ELEUTHERA

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   Lat.: N25 10' 00"
   Long.: W76 15' 00"
   Size: 200 Sq. mls
Island Crest

ELEUTHERA
Island Information

 

Eleuthera, the longest island in The Bahamas, is generally called the Island of Freedom. Over 300 years ago, English Puritan Adventurers, now referred to as the Eleutheran Adventurers, in search of religious freedom travelled to Eleuthera and founded what was probably the first democracy in the western world. Eleuthera is an island of contrasts. It is just over one mile wide at most places but is 110 miles long with magnificent pink-white beaches, sheltered coves, breathtaking bluffs and cliffs and fine harbours. The cliffs are in the north where the deep blue colour of the Atlantic Ocean can be seen on one side and the calmer turquoise Caribbean Sea on the other. In the centre of the island is the hilly farming area, famous for pineapples and tomatoes. In the south the island is green and flatter with quaint villages.

 


Harbour Isld.
unofficial Island crest
Governor’s Harbour, the major settlement on mainland Eleuthera, is one of the oldest settlements in The Bahamas. Other settlements are Current Island, The Current, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island, Gregory Town, The Bluff, Lower and Upper Bogue, Hatchet Bay, James Cistern, Palmetto Point, Tarpum Bay, Rock Sound, Green Castle, Wemyss Bight, Savannah Sound, Deep Creek, Bannerman Town and Cape Eleuthera. Eleuthera, located on the eastern fringe of the Central Bahamas, also has a number of farms and tourist resorts, along with a number of tourist attractions such as Preacher’s Cave in North Eleuthera, where it is believed the early Adventurers took shelter upon their arrival. Popular tourist resorts include Windermere Island Club, an exclusive resort often frequented by members of the Royal Family.

Spanish Wells
unofficial Island crest

Information courtesy of Bahamas Information Services, Department of Archives and Local Government.

Information on Harbour Island

For more information visit the Website of the Ministry of Tourism

 

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