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Packing frozen meat???

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Packing frozen meat???

I have read posts about Eleuthera and it seems that frequent travelers to the island pack a cooler with frozen meat, etc. Not sure how well this will go over with customs. Does anyone have experience with this?

St.Pete,FL
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11. Re: Packing frozen meat???

Now be nice... I traveled as far south as Tarpumbay. Just as I was saying food is expensive and not very good. Yea $60 for pizza, $8 for mac and cheese. I am sure if you don't mind eating pizza,sandwiches or eggs three time a day you can get away cheap. The towns are mere villages and are very poor and ghetto like. The people are great and do not beg or try to sell you drugs as in Nassau,Freeport or Jamaica. The takeaways are a little scary and I did not want to risk my wife or kids getting sick. Imagine going up to the worst looking house in your city and ordering food...no thanks. Yes there are restaurants, about 20 miles apart, and are not always open, that is why they suggest you call ahead. I live 5 minutes from the beach so spending 7 days sitting on the beach reading is not my ideal of a vacation.

The waters and coastline are beautiful but once you go beyond that there is nothing to see. If you want solitude and to see what real island living is like, then go and enjoy!! The Caymans beat Elethera all to hell.

Thats just my take....

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12. Re: Packing frozen meat???

As a home owner who is there every couple of months, I agree with the previous posts. You can take your frozen food. We check the smaller cooler. We do not use a soft-sided cooler but a small one with wheels and a handle. We strap it closed with lugguge belts tthat unsnap for TSA,

If you freeze all of your meat in Ziplock bags (flat) and stack, they act as ice. Most things are still frozen when they arrive with us. We even had our cooler delivered the next day--connection flight problem, and the food was fine.

Pack frozen food and juices first--mixers for rum drinks are hard to find on the island. Then put the refrigerated items on top. I pad with towels or a pillow so everything isn't turned topsy-turvy in transport.

Groceries. N. Eleuthera has a good grocery with a decent selection including meat. The posters are right in that prices are higher. But the little groceries in each community have meats. The poster probably did not ask. They are in a chest freezer and not readily viewable.

The community cook-outs are wonderful and you can get a good meal for $6-$8. And as others have said there are restaurants. You also can order fish or conch to be delivered to the house you are renting.

Eleuthera is a little "Third Worldy" but that is why we all love it!

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13. Re: Packing frozen meat???

Thinksurvivor has a point. Eleuthera is not Nasau. It is not the American Virgin Islands. Don't go there if you looking for shopping, nightly fine cuisine, or casinos. Go if you like to sit on the deck and read a book facing gorgeous unobstructed views of the ocean. Go if you like exploring new and awesome snorkeling nooks and crannies alone. Go if worshipping in a local church on an island that shuts down on Sundays sounds like a treat. Go if you like to spend the evening listening to Bahamian karoke than a listening to a nightclub headliner.

Go if you like to cook and pack your specialties in your cooler and serve your beloved a gourmet picnic on a beach where you are the only humans in what seems like miles. You will have to bring your own brie but the conch salad is excellentQ

Go if it is not lush green island foliage that entices but native charm that beckons. Go if you'd like to chit-chat with the fisherfolk, sip a pineapple slushy at a community festival.

Go if you'd rather eat mac and cheese with the natives than toast your friends at Señor Frog.

Go if your idea of a vacation is just that--vacating the worldly. Go if a holiday means you are seeking an encounter with the Holy.

Blessings are in store for you

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14. Re: Packing frozen meat???

Well put, Daysjourney.

Eleuthera has spoiled me and my family for other locations. I looked into Mexico, Hawaii, even Turks & Caicos and felt that they were all too touristy, crowded, developed and Americanized (yes, I know that Hawaii is America). Don't really care to eat at Applebee's or even Ruth's Chris on vacation.

There is a T shirt you will see for sale on the island that says "Eleuthera; it's not for everyone". So true.

This forum only underscores why you should do your homework first about a destination. Nothing about the out islands surprised me after reviewing these postings.

St.Pete,FL
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Great post Days journey. O.K , I may have been a little neg. with my input, but just wanted to get my point across. If you want to see the island firsthand try google earth, its a great tool !!

Williamsport...
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Thanks fellow Eleuthera lovers. We are all on the same get-away page. We visit every two or three months. We have a home in Rainbow Bay and not enough time to properly enjoy it. That said, we love every week we spend on the island. We had a wonderful visit the beginning of May. Hope to get there in June but probably August. We do rent our home. www.bahamalongreach.com

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17. Re: Packing frozen meat???

Along with the others we carried a soft sided cooler as a take on. As far as ice goes, we used frozen popsicles as our ice and they were great to have after a fun day on the beach. Eleuthera is wonderful. There are well stocked grocery stored to be found in Governor's Harbor and esp. Rock Sound. Governor's Harbor has many restaurants to choose from - just ask if you don't see them, neon signs don't light the way. Have a great time!

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18. Re: Packing frozen meat???

Whenever I travelled to the Bahamas I carried a cooler full of meat. I just froze the items and seal it tightly with a couple of ice packs and never had any problems . On many occasions I would even bring back frozen Gropper and Lobsters.

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