Harbour Island Bahamas is located off the northeast coast of Eleuthera Island. The largest city in Harbour Island Bahamas is Dunmore Town, and the island still maintains much of the old time charm of the Bahamas that has been obscured by resorts and casinos on larger islands like Paradise or New Providence. That isn't to say, however, that Harbour Islands Bahamas doesn't have some excellent resorts of its own. The island also features the famous three mile stretch of pink sand beach, which is the perfect place for swimming, diving, and snorkeling.
Harbour Island is one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas, and to reach you will need to either take a boat or plane from the island's neighbor, Eleuthera Island. As one of the oldest settlements, there are some excellent historical sites that are worth seeing. A walk through Dunmore Town will take only about 30 minutes, but the relaxed atmosphere of the town and the old buildings will make it a pleasant stroll. Along the way, you can check out Loyalist Cottage (so named for the loyalist who built it in 1797 when he left America after the Revolutionary War to hold his allegiance to the crown), St. John's church and the Wesley Methodist church. Both buildings are quite old and still in use.
Your Harbour Island vacation can also include a number of beach activities. The famous pink sand beach Bahamas is considered by some to be the best beach in the Bahamas. The pink sand beach Bahamas stretches out for 3 miles, and the cove is protected by a reef barrier that creates a gentle place for swimming and snorkeling. The pink sand beach Bahamas is flanked by hotels and resorts, but nevertheless it remains a beautiful place to spend a day at the beach.
In addition to beachcombing, you may want to include scuba diving in your Harbour Island vacation. There are a number of diving choices near Harbour Island, but the most popular is the Current Cut Dive. This is considered to be one of the most exiting dives in the world, due to the fact that divers are pulled along in quickly moving current right along with the fish for almost a mile in less then 10 minutes. To book this dive you can speak with any hotel concierge once you've arrived, or mention the dive to your travel agent when planning your Harbour Island vacation.
Nearby Spanish Wells
Shopping and dining on the island are both pleasurable experiences. The island has none of the sprawling monoliths that dominate some of the busier islands. Instead, there is an excellent straw market with handmade goods and usually a nice selection of fresh fruit and homemade food. Restaurants are equally unassuming and yet provide excellent local cuisine. A few modest bars can also be found in Dunmore Town. To reach Harbour Island, you can take a catamaran from Nassau, or fly into North Eleuthera and take a water ferry from there. Taking the flight will put you in Harbour Island about 30 minutes sooner than the catamaran.
Top image: MuddyBones (flickr)