Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. They’re supposed to be easy, an escape from tough decisions. But on an island famed for its pink sand beaches, you will be hard pressed to choose which of the many beautiful beaches you will choose to spend your days at, lounging beneath the warm Caribbean sun and soaking your toes in the pristine turquoise water. It’s your burden, bear it as best you can. Of course, if you need some help, you might consider the following list of the best beaches in the Bahamas on Harbour Island.
Pink Sands Beach
Unequivocally, this is the beach that put Harbour Island on the map. Stretching for three miles on the harbor side of the island, this beach gets its characteristic rosy hue from the pulverized shells of tiny organisms known as foraminfera (they associate with the coral reefs here). Scenic, peaceful, delightfully uncrowded, and close to Dunmore Town (and your premium vacation rental home), the beach boasts spectacular sunsets and protected conditions thanks to its location in the island’s lee. You might even get to see semi-wild horses out for a stroll in the surf, just one more reason why this beach is not only one of the top beaches in the Bahamas, but also continuously named in the World’s 10 Best and Most Romantic Beaches.
Girl’s Bank and Lone Tree Beach
This might be the most photographed spot on Harbour Island, but we have some bad news for you: The eponymous tree is actually a massive piece of driftwood that was mashed into the sand in its current position by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. That doesn’t make it any less beautiful, however. Located on the western end of the island at the end of Bay Street, this charming beach is on a semi-secluded bay with shallow, sandy bottoms perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Across the channel, Eleuthera has more than 100 beaches, each as beautiful as the last. Some of our choices for top beaches in the Bahamas include French Leave Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Tay Bay Beach. Enjoy a barefoot walk in the superfine white powder of Alabaster Beach (aka Receiver’s Beach), or head to Gaulding Cay Beach where you can wade out to the sandbar at low tide. If you are up for adventure, make friends with the locals and see if you can convince them to tell you the location of Hidden Beach or Plum Creek Beach (we are pretty certain they will).