Eleuthera, Bahamas

Eleuthera is one of the islands of the Bahamas that can give a textbook beach escape feeling. This narrow and curved 100-mile island may is a dream come true for beach lovers. Eleuthera is very low key and relaxing. The island has a range of luxury resorts for anyone who would look to pamper themselves in this sandy paradise. Despite being one of the most populated islands in The Bahamas, Eleuthera does not make you feel claustrophobic. In fact, it gives off the opposite effect. Because of its location and exclusivity, it maintains its tranquil atmosphere.


Eleuthera is the quintessential Bahamas Island. The way of life here is much influenced by the British Loyalists, who arrive in the island nation in the 18th century. You will still see some buildings on the island that depict colonial architecture. If you are looking for a bustling, lively and action-packed atmosphere, Eleuthera is not the best destination for you. Instead, this is the place where you don’t have to do anything but bask in the tranquility and natural beauty of the tiny island. You will most likely spend most of your time on the coast, discovering hidden coves and marveling at scenic cliffs.

But you can still keep yourself busy by engaging in some of the many activities available on the island. For instance, diving into the shipwreck area aptly name Devil’s Backbone will satisfy your need for adventure. Another amazing diving as well as snorkeling site on the island is the Current Cut on the northern part of Eleuthera. This body of water is considered a thrilling spot to explore because of the strong tidal current it produces.


If you like surfing, then pay a visit to the island’s eastern shore for those big rifts and waves. The Surfer’s Beach near Gregory Town is also a favorite among surfing enthusiasts. Fishing is also a big activity that draws people to the island. You can arrange a fishing trip through your hotel, and they will connect you with the best local fishing guides in Eleuthera.

Not only does Eleuthera have white-sand beaches, it is known for rare pink-sand stretches that mostly line the side of the island facing the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most prominent among these unique sets of beaches is the Pink Sands Beach, which has been often cited as one of the top beaches in the world. Boasting a lush tropical landscape, the island is also renowned for its pineapple plantations, where most locals earn their living.

Harbour Island is a popular daytrip for those staying in Eleuthera. This island may be small but it is more developed and upscale than the mainland. Here, you can find a fine selection of posh boutiques, cafes and bistros. You can reach Harbour Island by taking one of the water taxis at the boat dock near the North Eleuthera Airport.


Other notable attractions on Eleuthera Island include Hatchet Bay Cave, Tarpum Bay, and Queen’s Bath. If you happen to be on the island on a Friday, consider attending the “Friday Night’s Fish Fry” in Governor’s Harbour. By coming here, not only will you enjoy great barbecue and drinks, you will also get to mingle with other tourists on the island.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!