ACTIVITIES AROUND HARBOUR ISLAND
Harbour Island, known as Briland to the locals, is also known as the Nantucket of the Caribbean. The island is 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and is located just off the tip of Eleuthera separated by a narrow channel. Harbour Island is famous for its three mile long pink beach running the entire length of the Eastern side. The beach is protected by a coral reef making this very safe for swimming and snorkeling. Dunmore Town, formerly the capital of the Bahamas dates back to the 18th century.
Harbour Island, Bahamas, was ranked “The Best Island in the Caribbean” by Travel Leisure magazine and readers of the elite travel magazine rated this tiny gem of The Bahamas Out Islands number one among the islands of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda.
Rock House Restaurant
Upscale menu in a casual but elegant setting. Open 7 nights, reservations recommended.
Tel: 333-2053, 333-2740
Pink Sands Restaurant
A choice of the more casual Blue Bar or more formal Garden Terrace.
Coral Sands Restaurant
known as one of the finest in the Bahamas. A good place for a mid day snack or lunch.
Ma Ruby’s – On Colebrook Street.
Home of “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” sit down meals.
More casual restaurants …
Coral building at end Government dock; a few seats or carry it out.
Pitt Street. Breakfast sandwiches, lunch and baked goods.
Doris Dry Goods
Across from The Shack. Breakfast, sandwiches and good burgers – Morning until 5 PM.
Harbour Island Night life
If you’re looking for some local music then Seagrapes is the place to be. You’ll hear Bahamian music, Carribbean style, from the Brilanders who have toured for Jimmy buffet. Seagrapes does on occasion have guest performers from Nassau and beyond.
Golf cart rentals harbour island
Golf Cart Rentals
Summer Boyz Golf Cart Rentals
Tel: 242-333-2279 (cell) 242-551-3648
Sunshine Cart Rentals
Ross Garage Cart Rentals
Lilshan’s Water Sports
Devon Stuart offers skiing, scuba, snorkel, and jetskii–solo or with a guide and teacher. He also rents boats, kayaks, waterskis and other equipment. Find him at the ramp just south of Valentines or via his website
Bone fish are considered one of the worlds best sporting fish and are found in the shallow waters off Harbour Island. There are several guides available to take you fishing however it’s best to book well in advance. Contact Jermaine Johnson for more information and to book a day’s fishing
Ocean Fox Dive Shop – Jeff Fox runs his operation at Harbour Island Marina at the south end of the island. Jef offers scuba, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and equipment rental.
Walking Tours on Harbour Island
A good way to experience Harbour Island is on foot. There are many walking routes available but the ones recommended are found by clicking this link.
Island Hopping around the Bahamas
It is easy to visit other islands within the chain from Harbour Island in a day. Boat trips can be organised.
Taxis are a great way to get around the island. Not only do you get a free history lesson while on the guided tour but the drivers will give recommendations for entertainment, fishing and whatever you are interested in.
If you plan on doing a lot of travelling a golf cart or rented car may be the way to go. Before you set off, ask about the local road conditions. There are not too many roads on the island so getting lost won’t be a major problem.
The Blue Rooster as well as the Shop at the Landings, offers up-scale men’s and women’s clothing
Dilly dally harbour islandDilly Dally owned by photographer Val Albury does many of the islands weddings and sells framed photographs. She also has a good selection of Bahamian music. Her shop is in the centre of the town.
Miss Mae’s on Dunmore Street is one of the island’s finest clothing boutiques.
Briland’s Androsia on King Street sells the best selection of bathing suits, with bright batik fabrics printed on the island of North Andros.
Jaqueline’s Straw works offers a large selection of straw works, on Bay Street
Princess Street Gallery has interesting exhibitions featuring various artists.