Eleuthera Bahamas

The History of Eleuthera Bahamas

Engraving at Preacher's Cave, Eleuthera

The history of Eleuthera Bahamas starts with its original settlers who were Tainos before they were taken by the Spanish to Hispaniola to work in its mines. Unfortunately, they never were able to return as they died out in 1550.   The island remained unoccupied until the year 1648, when Puritan Pilgrims arrived in the area and settled there to avoid religious persecution.  These English settlers called themselves the Eleutherian Adventurers where the island’s current name was derived from. Eleuthera is a Greek Word which means freedom.

As early as the 1950s, Eleuthera Bahamas was already attracting the attention of celebrities and famous American industrialists like Robert De Niro, Arthur Vining Davis, and Henry J. Kaiser.  Even royalty would frequently vacation on this island such as the Prince and Princess of Wales. Although the island’s economy flourished during this time up until 1980, a lot of businesses did fail in the years afterward. Today, Eleuthera Bahamas is one of the most developed of the family islands and best known for its historical value and natural attractions.


The People in Eleuthera Bahamas

Eleuthera Locals

The population on the island is approximately 8,000.  The settlements are scattered from north to south; the main ones are Governor’s Harbour, Gregory Town, Rock Sound, Hatchet Bay, and Tarpum Bay. Because it is a relatively small island, the locals all know each other and foster a welcoming atmosphere for all their visitors. Because of the extremely hospitable nature of the people, Eleuthera Bahamas is actually counted as one of the friendliest places on Earth.


Places to Stay on Eleuthera Island

Sky Beach Club on Eleuthera Island

There are quite a lot of Eleuthera Bahamas resorts, hotels, and vacation rentals that tourists can choose from.  Whether you’re planning the perfect honeymoon or family getaway, you can be sure that you’ll find a place that suits all your needs.  From elegant living to quaint little inns, there’s a little bit of something for every kind of traveler. Accommodations can often be found at the beachfront or, at the very least, conveniently located near a beautiful beach. Most hotels and resorts offer water sports equipment for their guests to enjoy. A few of the highly popular Eleuthera Bahamas hotels and resorts are Sky Beach Club, Hut Pointe Inn, Powell Pointe Resort, and The Cove Eleuthera. Whichever place you do end up staying, you’ll be sure to experience the wonderful view of the island’s natural attractions, the great Bahamas weather, the friendliness of the locals, and even the island’s laidback lifestyle.


Attractions on the Eleuthera Island

Lighthouse Beach on Eleuthera, Bahamas

Nature lovers, beachcombers, history buffs, and sports fans will all find something to rave about on the island. There are plenty of beaches to choose from such as Ten Bay beach, Surfer’s beach, and Lighthouse beach.  Visitors will love the white and pink sands, the clear blue waters, and the cool Bahamas weather.   The beaches are great for sunbathing, swimming, scuba diving, surfing, and fishing. Those who want to get closer to nature can go on an eco-tour in the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, a 25-acre park full of indigenous species from medicinal plants to wild flowers. The Glass Window Bridge is also a popular attraction where tourists can see the blue waters of the Caribbean meet the dark, churning waters of the Atlantic. The historical attractions on Eleuthera Bahamas include the famous Preacher’s cave where the original settlers first took shelter in and later on held their religious services. Hatchet Bay Cave, another historical attraction, has beautiful stalagmites and stalactites as well as charcoal signatures dating back to the original settlers. When it comes to Eleuthera Bahamas, travelers will have a hard time choosing which attractions to visit and what activities to do.

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Category: Get to Know the Islands, Eleuthera & Harbour Island

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