With over 700 idyllic islands nestled in the glistening turquoise waters of the Atlantic, The Bahamas is the literal definition of paradise on Earth. This awe-inspiring archipelago offers an island for every kind of traveller. From sipping Bahama Mamas all day to exploring the most exquisite beaches (including those frequented by swimming pigs), those seeking adventure will find it in spades. Among the many places in The Bahamas to experience soul-stirring escapades and pastel-coloured New England style, Eleuthera and Harbour Island stand out as particularly sublime examples of Bahamian beauty.
Located about 60 miles east of Nassau, these island neighbours are connected by a five-minute ferry across sky blue waters. Eleuthera and Harbour Island are where nature's raw majesty blends with bustling streetscapes, vibrant cultural festivals and special seasonal events. Despite their proximity, each island has its own distinct character: while Harbour Island is a quaint seaside town known only to a few, Eleuthera is a sprawling stretch of wild beauty and one of the largest destinations in The Bahamas.
A trip to Eleuthera and Harbour Island will rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Both islands proudly claimed a spot on Travel + Leisure’s (T+L) list of the 25 best islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda and The Bahamas, winning acclaim for sweeping views, friendly locals and stunning pink-sand beaches.
Ready to add Eleuthera and Harbour Island to your itinerary? Here are some blockbuster must-visit sights that combine cool on-the-water activities with a vintage city vibe to get you inspired.