Island of Freedom
Eleuthera is the longest island
in The Bahamas. It is just over one mile wide at
most places, but is 110 miles long.
The entire island is known for
its magnificent pink-white beaches, sheltered
coves, breathtaking bluffs and cliffs, and fine
harbors. Standing on the cliffs in the north, one
can see the deep blue color of the Atlantic Ocean
on one side and the calmer turquoise color of the
Caribbean Sea on the other. The hilly center of
the island is famous for pineapples and tomatoes.
In the south the island is green and flatter,
dotted with quaint villages.
Governor's Harbor, the largest
community on Eleuthera, is one of the oldest
settlements in The Bahamas. Other important
communities are Current Island, The Current,
Spanish Wells (on Harbour Island), Gregory Town,
The Bluff, Lower and Upper Bogue, Hatchet Bay,
James Cistern, Palmetto Point, Tarpum Bay, Rock
Sound, Green Castle, Wemyss Bight, Savannah
Sound, Deep Creek, Bannerman Town, and Cape
Over 300 years ago, English
Puritan adventurers, now referred to as the
Eleutheran Adventurers, in search of religious
freedom, traveled to Eleuthera and founded what
was probably the first democracy in the western
world. Preacher's Cave, in North Eleuthera, is
where those early adventurers are believed to
have taken shelter upon their arrival.
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