Posts Tagged: ‘Preacher’s Cave’

Eleuthera: Spanish Wells

April 4, 2015 Posted by Deb

We grabbed a slip at Yacht Haven marina because we needed to do laundry, get the bikes ashore, get rid of garbage, get some bandwidth, and shower. Yacht Haven has been reduced to docks and a mobile home trailer now that they have nuked the place and are building a mini-resort here. It is a bit rough around here, laundry went well into the evening, and the shower kept to the old traditions of not just no hot water but very cold water. Oh … and they still charged full price for the boat.

Reminded Us of Bocas Blended in Bocas del Toro ~ An Old Favorite

Reminded Us of Bocas Blended in Bocas del Toro ~ An Old Favorite


WildPinkBeach_EleutheraShipyardSpanishWellsWe biked the island and every side street in about two hours, ate at the Shipyard, tried the Shipwreck and the Devil’s Backbone drinks, and were weaving our way back to the “not really there” marina when Deb stopped and talked to the local supermarket owner, taxi driver, and tour guide, Gurney Pinder. Gurney was born on the island, farmed until disease wiped out all the fruit crops, and just celebrated his 50th anniversary.

The Famous Gurney Pinder Outside His Grocery Store

The Famous Gurney Pinder Outside His Grocery Store

We’ve been telling Pinder and Albury stories for years and thought about three of them washed up on Man o War Cay along with a couple of Albury’s and proceeded to populate that island and others. The shipwreck happened here at Devils Backbone off Eleuthera in 1682 and the survivors lived in Preachers Cave until they moved on. They named the island Eleuthera which is Greek for “freedom” since they were fleeing religious prosecution.


Deb & Gurney in the Pulpit in Preacher's Cave

Deb & Gurney in the Pulpit in Preacher’s Cave

Needless to say we got a kick out of Gurney Pinder. The reason for the trip, though, was to see the famous Glass Window which is a hole in the island where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet. The contrasting water color and the violent Atlantic compared to the flat calm Caribbean generate a lot of tourist traffic. A natural bridge was formed by the ocean but it collapsed years ago and the man-made alternative has been taken out three times by seas that have to be in the 30 to 50 foot range to reach the bridge. The current bridge has been moved almost 3 feet by the ocean but they still use it. Coming from MN and I-35, that’s kind of scary.