Abaco Bahamas

Lying between Nassau and the coast of Florida, these 30-odd islands -- which contain only about 30 square miles of dry land among them -- attract devoted yachters and serious fishermen.

AbacoA series of islets, cays, and rows of barely submerged rocks, they have extremely limited tourist facilities and are geared mostly toward well-heeled anglers, many of whom hail from Florida. Most of the full-time population (about 700 people) lives on Great Harbour.

Most tourists find these islands a bit classier and more charming than Bimini.

 

About Abaco

Situated on the northeastern tip of The Islands of The Bahamas chain, the Abacos are a cluster of islands stretching roughly 130 miles encompassing tranquil bays, beautiful beaches, secluded inlets, pine forests, corkwood tree thickets, lagoons and pastel New England style villages.

Visitors retreat to this peaceful destination for premier snorkeling, a stroll through the Memorial Gardens or the artist colony of Hope Town, or a glance at the brilliantly colored Abaco Parrot. Or, simply, a relaxing day sitting idly by palm fringed seas.

Getting Here

AbacoSince Abaco is regarded as the "boating capital" of the Bahamas, most people travel to the Abaco Islands by sea. Whether you are sailing your own vessel or planning a boat charter, you will find ample marinas and marine services.

If you are flying into Abaco plan to arrive in Marsh Harbour (MHH) which is basically the hub point of the Abacos. Several commercial airlines and private charters service Marsh Harbour from various points in Florida including; West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. For information on flight times and availability ask your travel agent about the following airlines that service Marsh Harbour:

BahamasAir
USAir
Continental Connection

The following charter airlines also service Abaco:

Abaco Air
Air Sunshine
Cherokee Air

Getting between Abaco Island and other Bahamas Islands.

Charter Air - For information on air charters and charter air services visit the Bahamas Web Directory Bahamas Air Charters page.

Mailboat - Inter-island mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to/from all islands. The mailboats are a leisurely way to get around. One-way passage to just about anywhere costs around $35, ranging up to $140 for some round trips. Remember, these mailboats run on Bahamas time, so they're a great way to slow down to the steady rhythm of the islands. For a list of all Bahamas Mailboats with island destinations visit the Bahamas Mailboats page on Bahamas-Travel.info.

Private Boat - You can always charter a private boat to get you where you want to go, on your own time. You will find boat charter companies in the Bahamas Web Directory Bahamas Boat Charters page.

Dining

Abaco Restaurants

Abaco, Bahamas offers a wide variety of restaurants and dining facilities to satisfy all pockets and palettes. Cuisine from around the globe can be found here with an emphasis on seafood and authentic Bahamian cuisine. We offer our comments from the establishments we have visited and from visitors recommendations.

Angler's Restaurant - Marsh Harbour, Abaco
International cuisine with a delicate island accent, blending classic favorites from around the world with distinctive flavors of the Bahamas. Tel: 242-367-2158

Dining at Green Turtle Club $island Island, BahamasBayview Restaurant on The Water - Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island
Live entertainment, good food, right on the water... a perfect recipe for a great meal. Tel: 242-367-3738

Bistro Mezzomare - Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Tel: 242-367-4444

Green Turtle Club - Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
Dinner guests are offered  a choice of seating at two different locations, either the elegant main dining or the more casual outdoor harbor side restaurant. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. with one seating at 7:30 p.m. Evening menu offers excellent World/Caribbean cuisine with imaginative use of local seafood including fresh lobster.  A Vegetarian and Children's Menu is also available. Tel: 242-365-4271

The Turtle Pool Bar and Grill sits high on a hill-top with spectacular views of scenic White Sound Harbour and serves up a variety of tropical frozen drinks and fast food type menu items.  "Happy Hour" daily from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.  Tel: 242-365-4271

Mikes Bar & Restaurant - Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
Monday - Saturday. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner reservations in by 5 p.m. Specializing in Bahamian food. Enjoy the pool table with cold beer and drinks on the water front.  Tel: 242-365-4219

Nettie's Museum Restaurant - Casuarina Point, Abaco
Tel: 242-366-2150

Pete's Pub & Gallery - Little Harbour, Abaco
An Art Foundery, a Gallery, a Museum and a friendly Pub and Restaurant all in one most secure anchorage, accessible by road or water, 20 miles south of Marsh Harbour. The Bronze sculpures of Peter and Randolph Johnston and the famous Pete's Pub Pig & Pea Party orchestrated by Captain/Chef Aubrey Clark every Sunday. Open 7 days a week.

The Abaco Inn Restaurant - Hope Town, Abaco Island
Tel: 242-366-0133

Tiki Hut - Great Abaco Island
A floating restaurant and bar located at Harbour View Marina opposite Wally's. Open Thursday through Tuesday from 3 p.m. Dinner served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with snacks served from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Tel: 242-367-2575

Wally's Restaurant - Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Situated on Bay Street in Marsh Harbour, Wally's offers an array of dining options. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to closing. Live music by Estin is featured on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The Gift boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Tel: 242-367-2074

Hotels

Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina - Deluxe beachfront rooms & two bedroom cottages with fully equipped kitchens. Full service marina accomodating yachts up to 200 ft. Enjoy secluded beaches, world-class sport fishing and charm of our local cays. We invite you to experience the comforts of our island paradise.

Abaco Inn - The Abaco Inn is nestled on a sand dune between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and White Sound and the Sea of Abaco to the west, two miles from historic Hope Town. Superb swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA, sailing, fishing, and boating, elegant but casual dining. Come be our guests for lunch, cocktails, dinner, a weekend, a week, or a month or two.

Bahama Beach Club - The whole family will have fun as they discover the treasures of Treasure Cay, Abaco! Our all-new 2, 3 & 4 bedroom Luxury Beachfront Condominiums are fully equipped including spacious kitchens, cable TV, air conditioning, telephones with data ports and daily maid service. 

Club Soleil Resort & Marina - This resort offers air-conditioned double, triple, or quad rooms with balconies overlooking the harbour. Dine outside on the deck overlooking the marina.

Different of Abaco - A secluded Ecotourism resort nestled between a fresh water lake teeming with native pink flamingos , aquatic birds, telapia fish, and an 8 mile stretch of white sand beach with famous bonefishing flats at our back door, sea mammals and thousands of shells.

Green Turtle Club and Marina - An exotic hotel and resort in the Out Islands of Abaco. On a 3 mile island reached only by boat, the Green Turtle Club lies on a picturesque harbour surrounded by some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Fish, sail, snorkel, dive or just relax.

Hope Town Harbour Lodge - Ideally situated on a beautiful 2-mile Atlantic Ocean beach, Hope Town Harbour Lodge is the only hotel in Abaco located within 30 feet of a live coral reef, making us a snorkelers and beach lovers paradise. Our tropically landscaped acres extend from Hope Town Harbour to the ocean.

Hope Town Hideaways - Luxury home rentals, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Relax! We'll do it all from providing linens to arranging boat rentals, guided fishing trips, golf cart rentals, island-hopping excursions, scuba and snorkel trips or whatever makes you happy.

Octagon House, Abaco Islands Vacation Home - The Octagon house, a private home, is available for rent year-round. It is centrally located on a full acre of land surrounded by a garden of tropical fruit trees, coconut trees, and flowering shrubs on the southern end of Elbow Cay. 

Penury Hall South - Located on Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, this is a special place to love, relax, read, walk the beach, swim, snorkel, and meet and make friends with others of like mind.

Pigeon Cay Beach Club - For the traveler looking for a remote paradise, Pigeon Cay Beach Club is ideal.

Sea Spray Resort Villas & Marina - On 6 acres at the southern tip of White Sound Harbour, 3 miles from Hope Town. 6 1-bedroom/bath rooms and 6 2-bedroom/2-bath suite villas. Big boat facilities, BoatHouse Restaurant.

Summer View Cottage - Sample paradise on your own secluded island, and enjoy the relaxing solitude. 

The Banyan Beach Club - Located in Treasure cay, Abaco, The Banyan Beach Club offers First Class one, two, and three bedroom beachfront condominium rentals beautifully furnished with fully-equipped all-electric kitchens.

Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina - Treasure Cay features a magnificent 3 1/2 mile powdery-white, sandy beach, one of the finest in the world and a well-protected, modern 150-slip marina.

Turtle Hill Vacation Villas - Some of the newest accommodations on Elbow Cay. The ideal location for swimming, diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing, walking and bike riding.

 

 

 
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