Pack up your beachwear and go! Just spent 11 amazing days at the Hummingbird and are planning our next trip.
Marian is the master of organization and you'll be able to find what you need. If you're like me you tend to over pack. Don't! The home has everything. Just bring your personal items, beachwear, good water shoes, sunblock, bug spray (for dusk and dawn) and you'll be good to go.
Kayaks: They were a blast. We kayak at home on rivers and lakes, so the ocean experience was new to us. The water is super clear so bring your GoPro or waterproof camera. We spotted fish, stingray, jellyfish and even a reef shark over by Levy island.
Fly-Fishing: Husband said he saw quite a few bonefish out front, they just weren't biting. Mhmm.
Swimming: Once you are a few steps out you hit pure sand and the most amazing turquoise water. The beach isn't what I consider rocky, it's shell-y along the waters edge. You are literally walking on thousands of shells. The Beach Book even mentions Balara Bay for shelling. Picked up some amazing beach glass as well. Be sure to walk/swim/snorkel around the point to the right for loads of good finds.
Speaking of The Beach Book. GET IT. We had *so* much fun finding different beaches, it was quite the adventure. Make sure you rent an SUV as cars will not make it down most of the beach "roads" we took. Wear good water shoes! Some of the paths to the beach are tricky.
Twin Coves beach and the old Club Med beach were our favorites and both are within 10 minutes of the property. Most of what I consider the "pretty" beaches are near the central part of Eleuthera, so the house location is very convenient.
The outdoor space is large with tons of room on the patio, sand and tiki area. Plenty of seats for reading, reclining and enjoying a drink or two. Or three. ;)
Several days we never left the house. I read on the beach in what has to be the most comfortable beach chair I've ever sat in. Seriously. You'll know what I'm talking about once you get there.
Basically, go. The house is nice, in a private location and quiet (as is the island). Keep in mind it's hard to get things to the islands so they take care of what they have. If you're looking for a 5-star experience then Eleuthera isn't for you.
We are in our late 30's and have two teenage daughters. They were left at home for this trip but we wouldn't hesitate to bring them along next time.
PS. Governors Harbour Friday Night Fish Fry: The Rum Bubbas are no joke.