Birthplace of The Bahamas
Roam Eleuthera and its endless pineapple fields and pink-sand beaches. Take a ferry to the Nantucket of the Caribbean and indulge in the glamour of Harbour Island.
From endless pineapple fields to white- and pink-sand beaches to secluded coves and miles of coastlines, Eleuthera & Harbour Island define The Bahamas. Much of the architecture and way of life was influenced by British Loyalists who settled here in the 1700s. This style has since been adopted by the other Bahamian islands, making Eleuthera & Harbour Island the birthplace of the entire country. In addition, the islands continue to charm visitors with tropical flair, as Harbour Island is known as one of the best islands in the Caribbean. If you’re visiting The Bahamas, Eleuthera & Harbour Island are not to be missed
110 miles long/ 1 mile wide
1 hour flight to the U.S.
Endless pineapple fields
National park and caves
White & pink sand beaches
World famous surfing/ diving
North Eleuthera Airport
Rock Sound Airport
Governor’s Harbour Airport
What Makes Eleuthera Unique
Eleuthera is the fourth most populated island of The Bahamas, with approximately 11,000 residents. Most who live here either fish for bounty or farm the rolling acres of pineapple plantations. Eleuthera is an island of casual sophistication, housing isolated communities, well-developed resorts, rocky bluffs, low-lying wetlands and massive coral reefs that create magnificent backdrops. Harbour Island on the other hand was once the capital of The Bahamas. It was recently ranked as “The Best Island in the Caribbean” by Travel & Leisure magazine in 2015 and it also received this award in 2005. It also boasts lush tropical greenery and magical pink sand beaches.
From the pink sand beaches of North Eleuthera to the renaissance of the Cape in South Eleuthera, and points between, you could spend weeks on this slinky island and still not see all of the natural beauty there is to explore.
This pencil-thin island – it’s only two miles wide – has miles of pink and white sand beaches and turquoise crystal-clear water. To be clear, this is not all sand and water. Eleuthera Island is known for the high cliffs that fringe the eastern side of this Bahamas island, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the rock. Of course, this is as much noise as you’ll hear on this quiet, friendly island of Eleuthera, where fishing, diving, snorkeling and taking it easy are the favorite pastimes of locals and visitors.
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.
The island is divided between North Eleuthera and South Eleuthera. One of the most popular spots is Harbour Island, famous for its pink and white sand beaches. Harbour Island often is called the Nantucket of the Caribbean. In addition to the beach, there are historical landmarks and a history lesson at every turn – all within a tropical paradise, of course.
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.
This Bahamas island also is known for pineapple plantations. Locals serve up plenty of pineapple tarts, and the annual pineapple festival celebrates the pineapple heritage of the Bahamas.
It’s the resorts, though that give Eleuthera Island its reputation for being among the friendliest places in the world. The secluded villas, upscale resorts, and quaint inns keep visitors coming back year after year, including members of the British royal family.
World Famous Harbour Island
Known simply as Briland to its residents, Harbour Island, Bahamas, is the ideal vacation destination for pink sand beaches, diving and unique, luxurious resorts. The colorfully painted New England-style architecture on the island beautifully complements the lush palm trees, flower-lined streets and pink sand beaches. This tiny world famous (and world-class) island is a vacation magnet for the rich and famous, savvy travelers and beach vacation seekers alike.
Approximately 3.5 miles long and only 1.5 miles wide, Harbour Island is located just off the tip of Eleuthera, separated by a narrow channel. Regular ferry service shuttles resort and hotels guests as well as daily visitors from North Eleuthera for a day of exploring and shopping the picturesque village of Dunmore Town.
One of the oldest settlements in The Bahamas, Dunmore Town dates back to the 18th century. It was formerly the capital of The Bahamas and second only to Nassau in importance. Dunmore Town was once the summer home of the Royal Governor, Earl of Dunmore — hence the name.
Harbour Island, Bahamas, is famous for its three-mile-long pink beach that runs the entire length of the island on its eastern side. The beach is protected by an outlying coral reef that makes the turquoise clear water one of the safest and most alluring swimming and snorkeling spots in The Bahamas. Adventure vacationers can also seek out these waters for great diving opportunities. Current Cut, for example, offers one of the most thrilling high-current dives in the Caribbean.
Harbour Island, Bahamas, was ranked “The Best Island in the Caribbean” by Travel Leisure magazine and readers of the elite travel magazine rated this tiny gem of The Bahamas Out Islands number one among the islands of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda.
Discover Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Pineapple Capital Of The World
Eleuthera boasts of having some of the sweetest pineapples in the world. Pineapple farming began here in the mid 18th century, a tradition honored by the annual Pineapple Festival held each June in Gregory Town.
Pink Sand Beaches
Everyone’s list of the world’s top 10 beaches includes Harbour Island’s famed Pink Sands Beach, but pink-sand beaches are spread over 35 miles on the Atlantic Ocean side of Eleuthera, as well as the Exuma Sound (Caribbean Sea) side, and the mainland.
New England Architecture
Much of Eleuthera & Harbour Island’s way of life was influenced by Loyalist settlers in the late 1700s. A reminder of their presence is the quaint New England architecture lining the narrow streets.
Glass Window Bridge
One of nature’s true wonders, The Glass Window Bridge will certainly leave you breathless as you drink in the magnificent panoramic view. It is one of the few places on earth where you can compare the rich blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the road and the calm turquoise-green waters of the Exuma Sound (Caribbean Sea) on the other side, separated by a strip of rock just 30 feet wide.TheBridge is about two miles east of Upper Bogue and joins Gregory Town and Lower Bogue at the narrowest point on the island. The land here is high on both sides, falling away abruptly to nearly sea level, almost dividing the island in two. A bridge on its topside connects the northern and southern points of Eleuthera by a paved road.
This large unique cave is located about two miles east of Gene’s Bay. It was discovered by William Sayle and, a group of Christians seeking religious freedom from Bermuda, now referred to as “The Eleutheran Adventures.” They were shipwrecked off the Eleuthera coast on a reef called the Devil’s Back Bone and took refuge here after coming ashore. They shaped an altar from a large boulder at the far end of the cave, which remarkably still stands, and conducted the island’s first religious service there, earning the cave its name. The site is used by visitors and locals for picnics and other social outings because of the sandy beach nearby.