|And this was a fairly calm day!|
|The bridge over the famous Glass Window, an amazing|
place. The pounding waves of the Atlantic on one side
and the calm turquoise waters of the Gulf on the other
|View of Harbor island from the ferry|
We caught a water taxi from the north end of Eleuthera to Harbor Island. They leave constantly, take 10 minutes and cost $5 per person. Walking around the island is a delight but we didn't get very far in the heat. The next time we rented a six person golf cart and were able to see pretty much the whole public portion of the island (a lot of the island is private gated communities). The narrow streets are lined with lovely cottages in all pastel colors - everything pristine. It reminded me very much of Cape Cod but in color (Cape homes are generally natural gray with white trim).
|Another look at the lovely homes along the shore|
|Check out the painted flowers on the shutters,|
|Shell decorated signs|
|Walkway to the amazing beach|
|Hobbits would be comfortable here|
|Wisteria like vines on Cape Cod looking homes|
|The details, the flowers - this is a pretty place!|
|We had a nice lunch here overlooking the dock|
|The local ferry to Eleuthera from Spanish|
Wells - it was packed!
|Valentines's Marina, hotel, restaurant, all very attractive|
but we imagine, expensive - no sailboats
|This marina was really nice with a charming wine bar and|
restaurant which looked good
The second time we came we left from Spanish Wells, we took a local ferry over to the north end of Eleuthera (departing frequently $4 per person), then taking a taxi over to the other side of the island and getting the water taxi from there. This was slightly cheaper than the high speed ferry and was fun since we took the high speed ferry back.
We really enjoyed the high speed ferry as it took the Devils Backbone route back inside the reefs. We came really close to the beaches at times and there are a lot of them on this route. This route is very difficult for a normal boat and a local guide is recommended. Several are available in Spanish Wells or on Harbor Island. In fact getting into Harbor Island Harbor directly requires a pilot for deep draft boats (like ours at 6.5 feet). The route into Spanish Harbor from the north is recommended as well. More about that location in our next entry.
|This "Haunted House" next door was very evocative|
and beautiful. Must have been something once!
|This doesn't do the beach here justice. The cloud came over|
while I took it, but take my word for it - gorgeous! and pink!
|Peter's shot shows the other direction on the beach|
Heather, Scott, Kathy, Julie and Nigel at lunch overlooking
the beach at the Coral Sands Beach Bar