Plan A Vacation To Eleuthera In The Bahamas

If you want your vacation to be different from the normal resort-type experience, then Eleuthera awaits. However, know in advance that it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for nightlife and casinos, then Eleuthera is not for you. If you hope to spend time just relaxing and enjoying an amazing tropical location in a friendly, slow-paced location, they this is the right place.

Just Where is Eleuthera

Eleuthera is a Bahamian Family Island, sometimes referred to as an out-island, about 60 miles east of Nassau. When you look at a map of the Bahamas, it’s a long, thin island with a “whale tail” at the southern end. It is actually almost 110 miles long, yet only 2 miles wide at its widest point. The majority of the island is much narrower than that. The narrowest part of the island can be found at the Glass Window Bridge.

Ways To Get To Eleuthera

Eleuthera is home to THREE international airports – North Eleuthera (ELH), Governor’s Harbour (GHB) and Rock Sound (RSD).

When departing from Florida there are a number of options for flying to Eleuthera. American Eagle, which is part of American Airlines) has regularly scheduled flights from Miami to North Eleuthera. Continental Airlines flies from Fort Lauderdale to North Eleuthera and Governor’s Harbour. TwinAir/Calypso (a small private airline) flies from Fort Lauderdale to all three airports on Eleuthera.

You can also get to Eleuthera via BahamasAir, however, you’ll need to make connections through Nassau.

From Nassau you have a few more options as well. All three airports are serviced by BahamasAir. SouthernAir also offers flights from Nassau to all of Eleuthera’s airports. You can also opt to take the Bo Hengy, a high-speed ferry, from Nassau to Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and Governor’s Harbour.

Naturally, you’ll need to check the schedules for all of these options.

Accommodations in Eleuthera

You won’t find any high-rise hotels or huge resorts on Eleuthera, and that is part of it’s charm. You’ll find the priciest resorts on Harbour Island. This is also where the rich-and-famous have some homes.

You can also find a few deluxe resorts on the main island of Eleuthera – The Cove, Pineapple Fields and Cape Eleuthera Resort. However, the majority of hotels on Eleuthera are low-key, laid-back and comfortable. There are many such hotels in Eleuthera. A few that come to mind are Surfers Manor, Rainbow Inn, Duck Inn and Unique village.

For a more private, home-away-from-home experience, there are several vacation home rentals available. Just do your research and you’ll find something that suits your taste and budget.

The Amazing Beaches of Eleuthera

Eleuthera has more than 50 fabulous beaches, but many of them are hard to find and if you’re only here for a short visit, you might miss some of the best ones.

While a few can be seen from the Queen’s Highway (the main road running North and South), many are down dirt roads that don’t look like they’ll lead you to a beach.

There are pink sand beaches, white sand beaches, pebbly beaches and ones where you can find some fabulous shells. Most of the are also deserted, so expect to have an amazing beach all to yourselves, once you’ve found it.

The more famous beaches of Eleuthera are Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island, Surfers Beach, French Leave Beach, Cotton Bay and Lighthouse Beach, to name just a few.

What’s the Best Time to Visit Eleuthera

It’s wonderful to visit Eleuthera any time of year, however, you’re likely to encounter the best weather from November to April. Summers tend to be hot and humid with a lot more rain and even the possibility of tropical storms or hurricanes. The summer season also produces more thunderstorms. I’m actually a big fan of thunderstorms and the ones in Eleuthera can be pretty amazing.

We have only scratched the surface of all that Eleuthera has to offer. Even though it takes a little more effort to visit Eleuthera, it’s well worth the trip.

It’s Better In The Bahamas!

Discover The Excitement Of The Bahamas Without Breaking Your Wallet

We all need a vacation now and then, right? There are few places that offer more relaxation as well as something for virtually everyone as the Bahamas. Travelers, business people, and vacationers from all over the world visit the Bahamas on a regular basis. New Providence Bahamas is recognized as the center of both business and industry for this island nation. One of the largest industries here is the very well-known international offshore banking center.

The islands of the Bahamas have attracted travelers for centuries, starting with sailors who jumped ship to pirates who are rumored to have buried many treasures on the islands. (Many of which are claimed to be still undiscovered!) The majority of the night life in the Bahamas happens in Nassau, where there is usually more night life than is found in many major cities in the US.

Probably the best way to get to the Bahamas is to take a Bahamas cruise. There are cruise ships leaving from many locations such as Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Cape Canaveral in Florida who have regular cruises scheduled to the Bahamas, and the prices are extremely attractive. What better way to start your vacation than to be pampered aboard a cruise ship and spending a day at sea before continuing your relaxation in the Bahamas! A large percentage of the cruise lines make the Bahamas one of their stops or “ports of call” because they have found that the passengers really enjoy spending time here.

Things you can do in the Bahamas for relaxation are almost endless. The dancing and night life in Nassau is upbeat, friendly and fun. There are many shops in Nassau where excellent deals can be found on things like jewelry, handmade nick-nacks from seashells, clothing, and much more. This area is well known for finding incredible deals on higher-end jewelry like Rolex watches. The white sandy beaches with the crystal blue ocean is a particular attraction to people who enjoy the water, the beach, or just laying in the sun on the sand. There are snorkeling trips that can be scheduled, as well as motorboat and sea-doos that can be rented.

The Atlantis Hotel and Casino is a must-see, even if you are not a gambler. The large casino offers the usual Las Vegas-style table games like blackjack, poker, and roulette, as well as row after row of slot machines of various denominations. But even outside the casino, the Atlantis is an architectural wonder, combining modern luxury with Old World touches. The large indoor aquarium just a few steps off the lobby is a definite must-see and very impressive.

During your stay in Nassau, you should definitely consider taking the short trip over the bridge to Paradise Island, a world famous destination with beaches beyond description and a world class golf course for hardcore golfers. You will find some of the most luxurious hotels and casinos to be found anywhere. One of the largest events in the Bahamas is the festival of Junkanoo which is celebrated from the day after Christmas through New Years Day, and promises fun for all participants.

Whether you take a Bahamas cruise or fly in, be sure to allow yourself enough time to enjoy all that the Bahamas has to offer. After visiting there, you will understand why the saying exists: It’s Better in the Bahamas!