Harbour Island Bahamas – Best Kept Secret

Promise not to tell? One of the best kept secrets of the Bahamas is Harbour Island. This romantic little island, known as “Briland” by its inhabitants, is a short hop from the States. A one hour flight from Florida to North Eleuthera followed by a brief cab and water taxi ride gets you to this Bahamas gem in a hurry.

Harbour Island is less than 4 miles long and a 1/2 mile wide. Its long wide beach is famous for its hard-packed pale pink sand. The likes of Fodors and Conde Nast rate it as one of the “best Bahamas beaches.” The beach, combined with some great restaurants, hotels and vacation home rentals, makes Harbour Island a destination of choice amongst Bahamas enthusiasts. It’s no surprise to find a few “rich and famous” there — they know they won’t be hounded.

Central to Harbour island is Dunmore Town. This quaint and friendly community features old Victorian structures adorned with Bahama’s colorful pastel paint schemes. No high rise hotels, fast food or traffic jams on this island!

Golf cart rentals are the transportation of choice. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and just plain walking the beach are some of the popular activities. To be sure, Harbour Island is not known for its shopping and night life nor is there any gambling. If you seek large crowds, wild parties or theme park rides, this is not your destination.

Harbour Island’s weather is delightful; especially during late Winter and Spring when there is little chance of rain. Ocean breezes take any edge off of moderately warm temperatures ranging from the 70s to 80s during the day and late 60s at night. Air conditioning during season is unnecessary — ceiling fans are adequate. Nothing beats falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean through an open window.

Dining out is casual. The better restaurants include Pink Sands Hotel, Coral Sands, The Landing, Rock House, Romora Bay Club and Harbour Lounge. For local fare, Ma Ruby’s should not be missed. And there are more… Part of the pleasure of exploring the island is checking out the restaurants. When compared to other Bahamian islands, Harbour Island has one of the best selections of restaurants — all within close proximity to any place you stay.

On the ocean side, hotels include Pink Sands Hotel, Coral Sands Hotel and Dunmore Beach Club. On the bay side, it’s The Landing Inn and the Rock House. On a budget? There are other hotels to choose from. Visiting Harbour Island is not cheap, but if it was, then everybody would be there, right?

Harbour Island’s vacation home rentals and villas are numerous. Location and size come at a price. If you desire “beachfront”, the better locations are usually on the north and south along the east coast. If you want to save a little, there are some nice rentals in Dunmore Town and others located in the interior of the island. The beach is always minutes away.

Look for home rentals on the internet offering more than a few photos so you know what to expect. A number of rentals are handled by rental or real estate agents who may not provide much in the way of details, descriptions, map locations or photos. Owners who care about promoting their home rental typically have independent web sites and accept e-mail inquiries directly.

The better house rentals on Harbour Island are booked nearly a year in advance of prime season. Those who want the best make early reservations — many are repeat customers. You can also take a “standby” position on a number of rentals in hopes someone cancels. Ask for referrals and double check policies for deposits and refunds.

If you seek a memorable and relaxed Bahamas vacation coupled with sun, sea, great food and a romantic beachfront that will knock your eyes out, consider Harbour Island. See you on the beach!

Copyright © 2004 Perry Joseph

The Lottery Secret Formula – Does it Really Exist?

Are you in search of the lottery secret formula? Have you continued to play the lottery with little to no luck? Do you ever feel like you are just giving your money away by playing the lotto? If you said yes to these, then you have probably felt like I have. I to, was looking for the lottery secret formula. I have always dreamed on winning the big JACKPOT and quitting my job. The feeling of knowing you no longer have to worry about money. I would always tell myself why couldn’t that be me? But now I no longer dream of winning the big JACKPOT.

You might be asking yourself why do I no longer dream about winning the lotto. I mean who wouldn’t want to win the lottery? Well about 1 year ago I took a big pay cut at my job. So as bad as this was, I at least still had a job. I use to play the lotto at least 4-5 times a day. I would love the excitement of knowing that any day I could possibly win the lottery. But I was tight on money at the time, so I figured I would stop for a while.

About 3 months after that a friend of mine asked me how I was with the lotto, since he knew I loved to play. The reason he was asking me was because he told me he saw a book online that supposedly has the lottery secret formula, and would show you how to win the lottery. At first I didn’t believe it, but figured I would read what he had as entertainment. So after going online and reading a little more on this book I was intrigued. I decided I would by the book with my next paycheck. Even if it wasn’t true the book was pretty cheap so if anything I figured it would be entertainment for me. So when I started reading I was anxious to see if what this lottery secret formula was.

Like I said before I didn’t have a lot of money at the time so I was not able to play the lotto as much as I wanted but, I ended up splitting tickets with my friend. The first week after buying the lotto we each decided to put in 10 each. This way we could test out the lottery secret formula. To both of our surprise we ended up winning money that week. We won a total of 83 dollars, which mean between the two of us we had a profit of $63. This was great because it gave us more money to play the following week.

The next week we figured we would each put $20 this way we could improve our odds. After we saw the lotto drawing we could believe we won again. We didn’t win the lotto, but at least we made some money. We ended up getting $92 dollars that week. My friend and I continued playing each week, and would lose every once in a while, but at the end we were always up.

Then about 7 weeks ago when we were playing the Fantasy 5, we ended up hitting all 5 numbers. When we saw this we couldn’t believe it. The Jackpot was split by 2 winning tickets that day, which resulted in each winning ticket receiving about $106,000. My wife was so happy we won that she could not stop crying. This jackpot was more the enough to make up for my pay cut I had received.

So the reason I told you before that I no longer dream of winning the big lotto jackpot is because I expect to win it. After putting these strategies to the test I have won countless times and even managed to win the Fantasy 5. Now my next goal is to win the Florida lottery. Hopefully I will be writing a story about how I won the Florida lotto in the near future.