Above: Beach deck at Sip Sip on Harbour Island, Bahamas

It would be a stretch to describe the Bahamas‘ Harbour Island as a gastronomic hot spot — a well-known food critic of my acquaintance once remarked, “Lovely place, shame there’s nothing to eat” — but in fact it’s possible to dine agreeably at contrasting restaurants, which range in style from formal to sand-in-the-shoes casual. Most visitors seem equally at home with both simple and sophisticated, and even the owners of the gazillion-dollar yachts anchored out in the bay can be found at lunchtime eating conch salad off plastic plates, washed down with a local Kalik beer.

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