North Eleuthera, Eleuthera

The Bahama’s Blushing Beauty

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North Eleuthera is most famous for its pink sand beaches, often called “blushing beaches”, along with quaint colonial-style towns, mysterious caves, magical swimming holes and lush pineapple fields. Double your pleasure here with two magnificent oceans: the calmer Caribbean Sea and surf-ready Atlantic Ocean, plus spectacular coral reefs. Popular North Eleuthera accommodations include Pink Sands, Runaway Hill Inn, The Landing Valentine’s Resort & Marina, and Romora Bay and Harbour Island’s Coral Sands. Silver Airways flies nonstop to North Eleuthera from Fort Lauderdale.

EXPLORE
Stroll through picturesque North Eleuthera villages like Gregory Town, known for its tasty cuisine, exotic drinks and celebrity resident, Lenny Kravitz. Spanish Wells offers charming 19th century pastel homes, lush flowers and fertile fishing conditions: this tiny 1.5 mile island furnishes 75% of all crawfish caught in the Bahamas during season! Experience the unforgettable vision of the dark Atlantic and translucent Caribbean seas flowing together at Glass Window Bridge. It’s a scene so striking, it inspired Winslow Homer’s famous 1885 “Glass Window” painting. Swim with friendly turtles and fish at Ocean Hole, a place supposedly explored by Jacques Cousteau. Its waters are rumored to have special healing powers.
PLAY
North Eleuthera has the perfect beach choice for swimmers, snorkelers or wave riders. For surfers or those that want to be, head to Surfer’s Beach or Holiday Beach on the island’s Atlantic Ocean side. For boating, windsurfing, jet skiing or kayaking, the Caribbean side offers calmer waters. Queen’s Baths is a unique little spot: small rock-carved pools teeming with shells and tiny fish, (but only go at low tide when it’s safe). The coral reefs here are exceptional for divers: try Devil’s Backbone, known for wrecking ships or Current Cut, a top 10-ranked dive site worldwide. You’ll even find a sunken train wreck off the island’s north coast! North Eleuthera is also home to scenic field and wood trails. They’re not always in guidebooks, so if you enjoy jogging, hiking, and biking, ask the resorts or locals.
SHOP
Handmade local crafts can be found across North Eleuthera, including Gregory Town and Spanish Wells. Hop the five-minute water taxi ride to posh Harbour Island for luxury shopping, dining and celebrity sightings. Harbour Island was actually ranked “Best Island in the Caribbean” in 2005 by Travel & Leisure magazine. No cars are permitted: just rent a golf cart instead.
FEAST
Many North Eleuthera restaurants offer the traditional island favorites: cracked conch, Bahamian lobster, chicken and pork, as well as Continental and American classics. Fodor recommends Harbour Island’s Conch Shacks where you can savor fresh conch salad from their waterside deck. Don’t leave Gregory Town without stopping at Thompson’s bakery: home of North Eleuthera’s delicious pineapple and coconut tarts!
CELEBRATE
North Eleuthera’s biggest entertainment choices are during high season, but local clubs offer live performances and dance music throughout the year. Try Elvina’s in Gregory Town and Daddy D’s and Gutsy’s Nightclub, (complete with a pink sand dance floor!) on Harbour Island.
SOURCES
Bahamas.com
Things to do on Eleuthera
Les Petite Villas
Coral Sands Hotel
Valentines Resort
Frommers - Eleuthera
Fodors - Gregory Town & North Eleuthera