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Visit Palmetto Point
PALMETTO POINT is near Governors Harbour, and consists of two smaller communities, North and South Palmetto Point. Although she doesn't have the history her northern neighbor has, Palmetto Point - or "The Point" - has become in recent years a viable island community. The traveler will find here valuable services, friendly people, a wide variety of hotels, oceanfront and beachfront rentals, and a sense that he or she is at home . . . and the beaches are out of this world! Celebrities from around the world - mostly from the USA - frequent this area because of its charm and relative isolation. The Point also boasts its own celebrity - Dr. Seabreeze - a local Carribbean musician who has entertained royalty around the world.
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How To Get There
Palmetto Point is about 13 miles south of Governors Harbour Airport and five miles south of GH itself. It is bisected by Queens Highway running from top to bottom of the 100-mile island of Eleuthera, creating North and South Palmetto Point. This township, like its neighbor Governors Harbour, stretches between the Atlantic and Caribbean, creating a lively commercial center in the middle at the crossroads. Here you can find groceries, sundries, gift items, arts and crafts.
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Things to Do
THE BUZZ in the area of Palmetto Point is that visitors love the good food and relaxing ambiance. Mate and Jenny's, the locals' favorite watering hole, also has excellent conch pizza. The public pier at the tip of South Point has great views and swimming, and Sands Grocery has most of what you need for dinner.
(The following 3 paragraphs are excerpts borrowed with thanks to the owners of "Calypso" in N. Palmetto Point.) The village itself is well worth exploring on foot or bicycle. While it is not very prosperous, it is well kept, friendly and can exude a benevolent peacefulness that makes one question the frenzy of life in the States. The settlement has several general stores, notably Millardís and Sandís at the main crossroads. "Mate and Jennieís" near the crossroads (242-332-1504), is a very popular restaurant with a bar and pool table. Although they serve traditional island dishes, their pizzas get the biggest raves. We particularly like the conch and pineapple pizza chased with a shot of flavored rum!
If you walk north along the Bank Road in North Palmetto Point, you will see various winter residentsí houses, and tracks leading down to the beach. After a half-mile or so you come to "Unique Village", a very pleasant restaurant overlooking the ocean. Before you enter the village you will see a track marked "Popponi", which brings you to another endless magnificent beach, which stretches north for miles with nary a house in sight. In fact there are so many superb beaches on Eleuthera, and so few people, that you could visit a new beach every day for a month and not encounter a soul.
If instead of turning into the village you continue north along the Bank Road you will pass the Green Thumb, the only garden center on the island, and then various impressive winter residentsí houses, with some access points to further magnificent beaches, and finally a fork which turns right into the Club Med compound, and left up a steep hill into Governorís Harbour, the capital. This can also be reached more directly (albeit with less of a scenic view) via the Queenís Highway.
GETTING MARRIED? Come to Palmetto Point! Joshua Culmer can do the job, as he is the Justice of the Peace on this part of the island (He is also the insurance salesman, rents cars, and owns the auto parts store). For a small fee, Mr. Culmer can help you find your way into wedded bliss next to the oceanside venue of your choice. Call him at (242) 332-1256.
Then take your honeymoon at Bahama Villa (left) in nearby Ten Bay, about 3 miles south of the Point. This beautiful oceanfront home is owned by Michael and Brigitte Craig, overlooks the bay and the beach, and starts at only $995 per week. It is fully air-conditioned and ideally located for excellent views of the bay, the beach, sunrise and sunset.
Also check out Uniques Restaurant in North township for an upscale lunch, dinner, or a room or suite on the Atlantic. If you need household items and hardware, go see Fred Mingo at the Mermaid Depot (near the crossing), or Uniques Hardware on Queens' Highway towards GH. If you need to call home to the USA or elsewhere, get a BaTelCo calling card at C&S Food Market (right), located slightly north of the Crossing. Cards come in $5, $10, and $20 denominations. For groveries, C&S, Sands, and Millars have most of what you need. Thompsons Seaside Convenience Store (near Mate and Jenny's) has a wide selection of videos if you have a VCR. Although the packaging is not up to Blockbuster standards, the cost is only buck. Call them at (242) 332-1135 to see what they have, or just go by.
Should you want honest-to-goodness Bahamian Soul Food, call Mavis Johnson at (242) 332-1880. For a little gas money she will even deliver if you are staying in the area.
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