With winter days fast approaching, the only thing that’s on our
minds is the prospect of a sunny holiday spent gallivanting around
pink sand beaches in nothing more than a string bikini. With that
vision in mind, the Bahamian island of Eleuthera beckons us into
its warm, piña colada-bearing arms. Far less overrun by tourists
than its cousin islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama,
Eleuthera is a thin strip of sand boasting more beaches than any
other Caribbean island. Hugging the A-lister getaway of Harbour
Island, the serpentine island that derives its name from the Greek
“eleutheros” (meaning “free”) is a chilled-out and down-to-earth
haven. When you’re not lolling about on a catamaran while cruising
along the coast, you’ll be whiling away the hours with the latest
Zadie Smith book and a generous glass of cold local beer.
Governor’s Harbour. This picturesque town of less than a
thousand residents is speckled with Victorian homes, sailing
enthusiasts and a pink and turquoise 19th-century library. For a
relaxed evening, wander along the beach at Cupid’s Cay for sunset
before heading to the legendary Globe Princess theatre for a burger
and a film.
Who to take with you
Someone you want to escape with who will be up for an expedition
with local fishermen to snag the catch of the day.
When to go
Most likely to bump into…
A well-heeled set who think Barbados is too obvious.
Essentials to bring with you
A swimsuit, your darkest sunglasses and a Kindle.
How to get there
Take one of the daily flights into North Eleuthera or Governor’s
Harbour airports from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or