The 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 name is as apt today as it was then.

Miles of glistening pink and white sand beaches, serene colonial villages, and the rolling acres of pineapple plantations make Eleuthera an island of the most casual sophistication. The cool laziness of Eleutherean life and dusty-yet-drenched colors of the island give it the feel of a giant illusion; it seems to have a kind of unbounded air of calm and grace.

With its two companions, Harbor Island and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera has long been a favored destination among smart travelers seeking a bit of quiet charm.