If you have chosen to spend the holiday in the Bahamas, you should definitely check out Eleuthera. Eleuthera is one of the many islands in the Bahamas.
The slender island of Eleuthera is part of a tiny group of islands and cays that include Current Island, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. With direct flights from the US, Eleuthera is more accessible today than ever before. There are a few spots on the island that never get old: They always have and always will drip of paradise perfection.
The island is all locals, which made the trip so unique compared to any other trip. Brace yourself to see one of the most beautiful islands in the world!
The Glass Window Bridge
The Glass Window Bridge is one of the coolest spots to visit on the island. The glass window is located at the narrowest part of Eleuthera. On one side of the road, you’ll see the Atlantic Ocean, and the other side you’ll see the Caribbean Sea. Beneath the bridge, the typically calm Bahama bank and the raging Atlantic Ocean come close enough to exchange sea spray, but not close enough for the waters to actually meet.
Separated only by a narrow sliver of land and a bridge, the striking contrast between the ocean’s navy blue and the turquoise water on the shallows is largely why this attraction is so mesmerizing. One thing that never gets old: peering through the metaphorical window from beneath the bridge or taking in aerial shots of the contrasting seas.
Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island
This beach stretches for just over three miles; many feel compelled to walk every inch once they set eyes on its powder-pink landscape. Harbour Island, known to the natives as Briland, is world-renowned for its pink sand.
According to folklore, the sand is pink because God desired to distinguish it from all the rest by dipping his cotton-candy-sweet pinkie into the sand. The scientific explanation is slightly less fascinating. When tiny sea creatures called Foraminifera die in the ocean, their shell remains are crushed by the waves and then washed ashore to fuse with the sand.
Because of its historic significance, Preacher’s Cave is the most commonly recommended cave in Eleuthera. It is celebrated for providing both shelter and sanctuary for the first settlers of the island after their infamous shipwreck on the treacherous shipping channel known as the Devil’s Backbone
The truth is, Eleuthera has many more caves, many of which are more interesting than Preacher’s Cave, because they have more intricate tunnels, formations, natural features and secret spots.
Some of the other caves that never get old include Hatchet Bay Cave, Smugglers Cave, Rum Bottle Cave and Spider Cave. They all provided fun and free entertainment. If you’re planning to explore be sure to bring a flashlight. Be careful and respectful of all the creatures living inside: spiders, bats and crabs are the common ones.
Blue holes are a geological phenomenon common on the islands. They are seemingly bottomless sinkholes that lead to underwater caves.
The Bahamas has the highest concentration of blue holes in the world. Eleuthera is home to quite a few remarkable ones, including Sapphire Hole in North Eleuthera, and Ocean Hole in Rock Sound. Jacques Cousteau himself came to Eleuthera to play and explore its blue holes. Even if you visit Eleuthera a thousand times, taking a dip in one of these refreshing pockets, said to have healing powers, will never disappoint.
Eleuthera has so many outstanding beaches that it is almost blasphemous to pick a favourite. Lighthouse Beach, however, stands out from the crowd. The beach is located at Eleuthera’s southernmost tip. The main entrance road is a long, dirt road riddled with potholes, and you should definitely travel it in a four-wheel drive vehicle.
The adventure of getting to the beach is all part of its appeal; the journey has allowed the beach to remain remote and unspoiled. The derelict lighthouse that gives the beach its name looks down on a completely undisturbed stretch of powdered sand with snorkel worthy reefs in the shallow sky-blue waters offshore. At Lighthouse Beach it is best to plan for the day. You can enjoy swimming, exploring the nearby caves and rock formations or a simple picnic.
Lighthouse Beach does have a lighthouse, but it appears to be abandoned and falling apart.
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a must for outdoors lovers. The Plant Preserve has a paved trail. Throughout the trail, you’ll witness different birds and other wildlife around. The reserve also has a pond that is blood red. It is a very unique sight but could be terrifying if you do not like the sight of blood.
Haynes Library is a cute and quaint library built by the city’s governor in 1897.
The entire town was filled with brightly coloured buildings, but this library was extra memorable due to how unique it looked. It is a brightly coloured edifice that is pleasing to the eye.
Queens Bath on the island of Eleuthera was breath-taking. Climbing down to this viewing area can be a minor pain, so make sure to bring good shoes.
Some people opt to go under the rock and swim in the baths but be warned. The waves can increase up to 8-10 feet in a matter of seconds, and you could potentially get swept away by the sea.
Preachers Cave was discovered in the 1600s by a captain who shipwrecked here.
The cave is quite the sight to see and imagining people once living there was pretty crazy. When you walk in the opposite direction of the people below, you’ll head towards yet another beach that you’ll most likely have all to yourself.
The Eleuthera island is indeed a place to visit and enjoy because of its many natural endowments and its calm and serene environment.