Happy, Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a productive week. Mine has been filled with working on boat stuff so I am looking forward to getting out of the office for a few days and spend some time outside. Texas summer heat and humidity is here and I love it!
On Wednesday, I shared that we are participating in a waterside home tour with several other bloggers that live near or on the water. This event starts on Monday with 5 more homes being added Wednesday and 5 more on Friday! That’s a lot of homes to see and they are all gorgeous. Be sure to visit Brian & Kaylor to see some parts of our home I have never shown before and I share our next DIY projects. Don’t forget!
Wednesday I talked about our trip to Eleuthera, The Bahamas and shared most of the beaches and activities we did on the main island. Today, is about the two small islands of the north side of Eleuthera, Spanish Well and Harbour Island.
During our week in Eleuthera, we ventured to Harbour Island once and Spanish Wells twice. Both places are about an hour and a half drive from our rental in South Palmetto Point. The Barefoot Beach House has a great mid island location making it easy for us to explore the north and south sides of Eleuthera. You can see pictures of the house and beautiful, calm beach in yesterday’s post or at their website, Homeaway or VRBO.
Harbour Island is famous for its pink sand beaches and being a celebrity vacation spot. We didn’t see anyone famous, I don’t think, but the pink sand beach was fabulous. Getting there was a bit of a drive but not hard at all. You drive to and park at the ferry landing, then it takes you across to the island ($5 per person). Once you exit the ferry, golf cart rentals are in the marina parking lot ($45 a day). They hand you keys and a map then you are off to explore. I love the architecture and character on Harbour Island. Most of the homes had a cottage feel with large porches, shutters and lots of detail.
In contrast with the main island of Eleuthera, there are plenty of places to shop and eat on Harbour Island. It is much more crowded and touristy, nothing like Florida or some other crowded beach destinations I have seen, but we didn’t have the beach to ourselves that day. 🙂 We drove around to take it all in, walked around the marina and stopped for lunch at one of the beach front resort, Coral Sands Resort.
I saw a few things I wanted to buy in the marina. They happen to be my favorite colors and they coordinate. I’ll take them. Ha.
Lunch at Coral Sands and some beach time. There were people on the beach but not many…maybe 30 on the entire length we could see. Its a long wide beach so there was plenty of space. Getting pictures was easy and the view at lunch was gorgeous.
After a few hours on the beach we ventured back into the neighborhoods to look around and take pictures. We stopped by the Conch Queen for a conch salad snack before we headed back to the main island. It was delicious.
I would stay on Harbour Island. I loved it. It had many more amenities than Eleuthera and some other out islands we have been to but wasn’t crazy crowded like popular beach destinations. It is such a cute little island and I am glad we took a day to drive to it. That pink sand beach was breathtaking.
Spanish Wells wasn’t initially high on our list of to dos for the week but that quickly changed when we found out our friends, The Morejohns, were going to be at their home on Spanish Wells that week. The Morejohns are the sweet people that invited us to stay on their sailboat, which is their home away from the Bahamas, last summer in Antigua. I need to update those posts but you can read about that trip here and here. We had an amazing time with them learning about sailing and and traveling around the island. After a few years off sailing, they are back at their home in Spanish Wells for a while and they just happened to come back right before we traveled to Eleuthera. We wanted to go see them so making it to Spanish Wells became a must. I am so glad we went. It is the cleanest Bahamian island we have been to. All the homes are well taken care of with manicured lawns and streets are all in good condition.
Just like with Harbour Island, you drive to the dock and a ferry ($5 per person) takes you over to Spanish Wells. Right across from the ferry drop off is a gift shop with golf cart rentals ($55 a day). Again they hand you the keys and a map and you are off to explore. Our first day there we didn’t bring our snorkel gear or fly rods because you have to carry everything around and we weren’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t done much research on Spanish Wells and visiting with friends was a priority so we left them in the car on the main island. So of course the Morejohns said snorkeling was great off their dock and we saw tons of bonefish at lunch. DOH! We had a great time visiting with our friends and exploring that afternoon with some time on the beautiful calm beach.
Spanish Wells is a fishing community so there was lots of action and movement at the entrance. This picture is from the ferry as we were approaching the island. Look at that water color!
Sometimes the world is a small place. Less than a year ago we spent time on Hogfish Maximus in Antigua and when we said our goodbyes, we were hopeful to cross paths in the future. It happened much sooner than any of us expected and all my happenstance.
Hogfish at her home dock.
This was one of my favorite homes. That gate! I am obsessed with fish scale pattern and this gate was perfection with that turquoise color. The pineapples on top of the columns was the cherry on top….or pineapple on top. Whatever.
This was one of our favorite eating spots and we couldn’t get enough of the view.
Some how I do not have a picture of the beach at Spanish Wells so the ones below are from a video. It was beautiful and one of my favorites from the week. It had powder white sand and it was shallow and calm. A great beach to relax on.
When we headed home that evening it was immediately decided we were going to go back the next day. This time with snorkel gear and fly rods in hand.
Friday was our last day before traveling home and it was cloudy. And a little rainy. We had been lucky all week to miss most of the passing storms or it rained at night and the during the day it was pretty. Afternoon showers are popular in the Caribbean but a disturbance developed east of us and started changing the weather to be a bit more overcast, windy and rainy. This made for great weather photos but snorkeling was a little dark.
Most of our snorkeling is on video. Between the 3 of us, we got some great shots and I can’t wait to get started on making a little movie about the trip.
Taking a picture of each other.
Even though the rain was off and on all day, it was a great day. We weren’t able to hang out at the pretty beach but we did snorkel and Brian did chase a few bonefish.
Absolutely love it. Editing all these pictures and writing these posts have made me want to go back now. Wanderlust never sleeps. 🙁
So many people ask us about our travel destinations and where they should go. My response is always, “It depends on what kind of vacation you want.” I would recommend Harbour Island and Spanish Wells to everyone. Couples, singles, families. Harbour Island has amenities and a gorgeous beach but still not overly crowded. More resorts, food options, tours, etc. Spanish Wells is has a community feel with a pretty beach. There aren’t as many places to eat or tours but still a great place. Staying on either gives you the option to ferry over to the main island to explore a little and see things like the glass window bridge and other must dos on Eleuthera. Just set up to have a rental car meet you at the dock. You can also take day trips to Harbour Island if you are staying on Spanish Wells or visa versa.
Visit www.myoutislands.com for more info on some of our favorite places (we have been to four out islands) or message me with your questions.
Have a great weekend everyone and remember to be here on Monday for the home tours! I also hope to share about our favorite food stops on the islands and share more pictures!