During our recent two week stay on Eleuthera, we met a couple who swore by the 128 page booklet, "The Elusive Beaches of Eleuthera", so we purchased a copy... which I was shocked was $25. Had it been really well done, I might not be writing this review, but...
1. It contains no map to help locate any of the beaches. They do give longitude and latitude coordinates in case you have a GPS with you!
2. Almost every other page is an advertisement (so why are they charging so much for this since they get advertising revenue?!)
3. The book attempts to rates the beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing, but way too many of the entries say things like, "We have yet to snorkel at this beach, but we hope to soon." and yet they rate the snorkeling 3 out of 5!
Here is another example... "We didn't have our snorkeling gear with is when we visited this beach..." yet this is rated 4 out of 5!
You get the picture..
4. The design of the book makes it very difficult to read as they overlay cartoons on the text... cute, but poor design.
My suggestion? Skip buying the book and explore many of the unmarked roads... we found they almost always led to an empty beach. Our two favorites by the way were "Ten Bay Beach" on the Caribbean side and "Club Med" (also known as "French Leave" on the Atlantic side. The snorkeling is great at the south end of the beach out toward a little island.
There is also a nice empty beach just north of the Governor's Harbor airport.