Thursday, August 7, 2008

Elisa - Harbour Island (Bahamas)



Just off the north east coast of North Eleuthera, Bahamas, lies the quaint and romantic Harbour Island. For more information on the island, check out (http://www.harbourislandguide.com)

We connected through Nassau, then North Eleuthera where we took a 5 minute water taxi across the harbor to the municipal dock. All along the way the Bahamian people were extremely kind and helpful. This is a picture of the harbor side of the island from the water taxi ride in…



We stayed at the famous Rock House (http://www.rockhousebahamas.com/RHB.html), where we were greeted by one of the owners, Wallace, at check in. Though it was our first visit, everybody there treated us like family. The Rock House is a boutique hotel – really more like a large house with a great restaurant, bar and pool. Other than at dinner, there were rarely more than just a few couples hanging around. Here we are with owners Wallace and Don…



On Wallace’s advice, we took our golf cart as far north as the paved roads would allow, parked at the northernmost beach access, and took about a 10 minute walk north on the famous Pink Sand Beach. Within about 2 minutes of starting the walk, we were out of sight of the “crowd” which consisted of about 30 people in a 200 yard area where there were some chairs and umbrellas – see what we mean???



We stopped near the north end of the beach, and in an entire day of playing in the sun and calm sea, only saw 3 other couples walk by. Although the general rule in the Bahamas is that they frown on topless and nude sunbathing, this beach is so remote, and the people are so relaxed, that I was topless and in a Malibu Strings Tiny String bottom most of the time and nobody seemed to mind, even right in front of the main beach access where the Rock House has some chairs and umbrellas I was topless the entire time and nobody seemed to care.



If you are spending the day on the Pink Sand Beach, you have to hit the Blue Bar Restaurant at the Pink Sands Resort (http://pinksandsresort.com/index.htm) where you will have the island’s best beach view from atop a cliff about 30 feet above the beach.



For a little more adventure, on day two we rented a boat for the day. Well, my husband claimed it was once a boat…but I’m not so sure that is an accurate description. Maybe once upon a time it was…it’s a good thing he is good with his hands because we thought we were stranded more than once. Here are a few pictures of our day rented motor yacht…







But I must say, as much as we love boats, it really was awesome to make the short trip to the deserted islands just to the north of Harbour Island. The water is shallow and calm, with sand bars only 12 inches under water stretching hundreds of feet out into the bay…





The dinners and drinks – especially the famous “Goombay Smash” – at the Rock House are second to none…just be careful with the Goombay Smash…be VERY careful…my husband doesn’t remember part of our trip thanks to those frozen marvels…Here is a picture of the sunset from the balcony of the Palm Room just before dinner on our last night…



We can’t wait to go back – of course with some of the awesome new Fall 2008 suits from Malibu Strings!!!

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