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Frequently Asked Questions

1) What identification do I need to enter the Bahamas?

You need either a) a passport, or b) Driver License and Birth Certificate (with original seal).

3) Is there any kind of food I need to bring?

You do not have to, you can pretty well get most things in Governor's Harbor that you can in the States. But, you are allowed to bring a cooler of frozen meat, including frozen steaks, roasts, hamburger, and breakfast meats

4) Can one rent bikes, boats, or fishing equipment in Eleuthera??

Stanton Cooper, besides being one of the premier car renters, also rents, or can get you, anything you want. His phone numbers are:

Home: 242-332-1620 cell phone: 242-359-7007

4) Can I rent diving equipment in Eleuthera?

Yes, there is a local dive shop, called "Clearwater Dive Shop" in Governor's Harbor, about 7 miles away. It is best to call ahead to see what they have before arriving in Eleuthera. Call Charles or Marilyn Sands at 242-332-2146.

6) Do I have to wear a bathing suit at the beaches in Eleuthera?

In the Bahamas, they call this "Going Cowboy". Many people have done so at the various isolated beaches (for proof, see photo), and police never even know about it. Yippee, kay yay!

7) Do stores/restaurants accept credit cards?

Most places take credit cards

8) Are there any banks in Eleuthera?

Yes, there are two banks in Governor's Harbor, about 7 miles from the house; Barclay's Bank, and Royal Bank of Canada; both open 9 to 5p.m.

9) Can I use American dollars on the island?

Yes, everybody accepts American dollars.

10) Is the water too rough on the Atlantic side to swim?

There are days when the water is a little rough, on the Atlantic side of the island. Then again, there are some days, when the water is very calm. The depth of the water increases gradually, so you can generally wade out very far, before it gets deep.

11) Can I make long distance calls from Eleuthera using my long distance card?

Yes, you should bring your ATT, MCI, or Sprint Long Distance card. Find out from that company what the access number is from the Bahamas, and you can use this access number from the house to make your long distance calls.

13) Should I rent a car?

It is advisable to rent a car, since locale transportation is virtually non-existent. les away. (See Car Rental page). However, some vacationers rent a car for one day, get supplies, and essentially "camp out" at their vacation rental.

14) Can I check my email?

Yes, you can now use the computers at the Haynes Public Library in Governor's Harbor. Their hours are are Monday-Friday 9 to 5, and Saturday 10 to 4. Ros, the head librarian, is eager to help you check your email, send email, or simply browse the Internet. The phone is 242-332-2877.

15) Is ATT accessible for laptops in the Bahamas? I downloaded the ATT Laptop Access Software which incorporates the Bahamas ATT Direct Access Number and my ATT Credit Card number automatically. Does this work?

Yes, it does work. If you put four commas between each phone number, it gives you time to connect dialing through Batelco, the internet and phone provider for the Bahamas. Make sure you call ATT and get the international plan for your USA Direct Credit Card that gives you the most discount. The plan costs $12/year and cuts a few bucks off your charges to the States from any country.

16) Is there an ATM in Eleuthera?

Yes, there is one across from the Police Station in Governor's Harbor, as well as Rock Sound and Harbor Island.

17) Are pets allowed, and if so, what are the requirements for entry into the Bahamas?

Yes, pets are allowed, and it does not seem to be a problem. There is not quarantine in the Bahamas.

Call The Department of Agriculture (Tel: (242) 325-7502/9; Fax: (242) 325-3960); they will fax the applicati0on for the animal import permit. They will also fax the permit BUT you must send them the application with a check then they will fax the permit and the health certificate form for the vet. DO NOT under any circumstances mail the application. FedEx, because the Bahamian mail system is sometimes slow. Fedex yours along with a return fedex so we get the original permit. You should also carry the dog's vaccination certification as well. Bahamian customs asks for it once in a while as does US customs on return. It's no hassle at all.

18) What cell phones work in Eleuthera?

Brian Fischer swears by Global Tel. You call an 800 #, hang up, they call back, you put in your acount #, and tel.# to call, and away you go. See Global Tel>br> For the web page on cellphones in Eleuthera, go HERE

19) Do they rent kayaks in Eleuthera?

You can contact Morgan's Bonefish Harbour in Gregory Town at 242-335-5077, or reservations@morgansbonefishharbour.com for kayak inquiries. Ask for Capt. Sean Morgan.

20) Where are the grocery stores in Eleuthera?

(Thanks to ConchSally for following) While exploring Eleuthera I have discovered a few stores, working my way from Rock Sound towrds the north, here they are. (NO spell check here...)

a) 3 food stores in Rock Sound. The "Market Place" is the biggest run by the Sands,(closed 1/2 day on Weds, and all day Sunday.) Then there are 2 smaller markets, "Sawyers" (where you can by sodas by the case for $11.90), and "Halls" which has better prices on many items, (romain lettuce is $1.00 cheaper here then at the Market place).

b) Tarpum Bay has 3 food stores also, "Berts for the Best" has great prices on their meats, and then there's the "Carey's Grocery" next to the Hardware store that often has fresh farm veges: tomato, cabbage, sweet peppers, pumpkin, cucumber, okra, etc. When in season, (the Careys have a large farm just outside of Tarpum Bay) both of these stores are open 6 days a week from 7AM to 8PM, and there's also "Jason Carey's" market, while smaller with fewer selections he sometimes has the better prices and is open 7 days a week, until all hours of the evening.

c) In Palmetto Point the "Island Farm has great salad fixings, depending on the season brocolli, zuccini, beets, cabbage, fresh herbs, basil, cilantro and much more, ( a little pricy but has many things you can't get anywhere else on Eleuthera.), also is "Sands" market at the intersection and several more(4 or 5) small food stores.

d) Governors Harbour has 2, "Burrows" (try Sid's Hell Fire sauce, and be sure to look in those big white freezers), also "Eleuthera Supply" (run the Bethel's, has their own butcher). JC has "Fast & Easy" and just before Rainbow Bay is "Big Rock" ( say hi to Anthony). Hatchet Bay has "Big General" (an interesting place to explore) right next to the liquor store and I belive there are 3 more food stores in the settlement.

e) In Gregory Town is "Thompsons" market and I think a small store across from Pams gift shop.

f) In Lower Bogue there is "Johnsons" Market (where sometimes you can find hot mac and cheese for $1.00 a piece on Sunday mornings), "E & G" food store, and another smaller store between the fruit stands on Queens Hwy.

g) Bluff has a big new store I think it's called the "North Eleuthera" food store, they opened in this past Christmas and there is also "Sawyers" market.

h) In Spanish Wells there is the "Food Faire" (a really big grocery store about the same size of the Market Place in RS), you can find a lot of things here not found in other stores on Eleuthera but the prices are a bit higher here (red bell pepper $7.99 lb, Careys in TB .50 each) there are also 2 smaller food stores here to, but keep in mind the water taxi $5 round trip and if you rent a golf cart it's about $13.00 an hour, if you walk to the Food Faire they will deliver your groceries to the ferry dock for you and you might even catch a free ride back to the boat too! These are just a few stores that I know of, but there are many gas stations and small shops that also have food items. Happy Shopping!