If you want to see Bahamas in its natural form where the friendly local people smile and wave at you from their weather beaten homes, where you can feel at one with nature and the sea then welcome to the island of Eleuthera, which incidentally, means “freedom.” Eleuthera is a place free from the normal stresses of life. Do not expect lots of shopping or night life –
there is plenty of family restaurants and local seafood nearby.
Eleuthera can be a bit of a culture shock with the speed limits in the settlements of 15 mph, no traffic lights and only one main road which runs the whole 110 miles of the island. Eleuthera island is only 3 miles wide at its widest point so you are never far from the sea. The wild Atlantic ocean is one side where you can surf. The other side is the calmer leeward sea, perfect for snorkelling and water skiing. The two oceans meet at Glass Window Bridge which is only a car width across. The is one of Eleuthera's tourist spots where you can see the rough Atlantic ocean crashing against the rocks on one side and the clear calm turquoise water of the Caribbean on the other side.
Eleuthera is well known for its unspoiled beaches, surfing and excellent diving. Current settlement is just 5 miles from north Eleuthera airport which has direct links from the USA and Nassau. Five minutes drive away from our home, Freedom View, is the “Current Cut” which is one of the top ten dive sites in the world where the dark Atlantic sea meets the calm leeward side. You can take a drift dive at Current Cut lasting 10 minutes where you could see rays, sharks and all sorts of marine life. Diving around Eleuthera is quite popular.
The well known Harbour Island (Briland to the locals) is only a water taxi ride away and well worth the visit. Also nearby is Preacher's Cave, Glass Window Bridge and Spanish Wells -- another pretty island that you can reach in a few minutes by water taxi.
They say “Eleuthera is not for everyone” but if you are looking for peace and quiet and a slower pace of life with fantastic ocean views, then our house “Freedom View” could be the vacation rental home for you.