Experience an island adventure with family and friends to places where you can head out and explore or just settle in and let the simple joy of being on a dreamy beach sweep you away.
Double Bay is located near the center of Eleuthera on the Atlantic side. It is between the towns of Governors Harbour and Savannah sound. Bahamas Castaway is centrally located for exploring the island, it’s quaint towns and it’s many deserted beaches.
The closest airport to Bahamas Castaway is Governor’s Harbour Airport (GHB), 30 minutes away. There is also North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) about 1 1/2 hours north. Travelers can connect through Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) Airport, Miami (MIA) Airport and there are now flights from Atlanta, Georgia with Delta Airlines. There are also connections through Nassau (NAU). From Nassau you can use the Bahamas Fast Ferries as another option.
Alaska Airlines 1-800-252- 7522 www.alaskaair.com
American Airlines 1-800-433-7300 www.aa.com
Delta Airlines 1-800-241-4141 www.delta.com
United Airlines 1-800-523-3273 www.united.com
Jet Blue 1-800-538-2583 www.jetblue.com
Southwest Airlines 1-800-435-9792 www.southwest.com
Southern Air 1-242-377-2014 www.southernaircharter.com
Silver Airlines 1-800-229-9990 www.silverairlines.com
Bahamas Air 1-800-222-4262 www.bahamasair.com
Pineapple Air 1-242-377-0412 www.pineappleair.com
Air Flight Charters 1-954-359-0320 www.airflightcharters.com
British Airways 1-800-247-9297 www.britishairways.com
A vehicle is recommended as most places are not close enough to walk to. Vehicles rent for $60-90 a day. In the Bahamas you drive on the LEFT side of the road. We recommend Naaman Rolle – he delivers cars at both North Eleuthera and Governors Harbour with no extra charge. His contact information is cell phone 1-242-359-7166 and email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several stores close by. There are 2 in Palmetto Point which are a couple of miles away, 2 in Governor’s Harbour, 15 minutes away, one in Tarpum Bay, 20 minutes away and a larger one in Rock Sound called the Market Place, about 30-40 minutes away. You can get pretty much anything in the way of food, toiletries and other basic items you might need. There is also Island Farm on Queens Highway about a mile south of Palemtto Point that has certain fresh produce throughout the year.
Uncle John’s Savannah Sound Liquor and Ice Convenient Store is open 7 days a week from 8 AM to 8 PM – has groceries, liquor and beer – phone number is 1-242-699-5248
Yes – you have a variety of restaurants in Palmetto Point, Governor’s Harbor and surrounding area:
Tippy’s | 242-332-3331
This is a favorite for a lot of vacationers. It is on the beach located on Banks Road between Palmetto Point and Governor’s Harbor. The bar is a popular hangout in the evening for residents and visitors. Cash Only. Fun setting.
Mate and Jenny’s | 242-332-1504
This is a frequent spot for homeowners and renters. It’s in Palmetto Point on Church Street off Queen’s Highway. Their pizza is good, MC/VISA/Cash.
1648 Bar & Grille – French Leave Eleuthera | 242-332-3777
New restaurant in Governors Harbour on the Caribbean side. Good food but a little pricey. Great for snacks and drinks. Nice setting.
The Sunset is just south of Governor’s Harbor on Queen’s Highway and serves simple Bahamian dishes. Try the grouper or conch fingers. It has a beautiful patio right on the Caribbean and is a nice spot for sunsets.
There is the Friday Night Fish Fry in Governor’s Harbour that many guests enjoy. It is very entertaining and you can try local food there.
Fresh Fish Lobster – Contact Lester “Base” Wallace – 1-242-470-2680. He is in the Savannah Sound area.
The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar, which is equal to the US dollar. US dollars are accepted anywhere. There are a few places that are starting to accept credit cards but plan on bringing cash. If you need extra cash you can go into several banks in Governor’s Harbour and use your debit/credit card at the ATM machine or inside the bank.
Yes you can make local calls only. You can make long distance phone calls by purchasing a Batelco phone card. Most US cell phones work in the Bahamas. You will want to check with your carrier on the cost of international calling.
Bahamas Castaway has wireless internet.
If you go to the boat ramp in Governor’s Harbour after 3:00 pm in the afternoon when the boats come in you can buy a variety of fish or lobster from the fisherman cleaning them. You can also go to Tarpum Bay at the docks and get your fresh seafood there also in the afternoon.
No-see-ums are very small biting gnats – sometimes called sand fleas. The appear mostly around dawn and dusk. Some people have a reaction to them as their bite shows up like a mosquito bite and is very itchy. Mosquito repellent can help if you apply it around dawn and dusk. To help with the reaction to the itch, an allergy type medicine like Claritin or Benadryl taken daily reduces the itch.
Double Bay is one of the most pristine beaches on Eleuthera extending for about 3 miles. To the north of Double Bay you have an endless set of beaches you can also explore. Castaway is at the north end of Double Bay proper. The sand is pink and you can enter the water barefoot just about anywhere along the bay. You have numerous coral reefs in the bays accented by two gorgeous cays (Diamond & Gut) which provide an incredible amount of sea life for the snorkeling or scuba diver enthusiasts. In the winter months occasional tropical storms and currents can shift the sands in front of Castaway exposing smooth limestone rocks. If you go south for 100 feet or so there will always be plenty of sandy beach to enjoy. Each year is different depending on the currents in the Atlantic . If you can find the energy to pull yourself off the deck there is a set of about 10 stairs for easy access to the beach.