Welcome to Harbour Island Bahamas!
Harbour Island is a small 3.5 by 1.5 mile island located approximately 1.5 miles east of the northern coast of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. Travel to the island is via North Eleuthera airport followed by a 10 minute cab ride and a 10 minute water taxi ride.
Harbour Island is known for having one of the "Best Bahamas Beaches" according to travel magazines and experts such as Fodors, Frommers and The Travel Channel. It is most famous for its three and a half miles of hard packed picture perfect pink sand beach.
The rich history of the island dates back as far as the 1700s. You can not help but be absorbed by the colorful architecture and beautiful makeup of the island. This is one of the main reasons why the affluent flock to the island on a regular basis.
What to Do
Warm clear ocean waters provide excellent diving, fishing and boating while outlying reefs provide safe swimming and snorkeling. There are boat and equipment rentals, along with marinas to charter boats for fishing and diving along with renting the gear.
How to get Around the Island
Golf cart rentals are the transportation of choice making exploration of the island fun and relaxing. You will find plenty of car rental companies to do business with. The people are friendly and the island is easy to navigate. Unlike Eleuthera, cars are completely unnecessary on the island.
Where to Eat
This is the island of islands for some of the best restaurants the Bahamas has to offer. Choices are plentiful and menus range from fine cuisine at The Landing, Runaway Hill and Valentine's Marina to delicious local fare at Queen Conch. Most offer a casual Bahamian atmosphere and unforgettable views of the island and its tropical surroundings. Bring a big appetite with you!
Where to Stay
Basic to luxurious accommodations vary from fine resorts and hotels to charming vacation home rentals, houses, villas and cottages. Many of these are located directly on the beach offering breathtaking views of the ocean, while others are located around Dunmore Town on the tranquil side of the ocean or in the interior of the island. No matter where you stay, you are always minutes from the beach.
The weather on Harbor Island is exceptional. Average high temperatures are in the mid 70s and 80s and lows are in the mid 60s and 70s. Monthly rainfall in prime season is less than 4". Ocean breezes keep you comfortable both day and night.
How to get to Harbour Island
We provide a number of resources on how to get to Harbour Island. You can not fly directly onto the island so it pays to study your options. Our page provides live updates on flights that arrive and depart North Eleuthera Airport.
Tour our unique travel guide of photos and interactive map and discover for yourself! "Briland", as it's known by the islanders, offers an attractive combination of amenities not found anywhere else in the Bahamas. A splendorous place where one can wake up in the morning with nothing to do and only be half done by the end of the day.
Reviews Over the Years
“One of the Best Beaches on Earth for 2013 - Best for dramatic landscapes, famous for its sand. The beach, ranked number 5 for its dramatic landscape.” - Travel+Leisure
“Top Islands in Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas 2012: Harbour Island” - Travel+Leisure
“Probably the most beautiful beach in the world, pink sands turns salmon-colored in the setting sun. The pristine quality of the water, the safe snorkeling, sheltered swimming...” - The Telegraph, UK
“The Best Bahamas Beaches: Pale-pink sands stretch for 3 miles past a handful of low-rise hotels and private villas. A coral reef protects the shore from breakers, making for some of the safest swimming in The Bahamas.” - Frommers
"Perhaps the most famous beach in the Bahamas, this 3-mile Eleutheran beach is covered in pink sand, colored by pulverized coral and shells." - Fodors
"Beaches that will leave you speechless: Its salmon-colored sand and turquoise sea is a popular backdrop for fashion photo shoots." - Caribbean Travel & Life
"The sand is truly pink, the water is truly aquamarine, and there are so few people around that it feels like yours alone." - Condé Nast
"The waters of the outer islands of the Bahamas - especially Great and Little Abaco, Eleuthera and Harbour Island (the next St. Barths, we think) - are glorious." - Nota Bene
"Best island visit for 2004: I have to go with Harbour Island, one of the Out Islands of the Bahamas. The three miles of pink sand beach has been rated the best in the world, and visitors purr around the tiny island on golf carts." - STLtoday
"Islands don't get much more glam than this celeb-dripping, boutique-hotel lined, coral edged hideaway in the Bahamas. From the antique-filled India Hicks-designed retreat The Landing to the cool Dunmore Hotel, Harbour Island does a good line in upscale Caribbean chic. The island's main town, Dunmore, also boasts photogenic pastel-painted cottages and white picket fences. Still need convincing? How about the fact that you arrive by water taxi? Or that you can swim off beaches the color of candy floss? Is there a downside? That depends on how you feel about getting around by golf buggy." - The Independent
One of the "World's Most Luxurious Beaches" - Forbes
"A pink sand paradise in the Bahamas, Harbour Island is being called the next big thing." - Travel & Leisure
“Blink your eyes. Are you in some kind of Lucy-in-the-Sky, fairy-floss and cream-pie hallucination? Or is that sand really pink? Yep, it is. Pink-sand beaches occur all along the east coast of Harbour Island. As if that is not enough to make it your new favorite island ever, you will also find the classic sighting, lucid, blue Bahamas seas. You can leave the rose-colored glasses at home for this one.” - Lonely Planet's Book, 1000 Ultimate Sights
“Editors' Picks for Best Beaches in the Caribbean: Often renowned as one of the best pink-sand beaches in the world.” - Islands Magazine