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Eleuthera, Bahamas!
Three hundred years ago a small band of English pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed on this island and gave it the ethereal name, Eleuthera, which means "Freedom" in Greek.

The island of Eleuthera is split into North and South areas. Next to Eleuthera are two popular islets known as Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. Harbour Island is a popular dive destination. North Eleuthera lies at one corner of the Bermuda Triangle. Eleuthera is known for its pineapples, the sweetest in the world!

As for places to visit. Preacher's Cave is a good place to start. It's a subterranean cave in which the Eleutheran Adventurers, the few pilgrims who first landed here, took refuge and held religious services upon their arrival.

You should also visit the magnificent Cave at Hatchet Bay. It gives the appearance of a vaulted cathedral. It is more than a mile long, with stalagmites and stalactites that gleam in the torchlight.  

Another magnificent sight is the Glass Window Bridge, which spans a gap in which the turbulent waters of the Atlantic meet the calmer seas of the Exuma Sound on the island's leeward side. The existing man-made structure has replaced a naturally-formed bridge that was blown away during a hurricane years ago. 

Nearby Windermere Island is an exclusive resort, often frequented by members of the Royal Family 

On Harbour Island, off the north coast of Eleuthera, is Dunmore Town, the oldest and most charming settlement in The Bahamas complete with white picket fences and friendly residents.

Every year in the beginning of June, the residents of the island of Eleuthera dedicate the first week or so in June to the celebration of the pineapple. This sweet, succulent fruit, savoured by Caribbean folks as the perfect pizza topping, is a symbol of hospitality to all Bahamians, particularly those on Eleuthera, where the fruit is grown.

This symbolism has its roots in an old tradition by northern seafaring captains, who placed pineapples on their gate posts to let neighbours, friends and relatives know they had returned home and all were welcome to visit.

With exports topping 50,000 pineapples a year, the pineapple industry was the mainstay of about 40 farmers in the small settlement of Gregory Town until Hurricane Andrew devastated the island in 1992. In 1987, years before the misfortune struck, the Pineapple Festival was established by the Eleuthera Ministry of Tourism to honour these farmers and bring together Bahamians from all walks of life in a spirit of community.

Now long established, the event attracts over 5000 people annually and takes place in Gregory Town, where a large replica of a pineapple is situated. The celebrations include pineapple eating contests, crazy sports, the plaiting of the pineapple pole, the parade of the Gregory Town Marching Brass Band, fire dancing, a Little Miss and Teen Pineapple Princess pageant and junkanoo, the colourful and musical Bahamian street carnival.

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