©2008 Perry Joseph

9.22.2005

Traffic Problems on Harbour Island

Too many golf carts, cars, trucks and SUVs on Harbour Island? Probably. This article details some of the concerns:

Traffic Crisis in Paradise

One source tells me there are approximately 800 carts on the island not to mention there are at least half dozen golf cart rental companies. Bear in mind, Harbour Island is 3.5 miles long.

Wait a sec... Before I go further, allow me to clear up that little bit of trivia. Harbour Island is exactly 3.29 miles long from the top of the reef on the North end to the most Southern point on the island. Just in case you need to know, it is 3.25 miles if you drop the Northern reef. Trust me -- I'm right on this.

As I was saying, Harbour Island is 3.29 miles long. How many carts does one need? Make no mistake, running around the island on a golf cart is a ton of fun and I wouldn't have it any other way... little scooters could be cool too.

I do get a kick out of the handful of oversized SUVs on the island. Perhaps a little too much Americana? I can begin to see a problem if they import a fleet of Escalades to the island. More than anything, I want to see who is going to be first to bring in a Hummer.

There's some mention of wanting full time traffic cops on the island. What I am waiting for is to get a speeding ticket while driving a golf cart on Harbour Island. Or perhaps something less heinous like failure to use proper hand signals, or the most obvious, driving down the wrong side of the road. I would be most happy to pay that fine as long as I get to take the ticket home to show my friends.

Remind me to show you a photo I took which clearly demonstrates what can happen to one's golf cart when when one parties at Gusty's all night.

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9.17.2005

Harbour Island Bahamas


Bahamas Best Kept Secret

Promise not to tell? One of the best kept secrets of the Bahamas is Harbour Island. This romantic little island, known as "Briland" by its inhabitants, is a short hop from the States. A one hour flight from Florida to North Eleuthera followed by a brief cab and water taxi ride gets you to this Bahamas gem in a hurry.

Harbour Island is 3.23 miles long, and at its widest point, .54 miles. Its long wide beach is famous for its hard-packed pale pink sands. The likes of Fodors and Conde Nast rate it as one of the "best Bahamas beaches". The beach, combined with some great restaurants, hotels and vacation home rentals, makes Harbour Island a destination of choice amongst Bahamas enthusiasts. It's no surprise to find a few "rich and famous" there -- they know they won't be hounded.

Central to Harbour island is Dunmore Town. This quaint and friendly community features old Victorian structures adorned with Bahama's colorful pastel paint schemes. No high rise hotels, fast food or traffic jams on this island!

Golf cart rentals are the transportation of choice. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and just plain walking the beach are some of the popular activities. To be sure, Harbour Island is not known for its shopping and night life nor is there any gambling. If you seek large crowds, wild parties or theme park rides, this is not your destination.

Harbour Island weather is truly delightful; especially late Winter and Spring when there is little chance of rain. Ocean breezes take any edge off of moderately warm temperatures ranging from the 70s to 80s during the day and 60s at night. Air conditioning during season is unnecessary -- ceiling fans keep things comfy. And nothing beats falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean through an open window. We're talking heaven on Earth.

Dining out is casual. The better restaurants include Pink Sands Hotel, Coral Sands, The Landing, Rock House, Romora Bay Club and Harbour Lounge. For local fare, Ma Ruby's should not be missed. And there are more... Part of the pleasure of exploring the island is checking out the restaurants. When compared to other Bahamian islands, Harbour Island has one of the best selections of restaurants -- all within close proximity to any place you stay. Be sure to leave the "diet" at home. All that walking on the beach and swimming in the ocean creates an appetite.

Harbour Island hotels include Pink Sands Hotel, Coral Sands Hotel and Dunmore Beach Club -- all on the ocean side of the island. On the bay side, it's The Landing Inn and the Rock House. On a budget? There are other hotels to choose from. Vacationing on the Island is not cheap, but if it was, everybody would be there, right?

Harbour Island vacation home rentals and villas are numerous. Location and size come at a price. If you desire "beachfront", the better locations are usually on the north and south along the ocean side. If you want to save a little money, there are some nice rentals in Dunmore Town and others located in the interior of the island. Remember, the beach is always just a few minutes away.

When looking for home rentals on the internet, look for those offering more than just a few photos so you have an idea of what to expect. A number of rentals are handled by rental or real estate agents who may not always provide much in the way of descriptions, map locations or photos. Owners who care about promoting their home rental properties typically have independent web sites and accept e-mail inquiries directly.

Some of the better house rentals on Harbour Island are booked nearly a year in advance of prime season. Those who want the best make early reservations -- many are repeat customers. You can also take a "standby" position on a number of rentals in hopes someone cancels. Be sure to ask for referrals and double check policies for deposits and refunds.

If you seek a memorable and relaxed Bahamas vacation coupled with sun, sea, great food and a romantic beachfront that will knock your eyes out, consider Harbour Island. I'll see you on the beach!

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