January 18, 2013 by Last Star blog
We spend a lovely day at Harbour Island! We have been told some cautionary tales about taking our big boat through the ‘devils backbone’ to get to Harbour Island and it is wise to hire a captain to take your boat through the crazy coral heads and reefs protecting the harbor, or you take the fast ferry to town. We took the fast ferry! It was only about a 30 minute ride and there is a good reason they call it the Devil’s backbone.
The island has a little more vertical development than the other islands we have seen so far. The architecture reminded me of Charleston. I loved the city and we walked all over! There were scenes that made your heart break, of course, as anywhere in the Bahamas but the overall Island was beautiful. Just as we were passing by, a fisherman caught a large bone-fish and then to our surprise he walked up to the waiter we were talking to and just handed him the fish over the veranda. The waiter kept talking and holding the fish–and the fish’s mouth was opening and closing in time to the waiter’s dialogue, it was like a ventriloquist act. It cracked me up!
We had stopped to talk to him because the building/bar and logo were just divine!
We walked to the top of the island and to the other side for lunch at the Pink Sands resort at their Blue Bar atop the pink beaches of the island. Fresh fish, Bahamian beers, an idyllic setting and a killer view!
After a nice long walk through the town we bought some handmade baskets from a really nice woman out of her garage, she was watching a movie and came out to tell us the plot! Then we hiked up to a newish and very hip bar/restaurant … “Sip Sip.” (sip sip is the local slang for gossip) It is set looking over the water and tucked into palm trees, a bright green building with some really terrific art!
We joke on these islands that if there were a sound track it would be a mix of Reggea musak, roosters and golf carts.
Here are some of the houses along the waterfront as we headed back to the ferry.