Eleuthera stands apart from the other islands in the Caribbean because of its hilly landscape which means great views from hotels built high atop the hills. Although this island was the first permanent settlement in the Bahamas, today is remains undeveloped, allowing tourists looking for a quiet, untouched getaway to enjoy the location of their dreams. In order to get to this island paradise, you'll have to put some effort into your transportation planning.
Most people who visit Eleuthera arrive via plane because of the poor sailing conditions, but that doesn't mean it isn't an option for those who have the sailing expertise to do so.
Public transportation is non-existent on the long, skinny island of Eleuthera, which means there are no buses and even no taxi services available on the island. If you'd like to do a bit of exploring, you'll have to rent a car or rely on any transportation services offered by your hotel to get around.
There are three airports on Eleuthera, and most people will use the location of their accommodation to determine which to fly into. (ELH) as you might imagine is located on the northern half of the island and will be the best choice for those staying in this area as well as the nearby islands of Harbour Island and Spanish Cay. (GHB) is centrally located and a 45 to 50 minute drive along Queen's Highway from North Eleuthera Airport. Tourists with plans to stay in Governors Harbour, Hatchet Bay, and Alice Town will find this to be the airport nearest their destination. Finally, another 45 minutes along Queen's Highway will take you to the south third of the island where the is located. This is the airport that sees the least amount of traffic, but tourists who will be staying in Rock Sound and Deep Hole will want to choose this airport.
Find out more about each airport, including which airlines you can book to get to them by clicking here.
...difficult to sail to the island...
Eleuthera is known for its clear shallow waters. While this is pretty to look at, it also makes it pretty difficult to sail to the island. However, for many, this paradise is worth it. Tourists coming to Eluethera will find that sailing is definitely an option, especially if they land on New Providence Island or Grand Bahama first. Once on the island, you will have a few local sailing companies offering to take you on an excursion, though they are generally limited to diving operators.
There are two important things to remember when you rent a car on Eleuthera. The first is to make sure you rent from a rental car agency licensed by the government rather than a local just trying to make a little extra cash by letting someone else drive their car for a few days. The other is to drive on the left side of the road, like they do in Europe. With these two facts in mind, you should have no trouble renting a car and getting around the island.
Click here for more tips, as well as details about local agencies and what is required of you when you want to rent a car.
One of the least expensive, but most time consuming, ways to get around the Bahamas is by ferry. There are three different ferry services that offer trips to and from Eleuthera, including a ferry to neighboring New Providence Island, and a faster ferry also from New Providence Island. If you've got the time to sail about (the Mail Boat ride is five hours) you could spend some of your vacation island-hopping, which will allow you to see as much of the Bahamas as possible., a government Mail Boat from Potter's Cay,
See our specialized ferry guide for more information on the various options.
The quiet island of Eleuthera is a great destination for tourists who want to avoid the busy town centers and beaches of some of the Bahamas more popular vacation spots. It takes a bit of planning to make transportation arrangements, but it is worth the effort to ensure you are comfortable with your choices in the end.
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