Known as “Briland” by the locals, (think “Harbour Island” spoken quickly) Harbour Island is small (approx. 3.5 miles by half mile), and sits off the north east coast of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, which is off the southeast coast of Florida.
Dunmore Town (the only “town” on the island) was named after a former Governor of The Bahamas, the Earl of Dunmore, who had a summer house there. He was possibly the first “celebrity” to be smitten by the fine, pink sand beaches, but certainly not the last. In more modern times Harbour Island has served as a low-key, private haven for the likes of Elle MacPherson, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller; and Ron Perelman.
Lay of the Land
The island is long and narrow, with a private development called South Bar at one tip (we do not rent in South Bar), and a bumpy sandy road at the northern end, referred to as The Narrows, which is home to some of the most exclusive estates on the island.
Given the geography of the island, it’s almost impossible to be more than a few minutes from the water. Dunmore Town is on the bay, where the sun sets with great drama, but from there it is only about a 3-4 min. golf cart drive to the famous pink sands on the ocean side, where soul-stirring sunrises kick off another day in paradise.
The video below by Condé Nast Traveler is quite well done, and provides a tempting visual presentation.