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About Spanish Wells

The charming settlement of Spanish Wells is a prime destination for anyone looking to tap into their island roots and experience a truly relaxing and exhilarating vacation.  

 

Spanish Wells is the town on small St. George's Cay, located just off the northwest coast of Eleuthera.  A small bridge connects Spanish Wells to its closest neighbor, Russell Island.

 

The population of these cays is made up of mostly white, native Bahamians, many of whom are descendants of the first British settlers from the 1600's or Loyalists from the 1700's.

 

Spanish Wells is a neat and clean little town with most homes sporting a fresh coat of pastel paint.  Locals leave their doors unlocked, since crime in this small, tight-knit community is essentially nonexistent.  The local language is English, spoken with a somewhat British accent.  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 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 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 plentiful in this area.  One mile off shore, there's great sport fishing. There's also world-class bone fishing on the flats surrounding the island.  Boat rentals, golf cart rentals, fishing charters, snorkeling trips, cave tours, and trips to nearby islands are available.

 

There is absolutely nothing like Spanish Wells in all the Bahamas today.  A town of exquisite cleanliness and beauty nestled beside a harbor which is a beehive of maritime activity.  The fishing fleet, headquartered there, is the finest in the nation.  Tourism has come to the island, but plays a minor role. The 1,500 people who live there have raised themselves to a prosperous level by applying hard work to the oldest and most basic of Bahamian industries, fishing and farming.  The rich cultural traditions of the settlement are just some of the things that set it apart from other islands of The Bahamas.