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.
Much of Eleuthera & Harbour Island's way of life was influenced by Loyalist settlers in the late 1700s. A reminder of their presence is the quaint New England architecture lining the narrow streets.
One of the oldest settlements, this small village gets its name from the tide that boils through the channel. It is believed that Captain William Sayle of "The Eleutheran Adventurers" brought settlers here on his way to discovering Cupid's Cay.
Everyone's list of the world's top 10 beaches includes Harbour Island's famed Pink Sands Beach, but pink-sand beaches are spread over 35 miles on the Atlantic Ocean side of Eleuthera, as well as the Exuma Sound (Caribbean Sea) side, and the mainland.
Eleuthera boasts of having some of the sweetest pineapples in the world. Pineapple farming began here in the mid 18th century, a tradition honoured by the annual Pineapple Festival held each June in Gregory Town.