Harbour Island cannot to be compared to other islands. It is unique, the ideal that other islands strive for. Both refreshingly laid back and effortlessly elegant, it is a place where you can dine in a chic bistro or spear your own fish for dinner.
This peaceful island, located off the northeastern tip of Eleuthera, boasts great history, privacy from vacation crowds and stunning natural beauty. From the moment one steps foot on this breathtaking tropical isle, there is a sense of calm and relaxation, and while Harbour Island may be charmingly rustic (golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation), it is also home to luxurious five star resorts, fine dining, and a plethora of island adventures. Notables, including royalty and celebrities, live quietly among the friendly locals on this little island, a singular combination of gilt-edged elegance and picturesque charm, where dirt paths lead to stunning estates. This is not South Beach or the Riviera, and “Brilanders” want to keep it this way.
Just three-and-a-half miles long by one-and-a-half miles wide, the island has a timeless quality that sets it apart from other Caribbean destinations. Here, historic buildings look out over idyllic landscapes, whilst in charming lanes and narrow streets, passers-by will always greet you with a smile and a ‘good afternoon’. This is a comfortable, easy place offering plenty of old-world charm and hospitality.
From enchanting art galleries and boutiques to traditional Bahamian conch stands, the enchanting historic streets of Harbour Island are begging to be explored. Made famous as a yachting destination, Harbour Island is probably most renowned for its Pink Sand Beach, which is protected by the world’s third longest barrier reef. The water is crystal clear while the pink sand earns its hue from microscopic segments of coral and shells, making for some of the most stunning ocean vistas in the world.
For the active traveler, the waters around Harbour Island offer incredible scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, fly fishing and world-class sailing, and after a long day on the ocean there’s an endless assortment of bare-foot bars to enjoy your favourite libations, from cosmopolitan cocktails to a cool refreshing Kalik – the local beer of the Bahamas.
Whatever your pleasure, The traditional old-world elegance of Harbour Island offers a truly unique experience that has kept jet-setters and aristocrats coming back for decades.