Although the Bahamas is a chain of 700 islands in the sun, each one exhibits its own distinct personality. Eleuthera is no exception. Eleuthera – the noble island known as “The Land of Freedom” – offers a life of simplicity… no stress, no strain, no struggle… no problem! Kind and hospitable Eleutherians are a synthesis of various peoples and cultural dialects resulting from a unique blend of American, European, and Caribbean essence. We are outgoing, friendly, and very warm and inviting to our guests.
Even the land itself calls visitors to relax, release, and be rejuvenated. Here, pink and white powder beaches stretch along our shores, waiting to be enjoyed. Balmy breezes blow gently and the wind seems to whisper each listener’s name. For the blessed visitors reaching the Eleuthera mainland, Harbour Island, or Spanish Wells, the natural landscape and the natural charm of our people will not disappoint. And at the end of your stay, you will know that you are always welcome in this land of beauty and leisure.
North Eleuthera is made up of the following settlements Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, Upper Bogue, Lower Bogue, The Current, The Bluff.
Harbour Island is an island that stands out…stands out enough to be ranked the best island in the Caribbean by Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2005. This island is none other than Harbour Island, and still lives up to its 2005 ranking whether its mentioned or not. Filled with friendly and welcoming inhabitants this little giant (3.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide) is located very near to Miami (approx. 200 miles), New Providence (approx. 60 miles) and Eleuthera (approx. 2 miles), which makes it an ideal yacht haven. Harbour Island along with its magical beauty holds precious history, as Dunmore Town, the only town on Harbour Island, is one of the oldest settlements in The Bahamas.
Once the capital of The Bahamas and the second largest city in The Bahamas to Nassau in the 1990’s, Harbour Island was founded before the United States was even a nation. “Briland” as it is affectionately known was shaped by the hands of the Loyalist Governor of Virginia, The Honorable John Murry (1786-1797). He fled to The Bahamas after being awarded the title of Lord Dunmore, Governor of The Bahamas and laid out at the center of Harbour Island which was then and is still known as Dunmore Town.
The newly laid Dunmore Town gave shape to the town you see today and remnants of its past still linger on to this day. During the 1800’s Dunmore Town became a noted shipyard and sugar refinement center and Harbour Island on the whole was known for its shipbuilding, farming of pineapples, tomatoes and citrus, making it fairly prosperous until World War I brought world wide depression.
Today the residents of Harbour Island make their living from their rich tourist industry, and still thrive off of some farming, fishing and shipbuilding. A visit to Harbour Island will give one a glimpse of yesteryear as the quaint New England’s architecture of the island’s Loyalist history dots its way through a picture perfect landscape and pink sandy beaches to match the most beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise waters in the world. “Briland”, the Best of the Best will greet you with open arms, first class resorts, and warm hospitality that will leave you with memories for a lifetime!
For more information contact: Harbour Island Tourist Office, Phone: 242-333-2621
Just to the west of the northern tip of the island of Eleuthera is St. George’s Cay. The entire cay, or island, is comprised of the settlement of Spanish Wells, and as a result the name Spanish Wells has become synonymous with the island. In fact, many have never heard it referred to by any other name. Spanish Wells is approximately two miles long and a half of a mile wide. The scope of Spanish Wells is extended, however, by a bridge that links it to neighboring Russell Island, which is just over three miles long and has become an integral part of the community.
Gregory Town, Hatchet Bay, James Cistern, Governors Harbour, Palmetto Point, Savannah Sound
Tarmpum Bay, Rock Sound, Deep Creek, Wheymss Bight , Green Castle, and Cape Eleuthera
Banks & ATM Machines
Visitors to Eleuthera can get cash 24 hours a day. ATM’s Operated by Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd and First Caribbean International Bank that provide convenient banking services 24 hours a day.