The Island Of Eleuthera

More than 300 years ago, English adventurers in search of religious freedom settled her, giving the island the Greek name Eleutheria or Freedom. Cupid’s Cay in Governor’s Harbour was the first capital of The Bahamas before changing to Harbour Island and eventually Nassau. Today Freedom takes on a new meaning, especially if you are seeking a vacation far away from the typical.

Eleuthera, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, is over 100 miles long and up 3 miles wide at its widest point, with a population of approximately 15,000 people, including Harbour Island and Spanish Wells.

Eleuthera possesses some of the most spectacular pink and white sand beaches in the World, with sheltered coves and dramatic cliffs reaching up to 70 feet above sea level. Settlements with pastel-hued cottages and white picket fences spilling over with hibiscus and bougainvillea, dot the Island from one end to the other. With the deep blue waters of the Atlantic to its east and the clear, warm shallows of the Bight of Eleuthera and the Bahama Banks to its west, Eleuthera offers excellent boating, fishing, snorkeling and diving.

The settlement of Palmetto Point where Unique Village Resort is located is directly in the center of the Island. Palmetto Point is known as the twin city because there is North and South Palmetto – The North side is on the Atlantic and the South side on the Caribbean.

NORTH OF PALMETTO POINT is Governor’s Harbour which is the capital of Eleuthera and one of the oldest settlements in The Bahamas. It sits atop a high ridge and gently slopes toward a sheltered harbour. Faded Victorian houses near the harbour are a reminder of the town’s Loyalist heritage. Cupid’s Cay, said to be the original settlement of Governor’s Harbour, lies across the harbour. Governor’s Harbour is home to several hotels, popular restaurants and a festive fish fry every Friday evening.

James’ Cistern is just north of Governor’s Harbour Airport and is a small tranquil settlement that boasts a unique species of four-headed coconut trees. Two miles north is the Cliffs, where visitors appreciate the rugged beauty of these sheer cliffs, which mark a dramatic change in Eleuthera Island’s scenery.

Hatchet Bay is nestled on a deep water harbor where you will find the remains of a once thriving cattle plantation. It is home to the famous Caves with its mile-long cavern with magnificent stalagmites and stalactites.

Gregory Town is renowned for one of the Bahamas’ best surfing beaches and succulent Eleuthera pineapple. The Island’s biggest festivity, the Pineapple Festival, is held here annually during the first week of June. One of the Bahamas’ most talked about sites, the Glass Windows Bridge, is located between Gregory Town and Upper Bogue and is described by some as the eight wonder of the world. The narrow ridge that divides the island almost in two separates the raging Atlantic on one side, from the still calm waters of the Gulf on the other side.

Upper and Lower Bogue is a serene, farming village where most of the island’s citrus is grown. The Current is a small fishing village, and one of Eleuthera’s earliest settlements. Across from Current village lies Current Island, which is accessible only by boat. This little island is famed for producing some of the Bahamas’ finest straw craft. The Bluff is a small farming community with citrus groves, and Preacher’s Cave is where the founders of Eleuthera, the Eleutheran Adventurers, took refuge after being shipwrecked in 1648.

Harbour Island is just a 10 minute water taxi ride from the Three Island Dock in North Eleuthera. Picturesque, historic houses along the shore greet visitors to one of the most popular resort islands in the Bahamas. Harbour Island is famed for its three mile long pink sand beach but offers many more water based pursuits, such as bone fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, deep-sea fishing and boating as well as tennis and horseback riding. It can be explored by horse and carriage, bike or golf cart.

SOUTH OF PALMETTO POINT is Savannah Sound, a once thriving community, where its 75 year old school house is where some of the foremost Bahamian educators received early instruction.

Tarpum Bay is a serene village with pastel colored cottages. This is a fishing village and in the afternoons around 3 pm, the boats come in with their fresh catch. Visitors and Natives alike purchase fresh fish, lobsters and conchs.

Rock Sound is the hub of South Eleuthera and is the home of the famed Ocean Hole, a large inland ocean hole 100 fathoms deep, where tamed tropical fish come to be fed by visitors