Harbour Island, often characterized as the polar opposite of Eleuthera due its eclectic populous atmosphere, is what many vacationers picture when they visualize a tropical vacation. It’s the place where you might catch a glimpse of the rich and famous, but here, everyone is equal. There are opulent boutique resorts, trendy little nightclubs, expensive restaurants, and just about every imaginable water activity available at your fingertips.Read More--->
But, what about the beach, you ask? It’s one of the best and there are some very specific reasons for that, first and foremost, being its size. As we often learn from popular TV, bigger is better, and the massive Pink Sands beach of Harbour Island is certainly no exception. What makes it different, though, is that it’s almost perfectly rectangular. Most beaches taper in places especially at the tips, wind around, or have rock obstructions, especially on Eleuthera. This 2.5 mile long beach maintains its 100 yards of width its full length from north to south. If you couple that with how flat it is you feel like you are on an endless bed of the most gorgeous pink sand that you’ll ever see. This is further complemented by fantastic water and a bustling village.
The look of the beach is also unique. There is a very tall dune at its back that looks like it was hand-painted. It is replete with exquisite tall palms, luxury homes, and brightly colored resorts. It just screams ‘tropics’. When you arrive here you can easily go from ZERO to VACATION in less than 60 seconds.
The water color is also to die for. There is an abrupt change from turquoise to deep blue that is unlike anything elsewhere. The water starts shallow, but gets deep almost immediately creating the change in hue. It is both dramatic and divine.
To reach Harbour Island you’ll take the water taxi from the Three Island dock just north of the North Eleuthera Airport (ELH). An inexpensive one way ride brings you to the Government Dock. From there you can walk over the hill or rent a golf cart to go to the beach. There are lots of other things to do here so we recommend renting a golf cart, spending the day, and exploring the island. Bring money. You’ll need it.
The main negatives with this beach are caused by its rather dense population per square mile. If you have become accustomed to Eleuthera where privacy and solitude are the way, then you’ll be shocked by the volume of activity on Harbour Island. The beach is about as public as a beach gets and there is sometimes a fair amount of seaweed although no debris as the beach is regularly maintained to keep it looking pristine. We recommend making this trip a MUST for anyone staying on Eleuthera.
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