Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera

Prettiest town on the island

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Governor’s Harbour, whose British heritage dates back 300 years, is the largest island town and predominant city for Eleuthera business. Some also deem it the prettiest town on the island, with classic Buccaneer Hill Victorian homes and primitive, unspoiled area beaches. Resorts range from smaller inns to full-service properties, including The Duck Inn, Quality Inn Cigatoo, The Cove, Cocodimama, Pineapple Fields, Wakaari, Sky Beach and Cape Eleuthera Resort and Yacht Club. Governor’s Harbour Airport is the most active of three airports on Eleuthera, and is about 8 miles north of the city. Service to Governor's Harbour is seasonal.


Explore

Governor’s Harbour is a terrific town to explore. Wander the historic waterfront, gaze at the colonial homes and discover the island’s growing Eco-tourism attractions. Its first national park, Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, features guided tours and six different trails meandering throughout miles of preserve. Each offers a different perspective of natural island history: Open Water Wetland, Mangrove Boardwalk, Medicinal Plant Trail, Cacti Trail, Epiphyte Trail and Tower Loop. Further south, The Cape Eleuthera Institute and Island School offer daily tours of their facility: both are focused on closer relationships between mankind and the environment; tropical ecology and sustainability; and marine ecology.

 

Play

Eleuthera beaches are ideal for ocean lovers who prefer a remote, unspoiled experience. You won’t find shops, food stands or other conveniences, so stock up in town and pack your own picnic goodies before arriving! The two Buccaneer Public Beaches are great for snorkeling. Nearby, the pink-sand French Leave Beach offers good body surfer conditions. Coral reefs surround Eleuthera: a great place for dives. Eleuthera island is most famous for bonefishing and deep-sea fishing, but reef and spear fishing are very good too. Sailors and boaters will enjoy Eleuthera’s 100-plus miles of coastline: there are magnificent views every nautical mile, from soaring cliffs to secluded coves.

 

Shop

Both Governor’s Harbour and the Eleuthera island area have shops with arts, crafts and other gifts. In Central Eleuthera, Dornell’s Treasures features driftwood intricately carved by the sea and hand painted by creative artist, Mrs. Dorothy Rahming. Island Made Gift Shop, Walter’s Arts and Crafts and Norma’s all have authentic mementos. Or how about creating your own souvenir, inspired by all that stunning island beauty? Donna Allen, a Martha’s Vineyard artist, teaches painting classes every Monday morning at Governor's Harbour’s charming 19th-century pink library.

 

Feast

Don’t miss the Governor’s Harbour Friday Fish Fry! This sociable waterfront street party is the happening place to be each Friday night: mingle with local residents and visitors from all over the world. Fodor’s suggests lunch at Tippy’s or the Beach House. Both are upscale, yet relaxed beach bistros that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Celebrate

Unique Village Resort at Palmetto hosts Dr. Sea Breeze’s calypso music. Patrons like to relax at Ronnie’s Smoke Shop and Sports Bar with Kalik beers, good conversation and the island’s only walk-in cigar humidor. On Friday nights, there’s also high-energy dance music in the room next door. Most resorts offer nightly happy hours, outdoor music and other entertainment.

 

 

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Airport

Bahamas.com

Frommers - Governor’s Harbour

Fodors - Governor's Harbour

Cocodimama Resort

Sky Beach Club