THE CARIBBEAN // THE BAHAMAS // HARBOUR ISLAND
City/Settlement: Dunmore Town
Location: Lies off the northeast end of Eleuthera,
200 miles from Miami
Size: Three miles long and half a mile wide
Population: Approximately 1,500
Images Courtesy of: Bahamas Tourist Office
The island’s first major settlement of Dunmore Town, originally the capital of The
Islands Of The Bahamas, was named after the 18th century royal governor of the
islands, Lord Dunmore. Harbour Island was actually founded before the United
States was even a nation. At one time, Harbour Island was second only to Nassau
in terms of prosperity. In the late 1800s, Dunmore Town was a noted shipyard and
sugar refinement center, both of which lent itself to a profitable secondary
Harbour Island offers a quaint variety of shopping opportunities, from the
traditional street-side straw vendors, to the work of local painters, fashion and
jewelry designers. With items ranging from high-end home décor to a variety of
local music stores, there is a shop for almost every need.
For vacationers, Harbour Island’s popularity is founded on its spectacular three-mile
powdery pink sand beach, charming New England style, intimate inns and hotels,
vibrant night life, glamorous residents and visitors and, last but not least, the warm
hospitality of its inhabitants – the Brilanders. Visitors to Harbour Island enjoy
strolling through the quaint town’s tree lined narrow streets, exploring the
settlement onboard a golf cart, bonefishing in the pristine water off Harbour
Island’s coast and frolicking on the sandy coastline. The Plateau and the Arch,
both giant coral structures densely populated with marine life, attract divers from
around the world.
North Eleuthera airport serves Harbour Island with visitors transferring to
the island via water taxi.
The following airlines connect Harbour Island/Eleuthera with the U.S.:
- Continental Connection (800-525-0280)
- USAirways Express (800-428-4322)
- American Eagle (800-433-7300)
- Island Express (954-359-6953)
- Twin Air(954-359-8266)
The following airlines fly to Harbour Island/Eleuthera from Nassau:
- Bahamasair (800-222-4262)
- Southern Air (242-377-2014)
- PineApple Air (242-377- 0140)
The high speed ferry Bo Hengy offers daily round-trips from Nassau.
Bahama Fast Ferry (242-323-2166)
Accommodation options on Harbour Island include:
- Pink Sands (800-407-4776)
- Coral Sands (800-468-2799)
- Rock House Hotel(242-333-2053)
- The Landing (242-333-2707)
- Bahama House Inn (242-333-2201)
- Dunmore Beach Club (242-333-2200)
- Tingum Village (242-333-2161)
- Valentines Resort & Marina (242-333-2142)
- Seashell Inn (242-333-2361)
- Runaway Hill Inn (843-278-1724)
- Romora Bay Resort & Marina (800-365-0519)
This traditional-styled restaurant serves mouth watering lunches, such as
conch curry, coconut cakes and grilled shrimp, as well as an eclectic mix of world
cuisine. The name ?Sip Sip? actually derives from the Bahamas patois word for
?gossip;? no wonder, since the spot boasts regulars such as model Elle McPherson.
Named for the 18th century royal governor of The Bahamas who
helped develop the town, this picturesque seafront village provides a haven away
from more hectic tourist areas. Navigate through narrow winding paths without
ever encountering a motor vehicle, while gazing at traditional, wooden, brightly
painted houses, with neat yards overflowing with tropical flowers and trees. A
popular stop is the Loyalist Cottage, built in 1797 after the Revolutionary War by
settlers from the American colonies still loyal to the Britain.
Current Cut Dive:
Judged among the top ten dive sites in the entire world at nine
knots, Current Cut is also one of the fastest dives in the world. This part of The
Bahamas is actually among the most diverse in the region in terms of aquatic life;
divers are swept up in currents with schools of stingrays, mako sharks and reef
This bright green and yellow striped building in the middle of town run
by local photographer Val Albury, offers diverse images of Harbour Island. Dilly
Dally also carries a wide selection of Bahamian music.
U.S. currency is accepted and is interchangeable with the Bahamian dollar. In
September through May, the temperature on the Island averages 70 to 75 degrees
Fahrenheit; the rest of the year is warmer, with temperatures between 80 and 85
degrees. Nighttime temperatures are generally cooler by 5-7 degrees. All U.S.
citizens and foreign nationals traveling to/from the United States to/from The
Bahamas are required to present a valid passport, passport card or WHTI-compliant
document to re-enter the United States. All Canadian citizens traveling to/from
Canada to/from The Bahamas are required to present either a valid passport, an official birth certificate or an original naturalization/citizenship certificate. For more
information please visit Bahamas.
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