Named for the Greek word for “freedom” by Puritan settlers in the 1640’s, Eleuthera may be the Caribbean’s best-kept secret. A short flight from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau, this stunning spot is part of the out islands of the Bahamas. A barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, it has a laid-back attitude, a friendly feel, natural wonders, and some of the prettiest beaches you’ll ever have all to yourself. Here’s our guide on where to stay, eat, go—and how to look fabulous while doing it.
Where to Stay
On most islands, 57 rooms would be tiny, but The Cove is one of the larger resorts on Eleuthera. With lush grounds, perfectly appointed rooms, amazing food at its two restaurants, full-service spa and private beaches, you won’t want or need to leave the premises. It’s also conveniently close to the small airport at Gregory Town.
Just a short stroll north of Eleuthera’s charming capital, Governor’s Harbour, French Leave is a pristine eco resort directly on the harbor, with access to nearby Atlantic Beach. Brand new, with some rooms still in progress, this luxurious spot is as full service as they come, while still feeling personal. We never wanted to leave. Its restaurant, 1648 Bar & Grille, is considered the best on the island.
Where To Eat
Located directly on the beach, on the Atlantic side of Governor’s Harbour, Tippy’s attracts tourists and locals alike with its laid-back, beach shack vibe, and wide-ranging menu. Live music on weekends is another big draw.
The Rainbow Inn Seafood and Steakhouse
Midway between Gregory Town to the north and Governor’s Harbour, The Rainbow Inn features the freshest fish possible, and is also known for its Monday pizza night. The views don’t hurt either. Pull up a chair, order a rum punch, and relax.
What to Do
Situated where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea, Eleuthera has gorgeous reefs teeming with colorful fish, in nearly crystal clear water. The beach near Tippy’s has some particularly accessible and nice spots. Floating along in the gentle sea, makes for a lovely way to pass the time.
Glass Window Bridge
Eleuthera is 100 miles long… and a mile wide at its fattest point. Nowhere is this more striking than at the Glass Window Bridge, a majestic natural wonder, with its breathtaking views of the Caribbean on one side and the Atlantic on the other.