December 24, 2009

Eleuthera, Bahamas - Lighthouse Point

There are many hidden corners in the Bahamas, one of the reasons I love working there. So many islands, so little time - that is one of the time worn travel sayings. But, here, it is actually true.

This time around I was in Eleuthera at Cape Eleuthera, a fine resort, shooting a fam trip, a gathering of various folks who sell travel. I was there to document the activities, both above the water and below the surface. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side (an unusually strong west wind was blowing) so underwater time was limited, a blessing as it turned out.

The blessing was this, a road trip to Lighthouse Point, located at the very southern tip of Eleuthera. Several people had mentioned this spot to me, often with different names, always with the highest recommendations. "You must go there, it is the best!". This time, I listened.

Once off the main road, getting there entails a torturous thirty minute drive over a path that is more potholes and gullies than road. The reward? One of the most gorgeous Bahamian beaches one could imagine, powder soft sand stretching forever, this along with a long spit of limestone cliffs that define the Bahamas. The stratified limestone structures reflect the very creation of the islands and include a sublimely beautiful sea cave on the west side. It is a trip well worth the effort and one each visitor should endeavor to undertake.

While a short day trip is fine, preferable for most people, there is much to be said for a longer stay for the more adventuresome.

As traversing the road in the dark is ill-advised, perhaps a tent and an overnight camping trip would be worthwhile (with sufficient provisions, of course, vendors are non entities). The sunrise to the east illuminates the beach and the cliffs with the perfect light and the afternoon sun to the west is simply unbeatable. But, a note of warning, just take a few precautions. Sun screen, aloe gel and bug repellant are essential as both the sun and the sand fleas can take their toll.

So, in the end, would one want to undertake this adventure? Choose between an evening in a fine resort or a solitary night spent under a star-studded sky, the edge of the sea lapping at your doorstep while you are wrapped in the embrace of the Bahamian salt-scented air. It is a matter of personal taste.

It does not matter how you choose to approach Lighthouse Point. If you visit South Eleuthera, put it on your must-see list.

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