The Hill Team loves the Bahamas, especially the once secret island called Harbour Island. I discovered it over 20 years ago, when no one wore shoes and it was easy to borrow a golf cart… keys left in the ignition… in case of need or want.
Now it has become, almost modern…even the in place to be in the islands.
On my last visit by fast ferry from Nassau (Paradise Island), I wore flip flops and rented a golf cart. I read about my island discovery in Vogue and Town and Country and wanted to cry.
Yet, Harbour Island, near Eluthera, which means “free,” still retains it’s simple island charms…chickens still run around my outdoor breakfast table in the center of town. My favorite bar still has sand on the floor. I buy my fresh fish, still jumping in the net, off the fishing boat at Valentines.
The favorite of the locals is still Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Some think this song was written about the Florida Keys, but it is actually about Ma Ruby’s little tiki hut on Harbour Island. I was there with Ma and Jimmy.
You can read the story in our first book, Our Love Affairs with Food and Travel, under the heading of Bahamas.
The other local favorite, next to a cold green bottle of Bahamian beer, is:
Island Pina Colada
2 oz cream of coconut
4 oz pineapple juice
3 oz rum
Mix with one cup of ice , serve and enjoy…