Where Is Harbour Island?
Harbour Island, known to the islanders by the contraction “Briland”, is a tiny jewel of an out-island on the east-northeastern edge of the Bahamas. It measures approx. a half mile in width, and about 3.5 miles in length.
For more perspective, it’s about 88 kilometers / 55 miles northeast of Naussau. It’s also roughly an hour by plane from Miami.
On many maps, Harbour Island will not be marked as such. Instead, Dunmore Town on Harbour Island will be marked and named.
To be more precise, Harbour Island is one small part of the Bahama island chain called “Eleuthera”. Harbour Island is located at the north end of Eleuthera, just below Man Island.
“Eleuthera (/ɪˈljuːθərə/) refers both to a single island in the archipelagic state of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and to its associated group of smaller islands. Eleuthera forms a part of the Great Bahama Bank. The island of Eleuthera incorporates the smaller Harbour Island.”
“Eleuthera” derives from the feminine form of the Greek adjective ἐλεύθερος (eleútheros), meaning “free”. Known in the 17th century as Cigateo, it lies 80 km (50 miles) east of Nassau. It is long and thin—180 km (110 miles) long and in places little more than 1.6 km (1.0 mile) wide. Its eastern side faces the Atlantic Ocean, and its western side faces the Great Bahama Bank. The topography of the island varies from wide rolling pink sand beaches to large outcrops of ancient coral reefs, and its population is approximately 11,000. The principal economy of the island is tourism.”
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