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Eleuthera

The 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.

Eleuthera from space

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 Eleuthera.

location of Eleuthera

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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