This lovely spacious cedar cottage is located on a small, friendly island surrounded by one of the world's most beautiful pink sand beaches and turquoise waters. We built this cottage for our family, and love to share it with friends and beach-lovers. That's why we've made it one of the best lodging deals on Harbour Island.
The beach, only a short walk over the dunes and past a row of gorgeous plantation-style estates, is nearly three miles long. A five minute walk to the calm protected waters on the bay side leads to licensed water sports providers, fishing guides, and gorgeous sunsets to be seen nightly from gourmet restaurants and bars with a water and sky-view. It's also a great place to check out the incredible yachts that pull into the harbor.
Most locals get around in golf carts, and rentals are readily available for your stay.
While the restaurants are top-notch, the cottage has a full kitchen and a new propane grill for those who like to cook. Shop for fresh-caught fish or conch at the daily market. Relax and enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea in the comfort of our spacious living room with fresh-baked goodies from the local bakery.
The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and attached bath. A bedroom (with queen bed) and a room with two twins share a bath. A pull-out convertible sofa provides an additional queen bed.
We have a large, fenced yard for kids to play outdoors. The house is nestled between four large banyan trees that provide shade and keep all the rooms cool. Ceiling fans are located in all of the bedrooms and the living room (the house is not air-conditioned). These accommodations are a bargain compared to other alternatives on the island.
If you like shopping, there are wonderful boutiques in town as well as excellent local shops that carry Bahamian-made goods. No foreign currency worries – the Bahamian dollar is on a par with the U.S. dollar. The local bank has a conveniently located ATM, and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Harbour Island is the best of the Caribbean – small, friendly, laid back, comfortable, warm, and fun. As former supermodel and world traveler Helena Christensen recently told the Wall Street Journal, Harbour Island is 'a wonderful little island with beautiful beaches, a great restaurant culture and friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The place is almost entirely car-free, so children can run around by themselves. I've gone there with my son for years. The island is full of lizards and he loves to hunt for them.'
Keywords: One-floor, restful, cedar interior, beach,
Our family began coming to Harbour Island for long vacations in 1956. We have owned several houses on the island and, in 1992, we built a very special cottage for family vacations and get-togethers.
Harbour Island is a wonderful place for beach lovers, runners and walkers, swimmers, surfers, snorkelers, boating enthusiasts, and fishermen. It is a low-key place that has no large hotels, no theme parks, and no crowds.
On Harbour Island, you are not only treated to one of the world's most peaceful pink sand beaches, but you also get the opportunity to experience a friendly island culture with a sense of its fascinating history. Only three miles long, the island has first-class restaurants as well as stalls and takeout places selling conch and other delicious local specialties.
Harbour Island is a charming place and Back Banyans Cottage was perfect for our family. We were able to walk and enjoy the beautiful beach, or walk in the other direction to the little town. Melissa and her husband, took care of any requests we had (more wineglasses, questions about the island, etc) and were very promp and professional.
Our party of six adults and two toddlers stayed at Back Banyan over Thanksgiving, and we were delighted with the property. Very reasonably priced, it's only a few minutes walk from a gorgeous pink sand beach that feels private, it is so secluded. The cottage is clean, very well stocked and safe for curious babies. It's an easy walk to groceries and restaurants.
The property manager was helpful throughout the process of confirming our reservation.
We all had a fantastic time and hope to come back again soon!
The Harbour Island paradise life is pricey. But Sam and i were saved by Back Banyans. The reasonable rent reflects the simplicity of the owner's northeastern taste. The island life is spent outside of your house! Although we spent 4 weeks during the winter months on the island, I have discovered that even a summer stay is breezy and beautiful.
Back Banyans is shady and secluded, and yet just minutes away from the waterfront village, great restaurants, and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store. (you have to love that!) Best of all is the crest of the pink beach dunes just up the road. Half the travel fun is renting your own gulf cart vehicle to explore the island stem to stern. I did that and completed many plein air watercolor paintings. To stop and then take a late afternoon walk on the wide, firm beach gives you a chance to reflect on the day and breathe in the ocean air. We ended up walking miles, more each day!
Coming home to this cozy cottage is a good feeling. Meals can be made in a well supplied kitchen that is all part of the main living space, a great spot to congregate and toast everyone's joyful experiences.
My husband and I used this property as a get away from big city stress--it is the perfect place to unwind--lots of sun and beach--great for quiet walks at sunset, but also enough "night life" if one wants to go out for a drink at a friendly bar. House is set up for lounging or working--we did both. Plenty of places to shop for food on island to cook in the well stocked kitchen, or go across the street for great local specialities.
As shown in the photos included in the listing, the property itself is attractive and well maintained, with attention to details such as jigsaw puzzles and a small library of thrillers. House is centrally located within an easy walk to beach, shops, and restaurants. Owners are helpful and ready to answer questions. We would go back to stay and would certainly recommend the property to friends and family.
Every few years, I get burnt out so I escape to this cottage on Harbour Island around Chrismas time. It's a short flight from Miami. Everybody on the island is friendly and the weather is always great. The food is excellent and napping on the pink sands beach is my favorite hobby. Yes, the sand actually looks pink and the water is perfectly clear. Occasionally, you will see people riding horses bare back on the beach.
The cottage is quiet, clean, and it has a tropical feel with the wooden cedar floors and furniture. It has a yard and across the street is Ma Ruby's restaurant. The living room, full kitchen, and a bath are in the front of the cottage and the bedrooms and second bath are in the rear. The traveler's log book at the cottage has many stories from previous guests. Everybody who knows me has heard about my stays at this cottage on Harbour Island. Enjoy...
My husband I will always remember our trip to Harbor Island and the wonderful time we had staying in Back Banyans Cottage. The cottage felt like a home away from home but in a much more beautiful surrounding. We were engage during our trip there and can't wait to return. We will most definitely stay at Back Banyans Cottage again!