10 Most Common Questions Answered about Eleuthera Bahamas
Eleuthera is certainly off the beaten path, which leaves travelers with common questions, like how to get there, what is the weather like on Eleuthera, where exactly is it, and more. We put together the ten most common questions travelers to Eleuthera have, with insightful answers.
First let us tell you a few cool facts about this paradise. The name of this island means "free". Architecture on other islands derives from the European 17th century influence found on Eleuthera.
1. Where is Eleuthera, Bahamas?
Eleuthera is a long, thin island found about 50 miles east of Nassau.
2. Is it hard to get to Eleuthera?
Wondering how to get to Eleuthera? It is extremely easy to get to this blissful island. Three airports and a daily ferry service from Nassau make both short and long visits a cinch.
3. Why would I visit Eleuthera over Nassau?
Depending on what you are looking for in your vacation Nassau and Paradise Island may be the right choice. It is a bustling tropical utopia with lots of people to meet and things to do. Eleuthera on the other hand is a quiet oasis of true serenity and undisturbed scenery. Relaxation is certain, but without any sacrifice in amenities or comfort. Up-to-date resorts and charming boutique hotels are speckled along the world famous pink sand beaches. This unique allure of Eleuthera is why Travel + Leisure named it "The Best Island in the Caribbean 2015".
4. What are the best things to do in Eleuthera?
Sixty miles of beach await so water sports of any kind (from surfing to scuba, beach bumming to kayaking) is great fun in Eleuthera. Fishing, sailing, catamaran cruises ... boating activities of any kind make for a relaxing and fun day. There is something to be said for floating on a noodle in the middle of the ocean! Finding and taking advantage of your own private beach is always a favorite sight seeing adventure on this extra safe island.
On land you can look forward to a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. There are several nature-made self-discovery tours like Hatchet Caye Cave, Glass Window Bridge, and Queen's Bath. Meet Eleuthera's friendly locals by visiting one of their towns like Spanish Wells or Gregory Town (home to Island Made Gift Shops - a great place for souvenirs). To learn about history be sure to check out Haynes Library!
A favorite activity of past travelers is to take a five minute water taxi to Harbour Island, where even more activities await.
5. Can I rent a car in Eleuthera?
Yes, car rental is available on Eleuthera. Depending on where you stay you may opt to rent a car for a day or for a week. Eleuthera is very safe and with so many hidden beaches to discover car rental is an activity in itself.
6. What is the best time of year to visit Eleuthera?
According to www.w-weather.com the exact weeks that are best are April 21-30, November 1-10 and 11-20, June 1-10 and 11-20. January and December are the coldest months with temperatures between 22 and 26 Celsius (73-79 Fahrenheit). So, if you don't like it super hot you can travel in one of these off season months and save money on accommodations too! October is not recommended because it the wettest month with over 20 days of rain on average, however roughly 6 are heavy the rest between moderate and light. If rain won't slow you down you might consider this month.
The rest of the year is beautiful. The hottest is June through August, but being further north it is not as hot as other Caribbean islands.
7. Cash or Credit?
ATM's are found on Eleuthera if needed, but for the best exchange rate find out what the average has been then keep yourself tuned in for a few weeks before you leave and exchange your cash when it is best for you. US currency cash is best to pay for shopping and tours. Most restaurants and all hotels/resorts accept credit card. If you are not certain about using your credit card somewhere ask ahead.
8. Will my cell phone work in Eleuthera?
Yes, and many of the hotels and resorts offer WIFI (some have a surcharge). Most important is to call your carrier before leaving and find out what add-ons you should get so you don't end up with a big bill (take down the reps name and id number and take notes of exactly what they tell you). Also, turn your phone off when not being used so there are no accidental roaming fees, especially if your kids are bringing their phones.
9. Are electrical outfits like North America?
Yes, in the Bahamas electrical outlets are the same as the USA and Canada. So you can bring your hair straightener, charge your cell phone, and plug-in your laptop.
10. Is the water safe to drink?
The water is treated on Eleuthera, but we never recommend drinking anything other than bottled water (or having ice in your drinks). Resort reps always say the water is safe to drink and it probably is, but why chance an upset stomach or worse on your getaway? Drink bottled water.