As promised on Tuesday, I am sharing my latest travel guide today. The featured destination? Harbour Island in the Bahamas, of course. If you haven't seen my latest release of aerial beach photography of this stunning destination, please be sure to check them out because after reading my travel tips, you're going to want to book your own trip ASAP. You see, it's not that this three-mile stretch of pink sands is unknown; it is that it takes a little extra effort to get there. Trust me, it's worth it, though and it's now high on my list of the best places to travel. Whether it's for a romantic getaway, a family trip or an annual BFF escape...Harbour Island is home to some of the most mesmerizing views in the Atlantic....and, more!
There is not a direct route to Harbour Island, hence the extra effort. For those based in the United States, you would fly into Nassau, Fort Lauderdale or Miami, so naturally it will depend on which one makes the most sense for you. Whereas for the European visitor, Nassau tends to be the best choice. Once on the mainland, you'll then take a connecting flight to North Eleuthera (ELH) airport on Eleuthera, Bahamas. From there, hop in a taxi to the dock and last but not least, it's time for a water taxi to Harbour Island.
Much to a traveler's delight, Harbour Island's relative inaccessibility has kept big developers at bay. The result is a handful of beautiful and unique hotels to choose from. Needless to say, it's quality over quantity when it comes to hotels, so be sure to plan and reserve ahead.
The Dunmore - From personal experience, a stay at The Dunmore will meet if not surpass all of you luxury hotel needs with pure satisfaction. As I have mentioned plenty of times before, I am a sucker for retro glam beach clubs (see Coral Casino), so The Dunmore was giving me all the feels with its classic beach umbrellas and bungalow style guest rooms.
I definitely recommend staying on the beach side if possible, to enjoy the beautiful pink sand and turquoise waters up front and center. Nearby, Runaway Hill is a laid back low-key cottage-esque hotel. There’s also Coral Sands, right on the beach as well. If you want great sunset views, stay on the harbour side at The Landing or Valentines.
For lunch, sip sip is a MUST- enjoy some great cocktails and make sure to get the lobster quesadilla. It does not disappoint!
Two great 'not to be missed' dinner spots are the Rock House and The Landing; the latter is a touch of island sophistication whereas the Rock House is a laid back island chic hotel with a great restaurant for a more casual dinner. For a special night out, I highly recommend the restaurant at the Dunmore hotel.
After dinner, if you are feeling frisky head to Gusty’s for a post dinner cocktail. Warning: dress accordingly as this party-ready spot features a dirt floor for you to get your groove on. If you are still feeling the party vibes after Gusty's head to Daddy D’s to dance the night away to your favorite pop tunes.
Blue Rooster - This adorable white cottage boutique with blue shutters simply beckons you to come in. Inside, you'll find lots of women's clothing like easy sundresses and swimwear, as well as cute decorative gifts.
The Sugar Mill - With its home in an building dated at 150 years old, this boutique has a lovely collection clothing for both men and women clothing. AND, best of all, this fun fact - It is owned by India Hicks, godchild of the late Princess Diana of Great Britain.
Dilly Dally - Looking for the perfect souvenir? This fun little shop is the perfect place to share a piece of Harbour Island with those at home.
Anywhere and everywhere on this beautiful island, I encourage you to stroll the sands, take a dip in the light turquoise water.. and enjoy!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to plan your own trip to Harbour Island? If so, then I hope this travel guide inspired and will steer you to sheer island bliss!