Located off the northeast tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas is Harbour Island, home to one of the most beautiful and most photographed beaches in the world. This pink beach is straight out of a fairy tale, with its pale-pink sands stretching as far as your eyes can see. During your visit, stake out a spot somewhere along the 3.5 miles of picturesque pink shoreline and relax, or choose from a variety of fun things to do.
Valentine’s Dive Center
Book a dive or snorkel tour at Valentine’s Dive Center before taking a short boat ride out to visit some of Harbour Island’s most unforgettable spots. The pristine waters make for great sea life viewing opportunities along the nearby coral reefs. Go on a hunt for octopus and sea cucumbers at Man Island, or glide over the brightly colored coral at Sea Gardens. With interesting wrecks for both divers and snorkelers, you’ll definitely want to suit up, check your gear, and enter the world of wrecks.
The Cienfuegos and Potato and Onion wrecks are just two of the shallow-water wrecks you can explore. Swim around the 200-foot Cienfuegos ship, a passenger steamer that sank in 1895, as you examine the main drive shaft and boiler. As you make your way around the Cienfuegos, you’ll find the Potato and Onion, which sank in 1969 after it hit the reef line during a storm. As its name suggests, the ship’s cargo was potatoes and onions. The water is shallow and clear, offering excellent visibility of the marine life below. Keep your eyes open as you glide over the wreckage and discover remnants of the ship’s porthole and supplies.
Major’s Golf Cart Rentals
While many people prefer to walk along the beach and the other areas of Harbour Island, another option is to rent a two-, four- or six-seat golf cart from Major’s Golf Cart Rentals, a family-owned and -operated business. If you’ve never rented a golf cart before, it’s a fun way to explore the island. Start your drive through Dunmore Town, the only town on Harbour Island. Allot some time for exploration, since it’s more laid back and quite different from the other built-up resort areas of the Bahamas. As you drive along the charming streets, you’ll pass historic English colonial-style cottages, some of which date back as far as the 18th century.
Current Cut Dive
If it’s adventure you’re after and you’re an advanced certified scuba diver, inquire about the Current Cut Dive. Considered to be one of the best dives in the world, it’s a fast-drift dive in which you drift nearly two-thirds of a mile in only 10 minutes. Let the current whisk you along the rock walls between Eleuthera and Current Island as you pass sea fans on the bottom that are home to a variety of brightly colored tropical fish.
Coral Sands Hotel’s Latitude 25
Be sure to bring your appetite to the Coral Sands Hotel, since Harbour Island has a reputation for executing some of the most creative conch dishes in the Bahamas. The hotel sits right on the pink beach, offering both ocean and lagoon pools while you dine. Its signature restaurant, Latitude 25, offers a wide variety of Bahamian cuisine for dinner, including Chef Ludo’s French-Caribbean bouillabaisse, made with lobster, grouper, shrimp, clams and mussels. For a casual lunch, head to the Beach Bar. Start with an order of conch fritters with chipotle aioli, then choose from a variety of pizzas, salads, and burgers. Be sure to order one of the Coral Sands signature drinks, which are known for their interesting concoctions, including champagne cocktails, oversized gin and tonics, and the famous Coral Sands Smash.
If time allows it, stay on the island until sunset. You’ll find the pale pink shores turn a more vibrant shade as the sun starts to set, creating one of the most stunning and romantic backdrops for a famed Bahamian sunset.