Arthur's Town's claim to fame is that it was the boyhood home of actor Sidney Poitier, who wrote about growing up here in his autobiography. His parents and relatives were farmers. The village has a BTC Bahamas telephone station, a few stores, and Pat Rolle's Cookie House Bakery (242/354–2027)—an island institution that serves lunch and dinner by the order, so call ahead. Or just stop by to say hello, as Pat is a wealth of island knowledge and more than happy to bend your ear.
When you drive south from Arthur's Town, which is nearly at the island's northernmost tip, you'll wind along a road that passes through small villages and past bays where fishing boats are tied up. Fifteen miles south of Arthur's Town is Bennett's Harbour, one of the island's oldest settlements. Fresh-baked breads and fruit are sometimes sold at makeshift stands at the government dock, and there is good bonefishing in the creek.