I've wanted to go to some tropical island with friends for a while. Last fall the Meeks decided they also wanted a similar trip. C-- wanted to go to Costa Rica. I wanted an island off of Belize. We compromised on the Bahamas. We chose the out islands for their peacefulness. We didn't need nightlife and casinos when we were planning a family trip.
Eleuthera is a small island in the Bahamas. It is 110 miles long but only about 1-2 miles wide. I won't say it is an undiscovered paradise since it was once a playground of the rich and famous, but in recent years has been out of favor. Now the beaches are empty and there are very few remaining resorts on the island. Many of the old resorts have shut their doors. This was fine with us. We wanted to rent a house.
I searched for the perfect place on the internet, but every time I found a great place it turned out to be already rented. This worried me a bit since I was looking over 6 months in advance. It turns out many of the houses there have a following that rent the same place year after year. I contacted Judy McGinty and she gave me a list of available homes that met our requirements. It had to be big enough for the seven of us, it had to be on the water and had to have a beach so the kids could play in the sand. Balara Manor fit this perfectly. It was more expensive then most of the houses, but none of the others that were left were really what we wanted.
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