When I travel, I love to learn a little about the history and culture. I think it is so important to learn.
A Little History
Eleuthera was founded in 1648. It is known as the birthplace of the Bahamas. A group of Puritans called the Eleuthera adventurers sailed from Bermuda in search of religious freedom. They first arrived at the north end of the Eleuthera. They settled at a place called peachers cave. The adventures call their new place “Eleuthera” which means freedom.
Originally Eleuthera was occupied by Lucayan Indians. Not much is known about the Lucayans, they were enslaved by the Spanish in the 1500s.
Places to Stay
You can always check out Airbnb!
Things to do
The best way to see the Eleuthera is to rent a car and drive the island. I’m going to list things to do North to the South.
Preachers Cave – it is a cave where the Eleuthera Adventures arrived and used to as shelter.
Saphire Blue Hole– blue holes are known to happen throughout the Bahamas. They are deep holes in the land or the ocean that can be thousands of feet deep. This one is near Preachers Cave, so it is great to do both. It is in the bush a, and there is a significant drop in a blue hole. There is a latter you can climb up after you jump. The water is so clear and blue it is really unbelievable.
Glass Window Bridge– Is the thinnest part of the island. You can see the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Queen’s Baths– They are a group of pools right after the Glass Window Bridge. You can hang in these pools that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. It’s best on calm days.
Gregory Town– This little town is known as the surf town. It has great places to eat ( Laughing Lizard), and great places to shop ( Island made, and Pete Rebecca’s). It is a great town to wander around and check out the little marina. During the spring there is a pineapple fest! Where they celebrate growing pineapples. The pineapples are different than most that you see, they are white and small, but they are sweeter and better!
Surfers Beach– Is the best place to surf on Eleuthera. There is a dirt road out to the beach, but you can walk if your car can’t go.
Hatch Bay Caves– Is a mile long, 3 level cave, the walls are covered with Graffiti. You may see an occasional bat. It is a neat cave. There are stories of pirates hiding treasure in the cave and Lucayans burying their dead.
Governors Harbour– This little harbor town that was historically the capital of the Bahamas. It has beautiful victorian homes painted with bright yellows, pinks, and blues. If you are there on a Friday night check out the fish fry. You can dance in the street and grilled fresh fish. Some of my favorite spots in Governor’s harbor:
The Cove– Is the only place on the island you can get sushi! So if you are staying there or want really good sushi check out this place!
1648 Bar and Grill– Great food right on the harbor overlooking the bay. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Tippy’s- is on the Atlantic side of the island, great pizza, and large cocktails. They have a band on Saturdays! It is a great beach, go for a walk and swim.
Things to Check Out
The Library– Was built in 1897, it has survived so many hurricanes. It is painted pink and turquoise. It is still a working library. You can walk around the neat old building, and look through the windows on the second floor to a beautiful view.
Here is a great link to check out more!