January 18, 2017

Eleuthera, Bahamas Travel Diary

Hammock at The Cove

I am excited to be talking about my trip to the Bahamas on the blog today! I was so excited to go on this trip because I had never been to the Bahamas before, but my Mom has been in love with the islands ever since she was younger.  After about three weeks in cold New Jersey I was of course ready to get somewhere warmer!

Sunset in Eleuthera

We had an early flight to Fort Lauderdale, where we would get a connecting flight to Eleuthera and were planning on leaving at 5:30am.  Imagine my surprise when I wake up at 5:29 to a completely quiet house.  No, my parents didn't pull a Home Alone and forget about me.  No one had woken up yet! We ran out the door as quick as we could after I woke everyone up.  Our first flight went smoothly, but our flight from Fort Lauderdale to Eleuthera was delayed as soon as we got there.  Then it was delayed again, and again, and again.  Finally about five hours later, we boarded our flight.  Then after sitting in the plane for almost another hour while the plane was "maintenanced," the pilot told us that his flight crew could not take us to the Bahamas as they have already been flying for too many hours and that the plane next to us would take us.  So we hopped off the plane and went back to the gate agent where we were told our flight was cancelled.  Everyone on our flight was extremely disappointed when they told us they'd get us to the Bahamas at 6am the next morning.  So we ended up spending the first day of our vacation in the Fort Lauderdale airport (luckily before all the chaos happened a few days later).  Major FYI: NEVER fly Silver Airways.  They have absolutely the worst customer service and every Silver flight in our terminal was either cancelled, delayed, or disorganized.  Upon research, we found out that Silver is an extremely unreliable airline, just don't do it! Instead, I'd recommend flying to Nassau then Eleuthera if you're going!

Finally flying

 We woke up the next day at 3:45 this time to head back to the airport.  Praying that our flight wouldn't have an issue this time.  Luckily, our 6am took off at about 8am, so not too delayed.  By the time we got to the tiny airport in the Bahamas I was so thankful and happy to be there.

My family and I stayed at The Cove, which is now one of my favorite hotels! The decor was modern and beachy, although we really didn't spend much time in it.  Most of our days were spent between the beach and the pool that overlooked the two coves.  There are only about 50 rooms I believe at the hotel and it wasn't completely booked so it was pretty quiet.  There are a ton of palm trees on the property and you're never more than 10 feet away from a hammock.  We ate almost all of our meals at the restaurant at the hotel.  Breakfast was definitely my favorite meal.  The menu included things like coconut french toast and my all time favorite, eggs benedict.  Sushi was present on all of the lunch and dinner menus, which was fun and sort of unexpected.

Sushi topped with coconut and almond.

Two days we explored outside our hotel into the rest of Eleuthera.  First, we wanted to check out Tippy's at French Leave Beach about thirty minutes from our hotel.  The little restaurant is nestled right into the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life.  We parked our car and spent the day in the water.  We were almost the only people on that little stretch of beach.  Once we got hungry, Tippy's provided the perfect lunch!

French Leave Beach from a drone.

Another day we took a trip to "the city", as our taxi driver called it, or Harbour Island.  It was so fun to head over there because while it's so much smaller than the main Eleuthera Island, it's way more densely populated. Many people actually rent or own golf carts to get around since it's so small, which is what we did!

The View from Sip Sip

Right away we went to have lunch at Sip Sip, which was highly recommended to us.  My dad and I shared the lobster quesadilla, which was a huge hit.  My dad said it was the best thing he's ever had to eat.  While the food was amazing, the view was even better.  Seriously breathtaking.

Again we spent the day on the beach, this time one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Pink Sands.  Just before the sun set we went to get dinner at Rock House, which was set on the second floor of a hotel and had a beautiful view of the sunset.

Sunset from Rock House

Thanks for letting me ramble on about how I came to fall in love with Eleuthera! If you ever have a chance, I definitely recommend checking out the Island.  I am hoping to travel more in 2017 and bringing more of that aspect to the blog, so if you enjoyed this let me know! I'm so thankful that my parents brought my along for this trip!

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