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Jewels of The Bahamas: Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera.

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A Beach Wrapped in Pink & Blue, Surfing the Waves, Saying I do & Exploring the Edge!

Oh SNAP! Vibrant images capture local Life & Moments as you’ve never seen them!


Eleuthera All natural & fabulous, Sugar Spun, Briland Soul & forging Visionaries...

Ideally POSITIONED, Transformations, New Menus...


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On the pages to follow, we hope to help you discover what makes The Eleutheras so dear to us.

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You are most warmly welcomed to this new edition of The Eleutheran Magazine, and to the islands of Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells.

islands within this magical archipelagic grouping, known as The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.



Island & Spanish Wells


to Eleuthera, Harbour

C on t ents 03 Welcome 05 Real Estate

05- 09 Best offers from the Top Real Estate companies in Eleuthera. 10 DINING

12 1648 Bar & Grille 14 Restaurants 16 On & Off The Menu 17 On Da Dock 18 where to stay

20 Transformation at The Cape 22 Resort Listings 24 “This is a good Family Destination” 26 Ideally Positioned For Success

28 island pulse

29 Choice Shopping 30 Made In Eleuthera Adornments 32 Emerging Eleuthera 2 34 Made In Eleuthera Sugar Spun 36 “Surf’s Up Eleuthera” 38 Holidays & Events 40 Events Calendar 42 Innovative Eleuthera Briland Soul 44 Saying “I Do“ Bahamas in Eleuthera

46 sights & attractions

48 BEACH Life 50 BEACH Style 52 Bahamas Map 53 Harbour Island Map 53 Cape Eleuthera Map 54 Eleuthera Map

At The Edge


With the colorful splendour of Spring, we feature this beautiful visiting couple, at the cliff’s edge of the Glass Window.

Photo Feature |

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64 56 New Manager Heralds in New Focus at Levy Preserve 58 Beautiful Beasts 64 Fishbone Tours

68 SIGHTS listings

72 business directory 80 Important Numbers 82 Islands Overview

84 North Eleuthera 86 Harbour Island 88 Spanish Wells

90 Central Eleuthera 92 South Eleuthera 94 Essential Information 94 Prime Spot for a SELFIE! 95 Tarpum Bay Glimpse 96 Hatchet Bay Highlight PHOTO Features 17 On Da Dock 24 Sailor’s Dance 38 Express Yourself 46 Eleuthera...Amaze 58 Nature’s Sentinel 60 Gina The Manatee 80 Just Chillin’ 72 - 84 photos accompanying the Business Directory tell their own Eleuthera Story.


dining in

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The dawn of 2015 saw dining options in Eleuthera flourish with the opening of French Leave’s waterfront 1648 Bar & Grille, as well as Pascal’s at the Sky Beach Club in Governor’s Harbour just before the new year. The two hot spots brought fresh new menus, which added to the tried and trusted options. (See pages: 14-15)

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Above: Presented on a gorgeous deck overlooking the beautiful harbour for lunch at 1648 Bar & Grille, at French Leave Harbour VIllage is a light and delicious tuna sashimi, with wasabi, pickled ginger and cucumber seaweed salad - one of several delightful items available on their lunch menu. Below: Strawberry capped tropical drinks from The Rooster Tail Bar & Grill at Valentines Resort & Marina, prepared for a special group of visitors, who traveled to Harbour Island all the way from The People’s Republic of China.

In Harbour Island (photo collage on facing page bottom right), Valentines Resort & Marina is the location of choice for savoring meals on their open air deck or in air-conditioned comfort, without sacrificing the joy of their Harbour Island waterfront view. Their kitchens offer bistro favourites and elegant Harbour Island seafood fare at The Rooster Tail Bar and The Boat House Restaurant.

Signature Dish!

New menus, and stunning locations, popping up across Eleuthera... Plus the time tested favourites in their familiar places (pages 14-15). Above: Tasty Conch Rangoons featured at the 1648 Bar & Grille.

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On the deck of 1648 Bar & Grille with a spectacular view of Cupid’s Cay bathed in blue.

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Dir. Operations, Byron Lowe

Sous Chef, Merez Culmer

A spectacular setting in the jewel that is Eleuthera!

Eleuthera’s hottest spot for fresh, delicious lunches and sumptuous evening dining is the fabulous new 1648 Bar & Grille restaurant, beautifully perched on the waterfront in Governor’s Harbour, within the grounds of the exquisite French Leave Harbour Village, recently opened in late 2014. Restaurant guests can dine inside or on deck, with spectacular views of the harbour. “You can build your own experience,” says Executive Chef, Peter Hamm, originally of PineHurst, North Carolina. “For lunch we have the share plates, with appetizers, salads and pizzas, and a variety of sandwiches and specials. At dinner we have pastas, and a variety of entrées, as well as lobster, filet, rib-eye, catch of the day, and other high end entrée selections with a bit of Italian and French flair, but you can also get a cheese or white lobster pizza. It’s a neat experience where people can come in - and it doesn’t always have to be a special occasion, “ he explains. Signature dishes have taken on a life of their own at “1648”, which seats about 100 guests. “People tend to guide you where you are going to go. You can think you are going to have one, but the guest determines it,” says Peter. Current favourites, he shares, are, “Conch Rangoons, which are kind of a take on a Japanese dumpling. They are crispy and fried, filled with conch and cream cheese. For lunch our burger has taken off and our fish sandwich and fish tacos. At nighttime

people have been coming for our steaks, catches of the day, and our pizzas.” Sous Chef, at the 1648 Bar & Grille, a native Eleutheran, Merez Culmer, is thrilled to be back home, sharing his skills and creating delectable gastronomic experiences for guests. “The food is very special. We put all of our effort into it and try to please not only the visitors, but the locals - using fresh ingredients. Our cuisine is a mixture of American, French and Bahamian. So we give them a nice variety and combination of flavours,” he says. “I was in Nassau for 8 to 9 years just waiting for something to pop up back home to come back”, adds Merez. He graduated from the College of the Bahamas as an apprentice chef, afterward joining Nobu at Atlantis as a line staff chef and then promoted to Sous Chef at the exclusive One and Only Ocean Club, before joining the team at French Leave Harbour Village, finally realizing his dream of returning to Eleuthera. Another key team member, Director of Operations at French Leave Harbour Village, Byron Lowe, who hails from New Providence, with family roots in Abaco, sees Eleuthera as a very special place. “Eleuthera is simply the jewel. It’s ideally what everyone should think of when they think of the Bahamas. The people here are amazing. They are friendly - everyone waves at you. In fact, local Eleutherans will just go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome

and special. Not only that, it’s beautiful - the natural beauty of the beaches, the sea life. I’ve lived in Nassau my whole life, and it’s a different culture here. Eleuthera is laid back, and it’s a joy to live here,” says Byron. The 1648 Bar & Grille is a successful and vital part of the business model at French Leave, shares Byron. “The restaurant is our number one focus right now, because it is doing extremely well… One thing that I am very proud of with French Leave is that we did it smartly. This is Phase I. A lot of establishments build way too big, too fast and they fall under. So we’ve been doing it right. We’ve been making sure that we hit our numbers and doing it wisely. We hope to continue to grow.” French Leave Harbour Village, which opened with four gorgeous villa cottages on the waterfront has been, “busy and booked,” states Byron. “In fact we’ve had a good blend of guests. We’ve had people from Nassau, we’ve had people from Europe and the United States. So we haven’t even discovered our one primary target as yet, because the locals have been supporting us, and that’s something that we are proud of, and will continue to strive for. As long as Bahamians and the guests coming into the country enjoy us, we are happy,” he adds. “I’m excited, and excited for the potential of French Leave in what it can do in and for Eleuthera and the Bahamas.”

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Harbour Island Angela’s Starfish 333.2253 Barettas 333.2361 225.8953 COCOA Coffee House Coral Sands 333.2350 Dunmore Beach Club 333.2200 Pink Sands 333-2030 The Landing 333.2707 Ma Ruby’s Rest. 333.2161 Rock House 333.2053 Romora Bay Club 333.2325 Runaway Hill Club 333.2150 The Boat House 333.2142 The Rooster Tail Bar & Grill 333.2142


Spanish Wells Anchor Snack Bar Eagle’s Landing The Generation Gap The Shipyard

333.4023 333.4955 333.4464 699.5010

Lower Bogue Seven Seas N. E. Craft & Snack

335.1011 335.1700

Gregory Town Daddy Joes Elvina’s Rest. Ida’s Delights Laughing Lizard Surfers Beach The Cove

335.5688/7 335.5032 335.5023 470.8143 335.5300 335.5142

Da Perk

Bay Front, Governor’s Harbour Breakfast/Lunch Cafe Tel: (242) 332-2620 Email: Facebook: daPerkCoffeeShop

The Boat House Restaurant & The Rooster Tail Bar & Grill VALENTINES RESORT & MARINA Harbour Island Bistro Favorites & Island Seafood, Full Menu & Light Snacks Tel: (242) 333-2142

Hatchet Bay Twin Brothers Rainbow Inn

335.0730 335.0294

James’ Cistern DJ’s Takeaway Kel-D’s Bar & Grill Lee’s Cafe Stubbs BBQ

335.6566 335.6061 335.6444 335.6111

Governor’s Harbour 1648 Bar & Grille Blue Room Restaurant Buccaneer Restaurant Cocodimama Da Perk Gov. Har. Bakery Harbour Inn Quality Inn Cigatoo The Beach House Pammy’s Pascal’s Ocean Front Sunset Inn Restaurant Tippy’s Mon’s Kitchen Express

332-3777 332.2736 332.2000 332.3150 332.2620 332.3074 332.2686 332.3060 332.3387 332.2843 332.3422 332.2487 332.3331 470.7738

COCOA Coffee House

Harbour Island, At Valentines Resort Starbucks and Lavazza coffee. Tel: (242) 225-8953

Wild Orchids

WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Four Points, Rock Sound “A Caribbean fusion of International Cuisine”. Indoor and Outdoor Dining Tel: (242) 334-2778 Email:

Palmetto Point Mate & Jenny’s Pizza Unique Village Restaurant Sweet Dreams

332.1504 332.1830 699.5142

Tarpum Bay Barbie’s D & J’s Takeaway Ingraham’s

334.4028 334.4130 334.4066

Rock Sound Wild Orchids Waterfront Leary’s Pizzaria Coco’s Rest & Bar Nort’Side Eleu Rest. Rock Sound Club Sammy’s Restaurant

334.2778 470.0107 334.2962 334.2573 334.2700 334.2121

Deep Creek/Cape Sheryl’s Restaurant 334.8111 A & T’’s Restaurant 334.8347 Pascal’s at Cape Eleuthera 334.8500

Wemyss Bight Ship to Shore


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Daddy Joes Queen’s Highway North 1 Mile South of the Glass Window Bridge

Bahamian Soul Food “RELAX, EAT, PLAY” Tel: (242) 335-5688/7 Email: fb: Daddy Joes Eleuthera

Unique Village Restaurant The Banks, Palmetto Point American &Bahamian Cuisine Tel: (242) 332-1830 Open: 7:30am-3pm & 6pm-9pm Daily


1648 Bar & Grille

FRENCH LEAVE, Governor’s Harbour ‘Catch of the day’, highest quality meats, Italian pastas and pizzas, fine wine & the best Caribbean rums. Tel: (242) 332-3777 Email:


RESTAURANT, BAR & BEACH Banks Road, Governor’s Harbour Menu changes daily depending on the delivery of local produce and seafood Tel: (242) 332-3331

Pascal’s Ocean Front

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & POOL BAR Governor’s Harbour, inside Sky Beach Club

Fresh Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour Daily 5-7 Sunday BBQ & Pool Party 3-7 Tel: (242) 332-3422 Web:

Pascal’s at Cape Eleuthera

Kel D’s Restaurant & Bar

The Rainbow Inn

Buccaneer Restaurant

Sunset Inn

The Beach House

CAPE ELEUTHERA RESORT & MARINA Cape Eleuthera Caribbean Fusion Cuisine Tel: (242) 334-8500 Web:

Buccaneer Hill, Governor’s Harbour American/Bahamian/Chinese Cuisine Tel: (242) 332-2000

Queen’s Highway, James’ Cistern “Home of the Chopped Chicken & Chopped Fish” Tel: (242) 335-6061

RESTAURANT & BAR Queen’s Hwy., Governor’s Harbour ‘Down Home’ Bahamian Cuisine Tel: (242) 332-2487 Email:

SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE Rainbow Bay Seafood & Steakhouse Tel: (242) 335-0294 Email: FB: Rainbow Inn Eleuthera Bahamas

RESTAURANT Banks Road, Governor’s Harbour Small bites, Tapas Menu, Seafood and other Eclectic choices Tel: (242) 332-3387


What ’s on & off the Menu! Fisheries Closed Seasons Crawfish Closed season: April 1st-July 31st The crawfish closed season started April 1st and ends July 31st. The goal is to protect their populations during their breeding and spawning months. They begin breeding when the ocean temperatures warm, which is why they are protected during the spring and summer months. During this time, females can produce eggs twice, holding the eggs under their tails for about 3 weeks before they hatch. The crawfish fishery is the most economically important fishery for the Bahamas, but the crawfish are also ecologically important as well. They are a food source for turtles, large grouper, octopus, and sharks and they keep reefs healthy by cleaning them. In order to maintain population sizes or allow populations to grow, the crawfish must be protected during their reproductive season, otherwise population sizes will rapidly decline. This population decline could have detrimental effects for both the fishing industry as well as for the health of the reefs. It is also important to remember not to take crawfish unless they are regulation size (5.5 inches in tail length) because

they might not have had a chance to reproduce yet. Also remember to avoid fishing for egg bearing females. Nassau Grouper Closed season: December 1st-Feb 28th Like the crawfish, Nassau grouper are one of the most economically important species for the Bahamian economy. They are an important predator on reefs and help to maintain prey population sizes and the health of coral reefs. The Nassau grouper closed season begins December 1st and ends February 28th. They spawn during the full moon at the end of December or early January when the ocean temperatures are cooler. Nassau Grouper gather around banks in thousands for this spawning ritual and it continues for a few days after the full moon. Less than 1% of the hatched Nassau grouper eggs will survive and grow from larvae into adults. Because of heavy fishing pressure for larger male Nassau groupers, there is a shortage of sperm which could lead to smaller population sizes. Many different predators eat Nassau grouper, however the biggest threat to this fish is humans fishing for them before they grow to maturity and can reproduce. In the past, the closed season for Nassau grouper used to be

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voted on yearly, but now it is an official closed season every year. It is important to respect the closed seasons so we can allow the Nassau groupers to replenish their populations. Stone crabs Closed season: June 1st-October 15th Stone crabs are an expanding Bahamian fishery and they are fished for their claws. Their claws can be harvested without killing the crab, however the loss of one or two claws may affect the survival of the released crabs. The claw must be at least 4 inches long and it is against the regulations to take females. The closed season of the Stone crab is June 1st to October 15th. Even when the stone crab season is open, taking one claw instead of both may increase the chances of survival for these crabs. By following regulations and closed seasons, it will help the populations regrow. Conch No closed season While conch is the second biggest fishery in the Bahamas, there is no closed season for this animal. There are, however, certain regulations that specify which conch are legal to catch. Conch must

have fully formed flared lips; those without flared lips are juveniles and cannot yet reproduce. Adults have a flared lip that is thicker than 15mm (thickness of new Bahamian penny!) so it is best to take conch of this size, allowing the sub adults and juveniles to grow to sexual maturity. Why does the Bahamas not have a closed season for conch? Perhaps it would be hard to determine a closed season considering they do breed all year round, but in countries like Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, The Virgin Islands, Belize, and Mexico, the conch fishery is highly regulated with specified closed seasons. Lionfish OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND! Lionfish are an invasive species with no natural predators here in the greater Caribbean. They are voracious eaters and are consuming many of the important native invertebrates and fish on the coral reefs. Lionfish are delicious to eat in place of conch, crawfish, and grouper, and are a more sustainable fishery choice- a perfect guilt-free snack! If we eat lionfish we can help save the native fisheries and maintain the health of the reefs that are crucial to the economy of the Bahamas!

Excerpts from an article printed in The Eleutheran Newspaper and written by Alanna Waldman (Island School) for the “Conservation Corner’ Column

All smiles on the dock at Tarpum Bay, South Eleuthera is local fisherman Charles Andrew Hunt, affectionately known as “Rasta”. Hunt is seen here filleting a grouper, one of a number of fish from the day’s catch found on the this dock on most afternoons. It’s an excellent stop to get a good laugh and fresh seafood for an evening’s meal or two.

On Da Dock

“Rasta” Hunt, at Tarpum Bay

If it’s in season, you can find it on the dock in Tarpum Bay!

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“Come experience the beauty of Eleuthera on Horseback...” Banks Road, Governor’s Harbour Tel: 242-332-3671,



where to stay

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If you’re in North, Central or South Eleuthera, options for accommodations go beyond the villas. Here we feature the best of these choices. Be it the Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina in Deep South, Valentines Resort & Marina in Harbour Island, French Leave Harbour Village and Pineapple Fields in Governor’s Harbour or some of the less known but very lovely options like Villa Allamanda on the Hill just north of Governor’s Harbour, you’ll find your special place to stay, in this section.

Overlooking Pink Sands beach in Harbour Island, Photo by Paola Consoli Wells

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Transformation at The CAPE |

South Eleuthera


n 2015, the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina, at the stunningly beautiful south western coast edge of Eleuthera, is inviting guests to ‘Escape to the Cape’, with exciting new amenities now available and more to come, making the beautiful resort, even more amazing. Surrounded on two sides by the translucent aquamarine waters of the Exuma Sound, “The Cape” offers a full-service blue flag marina outfitted with 47 slips - accommo-

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dating vessels up to 200 feet long. Vessels can be fueled at the marina and all slips are equipped with water supply and electricity. There are 14 nicely appointed two bedroom, two and a half bath villas, designed for luxurious comfort and convenience. Near the entrance of the marina is the exciting new pool adorned with cabanas. Also on property is ‘Island Outfitters’, a marina store with snacks, drinks, essential groceries, sundry items and fish-

ing bait; as well as Pascal’s where guests can enjoy drinks and appetizers at the indoor bar and sumptuous meals on the deck. “Since 2013”, says Scott Gorsline, Vice President of Operations, “The goal has been to get the property back to where we wanted it to be and to get our operations ramped up. Now we’ll take it to the next level.” “In 2015 we want to continue expanding on the physical plant at Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina”,

explains Monique Smith, General Manager of the property. “We will be redoing the Bull Dolphin, next to the new pool, which used to be the original restaurant,” she says. With its prime location overlooking the picturesque entrance of the marina, and the gorgeous new pool, Smith adds, “It is going to be a spot for our guests as well as for others who are on the island to come, dine and enjoy the beautiful scenery here.” Over the course of the past few

years, the Bull Dolphin building had become accommodations for faculty at the Island School, but plans are in place to have the upper level of the two storey building renovated and transformed into the main restaurant at Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina. The lower level is also set to become an exercise facility, with a smaller snack bar area. “We are also in discussions regarding the construction of ten additional bungalows, using the infrastructure that was put in place in the original Cape Eleuthera

development, as well as an indoor meeting space”, reveals Smith, adding, “We feel it’s important for us to have a facility where we can accommodate small groups - executive or corporate groups… and what an excellent place to have it, away from everything, in a place where you can truly focus, and really team build here at Cape Eleuthera.” “We want to be able to market to wedding groups, church groups, family reunions - and these are all things we have already gotten inquiries about,” she says.

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Resorts North Eleuthera Harbour Island................................. Bahama House Inn Baretta’s Seashell Inn Coral Sands Hotel Dunmore Beach Club Eagle One Motel Ocean View Club Pink Sands Resort Rock House Romora Bay Club Royal Palm Hotel Runaway Hill Club Sea Shell Inn South Bar Club The Landing The Sugar Apple B & B Tingum Village Hotel Valentines Resort & Marina

333-2201 333-2361 333-2350 333-2200 333-2667 333-2276 333-2030 333-2053 333-2325 333-2738 333-2150 333-2361 333-2293 333-2707 333-2750 333-2161 333-2142

Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina

CAPE ELEUTHERA “Escape to the Cape!” Tel: (242) 334-8500

Valentines Resort & Marina HARBOUR ISLAND Tel: (242) 333-2142 Reservations: (866) 389-6864


Spanish Wells ................................... Adventurer’s Resort Harbourside Rentals Yellow Tail Cottage

333-4883 333-5022 333-5022

Upper Bogue..................................... Sea View Motel


Central Eleuthera Gregory Town.................................. Cambridge Villas Surfer’s Beach Manor The Cove Resort Daddy Joes

335-5080 335-5300 335-5142 335-5687/8

Hatchet Bay, Rainbow Bay....... Seven Gables Estates (HB) Bay Inn Estates (HB) Rainbow Inn (RB)

335-0070 335-0730 335-0294

Unique Village Resort THE BANKS, PALMETTO POINT Tel: (242) 332-1830


PALMETTO POINT “It’s home away from home, where your dreams come true” Tel: (242) 332-1632


Governor’s Harbour.....................

Buccaneer Club The Beach House Cocodimama Resort Laughing Bird Apartments Ocean Club Condos Pineapple Fields Quality Inn Cigatoo Resort Sky Beach Club Suncrest House The Duck Inn Villa Allamanda

Tropical Dreams Rentals

332-2000 332-3387 332-3150 332-2012 332-3039 332-2221 332-3060 332-3422 359-7333 332-2608 332-3934

Palmetto Point ................................ Atlantic Suites Hillside Manor Latera Palmetto Resort Palmetto Shores Villas Paradise Sands Sir Charles Guest House Tropical Dreams Rentals Unique Village Resort

332-1882 332-0099 332-1386 332-1403 332-3766 225-0015 332-1632 332-1830

The Rainbow Inn

RAINBOW BAY Tel: (242) 335-0294 Email: FB: Rainbow Inn Eleuthera Bahamas

The Cottages at George St. ROCK SOUND Tel: (242)334-2031 or (242) 359-7299 E-mail


French Leave Harbour Village GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR Tel: (814) 278-7263 Email:

South Eleuthera

Pineapple Fields Resort & Residence

Daddy Joes

Sky Beach Club

Suncrest House

BANKS ROAD, GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR Tel: (242) 332-3331 Email:

QUEEN’S HIGHWAY NORTH, 1 Mile South of Glass Window Bridge “RELAX, EAT, PLAY” Tel: (242) 332-3331 Email:

Tarpum Bay......................................... Cartwright’s Cottages Ethel’s Cottages Hilton’s Haven Motel Ingraham’s Beach Inn Munroe’s Cottages

334-4215 334-4233 334-4231 334-4066 334-4472

Rock Sound..........................................

Hilltop View Guest House Northside Ocean Resort Rock Sound Club The Cottages

334-2123 334-2573 334-2700 334-2957

Green Castle........................................ Green Castle Motel Marissa’s Motel Suites

334-6269 334-6012

Wemyss Bight..................................... Sunny Acres Motel


Deep Creek...........................................

Seaside Inn


Cape Eleuthera.................................. Cape Eleuthera Resort



GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR “Luxury Seafront Villa with spectacular sunset views” Tel: (242) 359-7333


“This is a good , family Destination” Sometimes, the “Where To Stay” in Eleuthera, involves, dropping an anchor for the night in a nestled harbour of a quiet town and for these visitors, sailing through the Exuma Sound and into the Bight of Eleuthera, it was to be a night in Governor’s Harbour that turned into two-three ... Dancing are Ron & Cindy Boudah who were with Connor Boudah (their son, not pictured). They were visiting from Canada and here are Cindy’s words: “We took a year off of work to sail. We left Canada on August 25th, 2014 and we arrived in the Bahamas in early February 2015. We are loving it here, and we are really excited about Eleuthera. We did the Exumas, and we are going to the Abacos in about a week. We got to Eleuthera on Sunday, April 12th, 2015, and stayed at the Cape Eleuthera Resort for two nights - which was lovely and we had the place to ourselves. Then we went to Rock Sound and did the Ocean Hole and the Caves. Since we arrived here we’ve just met so many amazing people, and this was so much fun tonight. We got here [Governor’s Harbour] and we were just going to stay one night, but we heard about the Friday Night Fish Fry, and said “Let’s hang out for that”, then we heard about this [One Eleuthera’s Earth Day celebration on the Bay Front], so we ended up spending two-three nights. Our son Connor’s been hanging out with all the kids here and having a great time. It was awesome, it was great - we love it, and we’ll be back again. What did you really like about Eleuthera? “The people! And we saw a dolphin on the beach, and he came swimming with us yesterday, which was really cool. I also loved the festival today, it was amazing. Just the community spirit, and the kids - it was really fun. This is a good family destination!”

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IDEALLY POSITIONED FOR SUCCESS | PINEAPPLE FIELDS Named in the top 25 hotels in the Caribbean by tripadvisor

Dave Barlyn, a principal in the development company which owns and operates Tippy’s Restaurant, the Banks Road Deli, and Pineapple Fields in Central Eleuthera - recognized on TripAdvisor. com as one of the 2015 top 25 hotels in the Caribbean - shares some insight into the secrets of the property’s success to date, and the qualities that set it apart from so many others in the region, and in the country - as it was the only Bahamian resort to make the exclusive list. Highlights: Exquisitely situated on 5 acres of lush gardens, beside a gorgeous coral sand Eleuthera beach, Pineapple Fields, a 32 unit condo hotel, has experienced double digit performance growth for the past several years, and says Barlyn, “Last fiscal year we increased our gross revenue

by another 10% and this year we are poised to increase by that much again so far, and what’s great is to see other businesses starting to thrive as well. “This is as busy as I’ve seen the island since I’ve been here, and you talk to taxi drivers at the airport and you see the planes coming in and then you see the extra airlift that has been added on. Things are looking good; the real estate sales, the quality of people that are coming to the island. The word’s back out.” Now in its 10th year, Barlyn attributes the longevity of the property’s operation to its resilient condo hotel structure, which he opines, is a successful formula which can be replicated on other islands and in Eleuthera, saying, “We’ve been on a couple rolls that were thwarted by 9/11, and 2008, and we are very

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fortunate in that the model that we developed Pineapple Fields upon, was able to carry us through the bad times. The homeowner’s fees were able to cover our fixed costs. If it weren’t for the structure of a condo hotel, we would not be sitting here talking. What’s interesting now though is that where the homeowners were supporting the hotel through the tough times, they are now seeing a return. So they see a physical property that is in as good if not better shape than when they first purchased, they are seeing a return on their investment, and they are getting to enjoy their investment. It’s a pretty good equation, and again there is no reason that can’t be replicated by other hotels.” Ideally Positioned: Commenting on what puts Pineapple Fields in such a

strong competitive position within the region, Barlyn shares that its location on the island of Eleuthera, the physical property, the level of service through their staff, and the world class amenities which surround the hotel, create a truly special experience that set them apart. “There are so many things that differentiate Eleuthera from not only other islands within the Bahamas, but destinations all over the world, and I think that’s why we are one of the top 25. We are unique! We know what’s out there, and the reason we decided to park it in Eleuthera is because we truly believe that it has the best of what you find on many other islands, and it is what I would consider, one of the best islands in the Caribbean”, says Barlyn. “Part of it [our success] has to do with the level of product we purvey, and to

our staff…”, he continues. “We’ve exceeded people’s expectations in terms of both the physical property and the level of service. We have incredible staff and they take a lot of pride in everything they do. “We have a total of 25 employees at Pineapple Fields and Tippy’s, and all of our management at the hotel, from the Housekeeping Manager to the Chief Engineer, to our Accountant, are all Bahamian, and wages are above industry average on island… and I’m really proud of that. We have very little turnover between the restaurant and the hotel, and I think that stems back to a sense of ownership. There is buy in… In essence, our staff is marketing our property. It costs me a third of what it costs me to get someone here the first time, to get them to come back, and at the end of the

day, it’s all about trying to get people to come back.” In addition to its hotel offerings, Barlyn, highlights the fabulous amenities nearby, saying, “The fact is that it [Pineapple Fields] really is a defacto resort. They are not all under the same ownership structure, but you do have a world class riding stable on one side, a world class restaurant across the street, a world class nature preserve on the other side of us. It makes a difference, and everything here is within walking distance.” “We have people from all over the world who have been exposed to what would be considered some of the finest hotels around the world, and vacation destinations. But here they are off the grid. They understand what the best is, and they are looking for the same level of product and service, but

in a much more relaxed setting, where they can let their hair down. You might have someone at Tippy’s who is worth $100 million sitting next to somebody who saved up all year to come bone fishing. You can’t tell who is who. It’s disarming, and they both get it. That’s the beauty of Eleuthera too. There is commonality in appreciation of the people, and the topography”, adds Barlyn. Upcoming: “We’ve started working on a retreat behind the Resort that is going to cater to Yoga retreats, Continuing Education retreats and more,” reveals David. “We are also going to use that as a model for using sustainable building materials, and techniques. We’re catering to an emerging market. Last year in the United States, over a billion dollars was spent on yoga, so that’s

perfect for us. “The aesthetic I would describe as five star Robinson Crusoe. A lot of the aesthetic will be based on the sense you get when you walk into Tippy’s, - something that looks like it could have been there for years - inviting, Bahamian - not a walled off resort that’s been plunked down in Eleuthera. That gets back to why I think Pineapple Fields is successful - I think it exudes an aesthetic that is truly Bahamian. It has a sense of place. It’s not something that we tried to import, but rather evolved out of what’s here, and I think that’s important. People want to go to a place where - and especially the kind of clientele we deal with - they want to go to a place where they can learn about the culture and experience the people.”

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1 Harbour Island 2

Spanish Wells 3

Governor’s Harbour

Rock Sound 4

Photographer: Theresa Burrows Model: Gem Austin Location: Governor’s Harbour

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Choice Shopping

“Three Sisters “ Variety Store | Spanish Wells

Princess Street Gallery | Fine Bahamian Art Princess Street, Harbour Island (P.O. Box EL-27139), Tel: (242) 333-2788 Cell: (242) 457-2661, Email:

Specializing in the ‘Guy Harvey’ Collection 1


The Blue Seahorse: Gift Shop & Deli | Rock Sound

Dilly Dally | King and Dunmore St., Harbour Island

“Bahamian handcrafted gifts & souvenirs”

Bahamian Gift Shop (P.O. Box EL-27002) Owner: Val Albury Tel/Fax: (242) 333-3109 Email:



Tip Top General Store | King St., Harbour Island “A little bit of everything!” P.O. Box EL-27002 Tel/Fax: (242) 699-5577 Email:

Also: Flip Flops/T-shirts Hats/Swimwear/Tank tops/Dresses Contact: Diane Underwood | Tel: (242) 333-4040


Highway service station | Qwn’s Hwy, Governor’s Hbr,

“More than just a gas station!” A little bit of gourmet, gifts and snacks, gasoline, tires, batteries, oils & lubricants. 3 Tel: (242) 332-2077, Email:


Deli serves coffee, smoothies, sandwiches and more!” Tel: (242) 334-2860

BURROWS: “One Stop Groceries” Queen’s Highway, Governor’s Harbour Tel: (242) 332-2999

The Harbour Boutique | Paul Simmons building, Cupids Cay, Governor’s Harbour

“We carry uniquely made local gifts, clothing and jewelry!” 3 OPEN: Mon-Fri 12 noon to 5pm Tel: (242) 332-3888


eleuthera MADE IN

Pineapple Fields Resort, the beautiful 32 unit condo hotel, nestled on 5 acres of lush gardens beside a soft coral sand beach along the Banks road in Governor’s Harbour continues to encourage local cottage industries and entrepreneurs and develop partnerships

ADORNMENTS - Custom Design Seamstress

with complementary local businesses. Mrs. Vernita Bethel, a custom design seamstress of James’ Cistern completed a contract in early 2015 to redo the draperies, bed throws and cushions in all of the bedroom units throughout the boutique

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Resort. Mrs. Bethel’s unique and creative touch can be seen in private homes, organizations and businesses throughout Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Windermere and New Providence. She says that she really enjoys working with David

Barlyn, a principal in the resort property, and expects to soon begin work on transforming the draperies and cushions in the living room areas of Pineapple Fields.

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Forging Ahead

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The Sarmiento Billionaire Family, behind the Four Seasons Resort in S. Eleuthera

Organiser of the Pineappleman Triathlon, Tom Glucksmann

CEO One Eleuthera Foundation, Shaun Ingraham.


ONE ELEUTHERA’s initiatives sparking new life One Eleuthera Foundation continues to grow on the island. One of the latest initiatives of the group involves the purchase of the historic aged Rock Sound Club at the entrance to the settlement. The non-profit Foundation, is hoping to breathe new life into the property by transforming it into a Training Facility. Other plans on the horizon include Credit facilities, and Small Business support. In not so small steps and the rippling of far too stagnant waters, One Eleuthera forges new light and is definitely one to watch in 2015 and beyond. Pineappleman sprint triathlon grows Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon is a 500-meter swim, 16-kilometer bicycle and 5K run. It runs during the annual Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town, Eleuthera, home of the sweetest pineapples in the world. June 6th, was the big date in 2015, and it attracted a strong field of participants. Organiser Tom Glucksmann makes the extra effort to try and engage as many people as he can, who may be willing to hit the course and be a part of this fabulous event. He is a regular columnist in the local newspaper with his writings “OUT THERE”. south eleutherA resort proJects Headlines in May 2015 led with the announcement that the Bahamas Government had signed on with the billionaire South American, long part-time resident of South Eleuthera, Dr. Sarmiento for a $100 million phase one construction of a Four Seasons managed property in South Eleuthera. The parties appear to be finally forging a path to a tangible property that, if it materialises, will be a much needed boost of capital

in the island, with the potential to transform the economic environment. Meanwhile, Eleuthera Properties Limited, says its looking at 2016... Cape Eleuthera Resort refurbishments have taken shape and growth is anticipated. Wellness Center moving ahead In 2015, hopes are for this center to house a Mammography machine that could offer services to residents as well as the wider population who are often hampered by long waiting lists in New Providence. Located in Palmetto Point, this center serves as the headquarters in the battle against cancer, a source of inspiration for healthy living, a meeting ground for pooling ideas and finding solutions, a stage for display and much more. In 2015, Jacquie Gibson, took over the helm of the local branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas.

GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR buzzing There is a BUZZ in the air, on the tips of the tongues, “Things are really picking up in Governor’s Harbour.” In 2015 the township revived a long dormant, Governor’s Harbour Regatta...but the buzz is about a bit more than that. New Restaurants in town: 1648 on the beautiful property at French Leave has given a visual boost to the town. Pascal’s opening at Sky Beach gives new options. What next from Torres’? The former owner of The Cove Resort in a press release, announcing the sale of the resort in Q1, 2015 to The Enchantment Group, mentioned interest in Governor’s Harbour for future investment. There is a definite buzz, about Governor’s Harbour.


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“Sugar Spun Eleuthera” Body and Skin

Another young Eleutheran with an indomitable spirit who refused to stay trapped in the laboratory maze like lifestyle of the city, stepped out in faith five years ago, following in the footsteps of her parents who had retired back home to Tarpum Bay years earlier, and made her way back to her roots in Eleuthera. Totcina Knowles Allen is the brainchild behind the popular “Sugar Spun Eleuthera” line of natural body and bath products (like body butters, lip butters, olive oil cleansing bars, massage candles and others), as well as products for the home, including incense, candles, fabric softener and more. As a graduate of the Florida College of Natural Health, Totcina is also a trained and licensed esthetician (skin care therapist) and massage therapist, specializing in facials, body treatments, scrubs and wraps. She says that an incredible amount of research went into perfecting her body line and all natural ingredients are key. “In the body butters, the most important ingredient is the mango butter. It is amazing for the skin,” shares Totcina. “So after researching all of the different butters, I wanted to go with the mango. Sweet almond oil and a natural soy wax keeps the butters creamy

and silky, also vitamin E is used as a preservative.” “There was a lot of trial and error, and a lot of guinea pigs made of family members and clients,” Totcina shares about the creation process, but adds that the end product is definitely worth it. “Many of our ingredients are organic, and our fragrances and essential oils are the top grade and a bit more costly, but I believe in giving a product you will love and come back for, rather than one you will buy only one time.“ Totcina’s passion for her products comes from a very personal place she says. Growing up with oily skin, she would always break out, and shares that it was traumatic for her. She was told by a family member that she should study esthetics, and says even though she didn’t know what that was at the time, she looked it up and took it from there. Before returning home, she honed her skills and knowledge about taking care of the body for more than half a decade at the Mandara Spa at the Atlantis Resort in New Providence. As a new bride, now moving forward with a partner in her


passion for wellbeing, Totcina reveals that she has a number of new projects upcoming, including an expansion of her body line to include a muscle rub and an instant cooling gel, a new gym in Tarpum Bay to be called “The Temple”, as well as plans for an all natural frozen fruit treats store dubbed “Totally Nana’s”, with natural banana used as a base

sweetener. For more information about Totcina’s products and where to buy: Phone : 1 (242) 436-0949;


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eleuthera Surf’s Up

By Tom Glucksmann

First Landing


Sailing the bay at Spanish Wells. Beautiful and historic Spanish Wells township on St. George’s Cay is a daily stop for fast ferries from New Providence and a weekly stop for others. It’s a short ride from Eleuthera’s mainland by boat.

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The year was 1997 and like any young surfer living in Nassau, well, one wanted to get the heck outta Nassau. Eleuthera beckoned, and stories of great surfing beaches, and little other prior knowledge, were tucked in the back of my mind. At Potter’s Cay I loaded my trusty 6-9 egg shape, my first board, on the Bahama Daybreak and set sail at dawn for Spanish Wells. Docked at St. George’s Cay, the crew allowed me to sleep aboard for the night. I thought I had to head to Harbour Island, the boat’s next stop, to get to my final destination – Surfer’s Beach – not realizing, on my first trip to Eleuthera, its island highway to the waves was a short ferry ride across Gene’s Bay. A crew brought me coffee in the morning, and having explored Spanish Wells the day before, I was glad of the experience aboard and seeing the small cay we Nassauvians were so quick to make fun of but few knew personally. The steam through the Devil’s Backbone was nice too. A friendly water-taxi captain and helpful land taxi driver later, I hiked down the rest of the road the driver would not negotiate, and up the dune that was a picture from my dreams. A dream I’d had years before, before even learning to stand-up surf. A dream of me showing a surf spot in the Bahamas to some friends. A strange enough dream, as I was living in Florida at the time and had yet to even surf my homeland’s reef breaks. All I remember now is a face or two and a seagrape wall of a sand dune, coming across it and seeing fun waves. As I neared a quarter century as a member of planet earth, here was my

ISLANDPULSE dream in the flesh or rather in the living, breathing, pulsing wholeness of life. It was early February and a small, but clean waist to shoulder high swell rolled in. The magical nature of the place, yet more quiet than it is today and for sure more quiet than Nassau, swept over me and trying to recall the feeling now, so many years later, is hard. But I was hooked from the gitty-get. Campsite set up on the beach, fin on board, still no one around. I paddled

out. I don’t remember the first wave I caught at the spot they still refer to as Hamilton Land Beach, but I remember the water, the rolling hills in the distance - green, green hills. Sea oats standing on sea dunes steep up from the beach itself. Seagrape bush, thick. Cliffs to the north, and island stretching in both directions that, even three years before the new millennium, revealed no roofs made by man.

A longboarder paddled out not long after. We became friends and surfed, mostly just the two of us, for the next two days. On the third morning, looking in towards the beach, I noticed his longboard – now we’re talking a Long board, this thing was heavy; an old California log, Randy, my new surf buddy, had schlepped right across a continent. Now it washed in the shore break but its owner, I noticed, sat in the beach’s legendary surf

shack, by the look of it clutching his head. “You okay?” I asked after paddling in. It must have been a shirt he held to his head. “You know any first aid?” “A little. Let me take a look.” I noticed the whiteness of his face and blonde, thinning curly hair now a reddish die throughout. He took his hand away and over the near twenty-year, memory-recall effort, that sight is one of the clearer. A split near the top of his

skull revealed white tissuetype substance deep into Randy’s head, and the source of the new hair colour still bled. “You’re gonna need a doctor.” Or maybe I said stitches. Either way I tried to contain my small horror at the gash and the fact I thought it was me and him on an out island beach and I barely knew how to get to Gregory Town. He informed me two surfers had witnessed the whole thing

from their truck parked up the dune. Help was on the way and indeed not long after, Randy was on his way to the clinic, my job to watch his dog who’d also trekked across a continent with him and his heavy longboard. So I sat in the shack and watched his dog. Randy reappeared, head wound up in a big bandage like the movies, a little woozy and with his innkeeper, he announced, the very same man who started

the guesthouse my wife and I now run today. Being true to the German roots of my surname, I was a lucky man and accepted Randy’s offer to use most of two weeks he had left in his rental. He was on a plane to Miami and a hospital later that day. So that’s the story of my first time surfing Eleuthera. I’m here permanently now, watching and being partially responsible for more and more folks arriving here and

maybe taking a little of the remote magic, like I witnessed so many winters ago, from the place. But your story is out there. Your own Bahamian out island surf adventure. Mine had a free birthday meal at Club Med, great sativa, more friendly locals, a missed mailboat and lots and lots of waves, somewhere in there. Until next time enjoy our wild Bahamas.

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Ho idays & Events A celebration is never too far away from the hearts of Eleutherans. Sometimes a holiday isn’t even needed - This happy group of 10th graders leaping in expressive splendour, along with their Art teacher, Mr. Benjamin Ferguson, hosted an art exhibition called “Ladies of Lineage”, at the Haynes Library, in Governor’s Harbour, showcasing mixed media self portraits, which all began as individual plaster casts of the young artists’ faces. They embellished their busts after researching their personal family and cultural histories ending up with a myriad of works expressing who they were and where they had come from.

Find more traditional reasons to celebrate on the Holidays and Events listings on the NEXT PAGE.

Jazz at Leon Levy Pavilion

Cyclist at the Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon ‘15

Family/Friends contest at Fish Fry Governor ’s Harbour

Three young Eleuthera ladies out at the Governor ’s Harbour Homecoming.

Nothing but love at the Pineapple Fest 2015, in Gregory Town

Travel Writer at bea is all sm chsiTravel iles based FUS ields fo de PineWriter, apple r Weddis all Anita em ing Cesmiles ony Kotacz, rat beach side Pineapple Fields for Tourism’s 16 Weddings Ceremony ‘15

Entertainer Bodine Johnson of Briland , on stage at Deep Creek Homecoming ‘15


Date (2015/16)

New Year’s Day

Fri., January 1, 2016

Majority Rule *(Observance)

Sun.* January 10, 2016 (Mon. January 10, 2016)

Good Friday

Fri. March 25, 2016

Easter Monday

Mon. March 28, 2016

Whit Monday

Mon. May 16, 2016

Labour Day

Fri. June 3, 2016

Independence *(Observance)

Fri. July 10, 2015 / Sun.* July 10 2016 (Mon. July 11, 2016)

Junkanoo summer festivals in July


Mon. August 3, 2015 / Mon. August 1st, 2016

Haynes Library book readings throughout the

National Heroes (Observance)

Mon. October 12, 2015 / Wed. October 12, 2016

Christmas Day *(Observance)

Fri. Dec. 25, 2015 / Sun.* Dec 25, 2016 Mon. Dec 26, 2016 (Boxing Day)

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Event List Homecomings on most Holidays - see the next page. EARTH DAY in April ALL THAT JAZZ FESTIVAL Mar.30-Apr.3.2016 Cancer Society RUN/WALK FOR A CURE events are held several times a year. For information please contact Mrs. Juanita Pinder, President at 242-332-2984 or 242-332-1804 Check with Eleuthera Tourism Offfices year

Leon Levy Lecture Series in the Fall & Spring Pineapple themed events for Labour Day. Each holiday has its event(s) listed on the next page.


Leigh Schmitt, Winner of the Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon ‘15

Eleuthera Junkanoo style - Dec 25th 2014 - S. Eleuthera Trio

Nassau ladies styling at the Harbour Island Regatta ‘14

Jazz soothing the ears at the Bay Front

Horizon Yacht Owners Rendezvous at Valentine’`s Resort in Hbr Island ‘15

New Years January 1

Whit Monday May 16, 2016

Junkanoo Parades - Check www. for schedules in the week prior & photo galleries after.

Palmetto Point holds its homecoming in the week prior to this holiday, which serves as the ending date .

Majority Rule Day Jan 10 Commemorates the struggles leading to the onset of Majority Rule in The Bahamas.

Easter Fri. Mar 25, 2016 (Good Friday and Easter Monday) Three homecomings are held during the Easter week ending Easter Monday, in the towns of Rock Sound, James’ Cistern & Lower Bogue. Rock Sound’s tends to be the largest. Lower Bogue has great energy.

The Central Eleuthera High School band entertains at different events all through the school year! Here at Earth Day ‘15

vals on the closest weekend to the holiday. Other Townships also hold ecumenical services and small celebrations.

Emancipation Day Aug 3rd, Labour Day, June 3, 2016 In the week leading to AND over the weekend of Labour Day, Gregory Town hosts the Pineapple Festival, and the Pineappleman Sprint triathlon. The town of Deep Creek hosts its annual Conch Fest.

independence Day July 10 Independence of our archipelago from the UK (July 10th, 1973). The towns of The Bluff & Savannah Sound, hold homecoming festi-

2015 - Hatchet Bay and Tarpum Bay hold their annual Bay Fests over this holiday weekend.

National Heroes Day Mon., October 12, 2015 The North Eleuthera Sailing Regatta in Harbour Island is held in the week/weekend prior. (9th-12th). The Wemyss Bight Homecoming in South Eleuthera is also held in the week/weekend prior (9th-12th)

OCT 31st - Nov 4th Governor’s Harbour Homecoming Festival.

NOVEMBER 20th – 24th Green Castle Homecoming For more information on any of these events, contact the Ministry of Tourism at 332-2142. For other events, pick up a copy of The Eleutheran Newspaper or visit www. Event schedules are published online but events other than late night entertainment can change with or without a moment’s notice.

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Adell Far q u h a r s o n, p ro p r i e t re s s of “B r i l a n d S oul”, beams with her 8 year old daughter, Ayden, next to a fabulo u s o r i g i n a l pa i n t i n g b y re n o w n e d E l e u theran artist, Kevin C o oper, who held an exhibition in Harbour I s l a n d , h o s t e d at t h e Va l e n t i n e s Re s o r t & M arina in Ap ril of 2015. Co oper, who describes his work as Bah a m i a n I m p re s s i o n i s t , s a y s t h at h e a n t i cipates his next exhibit in Eleuthera to be held in G o vernor’s Harbo u r. Lea r n m o re a b o u t t h i s E l e u t h e r a b ased artist at

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eleuthera innovative

Briland Soul

T he islands of T he Eleutheras are the birthplace of the Bahamas. Th ese ruggedly beautiful islands of coral sands, jeweled seas and limestone turf are where the first modern settlers arrived, from whom the Bahamian society of today originated, and they were famed to be an adventurous, plucky bunch. That spirit of innovation, adventure, faith, and independence lives on and continues to be demonstrated by young Eleutherans today. A dell Farquharson of Harbour Island, visionary of the fast growing, full service, destination management company, “Briland Soul”, has a welcome center office location on Bay Street in Harbour Island, where clients are greeted when they arrive, and now in its fifth year, has expanded the service to mainland Eleuthera with plans for a second location in Go vernor’s Harbour. A dell’s journey to where she is today, took innovation and no small amount of pluck. Although she returned home to Eleuthera armed with a Bachelor of Ar ts D e gree in English as well as a Masters D e gree in M arketing, jobs were not readily available, so she shares that she watched the market and took advantage of the opportunity to call on a personal talent and passion that she had, having grown up in a family of foodies [Queen Co nch, Harry O’s and Ti ngum Village]. She began by offering

personal chef services, featuring Caribbean fusion dishes, and was also driven to get her real estate license, which opened her eyes to even more possibilities. A dell says she realized there was a need for comprehensive destination management services in her hometown of Harbour Island through her interaction with both parties in real estate sales and rentals, and the rest is history (or her story). “Briland Soul”, with a team of six, now offers personal chef services, provisioning, catering, transportation, tours, booking, events, logistics, guest services (massage therapy, yoga and the like) and more, throughout Th e Eleutheras. “I’m shocked it is as successful as it is. I’m also grateful and blessed that I can have an impact in my country, “ says A dell. She is also still a top performing real estate agent. “ T he El eutheras are primed right now. T here has been a shift in the real estate market. Sales are up, and no longer in a slump,” A dell says. “With the pending resorts scheduled to come on stream in south Eleuthera… that market shift will require additional services, presenting multiple opportunities,” she adds. C o n t a c t : Adell at “Briland Soul”, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas; P ho n e : 242- 333-3900 ; E- m a i l :

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Saying “I do” Bahamas

in Eleuthera

Along with some of the best beaches in the region, a welcoming people, and an array of stunning wedding sites and locations, Eleuthera also has a reputation for making the legal process a painless one with helpful and accommodating marriage officers and island administrators.

Cruise Arrivals: Couples arriving via cruise ship are required to obtain a letter from the ship’s purser confirming that they have met the residency period by being in Bahamian waters for 24 hours.

Here’s what you need to know to be legally married in Eleuthera.

Proof of Identification and Residency: Both parties must produce a valid passport, birth certificate and photo ID. The parties must also produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Bahamas. The Bahamas Immigration Card or entry stamp in your passport will suffice.

License Application: The couple must be in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the time of application for the marriage license and both parties must have resided in The Bahamas for not less than one day prior to the date of the application.

Anthony Harley II and Ar’Breauna S. Brown, were one of 16 couples married simultaneously on separate islands in The Bahamas on Friday, January 16th 2015. They were guests of Pineapple Fields Resort in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera. The wedding was planned by Tia Seyfert in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism and officiated by Joshua Culmer. While in Eleuthera they were also scheduled to take in spots such as the Glass Window Bridge, Ocean Hole and Harbour Island, where a second couple also said their nuptials as a part of the weddings event that day.

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Couples wishing to be married in The Eleutheras can obtain a Marriage License at any one of the five Administrator’s Offices in the Eleuthera District. They are located in: • Spanish Wells 1-242-333-4054; • Harbour Island 1-242-333-2275; • Upper Bogue, North Eleuthera 1-242-335-1364; • Governor’s Harbour, Central Eleuthera 1-242-332-2112/3; and • Rock Sound, South Eleuthera 1-242-334-2034.

Vow Renewals: No license necessary.

Apostille: Many countries now require that official documents, such as international marriage certificates, be certified by the issuing country. In The Bahamas, this means that an Apostille (a special seal) is applied by the relevant authority to certify that a document is a true copy of an original. The Apostille can be made available to you within 30 days of the request. Your Wedding Planner or Marriage Officer will assist you in this regard. Fees: The fee for a marriage license is $120 inclusive of one certified copy of a marriage certificate. Extra marriage certificates are available at $20 each. Apostilles are $10 each.

ISLANDPULSE Get married on a beach and then dance the night away on the bay front at the Governor’s Harbour Fish Fry.

With over 300 ceremonies under his belt, Mr. Joshua Culmer is one of the most experienced marriage officers on Eleuthera.

Witnesses: Two witnesses, who are at least 18 years old, must sign your marriage license. If it’s just the two of you, witnesses can be provided. Divorced: If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarized copy of the final decree must be produced. Minors: Minors (under 18 years) may be married with both parents’ consent. Consent forms for minors are available at the Registrar General’s office. Single Persons: If either party is single and has never been married before, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary public or other person autho-

rized to administer oaths in the country of residence. This document must accompany the application for the marriage license. This declaration can also be obtained in The Bahamas from an attorney-atlaw or notary public. Widowed: If either party is widowed, the original death certificate or certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarized copy of the death certificate must be produced. The Ministry of Tourism, with offices in Harbour Island and Governor’s Harbour are available to assist with further information and special requests: Governor’s Harbour Ministry of Tourism Office: 1 (242) 3322142. Harbour Island Ministry of Tourism Office: 1 (242) 333-2621.

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Sights &



Looking SSE from the tip of Eleuthera’s Southern most point - Lighthouse Point. The road from Bannerman town is rough but pure magic awaits at the end.

B EAC No matte r w h e re y o u a re along the 1 1 0 m i l e s of Eleuthera , y o u a re n e v e r more tha n 5 m i n u t e s a w a y from a co r a l p i n k o r p u f f y white san d b e a c h . . . F i n d one and d e f i n e y o u r m o ment in p a r a d i s e . Be stunn e d e i t h e r at t h e southern t i p of L i g h t h o u s e Point be a c h w i t h i t s l i g h t pink hue o r o n Pi n k S an d s beach in re n o w n e d H a r bour Isla n d ‘ d o w n ’ n o r t h .

Upp e r C o v e B e a c h - in the q u a i n t s e t t l e m e n t of The C ur re n t .

Beach ( G regory To wn)and Li ttle Twin Beach with a cave ( R ainbow Bay).

Tw i n S is t e r s B e a c h - At t h e G l a s s W i n d o w Bridge o n t h e c a l m s i d e you’ll f i n d t h i s s m a l l w h i te sand strand.

A rguably the best spot for surfers is near James’ Point Beach on the A tlantic Coast of James’ Ci stern.

Short list of o u r f a v o u r i t e s :

S u r f e r ’ s B e a c h - f a mous fo r i t s w a v e s , i s fo und on t h e n o r t h s i d e of Eleuthera I s l a n d S h o re s . Th e Shores a re n e s t l e d b e t w e en the t o w n s h i p s of H at c het Bay a n d G re g o r y Tow n.

Tay Bay B e a c h - Acro s s from hist o r i c P re a c h e r ’ s Cave in No r t h E l e u t h e r a .

O t h e r n o t a b l e b e a ches i n t h e a re a : R ai n b ow Bay B e a c h , G au l d i n g Cay

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Within each town along the way, the calm Western coast offers bathing opportunities always and most often the same is true of the Atlantic coves. A round G overnor’s Harbour, French Le ave (formerly Cl ub M ed) Beach, another sumptuous specimen, is situated between

Go vernor’s Harbour and Pa lmetto Point on the “Banks Ro ad”. Twin Coves Beach, a few miles north of G o vernor’s Harbour lives up to its name with sister coves meeting up to form a unique sandbar with a tiny island at its crest. Hut Point Bay by Sky Beach is on a stretch of several beaches on this coast that span Savannah Sound to James’ C i stern. Worthy mentions are P o poni Beach in P almetto Point and Do uble Bay Beach in Savannah Sound. Ten Bay Beach is tucked away on the western coast

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a ccessib l e of f t h e ‘ T h re e Mile Stre t c h ’ , b e t w e e n P almett o Poi n t a n d S a v annah S o u n d . I t s l o w tides are p e r fe c t fo r p i c nics, wa d i n g a n d b o n e fishing. Winding B a y i n Tar p u m Bay and N o r t h s i d e B e a c h in Rock S o u n d a re t w o other ex a m p l e s of b e a u t i ful pink s a n d b e a c h es i n S outh E l e u t h e r a . At the v e r y s o u t h e r n t i p of Eleut h e r a , Li g h t h o u s e Beach is a b re at h t a k i n g sight ne a r B a n n e r m a n Town. E f fo r t s a re b e in g made to h a v e t h e a re a

d e c l a re d a n at u re res e r v e a n d n at i o n a l park t o p ro t e c t i t s p r i s t ine, u n t o u c h e d q u a l i t y. Do n ’ t fe e l l i m i t e d only t o t h e b e a c h e s m e nt i o n e d h e re , b e c a use in j u s t a b o u t a l l s e t t l ements a b e a u t i f u l b e a c h i s no m o re t h a n m i n u t e s away. I n H a r b o u r I s l a n d , Spani s h We l l s , Nor t h , C e ntral a n d S o u t h E l e u t h e ra, a b e a c h a w a i t s y o u , no e xce p t i o n ! SEE T H E M A P (P g . 54)


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day icnic of a p arby. d n e e ne g at th beach movin e and the s w o ad ’s Cav 1 Sh acher at Pre Beaches abound across the length of Eleuthera, on both coasts and on the islands of Spanish Wells and Harbour Island. The Center Maps - highlight several and points to most around the island.

The outfits Hat and Bracelets - The Blue Seahorse, Rock Sound Printed Shifts - Harbour Boutique, Cupids Cay Swimsuits - Norma’s Boutique, Governor’s Harbour

See the MAP on PAGE 54 Atlantic Beaches - the water tends to be more vibrant, will have earlier afternoon shadows and some may have the perfect waves! On occasion these will also have beach plastic, tar or other sediments indicative of debris and litter from hundreds if not thousands of miles away. Talented artisans take the

same debris, smoothened by abrasive forces and altered by the saline ocean and transform them into the splendid art or jewelry as seen in the earrings, pendant and hand bracelets worn by “Katiana” our model. Shacks adorned with Atlantic Ware also make for creatively crafted shade (see photo bottom right).

West Coast (Bight of Eleuthera) Beaches - Some of the beaches on this other side of the island are simply magical by how serene they can be with their calm nature, turquoise water and gorgeous sunsets. Sand may be pink, white or

off-white, with grains that welcome a roll. A wide brim hat is smart when out on the beach in the beaming sun of a clear day, These can be bought on island in places such as The Blue Seahorse, in Rock Sound.

Sea debris Art at Airport Beach, Governor’`s Harbour

Governor`s Harbour, Bay Front

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Rolling in the Sand on an expansive beach Atlantic Side , Tarpum Bay.

picn t to ditc h ic u nder the ha t fo the b ridg r a swi ma e on ft a ca lm d er a ay.


Walk the Labyrinth , swing in the hammock , take shade under a tree or take a swim...This was my day at Ten Bay in Savannah Sound .

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Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve New Manager heralds in new focus

”The site is amazing, I come to work & I feel inspired“

Fresh water turtles’ hangout at the Wetland Phase 2 feature at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.


Now in its 5th year of operation, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (LLNPP), Eleuthera’s lone and spectacular, National Park, in 2015, is transitioning, from a very successful 2-phase construction to a period of “Development” and “Program Implementation”, this, according to its vibrant new manager, Falon Cartwright. “Outreach and education is now where we are” she said, which includes establishing goals, of students/people to reach out to and engage. “The site is amazing. I come to work and I feel inspired by it. When I go out, there is something new every day, and it’s an opportunity to say - this is so amazing - and how can we make this better... The place itself is incredibly special”, says Cartwright, who joined the BNT in May of 2014. The Preserve is a 25 acre

treasure trove of natural coppice forests, mangroves and wetlands conserved for the enjoyment and education of generations to come, located just off of the Banks Road in Governor’s Harbour. The sanctuary, which preserves much of the natural flora and fauna history of the Bahamas, was created jointly by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and the Leon Levy Foundation, and opened to the public in March of 2011. “We want to promote awareness of native plants, and the importance of the forest”, Falon emphasizes, adding that she would like to see Bahamians using the park more, and along with BNT management, they continue to work on how to get Bahamians to benefit from this amazing national park treasure. Along with miles of intimate trails, displaying the island’s coppice forest ecosystems, mangroves and traditional bush medicine plant varieties; local Bahamians and visitors are encouraged to explore the new Phase II features at the Preserve which were completed in 2014, including: • the freshwater wetland feature which showcases

native freshwater plants of The Bahamas and freshwater turtles, the new lath house used for the propagation of native plant species and educational programs involving horticulture and plant development, and the edible history section that tells the story of The Bahamas through what people ate and how those edible plant foods came to be here. This section also features an authentic replica of what archaeologists believe a native Lucayan structure would have looked like.

Internship Programs During the summer of 2015 Falon also expects to host a seven week internship program at the Preserve with three Bahamian college students, joining the current staff of nine. Opening Hours The Preserve is open every day of the year, including holidays, from 9am - 5pm. The admission fee is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (12 years and under) and senior citizens $4.00. Guided tours are an additional $5 per person. Admission is free to BNT members and group rates are also available.

Lecture Series Many scientists partner with the Preserve, using the site for research, reveals Falon. These researchers are then invited to present their work and give talks/lectures, which are open to the entire community free of charge. Six to eight of these events are held annually, she says, with several hosted during the Fall and others held in the Spring.

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eleuthera nature’s sentinels

These large span, stealthy fish diving, beautiful brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) can often be seen perched on pillars, along with terns and sea gulls and sometimes even the odd waterfowl, enjoying the calm breezes, bright sunshine and tropical sensations. They are majestic creatures of the coast, and may be admired gliding smoothly or diving for delicacies along shores all across the island.

“OUT THERE” QUOTE: “The funny thing about the pelican is its mouth holds more than its belly can.”

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Photo by Elizabeth Bryan - Photographed on the dock in James’ Cistern, Central Eleuthera

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Insights into Gina, the manatee in Eleuthera Wr i t t e n B y : D i a n e C l a r i d g e and Felice Knowles, Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation.

Gentle Giant Gina at Pineapple Fest -


It took a short while for word to spread of the visitor that had quietly moved to the dock at the harbour, as races got under way at the Pineappleman Triathlon in 2014. As word got around, the crowds gathered and the gentle giant Gina had her share of attention from visitors and locals alike. Read the article to learn more about these Bahamas Manatees and the amusing travels of Gina.

O r i g i n a l l y a re s i d e n t o f C r y s t a l R i v e r, Florida, first sighted as a c a l f i n 1 9 9 3, G i n a t h e manatee has made The Bahamas her home since 1 9 9 8. G i n a w a s f i r s t s e e n i n A n d ro s , b u t o n t h e l a s t day of the last millennium, s h e a r r i v e d i n G re a t H a r b o u r C a y, B e r r y I s l a n d s . L o c a l s t h e re k n e w o f a n other manatee believed to be a male that occasionally visited their islands, and since arriving in the Berry Islands, Gina has had at l e a s t t h re e c a l v e s . Tw o of these Bahamian-born m a n a t e e s a re s t i l l s e e n re g u l a r l y. R a n d y, a m a l e , w h o i s a p p ro x i m a t e l y 6 - 7 y e a r s o l d i s re s i d i n g n e a r Sandy Point, Abaco, and h i s f e m a l e s i b l i n g , J J, w h o i s a p p ro x i m a t e l y 3 - 4 y e a r s o l d h a s re m a i n e d i n G re a t H a r b o u r C a y. G i n a w a s s e e n i n G re a t H a r b o u r C a y o n t h e 5 t h o f J a n u a r y, 2 0 14 b u t for some still unknown re a s o n , o n t h e 2 7 t h o f January Gina swam to H a r b o u r I s l a n d , a p p ro x i m a t e l y 1 2 5 k m a w a y. I n F e b r u a r y, a t e a m w h i c h included Diane Claridge f ro m t h e B a h a m a s M a r i n e M a m m a l R e s e a rc h O r g a n i s a t i o n ( B MMRO ) , a n d J i m R e i d f ro m t h e U. S. G e o l o g i c a l S u r v e y / S i re n i a P ro j e c t t r a v e l e d t o H a r bour Island to conduct assessments. Jim and Diane confirmed that Gina was h e a l t h y a n d t h e e n v i ro n ment was suitable for m a n a t e e s u r v i v a l a n d re c o m m e n d a t i o n s w e re m a d e re g a r d i n g h e r s a f e t y a n d management concerns, particularly boat traffic. O n t h e 9 t h o f F e b r u a r y, 2 0 14, J i m a n d D i a n e e n t e re d t h e w a t e r a t

Va l e n t i n e ’ s d o c k i n H a r b o u r I s l a n d a n d w e re a b l e to attach a tag to Gina. Jim has been studying movements of manatees in Florida since the 1980’s and was keen to learn w h e re G i n a m a y g o n e x t . A b e l t w a s p l a c e d a ro u n d Gina’s tail to which the satellite tag is attached with a plastic tether (about 4 feet long). The tag floats and when at the surface transmits data to satellites passing overhead including Gina’s location every fifteen minutes, and her diving behavior which allows the scientists to be able to monitor her movem e n t s a n d i d e n t i f y a re a s which may be important manatee habitat. The tether is designed with a w e a k p o i n t t h a t w i l l b re a k u n d e r t e n s i o n t o i n s u re that tagged manatees cannot get entangled in dock or anchor lines. Off and on during the past y e a r, t h e t a g ’ s t e t h e r d i d i n f a c t b re a k ( a s i t s h o u l d ) and each time the tag was re c o v e re d b y a c o m m u n i t y m e m b e r a n d re t u r n e d t o B MMRO w h o i n t u r n w o u l d l a t e r re - a t t a c h h e r t a g . H o w e v e r, e v e n d u r i n g these “data gap” periods when we could not keep track of her locations via s a t e l l i t e , w e re c e i v e d s o m a n y s i g h t i n g re p o r t s o f G i n a f ro m t h e p u b l i c t h a t we have quite detailed m o v e m e n t re c o r d s f o r h e r i n E l e u t h e r a . I n i t i a l l y, G i n a re m a i n e d a ro u n d H a r b o u r I s l a n d w h e re s h e w a s observed feeding on sea grass near the docks and g e t t i n g w a t e r f ro m t h e marina, but as time passed she began exploring her new home. She travelled up and down Eleuthera; as far south as Savannah Sound on the east side and as far as Hatchet Bay on the west. She even made an appearance in

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G re g o r y To w n f o r t h e P i n e a p p l e Fest! B u t t h e re w a s o n e m o v e m e n t i n particular that was of most intere s t t o u s ; i n F e b r u a r y, G i n a t r a v e l e d 1 5 m i l e s o f f s h o re i n t o d e p t h s e x c e e d i n g 4,0 0 0 m , a n d t h e n re m a r k a b l y t u r n e d a ro u n d a n d re turned on exactly the same path to e n d u p p re c i s e l y w h e re s h e s t a r t e d t h e d a y b e f o re . T h e p re s e n c e o f Florida manatees in the Bahamas is evidence that they can survive d e e p - w a t e r c ro s s i n g s , b u t w e h a d t h o u g h t t h a t t h e s e m o v e m e n t s w e re not necessarily made intentionally a n d t h a t t h e re w e re l i k e l y m a n y a n i -

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m a l s t h a t v e n t u re d o f f s h o re n e v e r t o re t u r n . G i n a w a s t h e f i r s t m a n a tee to teach us that they can actually be very capable navigators. Perhaps all Bahamian manatees s h a re t h i s t r a i t . I n d e e d , d u r i n g l a s t summer Gina had a mate; “Blackbeard”, an adult male manatee origi n a l l y f ro m Ta m p a B a y w h i c h h a s been traveling the islands over the past 2 years. He was first sighted in Long Island, then Cat Island, then found Gina in Eleuthera, but moved o n t o N e w P ro v i d e n c e w h e re h e h a s c i rc u m n a v i g a t e d a t l e a s t o n c e s i n c e D e c e m b e r a n d i s s t i l l s e e n . We a re i n t r i g u e d t o k n o w w h e re h e w i l l g o

next! As in Florida, the biggest risk to manatees in the Bahamas is injury f ro m b o a t p ro p e l l e r s w h i c h s o m e times can be lethal. Since arriving i n E l e u t h e r a , G i n a h a s a c q u i re d a t l e a s t o n e n e w p ro p e l l e r s c a r o n h e r back. She survived this one but is s t i l l a t r i s k o f a n o t h e r. To h e l p n o t i f y ( a n d re m i n d ) t h e p u b l i c o f G i n a ’ s p re s e n c e , B MMRO s t a f f a n d v o l u n teers have posted manatee signs in H a r b o u r I s l a n d a n d S p a n i s h We l l s . We a s k a l l b o a t e r s t o k e e p a k e e n eye out for Gina. Please slow down, e s p e c i a l l y w h e n n a v i g a t i n g t h ro u g h n a r ro w c h a n n e l s s u c h a s h a r b o r

Interesting Tidbits Some participants in the 2014 Pineappleman Triathlon were so enamoured by the appearance of Rita in the Gregory Town harbour, they jumped in the water and moved in to caress the gentle giant. That activity is discouraged by the experts at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation, who had the above sign made to advise what not to do, so that the Bahamas Manatees would remain healthy: “Please Do Not, Touch, Chase or Feed Me” The photo on the right shows the typical tag attached to the Bahamas manatees, this one is on a manatee tagged in Great Harbour Cay.

e n t r a n c e s a n d a ro u n d d o c k s w h e re s h e m a y b e g e t t i n g w a t e r. G i n a i s a gentle, harmless animal who has chosen Eleuthera as her new home, and we encourage Eleutherans to help us educate Bahamians and visitors to help keep her safe. A f t e r a y e a r, G i n a ’ s b e l t b e c a m e detached; the small bolts holding i t t o g e t h e r a re d e s i g n e d t o c o r ro d e away over time, and we decided not t o a t t e m p t t o re p l a c e i t . G i n a h a s p ro v i d e d v a l u a b l e d a t a o n m a n a t e e m o v e m e n t s . We k n o w t h a t a t l e a s t f o r n o w h e r “ f a v o u r i t e ” p l a c e s a re H a r b o u r I s l a n d a n d S p a n i s h We l l s b u t t h a t s h e c a n b e s e e n a n y w h e re

in Eleuthera, and may even be capable of finding her way back to G re a t H a r b o u r C a y. U p o n re t r i e v a l o f t h e t a g a n d b e l t i n m i d - M a rc h , D i a n e f o u n d G i n a i n a q u i e t c re e k i n S p a n i s h We l l s h a r b o r. G i n a i s s h o w i n g s i g n s o f b e i n g p re g n a n t , a l t h o u g h t h i s h a s not been confirmed, and she looks “very fat and happy”. Without her tag, she will be much harder to s i g h t , b u t w e a re c o m f o r t e d b y t h e c a re t h a t E l e u t h e r a n s h a v e s h o w n f o r h e r. B MMRO ’ s l a s t s i g h t i n g re p o r t o f G i n a w a s i n S p a n i s h We l l s harbour entrance by passengers on the ferry on Easter Sunday (April

5, 2 0 1 5 ) . P l e a s e l e t u s k n o w i f y o u see Gina or any other manatees; send sightings and photos to info@ b a h a m a s w h a l e s . o r g . We a re h o p i n g t h a t s o o n w e w i l l re c e i v e a re p o r t of Gina with a little Eleutheran-born b a b y. For additional information on Gina, manatees in The Bahamas, and other marine mammals in The Baham a s , v i s i t o u r w e b s i t e : h t t p : / / w w w. or follow us o n Fa c e b o o k a t h t t p : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / b m m ro .

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FIsh Bone TourS

“thrilling adventure” Julius and Robin Rankine, owners of Fishbone Tours host an adventure tour like no other around the beautiful waters of Savannah Sound and exclusive Windermere Island. I met the couple at their home, just across from the waters of the calm sound, as they finalized preparations for our morning adventure. It is as perfect a spot on water that one could find to call home on an island. We launched from a quiet mangrove covered shore, dotted with local homes, armed with bug spray for the no-see-ums and caps to temper the warmth of the Eleuthera sun. These waters were unfamiliar to me, and in my chest I could feel little bubbles of anticipation as we set off. Captain Julius, a native of Savannah Sound and an experienced guide, first introduced their fascinating ‘conch garden’- a mangrove sanctuary nursed by he and his father & plush with conchs at all stages of development: the cup lip, thin lip and broad lip stages. True to his nature of conservation, he explained the reproduction process of the queen conch and the number of years it took to reach each stage, carefully explaining the importance of only harvesting the conch at the mature broad lip stage. During the course of the morning I could reach out and touch beautiful pin cushion starfish & gaze at gorgeous Green Sea Turtles. The turtles are also measured and recorded by the couple, as part of their partnership with research being conducted by the Island School in a turtle tagging program. As a protected species in the Bahamas since 2009, Julius noted that the turtle population in waters of the sound numbered as many as 400, which he said was taking a toll on the local conch population. The tour continued on, stopping at natural reef sites, where little fish would literally eat from your hands. The site of a submerged small plane from a crash over a decade old, now serves as a lovely artificial reef for a wide variety of sea life. Exploring the coast of Windermere Island, Captain Julius showed off his

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Superstars! Savannah Sound Central Eleuthera close to Windermere Island.


Tour Operators, Julius and Robin Rankine, offer a spectacular tour in an environment rich with mangrove, turtles, star fish, conch, sandy beaches and crystal clear water off Windermere Island.

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Robin & Capt. Julius `Bubba` Rankine 242-332-6524 242-464-0039 Email:

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Submerged small airplane serves as artificial reef to a variety of sea life , in the waters off Savannah Sound & Windermere Island experienced skill of navigating through rocky reef formations and pointed out some of the homes of the rich and famous - many tiled by his father, well known for that trade. An early afternoon rain storm which had built up in one direction began a display of lightning and thunder, signaling an end to the day’s fun with Captain Julius, saying ‘safety first’. He quickly navigated us back to the quiet shore where the adventure had begun that morning. Earlier, fully prepared with all the requisite ingredients for fresh conch salad, already chopped, Julius demonstrated how to free a mature conch from its’ shell, and fully described the physical structure before dicing it up to join the fresh tomato and other vegetables in the conch salad, with just the right dash of salt and real pepper. Just as he had boldly promised, it was some of the best tasting fresh conch I had ever had, and I literally had to pull myself away to take in the remaining sights and scenes of the tour. It’s a highly recommended opportunity to experience the thrill of interacting with the amazing sea life abounding in the sound.

One of the many beautiful beaches on Windermere Island

Guarded bridge that connects private Windermere island to mainland Eleuthera

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Banyan Tree & Wild horses Just past the Rock Sound Club travelling South, there are beautiful Banyan trees and if you’re lucky you’ll see wild horses about. Ask for directions.

Churches Century old churches some older, some younger. Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Baptist, Brethren, Church of God and others are found in townships throughout the Eleutheras.

Caves - Hatchet Bay caves are especially magnificent. Other smaller caves are found on the island, including one with beautiful features in Rock Sound as you head out of town. It’s not marked by signs, so ask for directions.

The Islands As Tourism officials say, ‘get married in one’ and ‘honeymoon in another’. Visit each of Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells via small daily ferries.

Surfer’s Beach is world renown for its wave action on the north coast of Eleuthera Island Shores just south of Gregory Town. Surfers use this and other north coast locations.

Haynes Library - The operation of the library in Governor’s Harbour, is overseen by the “Friends of the Library” group, which was formed in 1994 to raise funds for restoration of the historic building which once served as the residence of the local Doctor. Web services are available at the library.

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on

Slave Ruins and old churches historical sites in quiet Bannerman Town, the closest settlement to Lighthouse point and Princess Cays.

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the Banks Road in Governors’ Harbour offers an educational stroll through the natural vegetation of this island. Learn more on page 56.

Preacher’s Cave gave refuge to William Sayle and his group of shipwrecked Puritans fleeing Religious persecution in Bermuda. They founded the first permanent English settlement in The Bahamas. Location: North Eleuthera

On Cupid’s Cay you’ll find the location of the first US Consulate General established in 1789, as well as homes and remnants of buildings over 125 years old.

Glass Window Bridge Narrow crossing separating the rough Atlantic and the calm Bight of Eleuthera (often incorrectly called the Caribbean Sea). The roaring water seen in the picture is a natural phenomenon know as the RAGE.

Queen’s Baths - natural pools surrounded by breathtaking cliffs. It is found North of Gregory Town before the Glass Window bridge.

At The Edge Too - Perched on the cliffs at the world renown Glass Window Bridge just north of Gregory Town.

Rock Sound’s Attractions - The Boiling Hole, Cave and Spectacular Ocean Hole. Boiling Hole: An information sign posted at The Boiling Hole in Rock Sound (shown left) as part of the One Eleuthera heritage trail project describes the location as, “One of Eleuthera’s many blue holes, formed long ago when the island’s limestone bedrock eroded. It connects to an offshore hole about 1/4 mile west of its location, through a network of underground caves. As the name suggests, the Boiling Hole bubbles and churns with the movement of ocean tides. Fringed by coppice forest, this is a great place to spot neotropical birds. You might also see a green sea turtle in the blue hole, providing evidence of its link to the sea.” Ocean Hole: Eleuthera is one of the few islands in the Bahamian archipelago where concentrations of these amazing blue holes occur, and the most well-known inland blue hole on the island, dubbed the ‘Ocean Hole Park’, is one of its most famous landmarks and covers just about a two acre area in the township of Rock Sound in south Eleuthera. Local lore believes the “Ocean Hole” to be bottomless.

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At The Edge


Daring Views - This beautiful couple from Mainland China sat, stood, embraced, and echoed out at the edge of the cliffs at the Glass Window Bridge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Whether it’s the churning ocean, the winding coastline, the calm bight or the engulfing sounds, the bridge deserves several visits per year, and definitely one in each season!

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Photography: By Elizabeth Bryan. Model featured: Gem Austin. Beach Bubbles bracelet by Holly Burrows. Earrings by Safyha Bryan. Location: COCOA Coffee House, Harbour Island 333.1323

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Valentines Resort’s Pool View with Harbour Island’s moon shining. Photo by Paola Consoli

Simply awesome! Lighthouse Beach An incredible beach at Lighthouse Point, famed as one of Eleuthera’s most beautiful is also literally at the very end of the island. The cliffs overlooking this breathtaking spot offer stunning panoramas of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Exuma Sound.


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Rock Sound ,

South Eleuthera

Lower Bogue ,

North Eleuthera

Hall's Variety Store



3T's LaundryMat



Step by Step Shoe Store



Unique Island Treasures



In Da Hole



Best Bet Souvenirs



Shop Smart 335-4042


Eddie's Dept. Store



Builder's Square 335-1446


Forever Beautiful Body



D & T Nursery 335-1446


Johnson's Groceries 335-1340


Rock Sound Hardware

334-2253/ 334-2257


Coco Plum's Restaurant



Ingraham's Beach INN



Ingraham's Furniture



The Cottages



The Lumber Shed


The Home Center

Jimmy's Liquor Store 335-2101


North Eleu Craft & Snack 335-1700


Freedom Tours 335-1700


Bahama Hoppers 335-1650


North Eleuthera Service Station 335-1128

Bluff ,

North Eleuthera

North Eleu shopping Center 335-1880

Harbour Island,



North Eleuthera

Daddy D's 333-3700



Arthur's Bakery & Internet Café 333-2285




Johnson's Rentals 333-2376


The Market Place



Pigly Wigly 333-2120


Leary’s pizzaria



Princess Street Gallery 333-2788


North Side Restaurant



Dunmore Deli 333-2644


Java Bytes Coffee



Briland Booze 333-2645


Willd Orchids



The Sand Dollar 333-3576


A&M Clothing Store



Bahamian Shells & Tings 333-2839


Sammy's Place



The Prescription Pharmacy

# not available


Veta's Place



R & R Enterprise



Sawyer's Food Store



Gibson & Son Upholstery ...



Valentine’s Resort/Marina 333-2142

Faith 4 Life Gift Store



Spanish Wells, North Eleuthera

Office General



George's Art & Craft



Saunder's Elec & Maintenance



Eleuthera Stationery & Office Supplies



Leary's Import & Export



Three Sisters variety store 333-4040

Sturrups Liquor Store



Generation Gap 333-4464

AID (Automotive ...)



Harbour Side 333-5022


Dingle Motors


Fuel etc.

Tees R Us 333-4046


Lynette’s 333-4205


Dunmore Realty 333-3100

Real Estate

Tip Top 699-5577 Dilly Dally 333-3109 Cocoa Coffee House 225-8953

Shopping Cafe Resort

Food Fair Supermarket 333-4675


Pinders Supermarket 333-4049


Damianos Sothebys Realty 333-4590

Real Estate Shopping Dining

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directory Business

Real Estate Damianos Sotheby’s

The Beach House 332-3387


Da Perk HG Christie



French Leave (1648) Dining Buccaneer Restaurant



Pascals Ocean Front 332-3422

Harbour Inn Restaurant 332-2686 (Catering)

Lord Byron’s Hardware 332-3476

Governor’s Harbour Bakery 332-2071

The Blue Room 332-2736 (Takeaway)

Awesome Kitchen 332-3456

Great Expectations Boutique - 332-3484

Shopping Touch of Class

Clear Water Dive Shop

Eleuthera Beverages

332- 2146


Highway Service Station 332-2077

Ronnie’s Enterprises

Dornell’s Treasures

Y2K Fashions



332-2733 (S)

Top of the Line

Sunset Inn & Rest.. 332-2487

Governor’s Harbour , Central Eleuthera

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J’Anna’s Gift Shop

Burrows Liquor

The Harbour Boutique

Griffin’s Auto Repair





George’s Art & Craft

Eleuthera Tourism

Eleuthera Petroleum



Burrows Grocery

Eleuthera Supply

Service Theresa Burrows Photo... 332-2992




Pineapple Fields



Janet’s Upholstery The Photoshop

Villa Allamanda



Sands Liquor

Sophie’s Boutique




Kid’s R Us Daycare Eleuthera Pest Control

Suncrest House




Pammy’s Takeaway

Office General



Where To Stay Sky Beach Club

Agape House Daycare 699-5188

Peace of Mind Yoga at Tippy’s Beach off Banks Road, Governor’s Harbour.

Big smiles from Kalin Griffin (left), who heads up the Department of Labour on Eleuthera, and in her spare time also offers yoga instruction. In November 2014 she organized an international yoga retreat, and is seen here with international yoga instructor, Kerri Verna. Beautiful Pineapple Fields was the host resort for the event.

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directory Business

Palmetto Point , Central Eleuthera Big General Wholesale # not available


E-Z AUTO 332-1950


Joshua Culmer Insurance 332-1256


Lakia's Variety Store 332-0188


Millard's Grocery Store 332-1239


Paint Paradise 332-1375


Tacy Auto Parts 332-1256 Tropical Dreams 332-1632 W.D. Electrical, A/C & Refrig 332-0445

Service Where to Stay Service

CS Service Center 332-1096


Klean Ko 332-0095


Carl Sands Construction 332-0246 Wind Chimes Rest. & Sports Bar 455-0452 Paradise Service Plaza 332-0033 Big Daddy’s Rental Cars 332-1592 Island Farm 332-0141

Service Nightlife Shopping Rentals Shopping

Smart Roofing & Construction 464-0123


Mate & Jenny’s Pizza 332-1504


Unique Village 332-1830 Eleuthera Dental Center 332-1477

Where to Stay Service

Tia’s Shop 332-1897


Freedom Ice-Cream Parlour 332-0399


Unique’s Hardware 332-1288


James’ Cistern, Central Eleuthera Big Rock General & Deli 335-6008


J.C. Discount 335-6049


East & Final Grocery 335-6570


D & D Service Station 335-6444


Hatchet Bay, Central Eleuthera Bay Liquor Store 335-0068


Lutra Pure Water 335-0499


Bay Inn / Twin Brothers 335-0730 Gateway Service Station 335-0455

Churning At The Glass Window Bridge


When it is safe enough, nothing beats taking in the magnitude of the forces of nature from the cliffs around the Glass Window Bridge. On this day it is not the waves, but the churning action of the currents that inspires awe.

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Dining Shopping

Front Porch Delights 335-0727


Rainbow Inn 335-0294


Gregory Town,

Central Eleuthera

Ida's Delights 335-5023


Island Made Gifts 335-5369


Jay's Laundromat 335-5655


Mr. Bones Liquor Store 335-5489


Seven Eleven 335-5711


J.C. Discount 335-5672


Daddy Joe’s 335-5688



A Moment Wrapped in Pink & Blue in Paradise “Nothing quite like having a span of pink sand beach all to yourself, where the pink and blue hues surround in awesome tranquillity�

Just Chillin’


The Sweeting’s Pond sea horses may be a hybridized new species!

According to researchers, Eleuthera is known to have over 200 species of sea horses with an abundant number found in Sweeting’s Pond located just north of Hatchet Bay. Photo by: Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick

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numbers Island Administrators North Eleuthera Harbour Island Spanish Wells Upper Bogue

(242) 333-2275 (242) 333-4054 (242) 335-1364

Central Eleuthera

O/C Harbour Island....333-2327 Spanish Wells Station....333-4030 Gregory Town Station....335-5322 Hatchet Bay Station....335-0086

hospitals - None

Governor’s Harbour (242) 332-2112/3


South Eleuthera Rock Sound

(242) 334-2034

Eleuthera Tourist Office Located opposite the Governor’s Harbour primary school, Queen’s Highway, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera. Tel (242) 332-2142 Fax 242) 332-2480

Harbour Island Tourist Office Dunmore Street Tel .....242) 333-2621 Fax .....(242) 333-2622

Banking / ATM’s Scotiabank Lower Bogue - (ATM) Rock Sound, - (ATM)

First Caribbean Intl Bank Gov. Harbour - (242) 332-2300

Royal Bank of Canada Gov. Harbour - (242) 332-2856/8 Harbour Island (- (242) 333-2250 Spanish Wells - (242) 333-4131

Police Police Contact Numbers Head Quarters (GH....332-3500 Governor’s Harbour....332-2111 OR....332-2117 O/C Governor’s Harbour....332-2723 Gov.Harb. Airport Station....332-2323 Deep Creek Station....334-8207 Tarpum Bay Station....334-4033 Rock Sound Station....334-2244 Rock Sound Sgt. Office....334-2212 Rock Sound Airport Station....334-2052 Lower Bogue (Airport.)...335-1208 Harbour Island....333-2111

Governor’s Harbour Clinic ......(242) 332-2774 Doctor .....(242) 332-2020 The Levy Medical and Health Center was donated in 1963 by the Harrisville Company in honor of June and Austin T. Levy who started the Hatchet Bay Plantation. There is a resident Doctor and Dentist who are stationed in the Central Eleuthera district.

Rock Sound Clinic .....(242) 334-2226 Doctor .....(242) 334- 2226

Bahamas Fast Ferries Nas.....323-2166 GH.....332-2077; HI.....333-3133

Cargo Boats from Nassau Eleuthera Express................... 393-1064 Bahamas Daybreak..................335-1163 Current Pride............................393-1064 Bahamas Fast Ferries Nas.....323-2166 GH.....332-2077; HI.....333-3133

Cargo Boats from US G&G Shipping....................332-3066 Bimini Shipping..................305-634-8858

Customs Brokers Elite Customs Brokers-GH….........332-3066 Paul Simmons Customs Brokers...332-2571

Harbour Island Clinic .....(242) 333-2227 Doctor .....(242) 333-2225 The staff consists of a Doctor and Nurses. The Doctor is on call 24 hours, and is the District Medical Officer.

Spanish Wells Clinic ......(242) 333-4064

GETTING HERE: From Ft. Lauderdale or Miami Silver Airways US ..... (800) 231-0856 NE ..... 335-1278

American Eagle US .....1 (800) 433-7300 NE .....335-2055

From Nassau Southern Air Nas.....225-1117/225-1119/2014 GH.....332-3270; NE.....335-1720 BahamasAir Nas.......377-8451; GH ..... 332-2648 RS.....334-3000; NE.....335-1152 Pineapple Air Nas.......377-0140; GH ..... 332-3811 RS.....334-2125; NE.....335-2081

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Overview of The Eleutheras

The intrigue of our island grouping is as much about the natural beauty of the landscape, as it is about the natural beauty of the people. The Eleutheras, is how we refer to our group of islands which include, Harbour Island, Spanish Wells and mainland Eleuthera, the more populated islands as well as the more sparsely inhabited islands, such as Windermere and Current Island. The subsequent overview captures the essence of the townships making up the five districts of South, Central and North Eleuthera, Spanish Wells on St. George’s Cay and Harbour Island.

Above: St. Agnes Anglican Church, at the harbour in Gregory Town, Eleuthera. The more than 100 year old place of worship was consecrated on November 11, 1890.

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Historic Preacher’s Cave

Bluff Dock facing Royal Island

Frederick “Fine Threads” Neilly is renowned for his farms and his welcoming smile as a taxi driver.

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Townships • • • • •

Upper Bogue Lower Bogue The Bluff Blackwood (Creole) The Current Current Island

Spanish Wells (District) • St. George’s Cay • Russell Island. Harbour Island (District) • Harbour Island

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Commercial Ports • North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) Eleuthera’s busiest. • Three Island Dock (to & from Harbour Island) • Gene’s (Jean’s) Bay Dock (to & from Spanish Wells) • Spanish Wells Dock (on St. George’s Island) • Current Dock (ferry to Nassau) • Current Island


The North Eleuthera airport is located on the mainland in the settlement of Lower Bogue. Three Island Dock, is a 5 minute taxi ride east of the airport. Small fast-Ferries (rides are bumpy) at the dock, take passengers between the mainland and renowned Harbour Island in about 5 minutes. Gene’s (Jean’s) Bay Dock is a longer drive from the airport, initially west to Stuart’s Gas Station and then north until the road meets the beach. The drive goes by turnoffs to Bluff, Preacher’s Cave and Black-

wood. It is about 15 minutes by car. The ferry to beautiful Spanish Wells is about 5 minutes. Golf Cart rentals are available on the docks of both islands at $10-20 per hour $40-50 per day with weekly rates also available. Back on the mainland, Current is a quaint, town that also has its roots in the original European settlements on the island. Of note in the settlement is the Current Park, dedicated in December 2009, in the name of the first Premier of The Bahamas and widely success-

ful businessman, Sir Roland Symonette. Bluff is home to The North Eleuthera Shopping Center, a modern well stocked Supermarket that attracts regular shoppers from settlements over an hour away. Royal Island is accessible from its port. Upper Bogue houses local government offices for North Eleuthera.

Take the Ferry! Bahamas Fast Ferries, owned by Eleutheran, Craig Symonette, travels between Nassau and Spanish Wells / Harbour Island daily. It also travels weekly to Current and Governor’s Harbour in Central Eleuthera. Special excursions are also available for groups.

The Current

North Eleuthera

lsIand Harbour

Population: The Dept. of Stats, 2010 data had the population set at 1,762 people.

Life: Harbour Island’s life, is shaped by the magnetic nature of the island to attract a plethora of wealthy visitors and second home owners. It is a choice island for yachtsmen around the world and many come to the island by docking at one of its fabulous marinas. Alternatively, visitors also ferry over from the airport on

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mainland north eleuthera. The ferries are not large and the rides may be bumpy along the scenic brief ride across. Things to Do: Watersports, Nightclubs, Restaurants, Old Churches and stunning beaches. Additionally, festivals such as the Junkanoo festival over Christmas and the New Year, Back Yard Festival in

Spring or the Regatta in the fall add to the list of things to do on the island. Getting There: Fly in to the North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) and take a taxi to ‘Three Island’ Dock, 3 mins away by car. A short 5 minute ferry ride will take you directly to the Harbour Island dock. Bahamas Ferries also offers daily excur-

sions from Nassau. Or Sail into Valentines Marina! People and More : This small, beautiful island, is located off the coast of North Eleuthera, and is world renown as an idyllic destination for jet setting wealthy seasonal inhabitants and vacationers. The island, dubbed as one of the best

in the Caribbean, is home to the famous ‘Pink Sand’ beach, and offers a plethora of dining options. The local populace, better known as ‘Brilanders’, provide warm hospitality to all guests. With yachts lining its harbours, pastel historic homes dating back to the 1700’s, pink sand beaches and modern resorts,

Harbour Island is a must see, even if you vacation elsewhere on the Eleutheras. For information contact: Harbour Island Tourism Office: Manager, June Dean Tel: l-242-333-2621 See Real Estate options also in The Eleutheran Newspaper - All Major Real Estate Companies on the island feature their

offerings in this publication Tel: 1-242-422-9350 About the photos: The photos show scenes around Harbour Island. Photo of the waving tourists by Paola Consoli, Photos of the water melon eating, and the Space To Create street dancing are by Donna Decosta. All other photos are by Elizabeth Bryan.

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St. George’s Cay Spanish Wells

Population: The Dept. of

ways the island is self susStats, 2010 data has the taining and has a thriving population of Spanish Wells business community. Farmset at 1,551 people. ing is also a thriving industry of the island. It is done Industry: The fishing capital mainly in mainland North of The Bahamas. In many Eleuthera with immigrant

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About the Collage: Photos on this page show people of Spanish Wells out at The Fishermen’s Fest which is held in July each year. Also seen is a view of the harbour that faces mainland Eleuthera and uniformed students of the Guy Samuel Pinder All Age School . Across the page in addition to scenic views, is a photo of long serving Chief Councillor and prominent businessman, Abner Pinder. In the adjacent photograph is 103 year old Mrs. Sybil Kathleen Carey, d.o.b Feb 12th, 1912.

labour. Poaching by foreign fishermen has been identified as a threat to the local fishing trade. Getting There: Fly in to the

North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) and take a taxi to Gene’s (Jean’s) Bay Dock, 10-15 mins away by car. A short 5 minute ferry ride will take you directly to Spanish Wells on St. George’s Cay.

The island is bridged to Russell Island. People and More..

The population of Spanish Wells is predominantly of European lineage, dating back to the Eleutheran

Adventurers - The first European inhabitants of the Bahamas. The industrious community boasts the most developed and productive fishing fleets in the Bahamas. Renown for its quaint, clean, color-

ful homes and gardens, the island with its beautiful beaches is a gem to see in North Eleuthera. Its All Age School is one of the top performing in the country. The island produces strong contenders on the national

stage in events such as Softball, Baseball, Junkanoo & Cheerleading. Its Fisherman’s Fest in July 2015 celebrated 5 years.

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eleuthera Central

This photo taken at the high school in Central Eleuthera in 2015, frames a great representation of the people behind the functioning of The District. Jacqueline Gibson, Tourism Manager based in Central Eleuthera; Joseph Ferguson, Central Eleuthera’s Administrator; Helen Simmons-Johnson, Eleuthera’s Supt of Education; Damian Gomez, South and Central Eleuthera’s Member of Parliament; Shirley Burrows, Evangelist resident of Central Eleuthera; Joshua Culmer, Businessman and Marriage Officer of over 300 weddings; Lawrence Griffin, Businessman and one of the founders of the Central Eleuthera High school; Karen Crean, Principal of The Primary School in Palmetto Point; Hank Johnson, Chairman of Central Eleuthera District Council; Kenwood Cartwright, Representative of The One Eleuthera Foundation and Marie Galanis, the Principal of Central Eleuthera High School.


In 2015 there’s a buzz about Governor’s Harbour, the capital of Eleuthera, rich with history, and full of promise. This small town, was the first permanent European settlement in The Bahamas, having been settled by the Eleutheran Adventurers - English settlers fleeing religious persecution in Bermuda, in about 1648. On Cupid’s Cay, in Governor’s Harbour, a monument now stands at the spot of the first US Consulate General, founded in 1789.

Central Eleuthera

With several churches, buildings and homes 100+ years old, Governor’s Harbour, like much of Eleuthera, rests confidently in its unassuming grandeur. Business Governor’s Harbour

Savannah Sound

• • •

• •

Lisa A. Johnson, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Nassau at the Cupid’s Cay monument on the spot of the first US Consulate General.

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Gov. Departments, Senior Administrator Resident doctor for the district. Ambulance Services Banks, Real Estate agencies, Telephone companies. Courier services and Insurance agencies.

Education superintendent’s office and education resource center for the islands. Savannah Sound is also home to the rich and famous who find the needed seclusion on its beaches and on the famed Windermere Island.


Palmetto Point has several businesses and vacation spots including Mate and Jenny’s, Unique Village and Tropical Dreams Rentals. Throughout the other townships you will find interesting stores, lovely restaurants, takeaways and fabulous gift shops. Gregory Town is well known for its pineapples and the festival bearing their name. Hatchet Bay has a rich history dating back to a time when this small town was the breadbasket of the Bahamas. It is now also home to the interna-

tionally known Twin Brothers Seafood and Steak house. James’ Cistern is a quiet town, which houses the Bible Training Center and the Bahamas Methodist Habitat, an organization that each year reaches out to the community with much needed assistance, particularly in the aftermath of disaster. In October 2014 Mr. Coy Austin, a long time resident, WWII Veteran and pilot, died when his private plane crashed off James Cistern. It is also the settlement of the “Jolly” boat and “Antiki” landing.

About the photos: Scenes around Central Eleuthera, including tourists enjoying both the Fish Fry and Earth Day celebrations. Also shown is a young student participating in an Anglican Church ceremony at the historic St. Patrick’s in Governor’s Harbour. Above (right) you see a Dolphin in the foreground of another lovely Eleuthera sunset.

Commercial Ports • •

Governor’s Harbour International Airport (GHB) Eleuthera’s second busiest. Cupid’s Cay (to New Providence (NP) and a docking place of cargo vessels from NP or USA ) Hatchet Bay Dock - freight from New Providence

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About the photos: Olympian Chris Brown of Wemyss Bight, South Eleuthera is embraced by students at his alma mater - Preston H. Albury High School. Other photos show scenic views of Tarpum Bay, Rock Sound and Princess Cays.

Overview Rock Sound, this historic settlement is home to the Administration offices for South Eleuthera. Within walking distance of the Administration offices is the district Police Headquarters; the historic Mission House now operated by One Eleuthera Foundation and other government offices. Dingle Motors and The Lumbershed offer services that cater to visits by land and sea. The Market Place with a wide range of grocery offers great shopping options for locals and visitors - including concierge services. Tarpum Bay - A settlement with a unique style in old homes and strong fishing culture. It is also home to the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center. Along the seaside roads

you will find vendors of conch / fish snacks as well as fishermen with their day’s catch. Also in the settlement, you will find Shantzii’s Rest/Bar, for a nice meal or cool drink. South Eleuthera Emergency Partners (SEEP) also operates an Emergency Operations Center from this settlement.

in small island sustainability studies. In Rock Sound you can visit the Ocean Hole - an inland salt water natural phenomenon that has attracted much attention from visitors and locals alike including the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau. No fishing is allowed. See more on Page

South of Tarpum Bay and Rock Sound you’ll find, Bannerman Town, Millars, John Millars, Wemyss Bight, Waterford and Deep Creek,

In Wemyss Bight, South Eleuthera Emergency Partners (SEEP) has constructed an Emergency Operations Center to offer Fire and Ambulance service to residents of the area. This is the second such facility with another constructed earlier by SEEP in Tarpum Bay. Wemyss Bight has the only public tennis court on the island and is the hometown of Olympian Chris Brown.

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Bannerman Town is along the road to the famous Lighthouse Beach. This small town is also home to Slave Ruins. Driving south of Deep Creek you will find the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Island School, known for their leadership

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South Eleuthera

Townships South Eleuthera District • • • • • • • •

Tarpum Bay Rock Sound Green Castle Wemyss Bight Waterford Deep Creek Millars Bannerman Town

Commercial Ports •

Rock Sound International Airport

Rock Sound Dock ( in need of repair)

Davis Harbour - Waterford (private)

Cape Eleuthera (private)

Princess Cays (Private)

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Stunning Eleuthera Selfie! South Eleuthera - No matter how many pictures you may see, or how many articles you may read, Light House Point will always take your breath away! Atop its peaks are the BEST LOCALES to take out that smart phone and Take a Selfie!

* Eleuthera is a small part of an archipelagic country. It is not administered as a cohesive island, but rather as an amalgamation of Districts administered separately by appointed civil servants who serve as Administrators. Each report to the Minister of Local Government in New Providence who is also responsible for their appointment. Area - Districts Eleuthera is made up of several islands with three islands having the vast majority of the population. There are a total of ~3915 counted households on these islands: •

Mainland Eleuthera is 110 miles long and ~ 2 miles at its widest area. Pop. Census. 2010 is 8,202 people. (M-4,058, F-4144, Households - 2718) Harbour Island, the next largest, is 3 miles long and ½ mile wide. Pop. Census. 2010 is 1,762 people. (M-873 F-889 Households 597) Spanish Wells on St. George’s Cay is ½ mile wide by 2 miles long. Pop. Est. 2010, is 1,551 people. (M-754 F-797 Households 600) Current Island, just off the settlement of Current



is home to approx. fifty (50) Eleutherans. • Eleuthera’s population changes very little over time because of a migration away from the island of young adults. The people of Harbour Island and Spanish Wells through commonage rights own large areas of land in mainland North Eleuthera. Beaches - pg 48 Business The Eleuthera business outlook has been held annually for the past three years (2013-2015) in May with the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie as the key note speaker. Business HOURS Most shops and businesses are open from 9am-5pm. Monday thru Saturday. Government offices are open

Monday thru Friday. Several family owned and operated stores within towns may stay open until sundown or even later. Business (Sunday) : Many food stores are open for a few hours on Sunday - usually until around 10am. Keep in mind that many gasoline service stations are closed on Sundays, though for the few reduced opening hours, service stations attached to stores may also open their gas pumps. Capital The ‘capital’ of Eleuthera is Governor’s Harbour. The town is home to most government offices and offices of several national companies. The Superintendent of Police in Eleuthera (Officer in Charge of police in Eleuthera) is also based in Governor’s Harbour.

Other centers Rock Sound is the center of commerce and local government for South Eleuthera. It has the office of the Administrator of South Eleuthera. Spanish Wells & Harbour Island are relatively densely populated islands with thriving business and a common locally based administrator. Climate Type: Subtropical maritime. Seasons: Summer (or wet season) which is from May thru September and winter (or dry season) which is from October thru April. Oddity: It’s not that odd for Summer conditions to extend through November and in the new year not appear before May. The remnants of North American cold fronts bring comfortably cool weather during the winter months

with generally no experiences of frost, snow, sleet nor extreme temperatures. Seldom will temperatures fall below 60oF and they will often reach as high as 75oF during this time of the year. In summer the warm temperatures seldom go above 90oF and may fall to 78­oF or lower at night.

Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Dominican Republic. North Eleuthera airport receives the most flights from the United States directly.

Electricity 120 volt, 60 cycle (same as the US and Canada).

Current Leaders • Governor General Dame Margarite Pindling replaced sir Arthur Foulkes (summer 2014) • Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Christie of the Progressive Liberal Party • Opposition Leader: Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis of the Free National Movement.

Government Prior to independence in 1973, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas was a British Colony. To this date, The Bahamas remains a member of the Commonwealth and Humidity is typically fairly high (Average ~ 65%) espealso holds membership in cially during summer. several international bodies, including the United Nations and Organization of American Summer rains enrich the green colour in the natural States. vegetation, leads to a plethora The political system is based of flowers in island gardens on the British parliamentary and by extension insect repel- system. The Parliament comlent comes in fairly handy just prises the House of Assembly before and after sunset. and the Senate. Members of the House are elected directly Hurricanes: The Atlantic hur- every five years (Last Elecricane season runs from June tion 2012). The members of 1st to November 30th. the Senate are appointed by the Governor General. The Prime Minister proposes the Driving RIGHT IS WRONG! majority of the Senators, the Tourists are far too often seen Opposition Leader proposes driving on the wrong (right) 1/4 of the Members, and the side. This is potentially deadly remaining (1/3 of the number on roads that in 2013 and the Prime Minister proposes) members are appointed on 2014 have seen more than 1 the advice of the Prime Minisdozen people killed. Stay LEFT - This cannot be ter after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. emphasised too much!!! In The Bahamas, we drive on The Prime Minister is the the left side of the road. For head of the Executive Branch tourists, your ‘home’ driver’s of Government and heads a license is good for up to three Cabinet of minimum 8 other months here! Rent a car and ministers, one being the Atdrive safely on the left. torney General. The Family Islands’ Local Speeding is a problem on government districts elect the island. Streets outside of councils for town planning, towns are dark at night and dump site management and there are many twists and maintaining government turns. Drive Carefully! buildings.

Getting Here - by Air There are several airlines which service the Eleutheras via the three airports in North, Central and South. Bahamasair, Southern Air and Pineapple Air offer regular competing daily service to and from Nassau. Bahama Hoppers with their private terminal at North Eleuthera airport, offers Air Charters throughout The

Gratuities - Customarily, gratuities or tips are paid to hospitality industry personnel who render good service. The accepted norm is 15 per cent



Tarpum Bay, South Eleuthera - Fishing is a rich part of Tarpum Bay, where some of the best prices are available for a variety of fresh catch, on the docks. It’s also home to the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Centre as well as a fabulous architectural style in the old homes lining the main road which passes through it. There is a strong community spirit and the town is well known for excellent Junkanoo productions & the 2014 Family Island Primary Champs!

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of the total cost of services. Some establishments add gratuity to the final bill.

Internet, and Telecommunications services are modern.

Health Services Nurses, area doctors and volunteer emergency personnel are on the front line of health care on the island. Closest Hospitals: • Public: Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau. • Private: Doctor’s Hospital in Nassau. • Flying to Nassau takes about 20 min, and upfront payment is often necessary for airlift.

Topography - Eleuthera is long and narrow with several rolling hills. The highest point is 168 feet in Gregory Town. Cool Fact: the highest point in the Bahamas is found on Cat Island, visible from South Eleuthera on a clear day.

There are government clinics in most townships which are open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The district doctor is on call to handle emergencies only. Clinics are not equipped to handle serious emergencies, which are sent into Nassau. There are several ambulances on the island. Dial 919 for emergency situations. People All colors, friendly, & resourceful. Population (2010 estimates of people) 8,202 - Eleuthera 1,762 - Harbour Island. 1,551 - Spanish Wells. Postal Services Each township has a post office to transact mail services. There is no house-to-house delivery of mail in the Eleutheras. Airmail stamps to the US & Canada cost 65 cents and 70 cents to the UK. Courier services available on the island are DHL & Fedex. Prices may change so please do confirm with the local post closest to the settlement you visit. Radio, TV & Tel. There are 17+ radio stations in the Bahamas. Most are FM stations. ZNS-104.5 FM, and 1540 AM are the national stations managed by the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation. SPLASH FM - 92.5 is one of the local stations located in Spanish Wells. Cable TV,

Money & Banking • The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the US dollar on a 1:1 basis. • Value Added Tax of 7.5% now applies to the purchase price of goods and services. See the Gov. website or an administrator’s office, for more info on exemptions or reimbursements. Language ENGLISH is spoken by the vast majority of people. Creole is spoken by the Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian population, present in just about all settlements on the island. Transportation Renting a car is your best option. Taxis are found at all airports and can take you to your destination and often assist with your rental. Ferry services connect Spanish Wells and Harbour Island to the main land. Biking is another option, however, especially in Central Eleuthera, the rolling hills are demanding for the average rider - also bear in mind that the island is 110 miles long. Time - Spring Forward & Fall Back Our islands are on the same time clock as the eastern US. We observe Eastern Standard and Daylight Saving times. Day Light Saving period runs from the second Sunday in March to the second Sunday in November.



atchet Bay *

Hatchet Bay Caves

Hatchet Bay - is a picturesque town which was once the “bread basket” of The Bahamas. The weather beaten Silos are perhaps the largest lasting symbol of the manufacturing past of the settlement, to which many claim heritage, even if they no longer live within its confines. Each year in August, hundreds return for the “Bay Fest”, one of the more eventful festivals on the island. With its dock, agricultural

land and land available for business, Hatchet Bay continues to possess the ingredients for Resurgence. It’s home to Twin Brothers restaurant, Front Porch restaurant, a Stone Crab processing facility and several farms. Its caves, partially defaced by graffiti are magnificent in their grandeur. There’s always a smile waiting on the beautiful faces of residents in this lovely Eleuthera town.

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Eleutheran magazine We are very excited to release this new 100 page issue, a new size milestone for us, and invite you to fully enjoy exploring our truly fabulous island home through the rich content and vivid images found within these pages. We are even more excited to help feature some of the people, who with their tenacious qualities, are helping Eleuthera to move forward, with visionaries within our local communities forging new paths, hospitality partners on island breaking new ground and transforming properties through expansion and additional amenities, and local entrepreneurs readying for further economic growth. In particular, through our features “Made in Eleuthera” we glimpse the enduring nature of the pioneering women that everyday, add their touch to different facets of life on the island. There are so many more stories to tell as we unveil the personalities that make up this island of freedom that we love. As the home to the very first modern settlement in the Bahamas, Eleuthera’s rich history is filled with tales of firsts, and we Eleutherans of today, including the large diaspora dispersed throughout the Bahamas, continue to make our mark. It is no mere coincidence that the current Prime Minister’s mother was a daughter of Tarpum Bay, South Eleuthera, or that the country’s first Premier was from Current in North Eleuthera . While our pages abound with the natural beauty of Eleuthera, we pride ourselves in knowing that we also bring you the pulse of the island by speaking to the widest cross-section of movers and shakers we can.


Photography Credits:

Cindy Boudah Adell Farquharson Totcina Knowles Allen Vernita Bethel Julius Rankine Robin Rankine Jacqueline Gibson Donnalee Miller

Elizabeth Bryan Donna Whitfield Decosta Paola Consoli Wells Theresa Burrows Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick Dr. Vernal Bryan

Publishers: SPICE MEDIA GROUP P. O. Box EL-25166 Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas. Tel: 1 (242) 422-9350

Editorial: The Eleutheran News Agency

Eleuthera Models


Feature & Cover Model Katiana Evans

Tom Glucksmann Diane Claridge Felice Knowles

Managing Editor & Layout: Vernal Bryan, Ph.D.

Director of Photography/ Sales & Marketing/ Feature Writer:

Sights & Attractions Katiana Evans, Toni Bethel & Cenize Louissant

Interviewees: Scott Gorsline Monique Smith Shaun Ingraham Falon Cartwright Peter Hamm Merez Culmer Byron Lowe David Barlyn

Elizabeth Bryan, BBA

Copy Editor: Senior: Elizabeth Bryan Junior: Safyha Bryan

Choice Shopping, Business Directory, Pink Sands beach Gem Austin

Advertising Sales: SPICE MEDIA GROUP Tel: 1 (242) 422-9350

About our cover! featured issue model Katiana Jade Evans of Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Photographer Elizabeth Bryan

Location Katiana is standing with the Ocean Hole, in Rock Sound, as a backdrop...

Outfits/Wardrobe The Harbour Boutique; Cupid’s Cay, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera.

Jewelry & accessories The Blue Seahorse located in Rock Sound, Eleuthera

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Distribution: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (Harbour Island, Governor’s & Nassau.) E-zine online reader at Locations throughout The Eleutheras, including villas,real estate offices & ports of entry,

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