The Abacos


For a touch of true Bahamian culture with hints of its British colonial roots, the Bahamian islands of the Abacos do not disappoint. The opening of Baker's Bay in Great Guana Cay has invited larger yachts to discover this charming destination. With calm, turquoise seas, golf courses, miles of pristine beaches and great fishing and diving, this 120-mile island chain offers the perfect Bahamian experience.

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MARSH HARBOUR

As the commercial center of the Abacos islands, Marsh Harbour offers two airports and a selection of shops, restaurants and amenities, including the single stoplight to be found in the Out Islands. Visit the Abaco Beach Resort, which caters to the yacht and sportfishing scene. Nearby Little Harbour offers lovely white sand beaches as well as a bronze art foundry created by the late bronze sculptor Randolph Johnston. His son, Pete, continues this tradition using a 5,000-year-old wax process. Complete your gallery visit with a stop at Pete's Pub for seafood and Caribbean cocktails right on the beach.

HOPE TOWN

The small village of Hope Town on Elbow Cay is famous for its lighthouse and excellent surfing. Settled by British Loyalists seeking refuge during the American Revolution, Hope Town boasts many historic houses, monuments and cemeteries that date back to the 1700s. The best means to explore the island is by golf cart or bicycle, both of which can be rented. Watersports enthusiasts should not miss the chance to explore the Cay's undersea park via a diving or snorkeling excursion.

MAN-O-WAR CAY

The dry (you'll find no alcohol for sale here) island of Man-O-War Cay is home to hard-working boat builders who can trace their roots back to the 1870s. The opening of a Heritage Museum and the accompanying annual Heritage Festival has brought more visitors to the quiet island, which offers a spectacular walking path that leads you to several breathtaking spots where you'll feel like you're the only soul in the world. Divers will appreciate a visit to the 1862 wreckage of the USS Adirondack to the northeast of the island.

GREAT GUANA

The six-mile-long Guana Cay is home to the famous Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill, a must-visit for a dip in the pool or beach and a frosty cocktail. Don't miss the Sunday Wild Boar Roasts. Known for excellent deep-water fishing and back country marshes for bonefishing, the Abacos islands will delight expert fishermen and novices alike. Bonefishing may test your patience, but once you get one you're hooked.

TREASURE CAY

Treasure Cay is known for one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, which says a lot considering almost every beach in the entire Bahamas island chain is exquisite. Rent a golf cart and explore the little town of Treasure Cay, where the locals will treat you to delicious Bimini bread and homemade conch chowder. Then find a spot on the expansive deserted beach and relax in Paradise.

GREEN TURTLE CAY

Named for the once-abundant population of green turtles, Green Turtle Cay is 3 miles long and 1/2-mile wide. This island slip is the most populous of the Abacos and welcomes visitors from far and wide year round. A popular wedding destination, Green Turtle Cay hosts the annual Green Turtle Festival and is home to the Albert Lowe Museum. Its picturesque village of New Plymouth can be walked from end to end in less than 15 minutes. Don't miss a sip of the national drink, the Goombay Smash, at Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar.