Best Tourist Places to Visit in Harbour Island, Bahamas, America

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Harbour Island, Bahamas, America

Harbour Island is an island situated off the northeast coast of Eleuthera Island in Bahamas. It is also a district including Dunmore Town, only town on Harbour Island. Dunmore takes its name from John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, who served as the governor of Bahamas (1786-1798).

Harbour Island houses many New England-style buildings and streets lined with flowers and also known for its pink sand beaches in the east part of the island.


Geography of Harbour Island:

Harbour Island coordinates with 25°30′ north latitude and 76°38′ west longitude.


History of Harbour Island:

There is a hotel in Harbour Island named ‘Coral Sands Hotel’ which was founded by an American actor Brett King and his wife in 1960.


How to reach Harbour Island?

North Eleuthera Airport is the nearest airport to Harbour Island and has scheduled flights from and to Governor’s Harbour, Nassau, Rock Sound, Fort Lauderdale and Miami in Florida, operated by American Eagle, Bahamasair, Pineapple Air, Silver Airways and Southern Air Charter. Governor’s Harbour Airport and Spanish Wells Airport are other accessible airports of Harbour Island.

Also there are many private water taxis running between North Eleuthera and Harbour Island, it takes less time to reach. For taxis and cars check at the local travel offices.


Food and Shopping in Harbour Island:

Tourists visiting Harbour Island can taste spicy traditional Bahamian cuisine all the food corners of Harbour Island and also can purchase variety of traditional clothes, hats and rings in any of the major shops.

The prominent food corners in Harbour Island include:

  • Rock House Restaurant
  • Pink Sands Resort Restaurants
  • Coral Sands Restaurant
  • Valentines Boat House Restaurant
  • Romora Bay Restaurants


Things to do in Harbour Island:

  • Horseback riding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Diving


Places of interest in Harbour Island:

Pink Sands Beach:

Pink Sands Beach is the main beach of Harbour Island and one of the best beaches of Bahamas, located along the east side of the island. It is most famous for its pale pink sand measuring length of 3+ miles and width up to 100 feet. It was selected as ‘Best Sand Beach’ in ‘World’s Best Beaches’ section in March 2005 conducted by The Travel Channel.


Loyalist Cottage:

Loyalist Cottage is one of the historical structures of Harbour Island which was designed with loyalist architecture.


St. John’s Anglican Church:

St. John’s Anglican Church was constructed in 1768, is still in good condition.


Chapel Street cemetery:

Chapel Street cemetery boasts many graves from the ancient Bahamas.


Other places of interest in Harbour Island include:

  • Commissioner’s Residence
  • 17th century battery
  • Lone Tree
  • Valentine’s Dive Center
  • Dunmore Town
  • Briland’s Blue Hole


Best time to visit Harbour Island:

From December to May will be the ideal time to enjoy holidays in Harbour Island.


Accommodation options in Harbour Island:

Harbour Island is home to several well facilitated resorts, hotels as well as vacation rentals that are exclusively designed for maximum comfort of the tourists. Along with basic facilities, tourist can also play indoor games and enjoy water sport activities arranged by major resorts of Harbour Island. The main accommodation centres in Harbour Island are as follows:

  • Rock House
  • Runaway Hill Club
  • The Dunmore
  • Coral Sands Hotel
  • Pink Sands
  • Valentines Resort and Marina
  • The Landing
  • Romora Bay Club
  • Baretta’s Seashell Inn
  • Little Arches
  • Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast
  • Tingum Village Hotel
  • Royal Palm Hotel
  • Ocean View Club
  • A and P’s Strawberry House
  • Coconut Ranch

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