So what do you do in Eleuthera, a 100-mile-long wisp curving east like an archer’s bow? According to literature, research and dependable local gossips, most people come here to do…absolutely nothing. That’s right. While shoppers, kiteboarders and divers might find themselves graciously indulged, the beach bum is the true king here, his every do-nothing need met by a slew of obliging shores.
The first non-native settlers to land here were a bit more industrious. These forward thinkers, the Eleutheran Adventurers, arrived in 1648 to establish a community where ‘Freedom of Conscience’ in the practice of religion would be a guiding tenet. Though most Adventurers eventually left due to the hardships of island life, religion has flourished, and according to one count, 112 churches stretch from north to south.
For those looking for more than a suntan, Eleuthera offers a number of high energy distractions. Wreck divers can explore the Devil’s Backbone; fashionistas can wander the upscale boutiques of Harbour Island; and seasoned kitesurfers can skip across waves off eastern shores.
Hotels across Eleuthera and Harbour Island are typically pricey with a handful of exceptions. To save money, avoid high season from mid-December through mid-April and time your visit for early summer or late fall.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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