Harbor Island, Bahamas: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Harbor Island is a small Bahamian island located north of Eleuthera and reachable only by sea.
The only inhabited center is the characteristic Dunmore Town while in the rest of the atoll there are beautiful private villas, luxurious hotels and heavenly beaches.
The atmosphere is typical of the Anglo-Saxon Caribbean with little noise, poor nightlife but a lot of tranquility, which is why it is suitable for romantic couples or families with children who want to enjoy the sea and relax.
If you are planning a romantic trip to the Bahamas, here are some tips for you Harbor Island, where it is, when to go and what to see.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 5 things to see and do: beaches and places of interest
  5. How much does a Harbor Island vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice
  6. Harbor Island Pictures
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 1.702 inhabitants
  • Capital: Dunmore Town
  • Languages: English and Creole dialects
  • Local currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD) / € 1,00 = 1,1 BSD
  • Weather: tropical, with a dry one (from November to April) and a rainy one (from May to October)
  • vaccinations: none
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of 6 months; a visa is not required for citizens of the European Community for stays of less than 8 months
  • Where it is

    The state of the Bahamas is made up of 700 islands and islets, some of which are totally uninhabited, nestled in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida in the Caribbean Sea.

    Harbor Island, specifically, is located in the northeast of the archipelago, 2 miles from Eleuthera, 60 miles from Nassau and 200 miles from Miami.
    Its dimensions are really small since it is 3 kilometers wide and 5 kilometers long as well it is part of the Commonwealth, whose sovereignty belongs to the current Queen of England Elizabeth II.

    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: alternatively from London British Airways has a direct connection with Nassau (duration 9 hours and 20 minutes), the capital of the Bahamas and from here with a fast catamaran you can reach Harbor Island in 3 hours. From the main European capitals, on the other hand, direct flights depart for Miami with Lufthansa (from Frankfurt), KLM (from Amsterdam) and Airfrance (from Paris) and from here you can take the plane to North Eleuthera Airport. Then, with a taxi, you can reach the pier to take a speedboat that takes you to Harbor Island in 5 minutes.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: The Harbor Island climate is characterized by two seasons, a dry one which corresponds to winter (from November to April) and a wet and rainy one which corresponds to summer (from May to October); the temperatures are however always quite high and the minimum even in the mildest months, such as January, never go below 22 °, the maximum in the hottest period, on the other hand, are around 29 °. The rainy season is affected by the phenomenon of hurricanes.
    • Best time: the ideal time to go to Harbor Island is from December to mid-May, although the best months are from late February to May when temperatures are higher and ideal for experiencing the sea and the beach
    • Period to avoid: coincides with the wet and rainy season also because the Bahamas and Harbor Island from June to October are at risk of hurricanes, especially in the months of August, September and October
    • Advice: light linen and cotton clothing, swimwear and sunscreen; a sweatshirt for the evening, a light waterproof jacket and an umbrella for rainy days

    5 things to see and do: beaches and places of interest

    1. Pink Sand Beach it is the beach that occupies the eastern side of the island and is characterized by pink sand that takes on this color due to the presence of the fragments of the carapace of the Foraminifera which lives in the reef and is carried ashore by the currents.
    2. Dunmore Town is the capital of the island, characterized by colorful Victorian houses, a few shops and a small church. At the bottom of the center is the pier where fast catamarans arrive from Nassau.
    3. Glass Window Bridge It is located on the island of Eleuthera, a 10-minute boat ride from Harbor Island, and is a natural rock bridge reinforced by a concrete structure overlooking the sea. At this precise point the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.
    4. Ben Bay, on the island of Eleuthera is a half-moon shaped beach with clear and transparent water, white sand and some trees that allow you to stay in the shade during the hottest hours. Usually from Harbor Island boat trips are organized to reach this place.
    5. An excursion to the Blue Holes which are located near Harbor Island and Eleuthera is ideal for lovers of divers and those who snorkel and want to admire the wonderful underwater caves full of corals and fish.

    How much does a Harbor Island vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Harbor Island is a 'very exclusive island of the Bahamas and being very small, it can only be traveled by bike and on foot, it does not have many tourist facilities.
    Spesso this place is visited in the day by making excursions that depart from nearby Eleuthera. Alternatively, those who decide to stay here can enjoy the only long beach, relax and discover the nearby Eleuthera with boat trips.
    I prices for a Harbor Island vacation are quite high, a lunch costs an average of € 30,00 and sleep is not less than € 200,00 per night.

    • starting from € 1.900 -
    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 199,00 per room -
    • Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 3.200 per person -

    Harbor Island Pictures


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