Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 46

Seeking a secluded getaway for our family summer
vacation I booked tickets from Miami and the
four of us road tripped from our home in the
mountains of North Carolina down the Florida
coast. A short hop of a flight delivered us to the tourist
bustle of Nassau and we taxied to the ferry docks to
board for the trip to Eleuthera.
The luxurious, air conditioned fast ferry from Nassau
to Eleuthera has a tiny bar and lunch counter so we
enjoyed snacks and icy Kalik beers on the three hour
trip across azure water, before landing in Current on the
north section of the 100 mile long strip of island. Right
off of the ferry dock we splashed into the sea from a tiny
ring of beach next to the little shop that greets visitors
from the ferry.
Known as one of the “family islands” Eleuthera is
ranked as the “Best Secret Island on Earth” by Travel
and Leisure but retains its sleepy out island feel with
friendly people, local owned guesthouses and virtually
vacant beaches. The island has the benefit of two
completely different coastlines with the crashing
Atlantic on the northeast and the still, clear Caribbean
Sea on its southwest. At Glass Window Bridge, the
narrowest place on earth, you can stand in the middle
of the road and see both bodies of water, distinctly
different within a few feet of each other. The astronaut
John Glenn declared Eleuthera one of the most beautiful
sites on earth from outer space.
Puritans from Bermuda seeking religious freedom
founded Eleuthera in 1648 and the little island of
Harbour Island just off the coast is still populated by
white descendants who live in tiny cottages and drive

by Shelley Townley