Welcome to the island of Eleuthera! It really is better in the Bahamas, and we’ve provided you with some information about the area in and around Governor’s Harbour.
The island of Eleuthera is considered to be one of the prettiest islands in the Bahamas, with its rolling green hills, sheltered coves, breathtaking bluffs and cliffs, inland lagoons and caves, and magnificent pink sand beaches that stretch for miles. The island is over 110 miles long but little more than a mile wide in most places – in certain spots on the island you can see the deep blue Atlantic Ocean and the calmer, aquamarine Bight of Eleuthera at the same time.
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Eleuthera, located at latitude N25°, has pleasant weather virtually all year long. Summers bring southeasterly breezes which keep the island cool with temperatures generally around 90° during the day and the mid- to upper-70’s at night. Winter finds Eleuthera with winds out of the east/northeast and temps are generally in the low- to mid-70’s during the day and the 60’s at night.
Outdoor activities are a year-round adventure in Eleuthera. With rolling hills, bike-riding and running/walking provide a challenge to moderate athletes, while the beaches that extend for miles provide a foraging ground for avid beachcombers and shell collectors alike. The crystal clear waters call its visitors to explore the reefs and waves with snorkeling, diving, fishing and (yes) surfing. The flora of the island is home to a myriad of birds, providing ornithologists with hours of enjoyment. In Eleuthera, you can fulfill your sense of adventure with a variety of activities.
The island of Eleuthera is divided into three main regions: north, central and south. The north is home to ocean side cliffs, carved out by hundreds of years of wave action, and the islands of Spanish Wells and Harbour Island. Spanish Wells is known for its keen fisherman and boat builders and also boasts some of the most accomplished quilters in the country. Harbour Island is renowned for its 3-mile pink sand beach and the quaint colourful Dunmore Town. The Glass Window Bridge spans north from the main island of Eleuthera and leads to Gregory Town, home to Surfers’ Beach with its world-class waves that attract surfers from around the world. Alice Town/Hatchett Bay has one of the best protected natural harbours and is home to the Hatchett Bay caves. James’ Cistern sits along the Caribbean shore and on Fridays and Saturdays you don’t want to miss Billy Stubbs’ lunchtime Bar-b-que.
Governor’s Harbour is located in the central region of Eleuthera on the southeastern side of a natural land spit called Cupid’s Cay. Governor’s Harbour is home to the local government seat, with its historic Haynes Library. Palmetto Point sits across the island nestled between the Atlantic and Caribbean sides. Savannah Sound is home to the famous Windemere island, which boasts royalty as some of its famous visitors.
Tarpum Bay sits on the calm Caribbean side and is home to an artist’s colony and a trip to the docks at mid-day will provide you with some of the best fresh fish for grilling the island can provide. Rock Sound, home of the Cotton Bay Club and boasting its own airport, has an inland blue hole that provides a great place to snorkel, or just to feed the fish. Cape Eleuthera is home to the famous Island School, which is self-reliant, providing energy through the use of wind and bio-fuel technology and food production using hydroponics. Driving south of Rock Sound, one can venture down to Lighthouse Beach at the most southern tip of the island, passing through quaint little settlements such as Millar’s and Bannerman Town.