Top rated rentals — Rainbow Bay
Destination guide

Rainbow Bay—One of the most popular beaches in the Bahamas

With over 19 miles of public spaces, including pristine white sand beaches, Rainbow Bay vacation rentals are among the most popular in the Bahamas. Located on Eleuthera just between Governor’s Harbour airport and Gregory Town, this beautiful area offers accessibility, clear turquoise waters, and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. There’s great opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, surfing, or just lying on the beach to catch some rays. There are covered picnic tables, public kayaks, and more. Rainbow Bay offers convenience and the natural beauty of this white sand beach. It’s everything you’ve always dreamed the Bahamas would be.

Things to do

Island farms, cave explorations, and tours on Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay beach is an attraction unto itself, but you’ll be looking for other attractions while you’re here. Visit Hatchet Bay Cave or Preacher’s Cave for some exciting exploration. Check out the breathtaking reefs and geologic formations at nearby Current Cut. Eleuthera Island Farm is an exciting local farmer’s market, and the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is one of the best national parks around. There are also a wealth of local gift and specialty shops all over the island that are fun, quirky, and full of personality. Grab a souvenir before you go home!


Enjoy snorkeling and kayaking at Rainbow Bay

Most people come to the beach to enjoy sun and sand, and Rainbow Bay will not disappoint. The soft sand and crystal clear waters are an attraction all over the world. There’s plenty of opportunities for sand and surf, for kayaking or snorkeling, with picnic tables right on the beach. If you’re looking for a land-based activity, check out an island tour, or even do some spelunking in natural caves. Not far from the beach are beautiful geologic formations, and even island farms. Don’t’ forget to stop by some great local specialty shops while you’re here!


Tropical sun, surf, and sand at Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay offers tropical weather, warm and humid, and summer temperatures can range into the 90s on a regular basis. Hurricane season ranges from July to October, so fall may not be the best option for a visit. For many, the best time to book Rainbow Bay vacation rentals is in the winter and early spring, from December through late April. This time is the prime season, so the weather will be ideal but so will costs. Off-season between late October through November can be a great option as well, with good weather and lower prices.

Natural features

See white sand beaches to rock formations at Rainbow Bay

Most people think of surf and sand when they think of the Bahamas, and Rainbow Bay has its share of beautiful white sand and crystalline waters. The island, however, also has a varied geography that can make for a ton of exciting experiences. There are ancient caves and natural rock formations, island farms and even green spaces. There are nearby coral reefs, and 13 native species of wildlife, three of which are endangered species. If you’re looking for a vacation spot with the best in natural beauty, explore the wonder of Rainbow Bay vacation rentals today.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Rainbow Bay

The nearest airport is in North Eleuthera (ELH-North Eleuthera Intl.), located 18.5 mi (29.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Governor's Harbour (GHB), which is 7.6 mi (12.3 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

Luxury villas, tranquil houseboats and quaint cottages — everyone's ideal getaway is different. Whatever you're into, you're sure to find something to tantalize you among these top vacation rentals in Rainbow Bay:

  • "High Seas As Seen On Hgtv’s ‘bahamas Life’ Ocean View": This Eleuthera and Harbour Island property offers 2 bedrooms and is highly rated among guests. Conveniences such as a water view and a nearby beach will help you feel right at home.
  • "Mermaids With Great Views Of The Caribbean": Stay a week or so at this option in Eleuthera and Harbour Island and you'll have access to a toaster, a nearby waterfront and more. It has 2 bedrooms to accommodate your family and friends.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Rainbow Bay vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Rainbow Bay?

There's nothing better than a quick escape to clear away the cobwebs. Pack your overnight bag and get comfy in one of these top weekend getaways in and near Rainbow Bay:

  • Escape the daily grind at "The Pink Sand Cottage, Private Cozy Cottage", which is around 20 miles to the southeast of central Rainbow Bay. There's lots of adventure and nature to discover around here. Do some caving and snorkeling or simply enjoy the sights of Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve and Queens Bath.
  • Alternatively, make your home away from home at "Mermaids With Great Views Of The Caribbean". Stay in and put your feet up, or head out for some fishing and snorkeling. When it's time to explore some nearby attractions, visit James Point Beach and Twin Coves Beach. This sought-after vacation rental is around 1 mile southwest of Rainbow Bay.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

From chic apartments to extravagant houses, Vrbo has your whirlwind escape sorted. Here are just two of our favorite stays in and around Rainbow Bay:

  • For a fantastic few nights away, settle in at "Waterfront. Private Sea Entry. Gazebo". It's nice and close to the center of Rainbow Bay, along with plenty of things to see and do.
  • Alternatively, book a few nights at "Remodeled Beachfront House With Pool". This comfy, conveniently located property makes exploring the sights easy.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Rainbow Bay?

Nothing says "I love you" like a romantic weekend escape. If you're eager to spend a couple of relaxing nights away with your honey, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Rainbow Bay that will sweep you off your feet:

  • Sneak away on Friday afternoon for a couple of passion-filled evenings at "Monticello - Beautiful And Secluded Desert Rose Beachfront Cottage". Located approximately 19 miles from Rainbow Bay, this place comes with plenty of nice touches, including a nearby bay and massage services.
  • Another option where you can spend a few wonderful days together is "High Seas As Seen On Hgtv’s ‘bahamas Life’ Ocean View". Located around 1 mile from Rainbow Bay, air conditioning and beach sun loungers add to the atmosphere here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

Big groups mean big fun. They also mean finding someplace that'll effortlessly fit your whole squad. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Rainbow Bay and get your loved ones together under the same roof:

  • Providing space, privacy and comfort, you'll get your guests' seal of approval at "Boutique Resort On Spectacular Beach Available For Private Rental". Up to 25 people can be accommodated at this property which has 14 bedrooms, a nearby waterfront and a kitchen. You'll discover it around 9 miles to the southeast of Rainbow Bay.
  • Nothing's more important than hanging out with the people you love, and "New 5+ Bedroom, Beachfront Resort On Secluded Pink Sand Beach For Private Ren" is the ideal place to do that. Located around 9 miles to the southeast of Rainbow Bay, as many as 12 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A kitchen and a nearby beach are among the various amenities on offer here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Rainbow Bay?

A pool is often a necessity when deciding where to stay on vacation, especially if you're traveling with kids. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Rainbow Bay and spend your days splish-splashing around:

  • Round up your gang and enjoy a memorable break at "Remodeled Beachfront House With Pool". There's a lot to love about this retreat besides its pool, such as a TV and a toaster.
  • Alternatively, put your bags down and your feet up at "Kiwi House, Eleuthera Escape". Along with an invigorating pool, make use of a kitchen and a balcony.

Don't know what to pack for your Rainbow Bay escape? This enticing destination has a tropical savanna climate. In the summer months, you can expect average temperatures of between 80 ºF and 85 ºF. Check out our range of Rainbow Bay vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more inspiration on where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

You love your family of course, but that doesn't mean you all have to pack together like sardines on your getaway. Play it safe and go for a large family vacation rental in or around Rainbow Bay where you can stretch out and relax:

  • With space for up to 8 guests spread over 3 bedrooms, "Stunning Oceanfront Home On Calm Caribbean" is very popular with larger families. It comes with nearby birdwatching activities and a dishwasher and is located around 1 mile west of Rainbow Bay.
  • Another fantastic option is "Boutique Resort On Spectacular Beach Available For Private Rental". It's roughly 9 miles to the southeast of Rainbow Bay, has 14 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 25 guests. A microwave oven and a fridge are just a few of the conveniences here.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

There sure are. You'll find many one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay. If space is not a priority, one of these popular properties might be just the thing:

  • Check into "Pineapple Blues. . . . Big Bang For Your Buck" for a couple of days. This one-bedroom vacation rental comes with a kitchen and a water view and is not far from the heart of town.
  • Also within easy reach of all the excitement of Rainbow Bay, "Cozy And Cute Cottage For Two" is another popular one-bedroom option. After a day of exploring, return and take advantage of a kitchen and an ocean view.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

Yes, you can. From trendy apartments to comfy cabin retreats, Vrbo offers a selection of rentals. Traveling families will adore these two-bedroom properties in or near Rainbow Bay:

  • With a beach view and a water view, "High Seas As Seen On Hgtv’s ‘bahamas Life’ Ocean View" has all you need for an enjoyable stay. Unpack your luggage and then venture out and explore your surrounds.
  • "Mermaids With Great Views Of The Caribbean" is another popular two-bedroom place. It comes with a garden, an ocean view and much more.

What are the best three-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Rainbow Bay?

You could easily fit a small crowd into the three-bedroom rentals available on Vrbo. If you're traveling with family or a group of friends, consider these options in or near Rainbow Bay:

  • Reserve a few nights or more at "Waterfront. Private Sea Entry. Gazebo". Including amenities such as a garden and a beach view, this spacious retreat will have you all feeling right at home.
  • "Stunning Oceanfront Home On Calm Caribbean" is another top option that features three bedrooms. A nearby waterfront and a kitchen are just a couple of things that will help make your visit even more comfortable.