There’s no laid back, Bahamian feel to the village of Spanish Wells. Located on it’s own small island, St George’s Cay, just off the northwest coast of Eleuthera, the townspeople run a tight ship so to speak. This is the island of prosperous fisherman, renowned lobsterman, and they have no time for the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle.
The village was established in 1647, after a group known as the Eleutheran Adventurers sailing from Bermuda, crashed on the Devil’s Backbone, a series of jagged reefs surrounding the islands. The Adventurers were looking for religious freedom and instead found themselves holed up in a cave after the shipwreck. Eventually they collected themselves and established the village of Spanish Wells. Most of the townspeople are descendants of these early adventurers and their children tend to marry into local families, and with a population of around 1500 people, it makes for a unique group.
If you aren’t expecting it, you will shocked, and perhaps feel a bit unwelcome. But stay, walk around, rent one of the beautiful homes, fish, enjoy the amazingly beautiful water surrounding the island. If the quiet gets too much for you, take the high speed ferry to Harbour Island. There the laid back feel of the Bahamas is in full force.