Thursday, June 20, 2024

5 Things to Know Before You Go To Eleuthera

On a narrow stretch of Queen’s Highway, Lenny Kravitz biked right past us. 

It was just another day on the island of Eleuthera for Kravitz, one of the Bahamas’ most well-known ambassadors, but spotting the music legend was a highlight of the day for my friends and me as we headed out to explore the island.  

There’s a reason why Lenny loves Eleuthera and has for years. 

Eleuthera is a hidden gem. Located 60 miles east of Nassau, the island is only about one mile wide and 110 miles long and has somehow remained a well-kept travel destination secret for decades. With its natural beauty and warm hospitality, Eleuthera is the perfect place for your next island getaway. It’s laid back. It’s peaceful. And Harbour Island, often coined the “Nantucket of the Caribbean,” is just a short ferry ride away. Here are five things to keep in mind before you pack your bags…

WHERE TO STAY

Beachside at The Cove

When it comes to accommodations in Eleuthera, The Cove is an off-the-beaten path, intimate resort perfect for couples, retreats, special events and those looking for a quiet hideaway. There are two private white sand beaches, an infinity pool, luxurious villas, spa suites, fitness and wellness programs, organic garden tours, on and off site adventures that include boating, snorkeling, paddleboarding, sea kayaking, horseback riding, biking and island exploring. Enjoy coffee or cocktails and culinary delights seaside at Freedom Restaurant & Sushi Bar (learn to make sushi if you’re feeling creative!), Gregory Town Grill, and sunsets daily at the Point Bar—a bar that sits right on the bluff between The Cove’s north and south beaches. In three glorious days, I was able to enjoy so much of the above plus daily soul-soothing sunrise morning yoga. Namaste! 

WHAT TO DO

Queen’s Bath in Eleuthera

Eleuthera may be small in size, but it’s big on adventure. Whether you’re a nature lover, water sports enthusiast or history buff, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. Be sure to visit the Queen’s Bath, Preacher’s Cave, Sapphire Blue Hole and the iconic Glass Window Bridge. The Queen’s Bath is a collection of natural pools beside the Atlantic Ocean carved by centuries of waves pounding the rock. The pools are perfect for soaking or a quick dip. If you’re looking for a more adventurous dip, Sapphire Blue Hole is the place to go where you can cliff jump (at your own risk!). Preacher’s Cave is another must-see and there’s a beautiful white sand beach nearby. Locals tell me Preacher’s Cave was discovered by those seeking religious freedom from Bermuda and the island’s first religious service was conducted in the cave. Be sure to also island hop by boat to Spanish Wells Beach or to nearby Harbour Island. Celebs often frequent Harbour Island because it’s often free of crowds, large resorts and high-end shopping and is a wonderful Bahamas escape with dive bars, restaurants and great beaches.

RICH HISTORY

The Cove

It is believed Eleuthera was first inhabited in the 1500s by the Lucayan Indians and later, Spanish explorers. A group of Puritan adventurers arrived in 1648 naming the island Eleutheria, which is Greek for freedom (eventually changing it to Eleuthera, meaning free). Because their settlement was the first in the Bahamas, Eleuthera is considered the birthplace of the country. The eastern side of the island faces the Atlantic Ocean and the western side faces the Caribbean Sea. 

HOW TO GET THERE

A view from the sky onboard Tradewind Aviation

Getting to the remote island of Eleuthera from South Florida is easier than you might think! We hopped aboard one of Tradewind Aviation’s Swiss-built Pilatus PC-12 turbine-powered planes from the private aviation space at Palm Beach International Airport and arrived at North Eleuthera Airport in just over an hour. Tradewind Aviation is the leading regional operator of first-class private charter service to the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean, now with a homebase out of PBI. No hassles. No long lines. Just ease…and champagne…and an incredible way to travel via private charter or scheduled flights (scheduled Tradewind flights to North Eleuthera are scheduled to start this winter with tickets costing an estimated $300-400 per passenger for a full 8-seat flight). Once you arrive in Eleuthera from your chosen airline, getting around the island is very easy with resort transportation often available as well as rental cars, taxis, and water taxis.

DON’T FORGET

Dining at The Cove

Don’t forget to pack your passport, plenty of sunscreen and sturdy water shoes for the Queen’s Bath and other outdoor adventures. Bring a book. Bring a love. Bring a friend. Or just fly solo to enjoy Eleuthera and some of the very best of the Bahamas! 

Learn more about The Cove, Tradewind Aviation and other top travel, news, sports and lifestyle stories at PaigeKornblue.com. Follow The Paige Kornblue Show podcast and @PaigeKornblueMedia on Instagram 

Paige Kornblue
Paige Kornbluehttp://www.PaigeKornblue.com
ESPN Boca Raton Bowl's Paige Kornblue is an award-winning journalist and media/event specialist, Boca magazine contributor, The Paige Kornblue Show podcast host and former TV News anchor/reporter. Paige founded Paige Kornblue Media and The Paige Kornblue Show to feature everything from interesting people to premium products and fascinating places to the gems that make our communities special. She also now has her hands in all facets of the Boca Raton Bowl, one of 17 college football bowl games owned and operated by ESPN via its events division, ESPN Events. In her nearly two decades anchoring and reporting for top-rated television stations across America, Paige covered countless stories and interviewed numerous world leaders while at WPTV (NBC 5) in South Florida, WMUR Channel 9 in New England and FOX 29 in Louisiana to include special live reports for CNN and The Weather Channel. Some of her most memorable stories include exclusive interviews with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator John McCain, Barbara Walters, Emmitt Smith, Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert. PK is a proud Boca Raton native who grew up loving Boca magazine and all that comes with the fabulous city of Boca Raton! You can often find her on stage assisting charities as event emcee and moderator, on the courts working to improve her tennis game and always on momma time enjoying each moment with her three young kiddos! Follow PK on Instagram @PaigeKornblueMedia and at www.PaigeKornblue.com.

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