How to Spend a Perfect Weekend on Harbour Island, Bahamas
Check in ... to Paradise
These two small hotels are every bit as gorgeous as Harbour Island. Make it easy on yourself, and book a few nights at each one.
On famous Pink Sands Beach, the Ocean View Club's 14 rooms will take your breath away with their dreamy, colorful interiors, Bahamian porches, and turquoise-infused water views. Rates start at $335.
In the heart of Dunmore Town, The Landing will seduce you with its plantation-style lines; 13 crisp, white guest rooms; and Insta-perfect bar. Rates start at $225.
Pictured: Cottage life writ sublime at Ocean View Club
Three Ideal Meals
Tiny and intimate, Harbour Island has a handful of wonderful spots to eat and drink all day long. Here are Trish Becker's favorites:
The Landing's ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter are as divine as Harbour Island itself.
Old School Lunch
Sip Sip continues to reign supreme as the de facto midday hub of local life. Order the lobster quesadilla.
The sunset views from the terrace of The Rock House are an elixir unto themselves. And after a night spent over stone crab, fresh fish specials, and Junkanoo pasta with shrimp and lobster, someone's bound to propose.
Pictured: Grilled Shrimp at Sip Sip
Best Bahamian Classics
They're classics for a reason, and you cannot say you've been to the Bahamas, much less the Out Islands, without a decent conch salad and at least one Goombay Smash.
So Don't Leave Without Eating This Salad ...
At Queen Conch, every conch salad is assembled from scratch, so watch your conch, tomatoes, onions, sour orange, and goat peppers go from chopping board to plate.
... Or Drinking This Cocktail
You must have at least one Goombay Smash—the Bahamas' official drink is composed of white rum, dark rum, and coconut rum in pineapple juice with a Myers's floater. The Rock House ups the ante by doing them frozen.
Pictured: The makings of a traditional conch salad
Best Shopping Stops
With its tiny cottages housing sophisticated finds that feel simultaneously island-relaxed, Dunmore Town is ground zero for Out Island shopping.
On the boutique side of the equation, India Hicks's haute-bohemian Sugar Mill Trading Co. on Bay Street and the charming Blue Rooster on King Street are indispensable stops. Dake's Shoppe on Crowne Street is the new kid on the block and a tastemaker's dream collection of clothing and home goods.
For old-fashioned souvenirs, Becker loves A&A Hidden Treasures on Queen's Highway. The sweet little stall is filled with trays, baskets, and bags handmade by Alice Mather from silver palm plait.
Pictured: Dunmore Town’s pastel waterfront
Playtime on the Water
Take the ultimate day sail aboard Sail Eleuthera's elegant sloop Eventide: Beachcomb on uninhabited islands, snorkel crystalline waters, and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch.
Pictured: Eleuthera’s crystal-clear waters revealing Devil’s Backbone, a shallow reef bordering the island
Only Reason to Leave Harbour Island: Eleuthera
While the beaches on Harbour Island are sugar-fantastic, the sandy strands, coves, and limestone caves on nearby Eleuthera may change your life. Take a water taxi and arrange for a car from Fine Threads to check out Surfer's Beach, Winding Bay, and Ten Bay Beach, along with Preacher's Cave, The Queen's Bath, and Glass Window Bridge. Head to Whale Point for crafted cocktails, organic produce, and local seafood at Tally Bar, the restaurant at Ocean Tally, an alluring property with stunning new cottages.
Pictured: a sun-warmed tub with a view at The Queen’s Bath on Eleuthera