We loved our first trip to Eleuthera. Beautiful beaches, sleepy villages, great restaurants and friendly people.
Magic Sands is centrally located which made it a good base for exploring the island. The house is spacious, nicely furnished and very comfortable. The porch overlooking the ocean is amazing. We had breakfast there every morning, surrounded by palms, flowering bougainvillea and oleander waving in the ocean breeze.
The downside—and this is outside of the owner’s control—was the beach. At the moment it’s all lava rock and pretty much uninhabitable. Just our luck. However, we found that a ten minute walk in either direction took us to nice sandy beaches so it wasn’t so bad.
By car, the house is 10 minutes away from fabulous Ten Bay beach—our five-year-old’s favorite—and about 20 minutes from famous French Leave. Apparently these are among the best on the island. The house is also close to Island Farms for fresh bread, vegetables, and cheese; Millard’s and Lakia’s for eggs and milk; and many good restaurants in and around Governor's Harbour. It’s a 90 minute drive to incredible Lighthouse beach at the southern tip of the island—a perfect day trip. Stop by Kinky’s Shell station in Tarpum Bay on the way and you’ll hear some great stories while he fills you up.
Sue was helpful with the car, but the house was so well stocked with essentials and beach gear, we really didn’t need to bother her with many questions. Hugh and Margaret have a great spot. Hopefully the sandy beach comes back soon.