We just returned from a pleasant 9 nights in Rainbow Bay. We flew American into Miami and then American Eagle into North Eleuthera. The super-ATR is about 65-70 seats compared to the 19 seat Beechcraft that most everyone else uses into Eleuthera, so its a nice ride if you don't like small planes. Connections in Miami were good, the prices were the best I've had into Eleuthera so far (except for the ferry), and the bus into GHB was fine. They are putting tar and chip on the highway through north Eleuthera so most of the potholes are gone.
Everyone you talk with has a different version of why American stopped flying into GHB: equipment upgrades at GHB, lack of fuel, a close call with a Southern Air flight, etc. None of the American staff knew anything.
The weather was good, mid 70's F during the days and mid 60's at night with lots of sun. The only downside this time of year is if you want to stay in the water for long it can get chilly.
We cooked more than we ate out this time, and did not get to Tippy's, Cocodimama, Tapas or Dolce Vita. Had a nice inexpensive lunch at Laughing Lizard, a couple of inexpensive breakfasts at Pina Cafe, and a nice lunch at Sky Beach. Buccaneer Club has changed hands and we could not track down the former owner Lisa. Captain Jack's is closed and for sale, and we did not check on the rumor that Dolce Vita was closing. On our usual day trip to Harbour Island to let my daughter ride on the beach we were too late for lunch at Sip Sip's so we had Italian at Acqua Pazza which was very good and not too expensive.
I did the Ride for Hope while I was there. They have now raised $1,000,000 over the last 5 years on this Eleuthera biking fund raiser. I did the 50 mile version and the hills hurt. Not often you get to bike with a Prime Minister, and hardly andy body quards in sight. Sky Beach hosted the dinner and I do admire their efforts in supporting the community through various events. We went to the ambulance fund raiser there a few months ago and they donated all the food and a free bar. Sky Beach was the hangout for expats on Sunday afternoons the last time we were there, but this time on Sunday we had the place to ourselves. Apparently the new hangout is the newly renovated Bottom Harbour just north of Glass Window Bridge.
I had heard lots of stories about all the new signs for beach access and other things, but the only signs that I was sure were new were the "welcome to Governor's Harbour airport" and "leaving Governor's Harbour airport" signs, which is just about the only place that didn't need a sign.
To repeat the mantra: Eleuthera is not for everyone. The sand flies and mosquitoes were bad, and the pump for town water failed and much of the island was without water about half the time we were there. If you rent a house ask if they have a cistern. Only one power outage which is unusual.
Let me know if you have any questions.