The tranquil paradise of Harbour Island offers so much to experience, I couldn’t confine my trip to just one post. For tips on my favorite Harbour Island resorts and restaurants, check out Destination Harbour Island, Part One. Then read on below for Part Two of my Bahamian adventure!
The preferred mode of transport here is the golf cart. There are several rental options on the island and we got ours from Dunmore Rentals. We woke early each morning and hopped in our dew covered cart to have breakfast and explore the island. Morning excursions included the ‘Haunted House,’ visits to Goldie the talking parrot at Romora Bay, and feeding fresh water to Gina Valentina the manatee at Valentine’s. Afternoons were ideal for ice cream runs to The Sweet Spot where we loved fresh mango and coconut sorbets, ginger lime and espresso ice cream.
Lil’ Shans is a tiny shack in the parking lot at Valentine’s. This is where we found Luther, our captain for an afternoon of fun on the water. He took us to neighboring island Eleuthera, where we saw giant sea stars dotting the clear ocean floor and baby turtles speeding along. We snorkeled around a rock formation and fed the bright tropical fish and saw a giant sting ray camouflaged under the pink sand. We stopped in shallow water, where we discovered hundreds of sun bleached sand dollars underfoot. Our trip with Luther was the highlight for me and I can’t wait to return to those clear blue waters.
Bring a racquet and play tennis but you will have to bring a partner too. Run on the beach where you are likely to see a tanned and toned India Hicks running with her Black Lab. Soak up the sun and float in the ocean all day long.
A visit to India Hicks’ shop The Sugar Mill will be where to find her own island batik bedcovers and sheets and bright nylon ntandy belts by friend Napper. I loved my visit with Amy at The Blue Rooster, a well-curated island shop with island flavor and a high chic factor. I found gorgeous gold jewelry, elegant beach cover ups and Stephanie Johnson bags! Princess Gallery is where to find island entertaining essentials and local art. I loved the Bahama Hand Print robes and napkins. The gift shop at the Pink Sands Resort had an excellent selection of straw hats (that’s where I picked up mine), canvas espadrilles and colorful pareos trimmed in pompoms (I picked up one of these as well)!
Erela and I visited with Alice at A & A Hidden Treasures several times on our trip. Alice hand weaves hats and totes and clutches and sells them in an open air space along the road. Erela chose a cross body bag with a blue raffia butterfly and the word Bahamas embroidered on the back. Alice personalized it with Erela’s name and E hasn’t taken it off since.
The best thing about this tiny island (it’s only 3.5 miles long and a half mile wide) was the people we met. Everywhere we went we ran into the same folks, mostly visitors like us, and unlike us this was not their first visit. Harbour Island had been their special paradise for many years and we were happy to share in their secret.