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“Quaint Run Down Town”
Review of Tarpum Bay

Tarpum Bay
Ranked #30 of 45 things to do in Eleuthera
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Owner description: Small, picturesque town overlooking the waterfront, populated by artists and more than a couple goats. Clean attractive and well appointed cottage. Wifi and cable tv included.
Reviewed May 26, 2012

Our son, who is 19, came with us to Eleuthera, a trip of a lifetime for us! We wanted to see every inch of the island so we had a rental car. Our son had a saying for bad smells, "It smells like Tarpum Bay!" I think they must have piles of rotting fish along the water so the place is foul smelling. We only drove through it a few times. There are colourful buildings and the view is breathtaking along the road but you must hold your breath to not be sick from the stench!

Thank MmeMinou
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lynn57, visitor at Tarpum Bay, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2012

If you have only driven through and not stopped, you have missed one of Eleuthera's tresures. This is a tourist friendly settlement. The fish dock, like the one in Governor's Harbor of course will smell fishy, but the winds don't bring that smell ashore. It is fascinating to watch the fishers bring in their catch.
There are several good spots to grab a bite of true Bahamian cuisine: D and Ds Conch Shack, Barbies Take Away, Shantzii's all serve good food. The beach is clean and very walkable. The snorkeling at the north end is good.
All over the island you will see abandoned and the remains of houses. This is due to the strange inheritance laws which make ownership unclear, and often families can't decide who is responsible or the real owner, so rather than invest in repairs, the house is left to nature.
Don't judge a community by a smiple pass through!

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

There is a nice beach to walk and snorkel to swim just North of town.
Nick brings his catch in from 3-5pm. Ask for the hogfish.

Thank Fritz_from_Lousiana
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

It is a small, quite, little beach town. Not much in the way of tourist attractions or accommodations. The beach is very nice and secluded. The nearest airport is Rock Sound.

Thank Foxtrot-BandB
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Great place to go for that fresh catch for dinner. Also great for the fish fry every weekend and just a pretty little community to adventure in.

Thank blessedb
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

Between 4 and 5 we wait for the fisherman to come in with today' s catch and we cook it up at home. It is DELICIOUS. There's not really much else to do there in my opinion.

Thank Peter A
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