Eleuthera Grocery Shopping...
Our Weekly Tour

Grocery store Burrows cashier

Every week my wife and I do our grocery shopping in Governor's Harbour and Palmetto Point. But sometimes we go further south or north.

Come with us and visit the stores we like. Below I'm showing pictures of the most important ones.

Notice that Eleuthera grocery stores are open on Sunday mornings, too.

Click here to see our grocery tour on a large satellite map. Clicking will open a new window. Go forth and back between this page and the map.

Driving into Governor's Harbour from the airport, you will first see a large SHELL station to the left.

Right in the back of it is Eleuthera Supply, a large grocery store. We shall visit it at the end.

Just before and after the SHELL station there are two liquor stores. Both are on the same side of the road as the gas station is. The most modern Bacardi liquor store however is on Cupid's Cay. Simply ask at the harbor where it is.

Our tour runs from Governor's Harbour to Palmetto Point... and back to Governor's. First we go south on the main highway. Then we come back to Governor's on the scenic Old Banks Road which runs parallel to the main road.


Burrows sign

From the SHELL station we drive another 200 yards and go to Burrows grocery -- Phone: 332-2999.

Burrows is the busiest grocery store in Central Eleuthera.

Open every day...

Monday - Friday: 6 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 6 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 6 - 10 am

Inside Burrows

Near Burrows grocery -- shown to the right -- is the popular Bakery which is hidden somehow. Anyone will be able to direct you.

Apart from bread, Johnny Cake, meat pastries and cinnamon rolls the bakery makes good dough nuts. Before noon they even sell fried chicken legs and wings.

We continue on the main highway for a quarter mile. The ESSO store is to our right and it carries all the first-class candies. Even chocolate from Switzerland... hmm, our favorite.

From Governor's Harbour to...Palmetto Point

Island Farm sign

Palmetto Point is five miles south of Governor's Harbour.

For North Palmetto turn left at the main crossing which is an important landmark.

For South Palmetto turn right.

On the right side - just by the crossing - there's Sands, a grocery store which is not shown here.

Half a mile south of the crossing, you'll see this sign to the right.

Here we stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the field.

What else?

  • Jams & Jellies
  • Nursery Plants
  • Greens & Herbs
  • Post Cards
  • Dressings & Pestos
  • Honey
  • Hot Sauce
  • Landscaping

The ISLAND FARM is open from 9 am to 4 pm.

Phone: 332-0141.

Clide Bethel

Clide Bethel - to the right - is the proud owner together with his American wife Anne.

On Tuesdays and Fridays and from December to April, the farm is selling a variety of Anne's excellent fresh breads.

At this store you'll also find this Eleuthera map printed front to back on two sheets. It's an excellent map for getting around and the best one you can find on the island.


Even Wireless Internet
Access

Would you like to work on your laptop computer sitting in a garden of Eden?... Bring your notebook and use the Island Farm's free Wi-Fi broadband Internet access.

The Farm's point of sale is also kind of a meeting point for Winter residents and tourists as you can see below.

Island Farm

Now let's go back to Palmetto Point where we turn right at the main Palmetto crossing. That's the direction of Unique Village, a hotel.

Click here to see our grocery tour on a large satellite map. Clicking will open a new window. Go forth and back between this page and the map.

After about half a mile and to your right you'll see this grocery store above...

Millard's store in North-Palmetto

MILLARD'S is easy to see because of the large parking on the right.

Friendly Mr. Millard Bethel is selling fruit and sometimes vegetables... Papayas, bananas, tomatoes and peppers that he grew in his own yard. He is also selling produce from local residents in Palmetto Point.


Dali painting at Millard's

Above Millard's cash register is a copy of "The Sacrament of the Last Supper", painted by world-famous artist Salvador Dali. Notice the text on the wall which reads...

"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change... Courage to change the things I can and ... Wisdom to know the difference."

Yes, Eleuthera is a very religious island. You'll see dozens of churches here and all kinds of denominations.

Now we continue on the same road. Oh, you want some really good ice cream? Just watch out for the Country Cafe to your left.

LAKIA'S VARIETY STORE... We like it for its friendly service and good choice of fruit and vegetables.

Find Lakia's by turning left at the Country Cafe (above link). Turn left again after a few yards and continue for about 200 yards to see this sign on a building to your right...

Lakia's grocery store in North Palmetto

They're accepting VISA and Mastercards. Business hours are Mon. to Sat. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. 6 to 11 a.m.

Or are you looking for fresh fish? Kingsley - a farmer and commercial fisherman - lives in North Palmetto. Call him ahead of time -- phone 332-1619. Evenings is best. He will also sell you bait and give you advice of where to fish.

From Palmetto Point Back To...Governor's Harbour

palmetto north silk cotton tree

Now we continue the last bit up to the T-junction at the huge Silk Cotton Tree, the most important landmark in North Palmetto where we turn left. After a short distance we turn right at the next T-junction and continue until we see Tippy's bar and restaurant right on the water.

What a beautiful beach they have at Tippy's! A short distance after that restaurant we see... 


Banks Road Deli sign

The BANKS ROAD DELI which is on the left as we drive north towards Governor's.

Open 8 am - 3 pm - Phone: 332-2221

The Deli is a real asset to the grocery stores of Central Eleuthera. Here we find French cheeses, Italian salami, Swiss wines and many more goodies. For example...

Belgium chocolate, Italian pasta, exquisite wines from around the world, root beer - if you like that - Parma Ham, French Camembert, big olives, croissants.

Right by the entrance there's a small deck with rocking chairs and shading trees. Ideal for breakfast or a snack of ham and fresh French bread. Hmm!


Banks Road Deli cashier

They even bake the long and crunchy French bread called Baguette. Fresh every day!

You better go there and let yourself be surprised for I haven't told you all.

Before I forget, adjacent to the Deli is a tastefully decorated Gift Shop for guests of the Pineapple Fields Condo Resort. Tippy's is part of that operation.


Inside Banks Road Deli

Outside the Deli is a pleasant and shaded deck surrounded by native trees. A great place to have a picnic. I like the rocking chairs they have.

We continue on this road running parallel to the one we used to go from Governor's to Palmetto.

After a while it goes up, then downhill to the point on the water where we entered Govenor's Harbour at the beginning of our tour.

SHELL station and Eleuthera Supply

At the bottom we turn left where we see the SHELL station again.

Here at Eleuthera Supply - right behind the SHELL station - is our last stop on the grocery shopping tour.

Eleuthera Supply sign

Open...

Monday to Thursday: 6 am to 6 pm
Friday: 6 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday: 6 am to 7:30 pm
Sunday: 6 am to 3 pm

This grocery store also offers a good choice of meats.

Eleuthera Supply butcher

Friendly butcher Greg Petty is always very helpful. Here he is filling the fridge with freshly cut meat. Only frozen meat available.

At this SHELL store you will find all kinds of groceries, household items, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, even disposable cameras.


Inside Eleuthera Supply

And next door is Eleuthera Supply's hardware store, selling propane gas in small and large bottles.

Click here to see our grocery tour on a large satellite map. Clicking will open a new window. Go forth and back between this page and the map.


Other Stores Of Importance...
North and South of Central Eleuthera

The FOOD FAIR in Spanish Wells -- West of northern North Eleuthera is Spanish Wells, an island. There you'll find a large, modern store. You can reach Spanish Wells only by boat. Call them on 333-4677 or 8 or 9. The drive from Governor's to the ferry is just over an hour.

The NORTH ELEUTHERA SHOPPING CENTER in Bluff is a modern and pretty large one. It has good prices. Call them on 335-1880. Location: From the Texaco station (which is on the road to North Eleuthera airport) drive 1.2 miles (1.9 km) north and turn left. Continue for 0.9 miles (1.4 km). The shopping center is to your right.

THE MARKET PLACE in Rock Sound is the largest grocery store on Eleuthera, almost equal to what you would find in the States. Call them on 334-2203. In the adjacent large hardware store you'll find all the fishing gear in case you want to catch the dinner yourself.

Rock Sound in the south is a leisurely 1-hour drive from Governor's Harbour.

Special Tip... Before Rock Sound do stop by the turquoise waters of Tarpum Bay. Watch the fishermen bring in their catch of the day. Here is one of the few places where you can buy fresh fish, lobster or conch, usually at around 3 p.m. And sometimes fresh fish is also sold at the boat ramp in Governor's Harbour.

And that's it. We've found all the groceries we wanted. But bear this in mind... Sometimes you'll have to do a bit of hunting for your food. The island is not always supplied with fresh produce. The boat may come in late, particularly when the sea is rough.

Usually Wednesday is a good shopping day because the boat from Nassau comes in on Tuesdays.

Enjoy your stay in Central Eleuthera!


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