Eleuthera is an island spanning almost 100 miles long and 2 miles wide whose mainland is divided into North and South. The North is home to ferry docks for both Harbour Island and Spanish Wells while the South offers a fantastic view from the narrowest part of the island known as Glass Window Bridge.
Its aboriginal name Cigatoo was changed to Eleuthera, the Greek word for freedom, when English adventurers settled on the island after fleeing persecution. They called themselves “The Eleutheran Adventurers”.
Spanish Wells and Harbour Island are two main attractions on the island of Eleuthera. Spanish Wells, located on the Northwest tip of Eleuthera, is a small, wealthy, fishing island populated by a few hundred people. It is considered by many to be the fishing capital of the Bahamas whose main catch is crawfish. The closest island is Russell Island. A bridge connects the two islands making it very convenient for residents to travel back and forth. For interesting information on the history and culture of Spanish Wells, you can visit the Spanish Wells Museum.
Harbour Island is known to its residents as Briland. It is a mere three miles long and half a mile wide. Most of the jobs on the island are related to shipbuilding or farming. The first farming settlement was founded before the U.S. was a nation.