Written By:

Cate Armstrong

Current Rock of Residence:

Harbour Island, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Island Girl Since:

2006

Originally Hails From:

The UK

Cate could barely pronounce Eleuthera when her husband got a teaching job there in 2005. Back then, there was hardly anything about it online, but from looking at a map, they figured that on the long thin island you could always either snorkel, windsurf, or surf. It seemed too good to be true. It wasn’t. And here they are today. Cate runs a small school on Harbour Island, a little rock just off the bigger rock of Eleuthera.

Now that she has two daughters, her priorities are less about her surfing and more about how to get her two daughters surfing… so she can surf more again. She also paints, paddleboards, runs, cycles, and likes to go on family trips in their little Boston Whaler, roasting marshmallows and floating about in various shaped inflatables.

They spend their weekends and vacations in their holiday house on Eleuthera, which her husband built on his year (or three) off from teaching.

Now her husband has accepted another teaching job that is going to take their family to another rock in a few months – Tortola. She’s enjoying the last weeks on the place that has been home for the last few years and is looking forward to new experiences on her new rock.

For more on Cate’s island life, check out her blog, Notes From My Hammock.

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