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Laid-Back Escape to Out Islands, Bahamas

Fish stew at Sip Sip bistro, on Harbour Island.

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

On this low-key island chain, T+L uncovers stylish hotels and guesthouses, the best places to eat conch, an almost-forgotten dialect, and a warm welcome that’s hard to come by anywhere else. Read the article

Destinations: Bahamas · Grand Exuma · Harbour Island

Inspired by: Exploring Out Islands, Bahamas — by Shane Mitchell, Published May. 2010

Hotels (6)

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    Staniel Cay Yacht Club

    Next to a dockside fish clean-and-grill station conveniently positioned where harmless reef sharks circle for scraps, this marina is the jumping-of

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    Sammy T’s Beach Resort

    Samuel Thurston has built a guesthouse in the dunes. Sammy T’s, as he calls his modest inn, has seven clapboard bungalows around a main lodge with

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    Fowl Cay Resort

    This island resort, with six expansive villas and two deserted beaches offers accommodations with white rockers shaded by palmettos and an oversize

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    Abaco Club at Winding Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Managed Club

    This destination club (open to nonmembers) supports the local arts. Guests get bicycles to peddle around the cove.

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    Oceanview Club

    Oceanview Club, or "Pip's Place" as it is called by locals, is a nine-room complex transformed into a boutique hotel on the famous Pinks Sands Beac

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    The Landing

    The 12-room Landing has a decidedly patrician vibe. The hotel was conceived by Tracy Barry (whose mother was the first-ever Miss Bahamas) and Toby

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Restaurants (5)

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    Queen Conch

    This Bay Street roadside stand serves the most authentic conch salad in the Bahamas. In fact, the ceviche-style entrée is the only item they serve

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    Pete’s Pub & Gallery

    The Johnston family's artistic talents flourish in Little Harbour, as they have since Randolph Johnston's arrival over 50 years ago. Their Bronze A

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    Charlie’s

    The best peas-and-rice, a favorite Bahamian accompaniment to fried-fish dinners.

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    Brian’s Takeout

    The best backyard barbecue.

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    Sip Sip

    Order the conch chili at this bistro on the bluff above the Atlantic surf. Sip Sip is open during lunch, and available for private parties during d

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Activities (5)

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    Princess Street Gallery

    The vibrant blue of the ocean and colorfully painted Bahamian cottages have drawn artists to Harbour Island for 100 years. Princess Street Gallery

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    Bamboo-Bamboo

    Located inside a pink building with white columns, Bamboo-Bamboo is the designer's place to shop for island-style home décor and accent pieces. And

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    Stubbs’s Roadside Bar

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    Arthur’s Bakery

    Arthur's Bakery bustles as "the" meeting place for residents and visitors in Harbour Island. They come for coffee and freshly baked bread and pastr

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    Sugar Mill Trading Company

    India Hicks and Linda Griffin’s darling little boutique sits just a few shop fronts away from The Landing, the boutique guesthouse and restaurant H

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