Eleuthera is the perfect place in the Bahamas for a romantic weekend. Many travelers have heard of Harbour Island, part of the Eleuthera chain, which lies due east of Nassau’s New Providence Island. Besides the romance and beauty of its famous pink sand beaches, Harbour Island’s reputation comes from its fine restaurants, superb diving, top-end resorts, and the celebrities that frequent all of the above.
The chain’s main island, Eleuthera, also offers many perks for those seeking beauty and romance. The 100-mile drive across the island takes you along the breathtakingly calm and rocky shoreline and charming settlements on the island’s western shores. Along its eastern shores, gorgeous and rugged white sand beaches appeal to surfers and seclusion-lovers as well as romantics.
Its main town of Governor’s Harbour, furthermore, sweeps you into the romance of Victorian yesteryear. To the north, Gregory Town presents a time-stilled village and lies close to the harbor where you can catch a five-minute ferry to Harbour Island. The island’s north end is also home to Preacher’s Cave, where its early Bermudian settlers, who named the island for the Greek word for “freedom,” first found shelter and held religious services.
South of Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera grows less developed, more natural, and totally out-island in its demure demeanor. The Cape Eleuthera area attracts the boating crowd, but also holds an interesting live-in school for high school students from abroad interested in marine sciences and the environment. Travelers are welcome to visit.
Fly into Governor’s Harbour airport and pick up a rental car. Stop at local stores for champagne and munchies. Check into accommodations at Squires Estate and relax in your one-of-a kind home-away-from-home. Stroll the historic property and relax with sea views and a glass of champagne or have a dip in the infinity pool.
For dinner, keep it casual beachside at Tippy’s, where the sea provides all the romance the occasion calls for. Do a moonlight beach walk before returning to your accommodations.
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Rise early for a leisurely hike through Levy Preserve, with its lovely waterfalls, gardens, hummingbirds, and other native birds and lizards. Check out of Squires Estate and head to Harbour Island via ferry from the island’s north end. Rent a golf cart in Dunmore Town to tour around the historic colonial Loyalist homes, churches, and other sites. Have breakfast at Arthur’s Bakery, then head to Pink Sands resort, where you will spend the night.
Get beach ready and walk down to famed Pink Sands Beach for some serious lounging and dipping in the ultra-clear waters. Or arrange a horseback ride or kayaking rental. Have your midday snack and a Pinky cocktail at the Pink Sands Blue Bar restaurant overlooking the beach.
Spend the afternoon shopping and relaxing poolside at the resort. For dinner, enjoy the romantic setting of the Rock House.
Order the ricotta pancakes and champagne with elderflower liqueur at The Landing Restaurant overlooking the harbor. Catch a water taxi back to the main island and spend the day driving its 110-mile length. Visit Preacher’s Cave and its beach, stop to take selfies at the dramatic Glass Window pass. Bring bread to feed the fish at the blue hole in Ocean Hole Park, and stop for lunch at Pascal’s Ocean Front Seafood Restaurant at Sky Beach Club. Walk off lunch on the beach, then take a dip in the black-bottomed, infinity, waterfront pool and swim up to the bar for an afternoon cocktail
Check into the Cove resort and watch sunset on the beach before heading to its al fresco restaurant for dinner and tropical cocktails.