The Out Islands of The Bahamas - Harbour Island
Accessible via scenic ferry ride from North Eleuthera Island, Harbour Island, was deemed "The Best Island in the Caribbean" by Travel & Leisure magazine in 2005 and boasts lush tropical greenery and magical pink sand beaches. It is a haven for the rich and famous, including Bill Gates, Mariah Carey and Harrison Ford who happily get around the three-mile long island by golf cart just as all visitors do.
Harbour Island is famous for the pink sand beaches stretching along the eastern shore. The pink hue comes from a microscopic organism called a foraminifera which has a reddish-pink shell. If a beach has a large population of them and just the right currents - voila, you get pink sand! It's extraordinarily beautiful and definitely worth the trip.
The island's main town, Dunmore Town, is a delightful cluster of narrow streets lined by clapboard houses festooned with bougainvillea. Stroll along Bay Street and enjoy a chilled beverage overlooking crystal clear waters.
For a bit of history, visit Loyalist Cottage, a wonderful example of loyalist architecture. Also worth a mooch is Commissioner’s Residence built in 1913, St. John’s Anglican Church built in 1768 and Chapel Street cemetery's ancient graves. A hidden 17th century battery, built by the English to defend the island, can be found at the southern end of Bay Street.
Where to Stay in Harbour Island?
To give you an idea of the calibre of hotel and resort, here are a few of our favourites. By no means is this the complete list, please call us to discuss your options.
Pink Sands Resort - an exclusive luxury resort set on 18 tropical acres on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. For total immersion in island life treat yourself to an oceanfront guest cottage.
Coral Sands - perched on a bluff overlooking turquoise seas, the rooms at this 20 acre haven were designed by Barbara Hulanicki (founder of the famed '70s clothing store Biba). This sophisticated hideaway has been a magnet for celebrities for many years.
Dunmore - is set on the island's legendary pink-sand beach and known for understated glamour..traditional, but with a modern twist. Make yourself at home in one of sixteen cottages with private patio.
Runaway Hill Inn - originally a private estate, this boutique hotel is situated on the quieter east side of the island with most magnificent views of pink sand.
Valentine's Resort & Marina - located in the heart of the historic Dunmore Town, this stylish resort offers a private dock, diving centre, freshwater pool and the Boat House restaurant. All accommodation is spacious suites or apartments. The beach is 5 minutes away by golf cart, or a pretty 20-minute walk.