Most people who visit Eleuthera stay on Harbour Island, a minute piece of the Eleuthera puzzle that requires a short ferry ride from the main island.
The main island measures 110 miles long. To do it justice, you should plan on at least three nights. If you just want to chill on a remote beach and not explore the island’s sights, then you can cut it closer to the bone.
The trip from Nassau is quick – 30 minutes with Bahamasair or Southern Air. Flights arrive at three different airports, most of them to the North Eleuthera one, which is closest to Harbour Island – known for its pink sand beaches, resort shops, and pricey boutique accommodations.
In the main island’s middle, pretty Governor’s Harbour has its own airport. To be central to the island’s attractions, Governor’s Harbour is a good spot to stay. Pineapple Fields has nice vacation condos, and its Tippy’s is a quintessential Bahamian beach bar/restaurant even though owned by Americans.
The Rock Sound/South Eleuthera airport is least used. That part of the island is the quietest tourism-wise, which means it affords a more authentic Bahamian Out Island settlement experience.
Eleuthera’s beaches and water features, although not always easy to get to, are its greatest treasures. Visit Ocean Hole Park in Tarpum Bay and the incredible, worth-the-effort Lighthouse Beach on the south end. In the north, Surfer’s Beach boasts some of the Bahamas’ best waves, and beautiful Preacher’s Cave Beach is great for swimming.