As a People-to-People hostess, I’m always happy to welcome visitors to my island. Join me for a cup of our local ‘bush tea’.
Eleuthera is the fourth most populated island of The Bahamas, with approximately 11,000 residents. Most who live here either fish for bounty or farm the rolling acres of pineapple plantations. Eleuthera is an island of casual sophistication, housing isolated communities, well-developed resorts, rocky bluffs, low-lying wetlands and massive coral reefs that create magnificent backdrops. Harbour Island on the other hand was once the capital of The Bahamas. It was recently ranked as "The Best Island in the Caribbean" by Travel & Leisure magazine in 2015 and it also received this award in 2005. It also boasts lush tropical greenery and magical pink sand beaches.
The culture of these islands was influenced by Loyalist settlers in the late 1700s. Quaint New England style architecture lining the narrow streets of Harbour Island and Spanish Wells are a lasting reminder of their presence.
One of the oldest settlements on mainland Eleuthera, its name comes from the tide that boils through the nearby channel. It is said that Captain William Sayle of "The Eleutheran Adventurers" brought settlers here on his way to Cupid's Cay.
Everyone's list of the world's top 10 beaches includes Harbour Island's famed 'Pink Sand Beach', but pink-sand beaches are also spread over 35 miles of mainland Eleuthera — on the Atlantic Ocean and the Exuma Sound.
Eleuthera has some of the sweetest pineapples in the world. Commercial farming began here in the mid 18th century, a tradition honored by the annual Pineapple Fest held in June. The venue is Gregory Town, known as 'Pineapple City'.