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Harbour Island is without question, one of the prettiest islands in The Bahamas. At 3 miles in length and a half mile wide, the pink sand beaches, pastel homes, and charming locals make this a great destination for all sorts of activities. For starters there are great fishing, boating, and diving spots around the island and experienced islanders to help you enjoy them. Pink sand beaches beckon the sun worshippers who come in just to relax and rejuvenate. ‘Briland as it’s known by locals is one of the Loyalist Cays dating back to a time period when Americans loyal to the British crown left the states and settled in The Bahamas. Dunmore Town (the only town on the island) is named for Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia and later the governor of The Bahamas. The town has some great shopportunities with art galleries and boutiques featuring colorful baskets, shell art, and jewelry still made by local artisans. It’s fun to rent a golf cart (no cars on the island!) to tool around to the shops, stop for some freshly made conch salad at one of the local stands, and perhaps at the end of the day, head to one of the hotel bars for happy hour. What could be better?

This quiet and slow paced island offers many choices for great hotels and resorts. Some of them offer ownership programs for those who fall in love with the island and need to return for a regular dose of its curative powers. One of those is Valentine’s Resort and Marina, with its colonial villas right on the water. It has a lovely pool area and great food served by a friendly staff. Pink Sands, is a charming colonial property built in the 50s, which is also offering an ownership program. It is most well-known for its pink sand beach and the Blue Bar Restaurant. Pink Sands is also a destination wedding venue where recently one of Shoreline’s pilots, Adam Schewitz, was married before he sailed off into the sunset with his bride (literally – they are currently making the crossing through the Panama Canal).

Romora Bay Resort and Marina offers deep water slips for super-size yachts or sport fishing boats up to 190 feet. You can park your yacht in one of the slips and fly back and forth by seaplane on the weekends! They have a pool and tennis courts as well as guest suites. Hotels on the island are charming, quaint and well-established. Some highly rated hotels include Runaway Hill Inn, situated on a small waterside bluff where the food is some of the best on the island; The Dunmore, a boutique hotel with charming cottages and lovely grounds; and Coral Sands Hotel, another wedding and event destination hotel with an infinity pool and loads of water sports activities. A seaplane ride from Miami takes just an hour and a half, as Harbour Island lies only 200 miles southeast of Miami.

Whether you’re looking for family fun or a little romance, Harbour Island is a destination you’re sure to enjoy.