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Eleuthera

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”.

TurtleSpanish 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.

Attractions
Eleuthera’s other attractions include the Glass Window Bridge in Gregory Town, a man-made bridge located on the narrowest part of the island. Ocean Hole in Rock Sound is a limestone marvel filled with tropical fish and turtles. Preacher’s Cave, another interesting attraction, was once a temporary home to shipwrecked survivors and is thought to be the first site where Christian services were held in the Bahamas. So prepare your travel bags now and look for trips abroad and discover the beauty of this stunning island paradise.

Beaches
Of course, you can’t go to the Bahamas and not fall in love with its beautiful white and pink sandy beaches. If you’re into surfing, check out Surfer’s Beach which is comparable to some of the best surfing spots in Hawaii. One of the most popular beaches among tourists is the Ten Bay Beach located on Savannah Sound. Bannerman Town offers Lighthouse Beach with miles of pink sand and an old lighthouse situated on a limestone peninsula overlooking the ocean.

 


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