Read our pocket guide to Harbour Island
Harbour Island: A pocket guide
Harbour Island in the Bahamas is a tiny jewel that lies two miles off the north coast of Eleuthera. Barely three miles long and a quarter mile wide, Harbour Island is postcard pretty. On its harbor side is Dunmore Town, which was founded in the eighteenth century. This adorable village has pastel colored clapboard cottages with picket fences and gardens full of colorful bougainvillea, oleander, and hibiscus. On the Atlantic side is one of the loveliest beaches ever, which runs the entire length of the island. Its pale pink sand against the turquoise ocean is a sublime visual. Life here is unhurried and peaceful, which stands to reason as there are no cars for rent—only golf carts. Surprisingly for such a small island there are quite a few restaurants, ranging from the delicious and upscale Rock House and The Dunmore to more funky ones like Brian’s BBQ, where you eat in his front yard. There’s no sign out front. You just follow the smell of barbecue to the house with Christmas lights on Dunmore Street. Two lunchtime favorites (besides a picnic on a deserted island) are the lobster quesadillas at Sip Sip and the best fresh conch salad at Queen Conch, which is in a tiny shack on Bay Street. It’s also great fun to take the short boat trip across the southern inlet to Ocean Talley, a restaurant in a lighthouse on Eleuthera. For drinks and beautiful sunsets, there’s Acquapazza, located near the ruins of an allegedly haunted plantation house. Additionally there are charming shops, liquor and grocery stores, delis, art galleries, bakeries (highly recommended: Arthur’s for breakfast) and several very colorful bars with music and dancing. Island activities include diving, snorkeling, bone and deep sea fishing, picnic cruises, biking, riding on the beach, and kitesurfing.