THE FULLEST Guide to Harbour Island
These days, it can be hard to find places that are both tropical but not overly geared towards holiday makers. For that reason, I love Harbour Island — it’s semi-famously known for its pastel cottages and white sand beaches — and although beautiful, it’s still relatively untouched by big tourism and allows you to experience the authentic, local island community.
To get to this magical place requires a few seamless steps. First, you’ll need to fly from Miami into Eleuthera, Bahamas. After that, it’s just two short 10 minutes taxi rides, one on land to the ferry terminal, and one water taxi that’ll take you straight to the island.
Just a word of warning when booking dates: hurricane season is between June – November, so the best time to visit is in between, sometime during December – April.
These tropical cottages dotted along a pink sand beach are truly magical. Each villa is both contemporary, retro, and designed in shades of sea blue and sand, accented by natural fibers, warm woods, and woven organic textures.
Dating back to 1800, this classic plantation-style boutique hotel houses thirteen guest rooms, an award-winning wine cellar, and our personal favorite — a library complete with cozy cane chairs. It also overlooks the harbor in the heart of Dunmore Town, and is an easy five minute stroll to the pink sand beach with private beach chairs and umbrellas.
Even Ralph Lauren is amazed by the stunning interiors and incredible English architecture of Hibiscus Hill. Designed by India Hicks, daughter of famed British interior decorator, David Hicks, and her partner, David Flint Wood, the property boasts three accommodations; the Guest House, Cricket Pavilion, and King’s Retreat — each with its own aesthetic. Staying here is a true experience and if it fits your budget, you will not regret it.
Sweet Spot Cafe
Run by two sisters, this is the place to come for all your cold-pressed juices, smoothies, organic snacks, vegan desserts, organic food, and homemade drinks. Perfect to fuel up after a day in the sun.
Latitude 25 at Coral Sands
Organic roast chicken sits alongside vegan tagines and locally caught seafood at this poolside restaurant with a stunning ocean view backdrop.
Made right in front of you this is THE place to try Bahama’s famous conch salad.
COCOA Coffee House
Head here for your caffeine hits. Started by a couple that left their corporate jobs behind to pursue a sea change, cocoa house also serves up delicious smoothies and healthy cafe items.
Laid back and set on a breezy oceanfront patio, this 60s era restaurant showcases vintage photographs and all of the Bahama’s best culinary delights: think fresh fish, local ingredients, and gorgeous island fruit.
There’s nothing quite like eating fish straight from the sea. At The Landing, you’ll find a menu brimming with fresh and locally caught seafood that has been reinterpreted into creative dishes like Spicy Crab Capellini and Ginger Lobster.
You’ll find this boutique stocks designers from France and Italy as well as local students and artists that are creating colorful and inspired pieces.
India Hick's Sugar Mill
Housed in a building that’s over 150 years old, this converted sugar mill is now a treasure trove of items discovered on India’s travels. You’ll find pieces from across the globe each with a distinct point of view.
Blue Rooster Boutique
Need some island approved fashion? Here you’ll find gorgeous caftans, straw accessories, and colorful jewelry for all your beach town needs.
Elegant and sophisticated pieces that are handmade, crafted to last, and designed in natural luxe fabrics line the walls of this store. Definitely your place for sustainable fashion that’s also incredibly effortless.
Rent a Golf Cart
What is Harbour Island’s preferred mode of travel? Golf carts. If biking sounds too much, or you want to go a little further than your legs allow, rent your own cart from Michael’s Cycles and enjoy this playful breezy way to explore the island.
Bike Around the Island
Biking anywhere is always a good idea but especially on sleepy Harbour Island. Check out Michael’s Cycles if you’re in need of some wheels.
Pink Sands Beach
Although I grew up in a beach community, there is nothing that’s as special as Pink Sands. If you’re looking for a breathtaking beach day that you won’t forget — you will need to rent a boat to visit. As above, you can also find boats at Michael’s Cycles.
Yoga at the Beach
Basically, everything on Harbour Island is a relaxing and healing experience that’s good for the soul. But if you’re looking for some more traditional wellness events, check out Dunmore Realty’s Harbour Island info for yoga classes and other events.