Sometimes called "Three Mile Beach" or "Pink Sand Beach", this gorgeous beach is world-famous. In fact, Forbes Magazine called it "...the most gorgeous beach in the world...". It is the main attraction of this small 3 mile long cay off North Eleuthera. Even though it is so well-known, it never even comes close to being crowded, because the beach is so long, and so wide. In addition, the entry to the water is pristine, and completely sandy, with no drop-offs. And the sand is hard-packed, making it great for jogging.
It is the site of many model shoots, and was lately featured in the annual "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit" issue.
Harbour Island, in July 2005, was voted by Travel and Leisure Magazaine as the best "Island in the Caribbean"
*PLEASE PRINT AND USE THIS HELPFUL GUIDE DURING YOUR STAY*
Little Arches Phone #(954)636-6366
Directions to Little Arches
Once you have arrived at the North Eleuthera airport take a short taxi ride to Three Island Dock for a water taxi which will take you across the bay to Harbour Island. If Fine Threads Taxi (242)359-7780 is available, approach his taxi and Frederick will take good care of you. Ask the water taxi to drop you at the Government dock. At the Dock ask for Reggie (242)333-3552 for a short taxi ride to the house. If he's not available take any other taxi to Rodney Cleare's old house. It's best to get a ride to the house and then have a golf cart delivered to the house.
If you prefer to have the golf cart waiting for you at the dock then from the stop sign at the Dock go straight up the hill to the next stop sign. Make a right and continue on this road which eventually winds to the left. Make a right at the next stop sign. This road will take you towards Triana Shores - South Bar. When you pass the old landing strip on the right look for the white house on the right with railings in diamond patterns.
Note: Harbour Island doesn’t have street signs or house numbers but locals know the street and house names. Little Arches is a new name on the island but if you need directions you can call it Rodney Clear’s old house.
It’s not always possible for the housekeeper to meet when you arrive. She will come by the house as soon as possible and for towel/linen change during your stay. It is customary and appreciated to tip the housekeeper $10-15 per guest per week. We supply a lockbox located on the right side of the stair's first landing looking from ground level. Please email or call us if the lockbox code is not emailed to you within 2 days of your arrival.
If you rent a golf cart remember to drive on the left side.
PLEASE TREAT OUR PRIVATE HOME WITH THE SAME RESPECT YOU WOULD LIKE SHOWN TO YOUR OWN HOME. WE HOPE YOU HAVE AN ENJOYABLE STAY AND MEMORABLE VACATION.
Note: *Preferred Service Providers
Water Taxis are used for getting back and forth to Eleuthera and Spanish Wells. They operate from Sunrise to Sunset. If you need a ride after hours just call and tell them where to meet you.
Jarrod Johnson - "White Lightning" 242-333-2160
Michael Higgs - "Sea Jack2" 242-333-2466
*Duke's - "Briland Queen" 242-333-2337
Jack Higgs - "Sea Jack 1" 242-333-2472
*Dwight Stewart - "Commander One" 242-333-2159
Sean Major - "Lady M" 242-333-2043
Kenneth Stewart - "Keva" 242-333-2287
Uncle Sam's - "Uncle SAM" 242-333-2394
Paul Percentie - "Briland Sea Breeze" 242-333-2097
Jeffrey Johnson - 242-333-2396
HARBOUR ISLAND BARS
Harbour Island, unlike the Eleuthera mainland, has nightlife. Of course, most restaurants have bars, but they close early, so this page is dedicated to stand-alone bars. And, if one does have too much to drink, you don't have to worry about driving, since you can walk everywhere!
A late-starting bar, regulars frequent here. Dirt floor on a cliff, inexpensive drinks, fine place to gather.
A hghly unusual place, with the strangest design, not to mention the owner is blessed with the unfortunate moniker of "Hitler"; there is a basketball court inside, where you are free to dunk after downing a few rum punches.
A non-descript block building, Seagrapes is a place for live music. Frequently, they host the Brilanders, Eleuthera Express, and bands from Nassau; usually starts up late about midnight.
A LOCAL SPOT
Another local spot, near Tingum Village which also has food. The hog's head? Got me. But every Hogs Head should have a home.
Harbour Island Shopping
The Blue Rooster, in the center (tel. 242-333-2240), along with the Shop at the Landings offers what might be the most upscale and stylish collection of men's and women's clothing and (casual) evening wear on the island.
Owner Val Albury. Val is a photographer born in Nassau who does many of the Island's weddings, and does framed photographs of the area. She also has a great collection of Bahamian music. At the center of town across from Island Real Estate.
The Landing Shop
The Shop at the Landing, at the Landing Resort (tel. 242/333-2707), usually wins as the most stylish clothing store on the island. It focuses on stylish and wearable sportswear and things you might wear to a casual island cocktail party, a posh brunch, or a buffet dinner aboard a yacht.
Miss Mae's, Dunmore Street (tel. 242-333-2002), lives up to its billing. It's one of the island's finest clothing boutiques.
John Bull now represents many of the world's most sought after brand name luxury goods. Product categories include watches, fine jewellery, leather goods, perfume, cosmetics, photographic equipment, writing instruments and cigars. John Bull boasts stores and boutiques throughout The Bahamas and has truly evolved to what most deem "the shopping mecca" of the Caribbean. See their website (tel. 242-333-2950)
Briland's Androsia, King Street (tel. 242-333-2342) sells the best selection of bathing suits, with bright batik fabrics printed on the island of North Andros.
Jaqueline's Straw works
Large selection of straw works, on Bay Street Galleries
Briland Brushstrokes is a gallery owned by Harvey Roberts, Briland's politician-artist son. Many of Roberts' original acrylics and prints may be viewed and purchased in his office-art gallery. Artwork and sculptures by other local artists are also on display. Address: Bay St., Harbour Island, Bahamas (tel.242-333-2085)
This gallery has some interesting artists. See the website to see examples of the works that are offered.
Harbour Island Diving
Diving is a joy in Harbour Island, like most of Eleuthera, because of the relatively warm waters, and the variety of activity. You can simply snorkle offshore, or go on a dive charter.
Harbour Island Club & Marina (800) 492-7909 (242) 333-2427
Ocean Fox Diving (242) 333-2323 1-877-252-3594
Valentine's Dive Center (242) 333-2080
Harbour Island sports some of the finest fishing anywhere! In fact, some people refer to Harbour Island as the "Sportfishing Center of the Bahamas." Record catches of tuna, wahoo and marlin have been caught, and prestigious fishing tournaments annually, such as the Bahama Billfish Championship leg on Harbour Island. There are two types of fishing; deep sea, and bonefishing. Again, as with diving, you can meet some locals with a boat and make your own arrangments with respect to time/price. Fox Dive and Fish Shop 333-2323 Devon Sawyer 554-5624 Bonefish Joe 333-2663 Stuart Cleare 333-2072 Herman Higgs 333-2372
The deep waters around Harbour Island host fish such as Blue marlin, dolphin, or mahi-mahi, wahoo, white marlin, and sailfish. Incidentally, Harbour Island has hosted the Bahamas Billfish Tournament for 12 years in a row. A number of great fishing sites surround Harbour island. These include Dutch Bar (12 miles from Harbour Island, north of Spanish Wells), Wide Opening (five miles north), Shallow Ground (six miles northeast, off Pierre Island), the Pinnacle (five miles due east), and James Point (18 miles southeast). All of these locations exhibit drop-offs and lots of bottom contour, but the most consistent marlin-producer is James Point, featuring a ledge plunging over 1,000 feet deep where currents swirl over a point of land extending from Eleuthera. Clear, blue water and a wind pushing against the current that creates a rip over the ledge offer prime conditions at James Point.
There are many flats close to Harbour Island, and on the mainland in North Eleuthera. Eleuthera, along with Andros, Long Island, and the Abacos are known as great bonefishing areas, and are world known.
Over 100 miles long, Eleuthera, one of the Bahamas' Out Islands, barely exceeds two miles in width. Firm white-sand flats and shallow water ring the island, perfect for hooking the elusive bonefish. On a clear day, you can wade knee-deep in the water and spot the shimmering scales of the darting bone. The challenge is getting one of these suckers to take your bait. A little patience, a graceful cast just beyond the reach of the school, and a bonefish just might take that fly and run off some 75 yards of line in a couple of seconds. You'll get the feverish feel of what it's like to be connected to a remarkably fast and furious fish.
Harbour Island is a popular boating spot, and hosts two fine marinas, Valentines, and Harbour Island Marina. As it was said in "Motor Boating" magazine, "....like the coveted Sorcerer’s Stone in the bowels of Hogwarts, Harbour Island is guarded by an intricate passage, called the Devil’s Backbone, that threatens intruders with dire consequences should they make the slightest false step..."...more than a few vessels have been claimed by these reefs...in fact, these sunken ships provide many great diving opportunities in the Harbour Island area......
For more Harbour Island Info visit the Harbour Island Guide