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Harbour Island Escapade: A Yacht Charter to Paradise

Harbour Island lies just northwest of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. A yacht charter to this tiny island will take you away from tourist crowds and the hectic pace of everyday life. Only three and a half miles long and half a mile wide, Harbour Island is known for its famous pink sand beaches.

Although it is a tiny island, the main village, Dunmore Town, was once the capital of the Bahamas. A visit to Harbour Islands and Spanish Wells can be combined with the northern Exuma Islands. More so if you are chartering for ten nights. Harbour Island and Exuma Charter Itinerary.

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Pink Sand Beach

Spanish Wells is on the island of St. George’s Cay, off the northern point of Eleuthera. It is a small, dry town where everyone knows everyone.

A Brief History

Harbour Island, located just off the northeast coast of Eleuthera Island, dates back to the 18th century when it served as a strategic trading hub for merchants sailing the Atlantic. Originally known as “Dunmore Town” after the British colonial governor, it has evolved into a quaint and picturesque settlement that still preserves its historic character.

Spanish Wells, situated a short distance north of Eleuthera, derives its name from the Spanish settlers who sought refuge here during the 17th century. Today, both islands embrace their heritage, offering a glimpse into the past while welcoming visitors with open arms.


The weather on Harbour Island is lovely. Average high temperatures are in the mid-70s and 80s, and lows are in the mid-60s and 70s. Monthly rainfall in prime season is less than 4 inches, and ocean breezes keep you comfortable day and night.

Harbour Island | Places to See

  • Pink Sand Beach: Harbour Island’s most famous attraction lives up to its name with its stunning rose-colored sands stretching for miles. Take a leisurely stroll, bask in the sun, or dive into the crystal-clear waters for an unforgettable experience.
  • Dunmore Town: Wander through the streets of Dunmore Town, where pastel-colored colonial buildings transport you to a bygone era. Admire the charming architecture, browse local boutiques, and savor the island’s delectable seafood cuisine at one of the inviting restaurants.
  • The Glass Window Bridge: As you sail towards Spanish Wells, make a stop at the awe-inspiring Glass Window Bridge. This natural wonder connects Eleuthera Island to its northern tip, showcasing breathtaking views of the deep blue Atlantic on one side and the tranquil turquoise Caribbean Sea on the other.
  • Hatchet Bay Caves: Venture inland on Eleuthera to explore the mesmerizing Hatchet Bay Caves. These ancient limestone caves are a testament to the island’s geological wonders.
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Glass Window Bridge

Harbour Island | Things to Do

  • Snorkel and dive: Dive into the vibrant underwater world surrounding Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. Encounter colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, and dolphins.
  • Fish: Test your skills in the abundant waters around the islands. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, the experienced local guides will ensure an unforgettable day on the seas.
  • Rent a golf cart and explore! Golf carts are the most practical transportation on the island.
  • Shop in Dunmore Town. For personalized hand-made items, visit A and A Hidden Treasures. Dake’s Shoppe is a personally-curated department store in a restored historic home.
  • Have a lobster quesadilla at Sip Sip (local slang for “gossip”). The restaurant overlooks the pink sand beach of Harbour Island and serves “Bahamian with a twist” dishes made with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.


Valentine’s Yacht Marina is the largest on Harbour Island and can accommodate ships up to 200 feet. This well-lit marina features fuel service, full electric (30, 50, 100 amps), unlimited fresh RO water, cable hook-up, and wireless internet access at every slip.

Romora Bay Marina is a full-service marina that caters to both Sport Fish and Mega Yachts clientele and can accommodate vessels up to 190 feet in length. Amenities include onsite customs and immigration, provisioning, 24-hour security, freshwater, electricity, Wi-Fi, bathrooms and showers, laundry services, a business center, restaurants, and shops.