Natural, untamed and still undeveloped. Eleuthera Island is a Caribbean vacation playground.
Located 50 miles (80 km) east of Nassau, Eleuthera Bahamas is a long, thin island running north to south. At almost 110 miles (180 km) long and averaging about a mile or so wide, the island has approximately 8,000 residents. The main settlements are Gregory Town, Hatchet Bay, Governour’s Harbour, Rock Sound, and Tarpum Bay.
The eastern shoreline of Eleuthera is a mixture of cliffs and high bluffs dotted with crescent beaches flowing into the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, the western or sound side of Eleuthera Bahamas while still lined with breathtaking bluff views and georgeous beaches overlooks the shallower clear water of the Great Bahama Banks. Nowhere can this contrast be better seen than at the Glass Window on Eleuthera Bahamas, where a small bridge at the islands most narrow spot affords a splendid view of both the dark blue Atlantic waters and the light turquoise of the gin clear water on the Banks.
Eleuthera is Greek for “freedom”, a fitting name for a Caribbean island that’s free from crowds or cruise ships or casinos. Eleuthera moves at a slower pace than most people are accustomed to. Leave your watch at home and stow your cell phone and blackberry away. Fortunately for you most won’t work here, anyway.
How appropriate then that pineapple farming has been a part of life here since 1892. The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since Colonial times. There is even an annual Gregory Town Pineapple Festival during the first week of June!
Eleuthera Island is 110 miles long and is dotted with quaint, friendly fishing and colonial villages, such as Tarpum Bay, Bannerman Town, and Hatchet Bay. This Caribbean island also is home of the first republic in the “New World”. There are more natural wrecks here than any other island in the Bahamas, especially along The Devil’s Backbone, a shallow and jagged reef extending across the northern edge of Eleuthera. It has torn the bottom out of more vessels than any other reef in the nation.
Cape Eleuthera, Current, Double Bay, Governor’s Harbour, Gregory Town, James Cistern, Palmetto Point, Rainbow Bay, Rock Sound, Savannah Sound, Tarpum Bay, Ten Bay Beach, Whale Point, Windermere Island, Winding Bay, Harbour Island, Other Areas
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