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Harbour Island: A pocket guide

Blue clapboard cottages line the long stretches of sandy beaches on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
On the harbour side of Harbour Island is Dunmore Town, founded in the eighteenth century. The pretty town is lined with colourful houses, pastel-coloured clapboard cottages, white picket fences, and gorgeous gardens bursting with bougainvillaea, oleander, and hibiscus.
Harbour Island is the perfect place to relax and unwind, but if you're looking for a little activity, find inspiration for island adventures at one of the beach shacks, including diving, snorkelling, bone and deep sea fishing, picnic cruises, biking, kitesurfing, and horse riding on the beach.
There are a number of watersports activities to throw yourself into on Harbour Island, including diving, snorkelling, bone and deep sea fishing, picnic cruises, biking, kitesurfing, and horse riding on the beach.
Life on Harbour Island is laid back and peaceful, which stands to reason as there are no cars for rent, only golf carts.
Take an early morning run along one of the many stretches of sandy beaches while the sun comes up on Harbour Island.
Pretty Dunmore Town on Harbour Island is lined with pastel-coloured clapboard cottages.
Creative residents of Harbour Island sell their crafts from kiosks. Find Neeka's Straw Work, a straw vendor that provides hand made straw items and crafts.
Indulge in exhilarating watersports on Harbour Island, including diving, snorkelling, bone and deep sea fishing, picnic cruises, biking, kitesurfing, and horse riding on the beach.
Residents of Harbour Island know their home as "Briland".
Gorgeous beaches run along the Atlantic side of Harbour Island, which is frequently referred to as the best beach in the Bahamas.
Delicious tomatoes grow in abundance on beautiful Harbour Island.
Harbour Island is picture perfect, featuring colourful houses, long stretches of sandy beaches and phenomenally beautiful crystal clear waters.
Blue clapboard cottages line the long stretches of sandy beaches on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
Long stretches of sandy beaches and phenomenally beautiful crystal clear waters make Harbour Island one of the Bahamas' most alluring islands.
Harbour Island in the Bahamas is a haven for seafood and shellfish lovers.
Stroll the stunning beaches that run along the length of Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
Find a deserted spot on one of Harbour Island's stunning beaches and watch the incredible sunset across the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
The legendary Vic-Hum Club on Harbour Island. Boasting an open air dance floor, you could dance the night away under the stars that shine brightly over the Bahamas.
Stunning beaches run along the length of Harbour Island in the Bahamas. The Caribbean Sea's crystal clear waters sparkle alongside.
Twinkling turquoise waters ring Harbour Island, a Bahamian jewel in the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical foliage flourishes along the streets and down the sandy lanes of Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

Of the 700 islands and cays of the Bahamas, Harbour Island is a tiny jewel. The three-mile-long and a quarter-mile wide island lies two miles off the north coast of Eleuthera. This picture perfect island features colourful houses, long stretches of sandy beaches and phenomenally beautiful crystal clear waters. Chic and alluring, Harbour Island attracts the likes of Uma Thurman, Harrison Ford and Robert de Niro, and Diane von Furstenberg herself has a house on the island. Besides its natural splendour, it has average temperatures of 20-30 degrees Celsius or 70-80 Fahrenheit, with a refreshing ocean breeze.

Colourful Dunmore Town & Stunning Beaches

On the harbour side of the island is Dunmore Town. It was founded in the eighteenth century and named after the 1786-1798 governor of the Bahamas, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, who had a summer residence on the island. The pretty town is lined with pastel-coloured clapboard cottages, white picket fences, and gorgeous gardens bursting with bougainvillaea, oleander, and hibiscus. A gorgeous beach runs along the Atlantic side, which is frequently referred to as the best beach in the Bahamas. It extends the entire length of the island, and the contrast of pale pink sand against the turquoise ocean is absolutely sublime.

Life on Harbour Island is laid back and peaceful, which stands to reason as there are no cars for rent—only golf carts. Despite being a small island, there is a number of great restaurants, ranging from upscale options like the Rock House and The Dunmore to funkier low-key hangouts like Brian’s BBQ.

Great Restaurants & Watersport Haven

Alternate picnic lunches on deserted islands with feasting on lobster quesadillas at Sip Sip or the best fresh conch salad at Queen Conch, a tiny shack on Bay Street. For another foodie treat, take the short boat trip across the southern inlet to Ocean Talley, a restaurant located in a lighthouse on Eleuthera. For drinks with beautiful sunsets to accompany, there’s Acquapazza, found near the ruins of an allegedly haunted plantation house.

The island also features charming shops, liquor and grocery stores, delis, art galleries, bakeries (highly recommended: breakfast at Arthur’s), and several bars with music and dancing, colourful in appearance and atmosphere! There are also a number of watersport activities available on the island, including diving, snorkelling, bone and deep sea fishing, picnic cruises, biking, kitesurfing, and horse riding on the beach.

You can have both a leisurely and luxurious holiday on Harbour Island when you stay at one of the incredible vacation homes available through UltraVilla expert Pamela Murdock, and gain access to her superior concierge services.  

 

Need for more inspiration? Peruse our related destination guides and travel journal entries below:

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A Guide to Eleuthera

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A Guide to the Bahamas

A Guide to the Caribbean

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