The Out Islands of the Bahamas, known as the REAL Bahamas, are off the beaten path. Eleuthera Island is untamed, extremely natural, barely developed, and is full of historical landmarks at just 110 miles long and in some places only a mile wide. Stunning natural attractions here satisfy adventurous spirits with pristine beaches and blue waters that are teeming with marine life. This island is a short trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and you can enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, and exploring the famous pink sand beach at Harbour Island.
On this paradise, relaxation is paramount, being that it hosts one of the world’s top ten beaches. It is also a favorite of the celebrity crowd, who enjoy resorts and boutique hotels that are some of the best in the Bahamas. Eleuthera has many great restaurants such as Tippy’s on the beach for a great pizza and some island beer. Visit Shelby’s for Elaine’s conch fritters, or Coco’s Conch Stand, an island favorite. All ingredients are locally grown or caught, so be sure to visit the Island Farm Garden for fresh coconut milk, locally caught fresh grouper, or have spiny lobster at the Friday Fish Fry in Governor’s Harbour which is very popular!
One of the places to see on Eleuthera that should not be missed is Lighthouse Beach, one of the most pristine and extraordinary beaches in the Bahamas. On one side is the Atlantic, and on the other is stunning Exuma Sound that meet at Glass Window Bridge, whose famous arch was destroyed in a hurricane. Another must see, located on the northern route is an amazing mile-long underground cave.
Other things to see is are the Silk Cotton trees near Tarpum Bay, Ten Bay Beach in South Palmetto, and Queens Bath. Gaulding’s Cay and Current Cut are best for snorkeling and scuba, while Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour is for the reader in you. See Preacher’s Cave, Ocean Hole, Twin Cove Beach, and Lover’s Beach or sail to the private and luxurious Windermere Island where Mariah Carey bunks. The passionate people, hospitality and spirit on Eleuthera Island is something you will never want to leave and surely will never forget!
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