Disney Cruise Line Potentially Looking to Develop Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera

Disney Cruise Line continues to search for a second private port in the Bahamas ahead of the fleet expansion. A report from the Bahamas Tribune 242 shared a confirmation of sorts from Kim Prunty, Vice President, Communications (Disney Cruise Line & Signature Experiences) & Global External Comms (Disney Parks), that Disney Cruise Line does have an interest in furthering its investments in the Bahamas, but at this time did not have anything to share about a specific location. The idea of DCL looking for another private port in the Bahamas has been floating around for years.

The Tribune 242 article speculates this area of interest is Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera which has been on the market for $20 million.

Lighthouse Point Eleuthera Real Estate PhotosA listing which has been removed from McCarroll Real Estate’s (pdf of page) describes Lighthouse Point as an ideal setting for a grand vision with exceptional beachfront acreage, colourful coral reefs and a breathtaking landscape. Situated at the southern tip is a 700 acre peninsula surrounded on 3 sides by sparkling turquoise waters and miles of white sand beaches – the perfect locale for a vacation homes, hotel and marina development. Eleuthera is one of the most tranquil islands in the Bahamas stretching 110 miles long with 3 airports and just a 1 hour flight to south Florida. Bahamas has no income, capital gains or inheritance tax.

Florida Cruise Ports Castaway Cay Lighthouse Point Map

Prunty also told Tribune 242, any project pursued by Disney Cruise Line in the future would involve a partnership with the community and build on its commitment to sustainability, protecting the environment, creating jobs and economic opportunity, and celebrating the culture and stories of the area.

Another real estate website, Private Islands, Inc has a listing for this under the name Lighthouse Cay. The website first had a listing for the peninsula in 2012 the freehold title priced at $33 million. Around mid-2017, the price was dropped to $25 million.Lighthouse Cay Private Islands Off Market May 2018

Similar to what happened when Disney expressed interest in Egg Island, residents of Eleuthera have launched a Save Lighthouse Point campaign. The campaign describes Lighthouse Point as one of the most incredibly unique places in the Bahamas which is spectacularly beautiful and home to rich local heritage and ecological biodiversity. The group, concerned about out-of-scale development led to the creation of the One Eleuthera Foundation based on discussions with the people of Eleuthera to outline sustainable ways in which this beautiful piece of their heritage could be utilized.

I’d love to hear your comments on Disney Cruise Line’s potential development of Lighthouse Point. Would you like to see this turned into Castaway Cay 2.0 or would you prefer Disney looks elsewhere and leave Lighthouse Point undeveloped?

 

40 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Potentially Looking to Develop Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera

  1. Frank

    I would really enjoy an new Disney private island. We love Castaway Cau but I think DCL needs to make some additions to stay competitive with other lines like MSC and Royal, both of whom are making pretty amazing private islands for their lines.

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  2. Penny

    I would love to come to Eleuthera instead of Nassau. I would want DCL to leave the ecosystem as pristine as possible while providing the minimum necessities. A cruise to this island and Castaway Cay would be perfect. I would enjoy snorkeling the coral reefs, touring the lighthouse and walking the beaches. I hope to see them pursue this with an eye to conservation.

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  3. Kimberly K.

    Leave it alone. Get another small island that is completely undeveloped. The Bahamas has thousands.

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  4. Alex

    This is pretty close to one of Carnival Corp’s “islands”, Princess Cays. This could be still done though.

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  5. Laura

    I love, love Disney, but please leave Lighthouse Point alone! We have been there many times, and it is truly magical. It is by far my favorite place on earth. It is completely unspoiled. I would be heartbroken to see anything developed on it. There are many islands in the Bahamas that are uninhabited and very beautiful.

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  6. Diana

    I am originally from Eleuthera and am totally against it. Lighthouse Point is one of the most pristine untouched areas in The Bahamas and is a hidden treasures. Once most people have visited they are amazed buy it’s beauty. Additionally, DCL developing there does not benefit the local economy AT ALL. Any $ generated goes right back to them. Go buy or lease one of the other deserted islands or Cause.

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  7. Brett

    If it helps being further south to ensure warmer weather in the winter months then I’m all for it. The prices in the summer are REALLY high making it almost impossible for us to go then. (well at least until we get to Platinum and can reserve early). I feel like Disney would do a good job balancing the ECO side of things as well.

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  8. Sarah Clark

    No. No. No. Do not destroy that beautiful beach with anything Disney. It would be criminal.

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  9. Diana Franklin

    Light house point and its pristine beaches would be totally distroyed by this type of development. Please please please protect this untarnished piece of the Bahamas.

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  10. Ken

    Castaway Cay seems to be an American thing, a bit like dole whip, both are okay but don’t see why the Americans rave about them so much. As far as Lighthouse Beach goes, leave it alone and put more development into Castaway Cay.

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    1. CATHERINE

      The challenge they are addressing is that with the fleet growing by 3 more ships they need an additional island. Enhancing Castaway Cay does not address what DCL is trying to do.

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  11. TERRIN KNOWLES

    This Beautiful and Natural untouched Spectacular of Eleuthera should not be hampered by DCL. It will not bring any financial stability to us as locals here.

    However we do welcome your interest in Our islands in wanting to show it of to the World.

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  12. Sarkis

    I had my first experience with Eleuthera and Lighthouse Beach this past April. Having spent many years in the Bahamas travelling through the Family Islands, Lighthouse Beach was by far the most magical. Disney people hear me, Stay away from Lighthouse Beach! Don’t you folks have enough? Always wanting more from Mother Earth. GREED. LEAVE IT ALONE!

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  13. Mark Bell

    I think most of the comments here are missing the boat, so to speak. Lighthouse Point is for sale ALREADY. The listing states that the land is perfect for development – “the perfect locale for a vacation homes, hotel and marina development”. So regardless of whether Disney buys this location or moves on to something else, this area is going to be sold to some sort of real estate developer at some point. The question becomes would Disney do a better job of partnering with the community and keeping Lighthouse Point as natural as possible OR would a real estate developer building homes, condos, restaurants, and a marina do a better job.

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    1. Rosaline Reichert

      Exactly Mark. This was my precise thought as I read through comments. It’s already for sale. Someone is going to buy it. The people who don’t want the property developed would need to change the current owners’ mind about selling it. Having said that, Disney would likely be the best buyer for the land as they are very environment conscience, especially with these types of projects.

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    2. CATHERINE

      Thank you for reminding us of this Mark! It’s not a matter of it being sold but, who will buy and develop it. I think Disneyeould do a great job!

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    3. Kevin

      Consider a Castaway Cay WEST. Off the coast of California, It would be Ideal for Mexican Rivera Cruises And for the repos, for Alaska and Hawaiian Cruises out of San Diego / Long Beach… Since There is some beautiful coast line and land unused. -Kevin OBrien Castaway Cay/DVC/Club33 Member

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    4. djdbahamas

      It has been for sale for YEARS! Rumors of development have been going on for years and nothing has come of it. Environmentalists have been keeping a close eye and have petitioned the government to make Lighthouse point a protected area. A cruise company of all things would NOT be a good steward of the environment. Have you forgotten about the ABANDONED by Disney project on Great Guana Cay, Treasure Island I believe they were going to call it???

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  14. David Oakland

    Interesting perspectives and comments, however, I have to agree with Mark Bell. While all of the comments are great and give you a great appreciation of untouched, beautiful land.. I get that, I lived in Alaska for 3 years. That’s not the issue, it’s exactly as Mark said.. It’s already for sale, someone is going to buy it.. That should be your perspective and if we go down that path, there are a lot of simple things that Disney does to keep the eco-system and environment thriving. You already know with Disney their commitment to the environment, surrounding area, etc.. Castaway Cay already runs on recycled fuels from the ship, the stingrays are well taken care of, the reef is taken care of.. while most would argue development, that’s not the issue, the issue is who do you want to develop it and leave it in an amazing, still thriving, environment… that’s not going to be your resorts, but it could very well be Disney. However, do keep in mind that we’ve been island shopping before with Disney, so this could be just more window shopping before Disney settles on another location.

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  15. Enuff

    If you do not want Disney. or any other entity, to spoil this area, then buy it before they do. There will one day be no habitable land on this planet without humans so why not a company like Disney who will keep it beautiful. I’d rather it be Disney that owns it versus some of these other cruise lines that are constantly in the news with horror stories.

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  16. Steve

    Could this be a potential location for a Disney Vacation Club resort? DVC is in the same portfolio with DCL. Just a thought.

    I had hoped the fleet additions would result in more itineraries outside of the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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  17. Kevin

    Consider a Castaway Cay WEST. Off the coast of California, It would be Ideal for Mexican Rivera Cruises And for the repos, for Alaska and Hawaiian Cruises out of San Diego / Long Beach… Since There is some beautiful coast line and land unused. -Kevin OBrien Castaway Cay/DVC/Club33 Member.

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  18. DCLCVP

    If Disney ends up developing on this island, I assume all of those opposed to it won’t be visiting? Just a thought.

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    1. djdbahamas

      If Disney buys it, then it will be fenced off just like Princess Cays. No locals, tourists or students from the Island School will be allowed to visit!

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  19. Kache Knowles

    Leave Lighthouse Beach alone. Please find another private island. Lighthouse should be left untouched.

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  20. A Disney cruiser

    If a property is for sale, you can’t get all uppity when someone wants to buy it and use it as they see fit. If they want to save this spot, the people need to buy it and turn it into a sanctuary. Someone owns it, it’s not public land. Disney is very respectful of the environment. I wonder how they will pick who docks there, guess we’ll have to cruise different ships now <3

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    1. djdbahamas

      “Disney is very respectful of the environment.” Just like they respected the environment off of Great Guana Cay when they ABDANDONED their proposed Treasure Island?

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  21. Nick

    We live in the UK and have visited the Bahamas Out Islands a number of times. The great attraction of all these islands is that by and large they are relatively undeveloped, quite and have stunningly beautiful clean beaches. We plan to visit Lighthouse Beach this year and to do this we will hire a car and eat in local restaurants. Unfortunately we have already noticed that YouTube videos show massive Cruise Ships lurking off shore of Lighthouse Beach offloading their passengers onto Princess Cay a sort of stop off for Cruise Ships. If this is an example of the kinda resort Cruise Lines want to develop at Lighthouse beach you can kiss goodbye to this outstanding, unique beauty spot. We have to remember whatever Cruise companies might say and want us to believe they are only interested in profit not the environment. The real question here is that somewhere as beautiful and unique as Lighthouse Beach will be destroyed forever as have many unique locations around the world (Phi Phi Island comes to mind) if this location on Eleuthera were to be sold to any large resort developer whether its a Cruise Line or not. The main objection to Cruise Ships in particular is volume, these ships can carry between 2500 – 6700 passengers and if allowed will have a major irreversible damaging effect on what should remain an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is incumbent on this generation to protect our planet for our children and their children’s children lets hope that whoever owns this land who currently allows visitors access will somehow be able to resist selling it to large scale developers.

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  22. Philip

    It does not look like anyone is rushing to buy the land and protect it, so you are left with the question of: Who would you rather develop it. Disney has a good track record, you could do far worse.

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    1. djdbahamas

      Good track record? They abandoned a fully working cruise stop on Great Guana Cay Bahamas to be named Treasure Island.

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      1. Mark Bell

        Please get your facts straight before you bash Disney. Disney NEVER had a contract with Guana Cay. The contract was between Premier and Guana Cay. Disney didn’t abandon the project, Premier did, based on a technicality in the contract. I am not saying that Disney is or isn’t the answer for Lighthouse point, but trying to persuade readers by using misinformation isn’t the way to try and prove your point.

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  23. Philip

    If you truly believe that, buy the land (or expropriate it) and protect it. Those seem to be your only options.

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  24. JohnCaldwell

    Lighthouse Beach is a rare unspoiled beautiful spot. It would be perfect if it we’re set aside as a National Park. Do it Bahamians!

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