How to get to Eleuthera
You have two options to get to Eleuthera, boat and airplane. A lot of folks visit Eleuthera by boat, mostly sailboats, and the winter is the busiest time for sail boaters. There are 3 active airports on Eleuthera. All the way North is the North Eleuthera airport (ELH); in the middle of the island is the Governor’s Harbour Airport (GHB) and down south is the Rock Sound airport (RSD).
International flights come into North Eleuthera and Governor’s Harbour, which are (note: starting August 1, 2014 Silver will no longer fly into Governor's Harbour; American does not fly into GHB):
International Airlines flying into Nassau's Lynden Pindling Intl airport (NAS) Bahamas include:
• JetBlue www.jetblue.com
• United Airlines www.united.com
• Delta Air lines www.delta.com
• U.S. Airways www.usairways.com
• Air Jamaica www.airjamaica.com
• Air Canada www.aircanada.com and most recently
• Southwest Airlines (via AirTran, now a part of Southwest Airlines) www.southwest.com.
From Nassau to all three airports on Eleuthera you can choose from:
• Pineapple Air www.pineappleair.com
• Bahamas Air www.bahamasair.com
And Southern Air Charters come into all three airports or you can take the Bahamas Ferries on Thursdays leaving Nassau at 7:00 am and arriving Governor’s Harbour at 12:00 pm
You can go to most of the other out islands via Nassau on the above carriers.
Most of the folks who rent cars will meet you at the airport and there are taxis available at all airports.
It is a one hour flight from Florida’s Miami and Ft. Lauderdale airports, from New York on Jet Blue direct to Nassau is 3 hours and then a 15 minute flight to Eleuthera. Remember, if your air travel is expensive, you can get more value for your money by staying longer. So if you stay 2 weeks instead of 1, on a daily cost basis your air ticket cost you ½ half as much, it’s a Bahamian ting (we don’t say thing, we say ting or ting-um; like where did I put my ting-um?) and that should make you feel much better.
Customs, taxes on what and how much
Upon arriving in The Islands of The Bahamas, everyone must fill out and sign an immigration form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing. You will need a valid Passport for entry. An oral baggage declaration is required, sometimes Customs will ask you to open your bag for inspection. Each adult visitor is allowed to bring 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits and a variety of personal effects like personal radio headsets, bicycle, two still cameras, etc. All beer imported into the country is dutiable at a rate of $10 per imperial gallon or $18 per case.
If you want to bring some of your favorite spices, some steaks or your favorite cereal for breakfast, the Customs official just looks at you with envy and says enjoy your stay on Eleuthera.