Off The Beaten Path—The Buccaneer Club, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

By Yasmin Johnson
Photographs courtesy of The Buccaneer Club

Eleuthera—an untouched paradise whose name means “land of the free”—quintessentially encapsulates the meaning of “off the beaten path”. Pink sand beaches, waters of deep blue meeting crystallized turquoise and home to the sweetest pineapples and the friendliest people. A little further down this path, nestled away in the center of the island, you will find The Buccaneer Club. Affectionately referred to as “Buccaneer’s” or “The Bucc’”, this family-owned hidden gem is the local hub for islanders, winter residents and tourists alike.

The now-restaurant and bar was originally outfitted to be rentable office spaces. However, two days before Christmas in 1995, The Buccaneer Club officially opened its doors. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu encompassed a little bit of everything, including delicious island curries and seafood dishes. Over the years, The Bucc’ has become an island staple, and now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Set under a massive, beautiful Albizia lebbeck tree, with a large outdoor patio that welcomes warm Bahama breezes, this tropical oasis is splashed with island colors, local art-filled walls, exotic Bahamian décor and beautiful, freshly picked plants—giving you an island-chic atmosphere. There is no shortage of character here, as guests are often greeted by friendly passerby kittens or even roosters. The intimacy of being family-run is an extra touch, as The Bucc’ gives guests an escape from the hustle and bustle and uniformity of corporate resorts and food chains, and welcomes you to the simplicity of island life—one where the people want to know your name!

Serving up very eclectic fare, The Buccaneer’s menu is a fusion of Bahamian, Jamaican, Chinese and American cuisines. The dishes range from traditional Bahamian meals such as stew fish and conch fritters, to American favorites—with an island twist—including Kalik (local Bahamian beer) battered onion rings or the classic Bucc’ burger. Their Jamaican-Chinese island curries are also a must-have!

Homemade hot sauces and desserts; delicious island cocktails; fresh seafood delivered right to the backdoor by local fisherman and prepared especially for you; live music and island-style partying on the deck; mom-and-pop hospitality…at The Bucc’, you can have it all and get an experience that you will never forget.

We invite you to travel off the beaten path to Eleuthera—you won’t be able to get much closer to heaven. Then find your way to The Bucc’, and you won’t be able to get much closer to island life. We can’t wait to share this unique experience with you!

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