Travel + Leisure Staff
December 04, 2017

Located in the Bahamas, just northwest of Eleuthera Island, Harbour Island is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the Atlantic. It’s a destination just as famous for its pink-sand beaches as the stylish jetsetters who frequent the resort destination, including Uma Thurman and Elle Macpherson.

Visitors shouldn’t waste any time getting to that famed pink sand. On the east side of the island, there are three miles of blushing beaches which get their magnificent hue from foraminifera: a small sea creature with reddish-pink shells.

It will be tempting to spend all of your time on the beach, but don’t hesitate to wander into the water. Harbour Island’s shore is protected by a unique reef system, which keeps the sparkling blue water clear — and ideal for snorkeling. If you’re up for deeper ocean exploration, the island boasts excellent professionally-guided dive tours (think: shipwrecks, coral reefs, and underwater caves).

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If you’ve never heard of a Goombay Smash, this island is the place to try one. The official drink of the Bahamas is a combination of several rums and tropical fruit juices. It’s the perfect way to end a long day of soaking up sun on the shore.

Shopping on Harbour Island is another popular activity for travelers. Known to many as the Nantucket of the Caribbean, tourists can wander in and out of colorful, sophisticated boutiques filled with one-of-a-kind finds. Make your way to Dunmore Town to explore the curated shops along charming streets.

Because it wouldn’t be right to leave Harbour Island without an old-fashioned souvenir, don’t return home without stopping into A&A Hidden Treasures for a timeless piece, like a silver palm plait bag. Other must-buy gifts include Barbara Hulanicki’s silk scarves, available at the Siren Song gift shop at the Coral Sands Hotel.

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