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Introducing Harbour Island

It’s hard to live up to the accolade of being the prettiest island in the Caribbean, but ‘Briland’, as it’s known, doesn’t disappoint. The three-mile speck is a winsome mix of rustic and chic – humble pastel cottages abut BS$800-a-night boutique hotels, wild chickens peck in the dust in front of sleek French bistros, and local fishermen wave to millionaire businessmen as they speed past each other in identical golf carts.

Quaint Dunmore Town, on the harbor side, harks back 300 years. The town was laid out in 1791 by Lord Dunmore, governor of the Bahamas (1787–96), who had a summer residence here. The clip-clop of hooves may have been replaced with the whir of golf carts, but the daily pace has not changed much.

Briland’s laid-back glamour has attracted an international mix of celebrities – if you spot Mick Jagger or Diane Von Furstenberg wandering around, just say ‘good afternoon’ and wander along.