Known as "Briland" by its inhabitants, Harbour Island is approximately 3.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. Once the capital of the Bahamas and the second largest city to Nassau in the 1900s, the current population is estimated between 1500 to 2000. The island is located approximately 200 miles from Miami, 60 miles from Nassau and 2 miles East of Eleuthera
Rated as one of the "Best Bahamas Beaches" by the likes of Fodors, Frommers and The Travel Channel, Harbour Island Bahamas is famous for its three and a half miles of hard packed picture perfect pink sand beaches. Warm clear ocean waters provide excellent diving, fishing and boating while outlying reefs provide safe swimming and snorkeling. The people are friendly and the island is easy to navigate. Golf cart rentals, the transportation of choice, makes touring the island both fun and relaxing
The weather on Harbor Island is exceptional. Average high temperatures are in the mid 70s and 80s and lows are in the mid 60s and 70s. Monthly rainfall in prime season is less than 4". Ocean breezes keep you comfortable both day and night.
While it’s small and quaint, the island offers two professional dive operations for dive services and snorkeling to explore the shallow reefs and shipwrecks. Current Cut (one of the most exciting high-current dives in the Caribbean) and a variety of deep reefs and walls are the most popular dive locations. Maxi-Caves is a historically great spot for comfortable cavern dives in the company of friendly groupers and barracuda.
For vacationers, Harbour Island’s popularity is founded on its spectacular three-mile powdery pink sand beach, charming New England style, intimate inns and hotels, vibrant night life, glamorous residents and visitors and, last but not least, the warm hospitality of its inhabitants – the Brilanders. Visitors to Harbour Island enjoy strolling through the quaint town’s tree lined narrow streets, exploring the settlement onboard a golf cart, bonefishing in the pristine water off Harbour Island’s coast and frolicking on the sandy coastline. The Plateauand the Arch, both giant coral structures densely populated with marine life, attract divers from around the world