Lay of the Land
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.”~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Also known as “Briland” to vacationers and locals, Harbour Island is a small island that is part of the Bahamas. It’s only about 1.5 square miles in size and lies off the northeast coast of Eleuthera. Pretty much everything on the low-key island is within walking distance, but golf carts or bikes can also be used to navigate, making everything easily accessible. Harbour Island is famous for its pink sand beaches that line its eastern coast, where you’ll find such hotels as the Dunmore, Pink Sands and Coral Sands. There are also some options in town and on the western side, where the harbor is located (the Landing, Rock House).
Flights to North Eleuthera originate in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Nassau. A fast ferry (www.bahamasferries.com) also leaves Nassau daily. Taxis and water taxis from North Eleuthera to Harbour Island are readily available.
Choosing a Hotel
When picking a place to stay on Harbour Island, the biggest question to ask yourself is how important is it for you to be steps from the beach. There are some stylish properties in town on the harbor side, but if you have come here for the famous pink sand beaches and will feel frustrated that you can’t walk from your bedroom over the dunes to the beach, then you should stick with the hotels on the sea side, including the Dunmore and Coral Sands.
When to Go
While the weather is rather consistent year-round, the best time to go is between February and May, when the temperature stays a pleasant 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.