Spanish Wells, part of Eleuthera
Spanish Wells, a prosperous island
Spanish Wells is considered one of the most quaint, clean, and prosperous islands in the Bahamas. It offers a rich history and old world and out island charm, and, yet, is very civilized. Spanish Wells is the envy of Eleuthera, The Bahamas, and even the region. It is part of the well known Eleuthera island.
The population is predominantly white native Bahamians, many of which are descendants of the first British settlers from the 1600's or Loyalists from the 1700's. People speak English, with a British accent. Spanish Wells is not a "touristy" island. Arrive as guests and leave as friends.
Spanish Wells is prosperous, clean, safe, and beautiful. Spanish Wells is a neat and clean little town with most homes sporting a fresh coat of pastel paint, a real island getaway. Spanish Wells is reminiscent of an idyllic Cape Cod fishing village with swaying coconut palm trees and bright bougainvillea as background. Winding little roads lead a visitor around brightly painted cottages and wooden shutters.
Many of the people in Spanish Wells earn their living from the sea. These fishermen have the best reputation in the entire Bahamas for their skill at catching crawfish (spiny lobsters). Spanish Wells is known as the fishing capital of the Bahamas.
Spanish Wells offers everything you need
Spanish Wells has beautiful pink and white sand beaches, and water so clear that you can see your shadow on the bottom. Stretching from Spanish Wells to the northeast tip of mainland Eleuthera is a beautiful barrier reef called the Devil's Backbone which is inhabited with an abundance of marine life. This area is fantastic for snorkelers, and fishermen usually find that grouper and snapper are plentifwade for sand dollars on the North beach, purchase the fresh catch of the day from local fishermen, and browse the centuries-old village. Boat rentals, golf cart rentals, fishing charters, snorkeling trips, cave tours, picnic trips to uninhabited islands or beaches, and trips to nearby islands such as Harbour Island, are available.
Spanish Wells offers three supermarkets (Spanish Wells Food Fair being the largest grocery store in all of the Eleutheras), a bakery (you must try Bahamian homemade bread and Johnny cake), four restaurants (which serve native Bahamian and American dishes at reasonable prices), a well stocked liquor store (at Jean's bay, on main land), a medical clinic, a museum, four variety stores, and you can purchase fresh conchs, fish or lobsters (in season) at the docks or marinas. If you'd like to explore the length of the mainland of Eleuthera, there are tour guides available for hire or self-drive cars available for rent.
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