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Eleuthera Bahamas is a large, bean-shaped island that was born when the Caribbean waters receded from an ancient coral and limestone outcropping that formed the Bahama Islands. Today, the interior landscape of Eleuthera Bahamas is dotted with shrubs, small trees, coconut palms, and jagged coral rock. Caves, nooks and crannies can be explored throughout the island of Eleuthera Bahamas - Preacher's Cave to the north, and others near Ten Bay and Hatchet Bay/Gregory Town. In early summer you can witness the Atlantic-to-Caribbean migration of the land crabs, and year-round watch the ghekkos, lizards, and wide variety of birds and fish from the porch of your Ten Bay rental.
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Eleuthera Bahamas. If a surfing is your thing, head north and to the Atlantic side. Surfers' Beach - south of Gregory Town - is officially designated (according to surfer dudes and Fodor's Guide) as the "second best wave in the world" next to Hawaii. Quite a recommendation. It used to host Surfing contests back in the 60's until the road to it became almost impassible. Get Phillip Thompson to take you in his old Pickup. (Email us for details.)
For great lunches, try the Bucaneer's Club in Governor's Harbour, Cambridge Villas in Gregory Town, and Sea-View Takeaway off the main dock on Harbour Island. For dinner, we recommend the Sunset Inn of Governor's Harbour, NorthSide in Rock Sound, Mate and Jenny's in Palmetto Point, or buy your own at the Tarpum Bay docks. Uniques in North Palmetto Point is also an excellent choice for lunch and dinner. They are upscale (andexpensive), but serve excellent food. Overall, you can't go wrong withany choices you make on this island. Depending on your choice of atmosphere (island casual to island semi-formal) you can have a great timeout!
My wife and I like to go shopping in some of the great arts and crafts shops on the island. There are several good ones in many of the smallertwonships like Gregory Town, Tarpum Bay, and also in Governor's and Rock Sound. Art is relatively inexpensive and good shell art is hard to come by elsewhere, so take advantage of the opportunity!
If you like colorful dresses and shirts, we found a vendor under the big oak tree at Ocean Hole Park (in Rock Sound), although she admitted the garmets where actually made in Sri Lanka . . . Oh, well, at least its another island!
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Eleuthera is the longest of a chain of windward islands in the Bahamas. Regular commercial flights from the United States go through Ft. Lauderdale or Miami and from there cost about $300 round-trip. There is also a weekly direct flight to Eleuthera from Milan, Italy to Rock Sound.
Rather take a speed boat? Fast Ferry runs daily from Nassau to both Harbour Island and Governor's Harbour. Click here for detailed flight and ferry information. Also, if you decide to make a tripto Preachers Cave at the northern tip of the main island, you will find asmall, isolated beach on the Atlantic side there where you can sit andwave to the Fast Ferry passengers as they go by. Then break out yourpicnic basket and chow down!
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