now I just need to learn how to use my movie editor.  HEHE.  This trip we stayed on Eleuthera which is an out island about 70 miles east of Nassau.

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It has several established towns along the 110 mile long island but most visitors head to Eleuthera to stay on the more well known Harbour Island, off the northeast tip.  All the islands we have been to are beautiful, we always feel safe and the people are extremely friendly but they are even friendlier in Eleuthera.  Everyone waves to everyone, says hello and offers help.  It felt like Texas but with pretty water.  For more info about the out islands, visit www.myoutislands.com or comment below with your questions.  I am going to post about Spanish Wells and Harbour island separately so today is all about the main island of Eleuthera.  It is only a 25 minute flight from Nassau with one of the Bahamian domestic companies.  These flights are on 10-20 seater prop planes but don’t be afraid…it is worth it.

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Our rental, The Barefoot Beach House,  is in South Palmetto Point which is about mid island and close to a larger town, Governor’s Harbour and the airport is only 30 minutes away.  We stayed mid island so it would be easy to explore the southern and northern parts of the island.  The house was on a quiet cove that had some snorkeling and was good for swimming.

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The owners, Sharon and Skip, live next door and are so friendly and helpful.  We set up our car rental with them and it was waiting for us at the airport.  The house is separated into 3 different rentals.  For us, the mermaid cottage (1bed/1bath with full kitchen) and seashell combo (1bed/1bath studio) gave us a 2 bed/2 bath space where Clayton had his own little space and we had ours but they were connected by an interior door.  Sort of like connected hotel rooms.  It was perfect for us.  There is a third rental space but it is not connected by an interior door.  It is a 1 bed/1 bath studio as well so if you have several couples traveling together this is a great rental to be close but have privacy.  See interior pictures of the house on its website, www.thebarefootbeachhouse.com, at Homeaway, or VRBO.  We highly recommend the house and would definitely stay there again.

View from the back porch.

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View from our bed.

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The first adventure of the week was getting to Lighthouse Beach.   I had read that it was one of the prettiest beaches in The Bahamas and was worth the several miles of off pavement driving that is pretty bumpy and well into the brush.  I personally didn’t think the drive was that bad but maybe that’s because we did the same thing on Exuma and Long Island.  Their roads were just as bad if not worse.  Just drive slow and push on.  It is worth it.

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The beach was breathtaking and it was just the three of us for the entire time.  It is an easy walk to the top of the rock to see the old lighthouse and get a great view of the surroundings.

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Also, there is a little cove beach on the Caribbean side that you can see when you walk to the top of the trail.  We brought our lunch over there and sat in aww of the gorgeous water while we ate.

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This was the clearest water we saw the entire week.  There are some pretty reefs to snorkel but we didn’t see much sea life.

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Bring a cooler with food and drink along with your snorkel gear and spend the day.  There is some shade where you park right off the beach.

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On the way home we stopped at Weymes Beach to explore a little and in Tarpum Bay for some conch salad.  There was a sign along the street so we stopped at this random house with a stand out front.  Tyrone made the best conch salad we had all week.  Seriously, so good.  We didn’t stay in town long because we were exhausted from our day but I have read there are several things to see and I would say the conch salad alone is worth the drive.

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Tarpum Bay

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We also visited Ten Bay Beach, Tay Bay and Ben Bay Beaches.  Ten Bay was calm with trees along the edge for shade.  We stayed there a few hours to eat lunch, swim in the calm water and nap in the shade.

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Tay Bay and Ben Bay are on the north side of the island and can be calm but were rough on the day we visited.  They are near Preacher’s Cave and are a good stop if you are making the drive to Spanish Wells.

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French Leave Beach is a huge pink sand beach on the Atlantic side.  There were only a few other couples out there but the beach is so long that they weren’t near us.  There is no shade at this beach so go prepared.  Tippy’s Beach was nice and it has access to a restroom, food and drink at the restaurant.  I will be writing about food in another post so check back for details on where we ate and what we recommend.

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One of the non-beach highlights of the trip was stopping at the Glass Window Bridge.  This place fascinated me.  One side is the deep Atlantic, then a small spec of land comes up out of the ocean and the other side is the calm Caribbean Sea.  Things like that intrigue me and I think it is so cool.  It is a great photo op spot.  Other than looking out over the vast expanse of water, watching the Atlantic waves crash under the bridge and taking pictures, there is not much to do at the bridge.

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The Queens Bath is close to the bridge and is said to be a good stop.  We didn’t ever find time for it but many people recommended it.  Also, Gregory Town had a great gift shop, Pam’s Island Made, and it is probably one of the best and affordable shops I have seen in the out islands.  Most of the products were labeled “made on Eleuthera”.  Many of them from driftwood, sea glass and some from trash found on the beach!  They also had great SPF fishing shirts which has become our thing when we travel.  That is usually our souvenir we buy everywhere we go.

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Our 7 days in Eleuthera was filled with lots of adventures, some getting lost and tons of laughing.  I was sad when it was over and it was time to come back to the real world.  Always am.  I joke that if the dogs traveled with us, I’d probably never go back home.  🙂  One day the Caribbean will be my home and I won’t have to say goodbye.  That is what keeps me going and working hard.

A huge highlight of the vacation was bringing Clayton with us.  Some people made a face when we said we were bringing our nephew with us but we were so excited to show him how we travel and to take him some place special and not a tourist hot spot.  He said he had a blast and I hope it is a trip he will never forget and will inspire him to keep traveling off the beaten path.  Today is his 21st birthday!  Happy Birthday, Clayton!  Thanks for being the best travel buddy and I hope you go on another adventure with us.

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Our next big trip probably won’t be the Caribbean which makes me sad and a little frightened (if its not broke don’t fix it) but I am excited for us to branch out and explore a different part of the world.  Europe is on the agenda for next year…hopefully.  I am leaning towards Italy’s coast, Rome and Venice.  I keep looking at Greece stuff too.  Both are high on our list so choosing is going to be difficult.  Any recommendations for off the beaten path and must do’s for either?

I will be posting about food, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island soon.  Keep an eye out for them.  Also, don’t forget about the home tour next week.
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