About Harbour Island

What makes Harbour Island so charming? Is it the quaint streets lined with tropical flowers? Or maybe it’s the world-famous pink sand beach with its relaxing ocean breeze? Whatever it is, FlipKey has the perfect property there for you to relax while watching the wonderful sunset.

About Harbour Island

Founded over 300 years ago, Harbour Island – known as ‘Briland’ to the locals (say Harbour Island fast to understand the nickname!) – lies just a mile off the island of Eleuthera.

Harbour Island was once the capital of the Bahamas, and the home of farmers and boat builders.

Dunmore Town is the main and only town in Harbour Island. One of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas, this town was popular for making rum during the Prohibition.

Harbour Island has a steep history, some of which is still reflected in the architecture you see around the island! There is always something on Harbour Island that will catch your eye and show off its uniqueness.

The local cuisine boasts freshly caught seafood, especially conch. This large marine snail is a huge part of Bahamian culture and can be enjoyed fresh, fried or steamed!

What to do

With its relaxed atmosphere, you can wake up first thing in the morning and not have to worry about anything.

Its gorgeous 3-mile long beach, that stretches across the eastern shore, is the perfect spot for strolls whilst sipping delicious cocktails. The Caribbean sun is paradise as you walk through the powdery pink sands.

You can enjoy a variety of activities on Harbour Island including snorkeling, bonefishing, scuba diving and even horseback riding on the beach. There are day trips to Eleuthera and Spanish Wells available, as well.

If you get lost, then don’t worry, the island’s small size makes it even more fun to explore. The locals are friendly, and they also make the nightlife more interesting – be sure to check out JJ’s, a local hangout.

Catching the sunset is the highlight of the day, and you’ll be able to witness amazing views by Government Dock.

Top Travel tips

If you're looking to get around the island, then the most fun way is by golf cart! These can be rented from many shops on the island.

There is no direct route to Harbour Island. You’ll have to fly into Nassau and then proceed to take a flight to North Eleuthera airport. You can then take a taxi to the dock and then a water taxi to the island.

The weather is best from December through to April. However, be aware that hurricane season is in the fall, and so hotels and shops are usually closed for the season.

Harbour Island is the ideal hideaway from the world. Its quiet charms make it perfect for travelers who are looking to relax. If it's natural beauty and turquoise bays you're looking for, then browse FlipKey to find the best property for your Harbour Island stay!