Harbor Island

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

I finally pulled Jim away from the computer and we headed about one and a half hours north over to Harbor Island. We took a water taxi to the small island which I had visited three years ago. At that time I was wishing for someone special to share this romantic place with. A week later I met Jim and here I was, three years later, back on Harbor Island with my special someone.

The island is very narrow and can be walked across to the Atlantic side in 10 minutes. Jim and I opted not to rent one of the many golf carts roaming the island. We needed to walk. So that's what we did. We found the cafe I ate at 3 years ago with my brother Grant, Layne and mother. It was the best meal we had had in the Bahamas. Can't remember the name of it off the top of my head. Then we circumnavigated the island passing by the very old loyalist cottages and churches. Most of the buildings where constructed in the 18th century. They were cute, pastel and rickity, though some had gone through a remodel. There was also a new resort that had been recently built. The condos modeled themselves after the 18th century architecture but on a grander scale. The resort was called Valentine's, and boasted a gorgeous new marina where world class multimillion dollor yachts moored themselves.

After walking for about an hour we found ourselves on the pink sand beach on the Atlantic side of the island. The sand was soft and felt squishy between my toes. We found two lounge chairs in the middle of the beach with no one about, so we anchored ourselves to them and relaxed. It was a beautiful day. Since we've been here the Atlantic side has been windy and the water rough. But today it was calm and the ocean shades of blue where more than what Crayola could come up with.
Eventually, 6 horses meandered by unteathered by any reigns or human. They freely frolicked and took themselves for a dip at the oceans shore. One of them rubbed their backs riggourously against the sand. It was so cute! Then they chased each other up and down the coastline and finally up and over the dune.

After about an hour of pure relaxation we walked up the beach to my favorite spot, which I had wanted to return to with my new love, the Pink Sand Hotel. I fell in love with this spot the last time I was here. The hotel was an eclectic mix of Moroccan, Balinese and Bahamian design. It was artistic and quirky with a sense of elegance. As we entered the lounge I was astonished to see a change of scenery. It was luxurious, European modern and sleek. It still had some Balinese characteristics but it had been updated for a celebrity type crowd. Turns out the hotel was bought over and remodeled. The Moroccan feel was gone and replaced by the overused swankyness of the modern era. It was gorgeous, but the artistic quirkiness that made it so unique was gone.

We were hungry and walked around to find a restaurant but everything we looked at was super expensive. Forty five dollars for an entre? I don't think so! So we headed home back to Eleuthera and settled for the Sunset Inn where we just missed the sunset. Oh well, we were still able to enjoy our new friend, Kevin's art. It hung all over the walls, depicting scenes of Bahamian life. The colors where magnificent. His work shows in Europe and the states.

It was the first day Jim and I had to ourselves in a month and it was wonderful.
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zenaida-ooh-ah on

Pink Sands Love
I'm happy you got to revisit the pink sands with Jim this time.... makes me waaay happy knowing this. I won't feel so bad visiting romantic places as a single woman anymore cuz I KNOW I will return to share it with my love as well someday...

I love you Miranda!
I'm so happy you and Jim found each other and are enjoying life together...

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