The natural beauty of Harbour Island is found in the pink sands, a lone tree in the warm shallow Caribbean waters and an interesting history. It’s only 200 miles from Miami!
Bruce recently assisted with a family crossing and back aboard the 54 ft. Bertram, Glory Days. Greeted by a rainbow on arrival they navigated Devil’s Backbone successfully. It is the reef that took William Sayle’s ship in 1648, crossing from Bermuda to find religious freedom and wrecking/salvaging opportunities thereafter. Captain Sayle and 70 crew found refuge in a cave just a short distance away from the reef. Within Preacher’s Cave, they held their first service. The group called themselves The Eleutheran Adventurers and and named the island after the Greek word for liberty or freedom.
Harbour Island was originally home to Lucayans, translated to island people believed to come from South America. They are thought to have lived on the island for over 500 years until the Spanish settlers arrived. Though recently, Smithsonian Magazine, traced the indigenous culture known as Taíno to this present time, finding the people who keep its heritage in plant medicine, farming, rituals and art, alive.
Today, Forbes describes Harbour Island quietly becoming the crown jewel of the Caribbean, “A small island a few miles off Eleuthera may only be 3.5 miles long by a half mile wide (at its widest) with fewer than 2000 residents, but it is jammed packed full of beautiful beaches, pastel painted cottages with picket fences, quaint boutique hotels and restaurants that rival the best found in other culinary hot spots such as St. Barts and Anguilla.”
And the pink sand?
The pink color of the sand comes from microscopic coral insects, known as Foraminifera, which have a bright pink or red shell full of holes through which it extends a footing, called pseudopodia, that it uses to attach itself and feed. Foraminifera are among the most abundant single cell organisms in the ocean and play a significant role in the environment. These animals live on the underside of reefs, like the nearby Devil’s Backbone, on the sea floors, beneath rocks and in caves. After the insect dies, the wave action crushes the bodies and washes the remains ashore and mixes it in with the sand and bits of coral. The pink stands out more in the wet sand at the water’s edge. Unlike other parts of the world, the sand here is always cool, so you can walk about freely with bare feet.
– National Geographic Bahamas Geotourism
Bruce helped guide Glory Days into Valentines Resort & Marina and then flew back to Ft Lauderdale from Eleuthera.
Just a couple weeks passed and he returned to assist in the passage back to Miami Beach Marina with a stop on Nassau and Paradise Island where Sivananda Ashram and the slot machine bonus rounds at Atlantis share the beach in contrasting perfection.
Thank you for stopping by. Bruce and I recently set up a mailing list for Blue Water Services Global. We’ll share adventures, news, charter availability, nautical artwork and some of our favorite plant based recipes from time to time.