Preacher's Cave, on the North end of the island, has both a natural
and historical appeal. It was in this large, blue-shadowed cave
that the Eleutheran Adventurers
sought shelter after shipwrecking nearby. They had fled Bermuda in search of
religious freedom, and it was in this cave that they held their first services
in what would become their permanent home.
The waters surrounding Windermere Island, prized for their jewel-like depth
and clarity, are a favorite playground for the rich and famous. At one
time, its visitors included Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The
island is linked to Eleuthera by a five-mile bridge.
Once a haunt of pirates
and buccaneers (and it looks like one, too)
Hatchet Cave is a towering, mile-long chamber rich in stalactites and stalagmites.
Harbor Island, at the northeastern end of Eleuthera, is the site of the oldest
settlement in the Bahamas, Dunmore Town. It was here that the founding
residents, the Eleutheran Adventurers, established the hemisphere's first
republic. The colonial-era atmosphere of the town is incredibly intact.
Among its attractions are the Hill Steps, which the settlers hand-carved.
Best-known for its great food and exotic tropical drinks like its famous pineapple
punch, Gregory Town is also gaining recognition because of its rock star
resident, the vocalist and guitar-wizard Lenny Kravitz.
Glass Window Bridge, originally the site of an extraordinary natural
arch linking the Exuma Sound to the Atlantic, is one of the most
impressive sights on Eleuthera.
Unfortunately however, the natural formation was washed away in a hurricane
in 1965, but the location itself is still immensely scenic. To watch the ragged,
deep blue waves of the Atlantic crash and swarm across rocks toward the Sound
is truly mesmerizing.
It from the fresh-water reserves of this island that Spanish sailors renewed
their water supply after the long Atlantic crossing, among them the legendary
explorer who sought the Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon. As the "Spanish
Wells Song" tells the story...
Ponce De Leon tired of searchin' For
a way to stay young Put Spanish Wells water on his tongue It
did not move his gray hairs Or restore his wounded pride But
we know for sure he lived until he died
As the song suggests, the inhabitants
of Spanish Wells are intensely proud of their past, and the islanders
for their seamanship and fishing ability.