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Eleuthera

Eleuthera is an island for adventurers; not just because English Puritans, otherwise known as the Eleutheran Adventurers, settled here in the 1600s seeking refuge from religious persecution. The island provides opportunity to crawl amongst the stalagmites and stalactites of inland caves, swim in seemingly bottomless blue holes, rock climb along limestone ridges, or free jump from cliffs into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Although its natural habitats are suited for daredevils, they just as well provide romantic vistas for easy-going sunset walks and scenic tours for structured itineraries.

 Natural Area
Lighthouse Beach, South Eleuthera
   
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Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach is considered to be one of the most magnificent beaches in The Bahamas. It is...

 Festival or Event
Eleuthera Junkanoo Parade
   
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Eleuthera Junkanoo Parade

Junkanoo, the National Festival of The Bahamas, represents an important part of our culture....

 Natural Area
Queen's Baths
   
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Queen's Baths

The Queen’s Baths or Hot Tubs are a collection of natural pools that border the rugged...

 Natural Area
Long range aerial view of The Glass Window Bridge
   
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The Glass Window Bridge

One of nature’s true wonders, The Glass Window Bridge will certainly leave you breathless...

 Historic or...
Entrance to Preacher's Cave showing the path.
   
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Preacher's Cave

This large unique cave is located about two miles east of Gene's Bay. It was discovered by...

 Natural Area
Ocean Hole
   
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Ocean Hole

Ocean Hole is a large inland salt water lake. It is referred to as a bottomless blue hole, has a...

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Quick Facts

Area: 187 sq. miles
Population: 8,000 persons
Highest Point: 168 feet
Location: 50 miles east of New Providence and approximately 200 miles east of Florida
Origin of the Name: The name Eleuthera can be traced to William Sayle. He used a modification of the Greek word for “Freedom,” as it was religious freedom that he and his group were in search of when they left Bermuda.