Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Restaurant, The Shipyard, Thumbs Up!

Visited the new Spanish Wells restaurant in July called The Shipyard, and am giving it a thumbs up!  Great food, cocktails and atmosphere.  Location is on the waterfront near the gazebo and not far from the harbor.  Here's a link the to The Shipyard facebook page.
Phone 242-699-5010.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Eleutheran--Lobster Season Ending

The lobster season has ended March 31, 2012. The fisherman have returned home and have indicated a steady season, other than some poaching. Here's a link to the article in "The Eleutheran"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Spanish Wells Transportation & How to Arrive


Spanish Wells & Russell Island is located about 1/2 mile off of the Northern tip of Eleuthera, Bahamas, accessible from Eleuthera mainland by taking a 5 minute ferry.

When making travel arrangements, you can reach Spanish Wells by air or boat. The North Eleuthera Airport is only an hour's flight from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and about a 20 minute flight from Nassau, Bahamas. If you fly directly into North Eleuthera Airport, it just requires a short 10 minute ground taxi and 5 minute ferry ride to get to Spanish Wells from the airport. If you decide to take the large ferry from Nassau, it arrives directly to the Spanish Wells dock (a 2 hour boat ride that departs around 8:00 am from Nassau and arrives around 10:00 am most days to Spanish Wells).

The closest airport to Spanish Wells is the North Eleuthera airport on the mainland of North Eleuthera, airport code (ELH). Use this code when checking out flights from some airline services such as Expedia or Travelocity. Governor's Harbour Airport (GHB) is also located on Eleuthera, and is a little further than the North Eleuthera Airport at about 30 miles south of Jean's Bay dock, North Eleuthera.

Once you arrive to the North Eleuthera airport, you will need to take about a 10 minute cab ride to the North Eleuthera dock called "Jean's Bay". There are usually taxicab drivers available at the airport. From Jean's Bay, you can board a Government ferry boat and take a 5-minute trip to arrive at the Spanish Wells dock (Spanish Wells is about a half-mile in the distance from Jean's Bay). The government ferry routinely makes scheduled runs back and forth during the daytime on the hour or half-hour (approximate cost $8 round-trip person--subject to change). Pinder's Taxi Service from Spanish Wells (highly recommended) is another option, and they provide direct combined ground taxi and ferry transportation from North Eleuthera Airport to the Spanish Wells Dock or vice versa: call Pinder's Supermarket in Spanish Wells 242-333-4068 to pre-arrange. Current cost for this combined transportation (subject to change) is $30 round-trip with a 2 person minimum.

Once you get to the Spanish Wells dock, you can pick up a 2, 4 or 6 seater golf cart. Golf Cart rentals are the primary mode of tranportation for tourists to the island and get you around well to the beach areas, restaurants, grocery stores, and for touring. Harbourside Golf Cart Rentals (one local vendor) is located in an orange building dockside, phone 333-5022. They offer hourly, daily, weekly & monthly pricing. Current weekly pricing (subject to change) is around $225 for a 2 seater, $250 for a 4-seater, and $350 for a 6-seater. Golf cart reservations through Harbourside can be made in advance for your trip.

There is also a local Taxi service on Spanish Wells, Taxi1 @ 333-2444.

From there, you can go to your vacation rental or lodging, or touring, if applicable. If your vacation rental is in Russell Island, it is just a short drive over the Russell Island bridge. You can reach just about anywhere in Russell Island or Spanish Wells via no more than a 10 minute golf cart ride.

AIRLINES (ELH, North Eleuthera airport closest):
Most people fly into Eleuthera from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, or through Nassau, Bahamas.*Please note airlines/schedules are subject to change. Please check with airlines directly in advance to making any final vacation accommodation arrangements. We do not endorse any particular airline.

Larger Airline from Fort Lauderdale or Miami, FL (one hour flight):

American Airlines 800-433-7300

Continental Airlines 800-525-0280

Smaller Airlines (Ft Lauderdale):
Bahamas Express 754-200-0005

Twin Air 954-359-8266

Yellow Air Taxi 954-321-0292

By Air from Nassau, Bahamas to Eleuthera (20 minute flight)

Bahamas Air 800-222-4262

Pineapple Air 242-377-0140

Southern Air Charter 242-377-2014 or 2015.

BOAT FERRY FROM NASSAU TO ELEUTHERA:"Bo Hengy", from Nassau, Bahamas to Eleuthera: (2 hrs) Bahamas Ferries (check schedules for departures/arrivals to Spanish Wells). Ph: 242-323-2166; 242-394-9700
Current standard pricing as of June 2011 (subject to change) is $125 per adult round-trip Nassau to Spanish Wells.

If you want to take a day trip from Spanish Wells to Harbour Island through the Bahamas Ferry (departs around 11:00 am to Harbour Island and returns back to Spanish Wells in the afternoon--check schedules), cost is around $40 per person (subject to change).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Spanish Wells Vacation Photo - Journal by Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott of Chris Elliott design indicated he loved Spanish Wells, and submitted his website with a photo and video journal of his family trip to Spanish Wells, Bahamas in March-April 2009. Here is the link: http://chriselliottdesign.com/bahamas/ . There are some nice photos of the Spanish Wells - Russell Island area. This is truly a beautiful island area for families, romantic getaways, and those seeking paradise tranquility with great beaches, boating and fishing.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Spanish Wells online news from the local Eleutheran newspaper

The local Eleutheran online newspaper has a section for Spanish wells news:

Dolphins at Spanish Wells Eleuthera YouTube video by Patti Krohngold1

Youtube video of dolphins following a boat, Spanish Wells, Bahamas by Patti Krohngold

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Norma's Seaside Takeaway

Really like the new paint job for Norma's Seaside Takeaway--nice bright striped tropical colors--they even painted the nearby palm tree! Location is at 25th & Harbour Streets in Spanish Wells, just a few blocks from the Russell Island bridge. This is a great place to grab some take out food, and you can call ahead to place your order by phone 333-4192.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ryan Neilly: Fishing, Snorkeling and Eleuthera Island Tour Guide


Want to have some fun with an experienced and knowledgeable Spanish Wells tour guide? Contact Ryan Neilly for fishing, snorkeling, water sports, deep sea fishing, and island excursions/tours for Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and Eleuthera. Rates dependent upon activity type, number of people and hours involved. Ryan is a licensed and certified captain. Contact Ryan at email: rneilly@gmail.com or ryann@coralwave.com
or phone 242-333-4721; cell 359-7894.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spanish Wells - Harbour Island video



Remember when staying in Spanish Wells, the large ferry arrives most daily at 10:00 am from Nassau and goes on over to Harbour Island--You can grab this morning ferry on over to Harbour Island for a day trip, and return back to Spanish Wells in the afternoon. Check http://www.bahamasferries for schedules, rates and details.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Beautiful Spanish Wells Beach

Beautiful sandy and turquoise Spanish Wells Beach

Noni Tree in Spanish Wells Park





The Noni Tree can be found in the Bahamas. Pictured above is the fallen fruit along with the tree this exotic fruit came from. This tree is located in the Spanish Wells local park. Noni is commonly used to make juice drinks, and is considered by many to be medicinally beneficial.
Here is more information about the Noni fruit on Wikipedia .

Island Tings gift store


Noticed a new store in November, in Spanish Wells called Island Tings. This store has a nice collection of purses, gifts and souvenirs. Location is in the Eagles Landing Plaza next to the Food Fair Plaza, about 18th & Main Streets.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spanish Wells Book

I came across a new book about Spanish Wells that is supposed to come out after October. It looks like an interesting read by Christopher Cirillo. Here is the website about the author and book: http://www.spanishwellsbook.com/
I'll look forward to checking this book out when it is released.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eleuthera Bahamas Maps


Link to North Eleuthera Map showing Spanish Wells - Russell Island, on the north western corner.

A link to a map of Eleuthera island.

A link to the Bahamas Island chain

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a SNAPSHOT of SPANISH WELLS

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eleuthera Online Newspapers



Go here to see the online Eleuthera newspaper called the "Eleutheran"
Here's some other Bahamas online newspapers:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Russell Island Crab


This cute crab was crawling along some waterfront rocks in Russell Island. I caught it just to take a picture and then gently put it back. These crabs are quick and they camouflage themselves real nice in the crevices of the rocks.

Breadfruit Tree



Russell Island is home to many fruit trees, including the Breadfruit tree. Many people say it tastes like a potato. Here is a link to more information regarding the Breadfruit tree.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bringing Your Pets to the Bahamas






An import form must be completed and sent to the Bahamas Dept of Agriculture in Nassau with a $10 processing fee by money order or cash only (no personal checks are accepted), and $5 extra if you wish the permit to be faxed back to you to expedite. We recommend doing this at least a month prior to your trip--don't wait until the last minute for this if possible.

The pet must be age 6 months or older.

The animal must be accompanied by a health certificate that proves that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies within the time specified on the application, and the animal must be seen by a licensed veterinarian within 48 hours of arrival to the Bahamas (the Veterinarian will provide you with the signed Veterinarian Health Certificate if your pet meets requirements for travel). Bring your completed permit form you received from Nassau, your proof of vaccination records, and your Veterinary Health Certificate with you to the airport/boat which you will need to present for Customs for both arrival and departure in the Bahamas as wells as the United States Customs area (or other residing or visiting country).

The permit you receive from Nassau is valid for up to one year from issue date , and is only valid for one entry. If you make other trips during the year, you will need to get a new permit for each trip.

Here is a link to the Bahamas Import Form for Bringing your pets to the Bahamas:

The Contact information is:
Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture
Trade & Industry
PO Box N-3704
Nassau, Bahamas

phone 242-325-7502 or 242-325-7509

Be sure to check the airlines in advance regarding pets. Some have restrictions for size in-cabin, and higher fares. Please take care when considering cargo arrangements, particularly during warmer weather.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

BAHAMAS HOTEL VACATION RENTAL TAX NOW 10%

Effective July 1, 2010, the Bahamas hotel tax on vacation rentals has increased from 6% to 10%. Those owners renting a vacation rental(s) in Spanish Wells-Russell Island, Eleuthera can submit their monthly returns and payment for ten percent of the rental income collected from guests to the Administrator's Office in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera (the pink building next to the yellow school on Main Street in Spanish Wells).

The monthly return can be completed and mailed in or you can stop by the local office. The return form can be found on the http://www.tourismtoday.com/ website. Here is the link to the monthly return itself. Currently, the Spanish Wells office accepts for payment US checks or Bahamian checks addressed to the Public Treasury, money orders, and cash.

The Spanish Wells Administrator's office phone # is 242-333-4054 or 4409
adminoffspanishwells@bahamas.gov.bs
Address:
Spanish Wells District Administrator
Samuel Guy Street
Spanish Wells, Eleuthera
Bahamas

Other articles about this topic:

BahamasPost.com

Travel Weekly.com

Note the airport departure tax and cruise departure tax also increased from $15 to $20 per traveler.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Harbour Island Barefoot Bandit Apprehended

I did not know who the Barefoot Bandit was until I got a call from a Seattle reporter today. This amazing story about the Harbour Island capture has world coverage on CNN.

The Eleutheran Newspaper reported that it was Spanish Wells fisherman that first reported the sighting of a boat believed to be stolen by the Barefoot Bandit that alerted the authorities.

Here is the article on Yahoo News.

I think there is a movie in the making!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Yellow Air Taxi--New Service to North Eleuthera Airport

I talked with someone from Yellow Air Taxi on the phone today, and here is the email they sent me of their current promotion to North Eleuthera (they also indicated they were a pet-friendly airline--inquire about their pet policy):

Hi Tamara

Thanks for taking the time to chat about the exciting announcement of NEW Air Service from FLL to North Eleuthera on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday.

For unparalleled service and passenger experience, you can book online www.FlyYellowAirTaxi.com
For additional flights you can call our toll free number 888-935-5694 OR 242-367-0032 OR 954-321-0292
Fares start at $99 one way, based on round trip purchase.

Please forward this information to your friends and WIN A TRIP FOR 2!
As promised, attached is the flyer to post and share with your customers, friends and associates!

Thanks so much,

Denise
Sales Department -Ft. Lauderdale Airport

www.FlyYellowAirTaxi.com
305 343 4150

Monday, July 5, 2010

Independence Celebration

Spanish Wells is holding an Independence Day bash, Saturday July 10 at the Community Ballpark from 6:30 to 11:00 pm. There will be food, entertainment, and fireworks.
Come join the fun! More info is provided in the Eleutheran newspaper

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rita the Manatee with Newborn

Rita the Manatee just had her baby. The story was featured in the Eleutheran News
Check out this beautiful Youtube video.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Russell Island Bridge connecting to Spanish Wells


Here's a picture of the small bridge that connects Spanish Wells to Russell Island.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


We've got two cottages built in Russell Island 2008 for those vacationers looking to escape to a peaceful tropical island. Each cottage has ocean views, and can occupy one to four people. Both the Pink Hibiscus and the Blue Crab Cottages are fully furnished with central air and cable tv for your comfort. A golf cart rental is recommendeed to get around, and you only need to travel a short distance over the bridge to reach Spanish Wells for all of your conveniences, food stores and restaurants. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean and the spectacular sunsets! Check out the website for more information on these lovely rentals

Russell Island Waterfront Vacation Rental

Pink Hibiscus Cottage

Blue Crab Cottage

Monday, February 1, 2010


Bahamas Ferries

There is a previous post here on transportation on how to arrive to the island area of Spanish Wells-Russell Island.
In addition to flying into Eleuthera, you can always grab a nice large air-conditioned Ferry from Nassau, called the Bohengy (this is the large blue, yellow & white boat pictured to the left--note the smaller white boat is the government ferry which transports people from Spanish Wells to mainland Eleuthera Jean's Bay dock).
The current routine schedule for the Bohengy (subject to change & holidays) shows the Ferry departing daily from Nassau at 8:00 am and arriving to Spanish Wells at 10:05 am. It departs from Spanish Wells back to Nassau daily from 4:20 pm Monday - Saturday arriving to Nassau at 6:25 pm, and on Sunday departs for Nassau from SW at 1:40 pm arriving at 3:45 pm (2 hr one-way trip).

However, if you are staying in the Spanish Wells - Russell Island area, you may want to just take a day trip to Harbour Island. This is about an hour boat trip each way. Upon arriving to Harbour Island, you can rent a golf cart there, and tour the lovely island, do some souvenir shopping, have lunch, and spend a couple of hours at the great Pink Sands Beach.
Round Trip for this excursion from Spanish Wells to Harbour Island is currently $40 for adults (age 12 & over); $30 for children under 12.
Here is the current routine schedule for the Fast Ferry:

Depart Spanish Wells to Harbour Island Monday - Saturday:

Departure 10:10 am; arrive to Harbour Island 11:00 am; Departs HI 3:40 pm, and returns to Spanish Wells at 4:15 pm.

Sundays (shorter stay):

Departure time from Spanish Wells 10:10 am; arrives to Harbour Island 11:00 am; Departs HI 1:00pm, and returns to Spanish Wells at 1:35 pm.

***Please note rates & times subject to change--please confirm schedule direct with Bahamas Ferries first:

http://www.bahamasferries.com/

Nassau Phone # for reservations: 242-323-2166 or 242-394-9700

SPANISH WELLS EATERIES

Spanish Wells has a few lovely places to get a bite to eat. The SnackVault is the newest arrival located on 7th and Main Sts. Sandwiches, Capuccinos, and more.


SnackVault, 7th & Main Sts., 333-5301.

Anchor Snack Bar, location 5th & Harbour--dockside, 333-4023.


Norma's Takeaway, 25th & Harbour Sts., 333-4192.



the Gap Restaurant, 13th & Main Sts., 333-4464.



Eagles Landing Restaurant, 18th & Main Sts., 333-4955.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

SPANISH WELLS BEACH


SPANISH WELLS ON UTUBE

Check out this Spanish Wells Youtube video here, with a great local tune:

Friday, January 29, 2010

Rita, the Manatee

See this great video on YouTube, with Rita the Manatee in the Spanish Wells harbour.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kiteboarding in Spanish Wells

Check out this Youtube Video: Kiteboarding in Spanish Wells on a stormy-looking day, (background song "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz, a frequent visitor to Eleuthera).

Saturday, July 5, 2008

SPANISH WELLS--a slice of paradise


My family has been visiting Spanish Wells, Bahamas since 1999. To arrive to this fabulous slice of paradise, we fly into the the North Eleuthera, Bahamas airport (ELH), and then take a ground taxi to the North Eleuthera dock, called Gene's Bay. From there we board a five-minute ferry in anticipation of our arrival to the Spanish Wells town dock. While riding in the ferry, I am always enamoured by the sparkling turquoise sea as I approach the unique fishing village with the pastel colored homes and fishing boats. I am amazed at the size and beauty of some of these fishing boats at the dock. Lobster fishing is the primary industry of the locals here, and Spanish Wells is known as the "lobster capital" of the Bahamas. Although the fishermen here are prosperous, it is very hard work.

Spanish Wells is the town of the St. George's Cay Island (about a one-by-three mile area), a charming tropical village with all the modern conveniences. Spanish Wells is where all of the commercial development is located (the restaurants, grocery stores etc.), most of which are located near the dock or on Main Street. The surrounding homes in Spanish Wells are artistically painted with bright and pastel tropical colors, which are offset by the beautiful Caribbean floral landscaping. Spanish Wells also is home to some favorite beach spots.

Nearby Russell Island is an approximately two-by-four-mile island that connects to Spanish Wells by a small bridge. As much of the town of Spanish Wells is already developed, many of the newer homes are being built in Russell Island by the younger Bahamian generation, or by foreigners moving in.

Russell Island is still fairly quiet, as it is a larger area than Spanish Wells, and many of the homes are sparsely scattered as it is in its early development stage. As you are traveling through some of the roads here, it is fun to watch the goats that are fenced in, as you pass them by in your rented golf cart. Russell Island is home to many different kinds of fruit trees such as bananas, sour oranges, breadfruit, coconut trees and more. There is great birdwatching here, and the sunsets are spectacular, too.

The population of the Spanish Wells/Russell Island area is about 1,800 people. Many of the Bahamian locals here share the same common last name such as Pinder, Higgs, etc. You will find that the locals are very hard-working people, and many multi-talented. This is a close-knit, family-oriented and religious community. Many of the businesses are closed on Sunday.

The main mode of transportation for tourists is golf carts. Golf carts can be rented at the dock.
The locals generally own either a car, pick-up truck or golf cart. Driving is on the left side of the road. Many of the locals are very friendly and welcoming, and it is very common for them to wave to tourists as they pass them by on the streets.

Although Spanish Wells may not be for everyone, I highly recommend this island to those vacationers who want to relax in a nice tropical atmosphere, and for those who know how to entertain themselves. Spanish Wells is not for those seeking glamourous, glitzy casinos and shopping meccas. However, Spanish Wells is a wonderful place if you are an enthusiastic with water sports, such as boating, fishing, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, or just enjoying a day a the beach. Bicycling is a great option, too.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fiction Book "Malice in Pinderland"


"Malice in Pinderland" Derek Hawkins, is a fictional story that takes place in Spanish Wells, and has the spice of humor, love, adventure and crime. The main character is a scoundrel from London named David who chooses Spanish Wells as a get-away vacation. On his flight to the Bahamas, David hooks up with a lady lawyer named Melanie, and thus the beginning of their romance. While visiting Spanish Wells and observing the local lobster fishermen getting paid well in cash, David gets an idea, and plots to heist the local bank...

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com, or you may try the Island Gift Shop in Spanish Wells.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

EXCELLENT COOKBOOK

There is an excellent cookbook put together by the locals called the Spanish Wells Museum Cookbook. You can purchase this at the Museum or Island Gift Shop located next to each other on Main St.

Yesterday, my husband made the Tuna Fritter Burgers for dinner. He substituted the sweet peppers for diced, red tomatoes. The sandwiches were sure delicious. I won't give away all the secrets, but encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy. Wonderful fish recipies, deserts, drinks, etc.

Monday, June 30, 2008

POSTAL SERVICES

The post office is located at 7-8th St. & Main, ph: 333-5254.
There is a UPS Courier service located at Pinder's Supermarket 333-4068 or 333-4048.