Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera)

#7 in Best Things To Do in Bahamas
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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Named for Leon Levy, a Bahamian with an interest in Eleuthera's plant life, this lush oasis is filled with native flora, ranging from ferns and orchids to mangroves and cactuses. All can be viewed from the miles of trails that weave throughout the 25-acre national park.

Described by former visitors as a "beautiful" Bahamian gem, this outdoor paradise beckons to vacationers and locals. Although the preserve's breathtaking grounds are the highlight here, travelers were equally impressed with the property's friendly, knowledgeable staff, adding that paying for a guided tour is well worth the extra expense.

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A visit to the national park costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and $6 for children younger than 13. Guided tours can also be provided for an additional charge, but advance bookings are required. On-site facilities include a welcome center, a gift shop and an open-air pavilion for kids educational programs. To reach the preserve, visitors will need to drive or take a taxi 2 ½ miles southeast of central Governor's Harbour. The property is located off of Banks Road. Check out the park's website for additional information.

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The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.

Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.

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