I'm sitting here in my apartment on a Sunday morning having a really hard time accepting that I'm heading back to the real world tomorrow. I still have salt in my hair, sand in my phone case, and this strange craving for conch fritters. I've got the worst case of the Sunday Scaries of my whole life because I just got back from the trip of a lifetime.
My three best friends and I took off on a week long vacation to the tropics and it far surpassed my expectations. We saw no lines, no traffic, and no crowds of any kind. The roads were (very) bumpy, the locals were friendly, and the views spectacular. We enjoyed a beach that was completely void of other people: it was so relaxing that you could literally fall asleep in the "backyard" on the beach, naked, and totally alone. Each day we woke up early, swam before 9am, and took off on an island adventure.
On day one we arrived by small plane just in time for sunset. We disembarked at the airport on the northern most point on the island and then made our drive south, stopping on the way to take a few photos.
On day two I woke up just before sunrise because I was too excited to be in the ocean. I sat on the back porch of our house and waited for the sun to rise. To say it was peaceful would be an understatement.
On day three we took off in the morning on a road trip to the southern most point of the island. Our destination was Lighthouse Point, a secluded seaside paradise that requires a fair amount of off-roading to discover. We stopped in to a few "hot spots" along the way including a roadside farm, a local bakery, and a few geo attractions. When we got to our final destination where greeted by the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. Enjoy :)
Day 5 was "Rainbow Beach Day". We decided to stay local and hit one of the beaches located 5 minutes down the road from the house. We had breakfast and then packed up our snorkeling gear, a few good books, and some mimosa ingredients and took off on a fun and relaxing day in the ocean. This was one of the busier beaches that we saw on our trip and there were only 7 other people- not bad! Rainbow Beach was rad because of the great snorkeling conditions, the beach combing, and the little picnic tables complete with their own palm frond umbrellas. It was almost too perfect. Almost.
Day 6 was a big day. We started off by driving to the north end of the island, about an hour and a half away, and took a ferry ride to Harbor Island. This little town was absolutely gorgeous: it's covered in brightly colored houses, road-side businesses, seafood restaurants, and completely surrounded by pristine white sand beaches. Harbor Island definitely has more going on than the main island of Eleuthera but is by no means a built up destination. We rented a golf cart (the main means of transportation on that island) and cruised around feeling as if we had traveled back in time.
After returning back to Eleuthera we made our way to The Sapphire Blue Hole. My friend had been there before but it’s still tricky to find even if you’ve made the trip in the past. Despite it’s elusive location this place was one of the brightest highlights of my trip. I’m telling you, the photos don’t do it justice. And as I’m sure you can imagine, I don’t like to say that kind of thing very often :)
Now, let’s talk Blue Holes. Because I’m not a geologist, I’m going to let Wikipedia do the talking for me here:
“A blue hole is a large marine cavern or sinkhole, which is open to the surface and is composed of a carbonate bedrock (limestone or coral reef). Blue holes typically contain tidally-influenced water of fresh, marine, or mixed chemistry.”
To paint a more clear picture: imagine driving down a long dirt road into a tropical forest and coming across a large electric blue lake that's a full 30 foot drop from where you’re standing. You can see right to the bottom of the more shallow edges of the hole but in the center all you see is pure dark blue. You can’t tell how deep it is, you can only imagine. The jump down is daunting and the only way out is by scaling the side of the very step and jagged sharp coral edges of the water’s opening. Breathtaking.
Preacher’s Cave is just a short ride down the road from the Sapphire Hole, so we visited there after our adventurous swim. According to historical record, the original inhabitants of the island sought shelter in these caves. They were incredibly impressive.
As soon as we got back in the car the sky opened up and the rains came. The afternoon showers covered the countryside and created rainbows on the scenic drive. We stopped along the way to buy coconuts and conch salad from a few locals and then headed to a small outdoor restaurant for live music, fish tacos, and margaritas. It was a perfect day.
I can’t put in to words how much I love these women and how grateful I am to have them in my life.
Here’s my final recommendation: go to Eleuthera. Whether you’re going for your honeymoon or going with friends, you’ll have the time of your life. I stayed in a little house called Bonefish Barbi’s Beach Bungalow, and it was absolute perfection. If you have any questions please let me know, I am happy to talk Bahamas any time!