We love to travel and being prepared before leaving town is key to enjoying oneself to the fullest once you’ve arrived.
We will take any island in the Caribbean on any day, but for this edition, we’ve broken down our favorite spots and travel essentials for Harbour Island. Harbour Island is one of our absolute favorite islands in the Bahamas—there are 700 in total, so lots to explore!
Harbour Island is mainly famous for its long pink sand beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world that serves as a perfect spot to get in your early morning jog, horseback rides if you’re more adventurous, hang out and sip champagne, or enjoy the many boutique hotels along the beach for lunch and dinner. All with views of the turquoise waters might we add!
Featured in above picture is the newly renovated Dunmore Hotel. We adore this place and it is always our go to for accommodations. The restaurant on-site is also a great option, though we can think of a few others you may like as well.
The Rock House – Great food and a great bar with beautiful views of the bay. No kids allowed, so this spot is perfect for a proper date night on the island.
The Landing – Perfectly tucked away and close to the harbor, this cozy boutique hotel features a nice, low-key bar and fantastic restaurant on site.
To end any day we suggest sunset cocktails at the bar in the Romora Bay Resort and Marina.
Whether you are starting off or ending your trip with shopping, the following shops are a must-do!
We love The Sugar Mill, which is owned by India Hicks, who also lives on the island and has written several books on island life and interior inspirations – which we live by! Another favorite is The Blue Rooster.
One of the local boutique favorites would have to be Shine. This shop is across from the fisherman’s dock and is run by artisan and owner Stephanie. Stephanie makes all her own jewelry, making Shine worth a stop just to check out her original pieces.
Arthur’s Bakery is another local shop great for your breakfast bread. For coffee specifically, head on to the Bahamas Coffee Roasters where they serve fresh coffee, coconut water, smoothies and more. Yum!
Now that we’ve shared our top picks on what to do and where to eat, here are our must-have travel products that have received the Sea Lily stamp of approval
Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – $19 via Sephora
This lightweight SPF 50 sunscreen lathers without leaving you white and streaky and also is light enough to wear under makeup.
Gray Malin x Swell Bottle – $25-45 via Swell
This is the must have for beach day survival. We are obsessed with their Gray Malin line! Bring your favorite drink with you and enjoy it at a cold temperature 24 hours after pouring it in, thanks to Swell. Magic.
Fair Seas Supply Co. Round Turkish Beach Towel – $128 via Fair Seas Supply Co
When your friend realized they left their towel back at the beach bungalow, no need to worry – this towel fits two and is adorable to boot! Their towels only use eco-friendly materials such as high-quality, organic cotton grown near the Aegean Sea and employ local sew shops in California that provide good working conditions and a fair wage.
Sea Lily Olivia Cover Up – $154 via Sea Lily
This cover-up takes you stylishly to and from the beach without a hitch! Replanting coral has never looked so good.
Can’t do beach without a proper straw beach bag! We love this option from a fellow ocean lover, India Hicks. The colored tassels add the perfect touch to this amazing carryall.
Simple and chic, just how we like it. The bright pop of color of this Letarte one-piece seals the deal for us.
To top it all off, make sure your hat reads your vacation mantra well – “do not disturb.”