Harbour Island

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Get to know Harbour Island

Super chic, yet totally devoid of flashiness, Harbour Island is the place to go if understated style is what you’re looking for. The marina here is small, with no room for mega yachts, and there’s just a handful of restaurants and boutiques in Dunmore Town, the island’s only commercial area. But Harbour Island has long been the spot for aristocrats, fashionistas, and preppies to hide away, so the dining and the shopping here is relaxed but world-class. Many of the cottages here were built with New England-style architecture, leading some to call this “Nantucket of the Bahamas.” Locals just call it “Briland”—say Harbour Island fast and you’ll understand why. Located just off the tip of Eleuthera, Harbour Island measures just 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. It’s most famous for its unusual pink beach, which stretches along its entire Atlantic side. There are few cars on Harbour Island, with pretty much everyone getting around by golf cart or bike instead.

Harbour Island Living in The Bahamas

Composed of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets, The Bahamas has an island for every mood. The calm, warm, jewel-colored waters of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean define the ebb and flow of life here and Bahamians wake up knowing they live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. New Providence Island, home to the capital of Nassau, is the economic and commercial center of Bahamian life and just an hour’s flight away from Miami. There are multiple residential communities here that vary in style, ranging from the decorous pastel charms of Lyford Cay to the extravagant mansions of Albany, as well as multiple luxury high-rises. The islands of the Bahamas stretch for more than 500 miles and as you move farther south, the Out (or Family) Islands become less and less populated, many without a single human inhabitant. Others, like Eleuthera and Harbour Island, are pockets of sophisticated seclusion, while the Exumas, a chain of 365 islands, offer peaceful privacy and pristine beaches.